I know I had a big belly to begin with, but it was definitely not this big. I love how my belly becomes very hard during pregnancy, it's the only time I've been able to say I have rock hard abs. Yess.
Here is a belly progression every 5 weeks starting at week 8. I guess I should have reversed the picture order, huh?
The picture in the middle does look similar to where I'm at now, but it's because I was closer to the mirror when I took the picture so it's not proportionate.
I'm still not feeling the baby regularly except for one or two tiny jabs that I feel each day. I'm really looking forward to feeling her move on a daily basis.
One of my friends is 38 weeks pregnant and due in February, another good friend is 28 weeks pregnant and due in April, and I'm 18 weeks and due in June - I thought that was pretty neat. Two other good friends of mine are pregnant - due in July, and one due August. A co-worker / friend of mine is also due 11 days after me. WTF.
I'm really counting my blessings and thankful we conceived when we did. Having all these close friends of mine (who I see a lot!) pregnant would have made it very difficult for me. I continually pray for a healthy baby..for us all.
We've decided on a name - we had it chosen a year ago and as soon as we found out we were having a girl we started referring to her as this name. It would seem really odd to change her name at this point so I guess it's official. I won't reveal it on the blog just yet (but I've been telling anyone who asks). I'll just say that Carter calls her "Aleeba," which is his interpretation of how her name is pronounced. :)
The in-laws are still in town. Carter is happier than ever with all of the attention. Seriously, he has been SO happy lately. He is constantly giving me these giant cheeky grins and tells me he is "happy" and that he "loves mommy."
I'm hoping to post some of the pictures I've taken with my new camera tomorrow. Be on the lookout!