18 weeks, going on 19.

18 weeks pregnant!
I'll be 19 weeks tomorrow. Here's a pic of the 18-week baby bump. Most of the time it's hard to tell I'm showing, especially if I'm sitting down but in the evenings I think food and general bloating makes me stick out a little more. Everyone who sees me is like, "You're not even showing!" But I Googled it and apparently lots of people barely show at 19 weeks and then one day you just "pop."

We are 11 days away from finding out if Baby Jones is a boy or a girl! I really have no idea, but I'm really excited to find out.

Mostly I'm just excited to see the baby again since I really haven't since 8 weeks, and at my check-up last month I heard the heart beat and have wanted to listen every day since then. Nate's grandma emailed us to say she's planning on crocheting a little baby blanket. How sweet. :) We've got a crocheted blanket in the attic that Nate's great-grandma Elsa made him. My Grandma Richwine made us (my family: siblings and me) lots of afghans too.

Last Saturday, I went to Target to try to find maternity jeans. Because the rubberband around the button isn't real comfortable anymore. I saw Old Navy had some on their website, but I didn't feel like going to the mall. Anyway, Target had nothing. Their maternity clothes were basically mixed in with plus-sized women's clothes. I bought a belly band, thinking it looked like a good idea. It is not. I am returning it. 1) It's super uncomfortable. 2) It's not super cheap. ($17) 3) Whenever you sit down, it bunches up, so when you stand, you have to re-adjust. Also anytime you have to go to the bathroom, you have to move it out of the way and then re-adjust. Super annoying. Fortunately I kept the receipt and all the packaging, so I'm returning it.

Now accepting advice on how to find/buy maternity pants. Sweatpants are great for home, but I need jeans for work and being in public in general.


  1. Check out consignment stores if you want to stay cheap. Generally maternity clothes are gently used so they still have good life in them. Also, there are lots of kid clothing consignment sales that have maternity clothes, but it's a bit past that season. But you might find them helpful for baby items.

    Just Between Friends
    Rhea Lana's
    Kid's Closet Connection

    I'm sure there are more or different ones in Nashville, but those are ones in the Kansas area.

  2. Old Navy online has great options and is very affordable. The stores don't carry as much maternity stuff so look online. My only rule for ON or Gap is never pay full price. If you sign up for their emails you'll get 30% and 40% off coupons constantly, so live it up.

    Target is not the cheapest, but they have great staples and is a fantastic option for those mornings when you go to get ready for work and the clothes that fit yesterday no longer fit. Pre-work Target runs can save a girl's sanity!

    Also, you'll find that pants are either "demi" or "full panel". The demi is great early on and post-baby (as I'm learning), but as your belly gets bigger you'll find the thick demi-band will cut into you. Or maybe that was just me :-)


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