I guess I haven't really realized how my belly has gotten bigger every week, mostly because I live with it so I don't notice all the small changes.
Here are some photos of my weekly progression:
It's subtle, but I can see the changes! I'm getting closer to my halfway mark, and so far I've gained 9 lbs. I can live with that! But I'm starting to develop some allergies, or cold like symptoms that have made me pretty sedentary. I'll feel much better when I can feel normal again and get some energy back.
This weekend I went to St. Louis and took the plunge and invested in cloth diapers. Everyone thinks I'm crazy, but they have no idea what cloth diapers are actually like. These are not your mother's cloth diapers(cloth and pins)! They are just like disposable diapers, but much more absorbent(they have microfiber inserts), and they last you until your child is potty trained so there is no need for replacement. They cost $18 per diaper though, and you need 24 to make it work. I bought the all-in-one diapers, which you can alter from newborn to toddler with snaps. Here is a photo of the way they look, with diagram, in a color I bought:
It costs a lot up front, but down the line it is going to be an incredible savings(people spend $1000 a year on diapers), on top of being SO much better for the earth. I feel so good knowing I won't be contributing to thousands of diapers being dumped into a landfill. It is a complete personal decision, but one Ian and I felt was best for us. Just trying to do my part, you know??? :)
My 20 week scan is coming up, and I am so excited! We'll get to register in St.Louis right afterward, and that is going to be overwhelming; things will REALLY start to kick in then.