Our Sweet Little Bell Pepper

According to, at 18 weeks, our little baby is 5 1/2 inches long, weighs 7 ounces and is about the size of a bell pepper!  I can hardly believe we're at 18 weeks already!!

And here is the latest belly shot you've been requesting!  This shirt is one that I bought at the beginning of the summer, before I was pregnant, and I bought it because it wasn't tight :)  I thought it would be a nice one to wear when I'm around students who wear clothes that are too tight!!  How funny to see it stretching and becoming exactly what I didn't want it to be-too tight!  After Travis took this one, I looked at it and told him "No, not that one, I look huge!"  But then he laughed and said, "Steph, you look pregnant and this is what everyone else sees."  I guess he was right, but I still get shocked when I see myself in the mirror or in pictures!  Also, now you can see my new hair-cut, sort of.  We took this picture after we took an hour and a half nap, so it's a little goofy looking, but you get the idea :)  

At 18 weeks, I can say that I am feeling really good.  I seem to be sleeping well these days and I wake up feeling rested.  My energy level is the closest to normal as it's ever been and I haven't felt nauseous for quite awhile now.  I'm very, very glad about that!  I've been cooking like crazy again and unfortunately eating like crazy too...the baby will be doubling in size in the next 3 weeks and I can't seem to get enough food in me!  I also can't seem to get enough chocolate these days either.  The timing of Halloween and all the candy so readily available to me is not a good combination!!  But oh well, a pregnant girl has to do what she has to do!!  

It is incredibly cold here, but no snow for the last few days!  We did however, the unthinkable.  We put up our Christmas tree.  I know.  It's hardly concievable in early November.  But, we did it.  And you know what?  We love it!  I looked at our schedules for the next few weeks and we do not have a free weekend until mid-Decmber!  If we didn't do it now, it wasn't going to get done.  So, I took down all my fall decorations and packed them up and we put the tree up.  It's not decorated, we're not that crazy yet!  But, when we are ready, it will be easy.  We bought a fake tree this year, I just couldn't deal with all the needles while I was pregnant!  When you live in a condo on the 2nd floor, it's a pain trying to haul a live tree inside and then a dead/dry one outside when it's over!  Lesson learned last year.  So, anyway, we found a BEAUTIFUL tree that we love and we bought it this weeked and put it up.  It makes us so happy!  We are definitely Christmas people.  There is nothing like the glow of a tree and a cup of hot chocolate.  And maybe some Christmas music to go with it and a fuzzy blanket.  Oh, holidays here I come!!  

We had a very restful, yet productive weekend.  As I mentioned before, this was probably our last one for awhile, but it was a good one.  I feel good about all that we got accomplished.  I love weekends like that, don't you?


Sarah said...

I saw the back of your cute haircut at church yesterday while we were sitting in the terrace. Love it!

Rebecca said...

Oh, you look SO cute and SO pretty! Wow, you have changed a lot since your last pictures! Congrats! And I'm with you on the Christmas spirit! So exciting!

Faith said...

You look so adorable! I LOVE the haircut - it totally suits you!!

Heather said...

You look DARLING! Love seeing that little baby "bump!" I am SO wanting to put my Christmas tree up...I am just already in the mood this year!

LyndsAU said...

What a cute picture. You look adorable and I am glad to hear you are doing well!

Miz Jean said...

You look adorable (heard that much?)and not huge at all!!! I really like your haircut and that little 18 month belly is so so sweet! You are nearly half done baking that little baby already?! Can you believe that??? How awesome!

And I am thinking about getting out our Christmas tree soon too so I don't think you are jumping the gun so much. Christmas can just be one more thing to be thankful for at Thanksgiving! :)

The Allens said...

My husband and I have the same cnversation every time he takes my status pictures!

petrii said...

Oh my stars -- you are adorable!!!
So glad you're doing well and I'm so glad you put your tree up already.

We are in MN right now and IT IS COLD!! Yep I had a Caribou coffee hot chocolate last night -- YUMMEE!! We don't have CC at home -- boo.

Have a Blessed week, Dawn

Michelle Simpson Photos said...

I put up Christmas stuff a week ago! So don't feel crazy :)

You look adorable! :)

amy said...

steph.. you look GREAT! you are absolutely glowing!!! :) i'm so glad you all were able to rest and get things accomplished... i'm sure it was a blessing!!!! just so you know, i can't WAIT for the post to hear if you're having a girl or a boy!!!!!!! how exciting! (i know... i have a week and a half to wait! :) )