I'm not sure that you get the full effect of the roundness of my belly in this photo, but I didn't have Alex around to take a good profile shot so I thought it might be fun to start a series of self portraits—watch my feet disappear, little by little each week:) It is pretty crazy to look down these days and see this swelling life deep beneath my skin. It's fascinating and alien-like. Every night I lift up my shirt to smother my belly with lotion, and every time Alex exclaims, "wow, that's the biggest it's been so far!" as if he half expects my stomach to shrink back down to normal, back into the realm of realities we can grasp and understand. The whole experience is still so unreal for us both….but exciting in a way I can't explain.