March 18, 2012

Baby K: week 12

It has taken me 12 weeks but I finally took my first set of belly photos.  Actually it is more like pre-belly photos since nothing is there except for the massive bag of candy I ate last night (and then again this morning for breakfast - shame).  I am so happy that my dear friend Kara is taking some of the photos for me - they will be fabulous.  Until those photos are ready bear with me with some of my own that the hubby took.

I have to say I was a bit distressed on what to do for this weekly documentation.  I have been feeling the pressure to do something unique, new and fun.  Unfortunately Pinterest has killed my originality.  There are so many adorable and creative ideas out there, why would you ever need to think of your own?   That is why I gave up and just took the photos against our house.  The wall isn't going anywhere, it's close to home since it is home and fortunately this will be a spring/summer pregnancy. 

I think they turned out great and will only improve as the bump improves.  The contrast of the white against the brick is perfect to showcase the growing bump.  I especially love the black and white ......although the color is nice too.  I actually can't decide.  I am eventually going to make a pregnancy photobook/journal so I think mixing it up might be nice and give it a little interest.

 What do you think?

Black & White or Color?
High Contrast or Low Contrast?
Bright or Bleached?

So many decisions......

I think this one is my favorite.....

 Actually this one with just a little color. So indecisive.

 Now for the stats....

Week: 12
Baby K: Baby K is the size of lime at just over 2 inches from crown to rump and weighs half an ounce.  So tiny but it finally looks like a baby.  The crazy larvae, shrimp, peanut, alien stage is finally over.  The head to body ratio is finally balancing out and the eyes have moved to their final space as well as the ears.  The arms and legs are stretching out and moving a lot.  At my last ultrasound the baby was in constant motion - waving to us and doing an insane amount of sit ups.  The baby definitely doesn't take after me.  The baby is also making sucking movements and is now moving it's toes and fingers.  We could even see the fingers and toes in the last ultrasound.  So sweet.
Symptoms: Still no morning sickness - thus the candy.  My energy is finally returning too!  At this point I would say that I may back to how I felt before I was pregnant.  I'm ready to feel pregnant (in a good way).
Cravings: Still no real cravings except the grapefruit.  I am eating several a day.
Aversions:  The smell of eggs and ketchup.
Bump: No bump but if I try and suck my fat in it no longer goes anywhere.  I guess it is running out of room since the OB did say that my uterus is making it's trek above my pelvic bone.
Looking forward to:  A real baby bump.
Missing the most: Dr. Pepper


catie.mickletz said...

Hi Jess,

I am a long time stalker, er, reader of your blog (first-time commenter). I have to say I started to get a little suspicious when your pins on pinterest got very baby-ish, but I'm thrilled for you and your husband that you are expecting!

I think the pictures are adorable, and it's a great, simple idea to use the house for your weekly photos -- I think that the simpler it is, the easier it will be to stick to on a weekly basis -- so smart move. As far as post-processing goes, I completely agree with your two favorites. Looking forward to seeing your progress; blessings!

Catie Mickletz (formerly your sophomore year roomie, Catie Tindell)

Allison said...

You are adorable!

Unknown said...

Hi Catie! How are you? What are you doing these days? I see you are now married - congratulations!!

I know you are quite the photographer (which I am definitely not) so I appreciate your input so much. I am terrible at the post-processing too....I stink at editing. Thus the 10 different versions. I'm glad I am at least heading in the right direction.

Hope you are doing well!


Unknown said...

Thanks Allison! We'll give it a few months for the cankles and swollen face to catch's easy to make it look cute now. Haha. Hope you are doing well!

Anonymous said...

Jess, these are the cutest pregnancy photos! You look adorable! Hope you are doing well! I still want to do lunch sometime in the next couple of weeks!

Amy Capps

Unknown said...

Thanks Amy! Congrats again on little Elias! He is so adorable. I can't wait until you are ready for a visit with him.....or a lunch. How is having two? Hope you are feeling good and adjusting to being a family of four!

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