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Week 13
~ Starting To Believe

It feels so weird not to post an ultrasound picture with this week's entry, but we're done with all of that! No more specialist! I actually am settling into feeling like a "regular" pregnant woman and am looking forward to our anatomy scan, which will be March 31, and finding out what flavor of baby this is.

I am also starting to feel comfortable enough to tell people about this little one. Actually, because of all that it took to get here, it wasn't the big secret that we wanted it to be. A lot of people have known about this pregnancy since the very beginning. But there are still a lot of people that don't.

My husband officially told his officemates last week and enjoyed the immediate swarm of women that came into his office. I sent out my own announcement this week and the response back has been heartwarming. Telling people is really such fun!

And soon, I don't even think that people will have to wait for us to tell them. Even if we wanted to, I don't think this pregnancy is going to stay under wraps for much longer. While I would never say that I am "showing," and it really does depend on what I am wearing, you can definitely see that my stomach is growing. To someone who didn't know my current pregnant status, I imagine it just looks as if I have been indulging in too many snacks and sweets. I don't fit any of my normal pants anymore, even my largest sizes that were way too big before. I am in the "transition" maternity jeans and pants, you know, with the elastic waist. Those things are so comfortable! No zippers or buttons . . . heaven!

If I do wear normal, non-maternity clothes that somewhat fit at the beginning of the day, by the evening, I am having to unbutton the pants and let it all hang out, especially for the drive home. My husband laughed the other night when I came in from work with my zipper down, shirttails out.

My morning sickness has still been sticking around, but I find that I am having a good day thrown in here and there for good measure. I haven't gained any weight yet, but I am sure that is just around the corner. I did order a prenatal exercise video, which should arrive today or tomorrow, and then I plan on gently getting back into some activity. The weather has been improving lately, so we have been getting out and walking more, but I still want to do some muscle tone work - especially with my arms. I am going to be really pregnant during the hottest months of the year, so I want to be able to wear sleeveless shirts without feeling too self-conscious. But we'll see how dedicated I actually am!

I would say this week is the first one where I have actually really allowed myself to fully believe in this pregnancy. I am loving every minute of it!

~ Katie

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