With each week, my sense of wonder at what's happening inside my body is renewed, and the excitement bubbles over. Sometimes I forget I'm pregnant. With the rush of day-to-day work, babysitting, house chores, and sleeping, that thought gets lost in the shuffle. My belly isn't that big yet, and I don't feel the flutters of kicking and flipping that the baby is doing, so it's up to my brain to remember... and I don't have that great of a memory.
I wanted to start taking my weekly photos at 12 weeks, which was last week, but it just didn't happen. So yesterday, after pulling myself from my cocoon of puffy whiteness and away from the still-lounging hubs, I got up and gussied up for my first ever pregnancy "photo shoot."
Kevin got a new slr digital camera last week, and we're still trying to figure out all the settings and doodads it's got to offer. So, some of the pictures are blurry and out of focus. But the quick shutter speed meant that Kevin was able to click away so fast, and he got just over 100 photos in under 15 minutes!
Right now, I just look like a normal gal hamming it up for the camera. I've only gained 5 pounds so far, so although I feel a bit pudgy, it's not showing much yet. But I've got a special thing going on inside me, and when I think about it, my mind races with the possibilities of what this little lentil can, and will, become.
Right now, lentil's 3.5-5" long (depending on your sources), has fingernails, and is going at it like a little acrobat in there. Each week, so much development happens. It's bizarre to really think that a whole human is growing in my belly, and will be ready after only 10 months. That's a lot of work - no wonder I'm so tired all the time!
I wore a simple gray skirt and loose black shirt thinking that maybe, if I wanted to keep the same outfit, I could use the black shirt for a while. I don't know about that skirt, though; it's already kind of tight. Maybe keep the black shirt and change up the skirts/pants each week? I don't know! But I definitely felt pretty yesterday.
These two trees are in our backyard woods, and once held up an old, dangerously rickety tree house that got promptly torn down to open up the view of the woods and these two pretty barked lovelies. I'm really loving how the green in the background is so vibrant and clear in these photos! It'll be fun to see how the leaves will fill out more, change color and then fall off the tree as my belly grows and grows.
I thought it might be cute to stand in between the trees to see how my belly reaches out in between during the next 6 months. Wait, did someone say 6 months?!?! That's only half a year! And then I can bring baby out and stand between these two markers and introduce him/her to his/her backyard. I can't wait!
And of course, I had to share my cuddles with Keagan. He wouldn't stay away and I had to keep shooing him with my foot, so at the end I just had to hold him (practicing my baby cradle skills!) and love on him. And he matches!
I felt so pretty yesterday, thanks to the hubs and these pictures. Maybe that will be something to look forward to as my belly grows and I'm waddling around feeling like a fat cow. But a pretty fat cow, right? I'm actually looking forward to the big belly! Come on, 14 weeks!