January 29, 2012
I am now 17 weeks along. According to What to Expect When Expecting, my baby is the size of a sweet potato. I’m now at the point where I can still button my regular pants, but they are very tight. For some weird reason, I feel like my stomach gets bigger during the day, and then flattens out again at night while I am sleeping.
I realize that to anyone who doesn’t know me and doesn’t know that I am pregnant probably would never look at me and say, “She’s pregnant.” It really probably just looks like I ate a little too much over the holidays. But here is a side-by-side comparison. The first picture was taken on our anniversary when I was 11 weeks. The second picture was today at 17 weeks.
It is funny, though, because last weekend, I went to a baby shower on Saturday and a bridal shower on Sunday. At the baby shower, my friend, the honoree, told several of her friends that I was also pregnant, and they all looked at me and said, “Really???” The next day at the bridal shower, the sister of the bride (who is like a sister to me too), greeted me at the door and said “Oh, cute little baby bump!” So yeah, I think it depends on who knows me (and knows what I normally look like), and it also depends on what I’m wearing – some clothes highlight my slight bump a little more than others.
I’ve been wearing this wonderful thing called a BellaBand. It’s basically a piece of fabric (very similar in size and material to a bandeau bra), which I can wear over my unbuttoned pre-maternity pants, and it will hold them up and smooth them out. I also bought my first couple pairs of maternity pants. My friend took me to her favorite consignment maternity store, Baby Go Round, in San Diego. This place was amazing! I bought one pair of slacks, one pair of jeans, one shirt, and a dress, all for $30! The pants were on average about $8, which is far better than $30 for brand new pants at Target or wherever. No wonder it’s my friend’s favorite store! There’s no point in spending lots of money on clothes you can only wear for a couple months. Now I just need to find a place like it in LA!