My Big Fat Pregnant Belly

Wednesday night my brother-in-law treated my husband and me to a night out at a local comedy club. They are having a talent search for stand-up comedians and my brother-in-law’s friend was competing. Since we’re broke, he paid our way in and also bought us some munchies. I love going to this comedy club and we always have a great time.
While we were there, I noticed not one – but two waitresses who appeared to be pregnant. They were both very small girls with poochy tummies that looked to be baby bellies. I, of course, did NOT ask them “How far along are you?”, “When’s the baby due?”, or any of those questions that are risky to ask a woman who you just think may be pregnant. If I were a betting lady (which I’m not… at all) I would bet they were both around 18-22 weeks along. They were wearing shirts that said, “I’ll drink to that!” which I thought was hysterical because I’m all about irony, ya’ll. Anyway, I was watching them scurry back and forth and thinking how cute their little bellies looked when I looked down at the MASSIVE, GIGANTIC, MOUND OF STOMACH that is my own baby bump and it hit me.
I’m.
Freaking.
HUGE.
I mean, not just like “Oh, look at that cute little pregnant lady”. It’s getting to the point of, “Damn, she’s going to explode.” and “Um. You have HOW many weeks left?”
Yeah. I’m beginning to be that fat pregnant lady you see waddling through Target. You stare at her, shuffling slowly through the aisles and worry if her water is going to break RIGHTTHATVERYSECOND.
I remember being 18 weeks pregnant and finally buying my first pair of maternity pants. I would proudly take weekly belly pictures from that point on; arching my back veeeeery slightly to make that tiny little pooch stick out just a bit further. I recall looking at my pregnant self-portraits at around 22 weeks and thinking that I was so huge and looked SO PREGNANT. I look at my weekly belly pictures now and laugh at my less-pregnant self and how delusional I was.
I also remember when I started to feel a tad bit uncomfortable in the lower back region (around 21 weeks). Now I long for the days of that “discomfort” because it feels like someone’s pulling my lower back muscles apart. Slowly. Deliberately. Relishing in my discomfort. Nothing helps. Getting up and walking around will temporarily, and lying on my side usually does. Unfortunately, I’d look a little odd lying on the floor here at work so I am out of luck. So here I sit, with a sore and aching back marveling at how such a little tiny person could cause my back soooo much pain. I’m not complaining, mind you because I’d go through this and a thousand times worse for her. I’m just saying how naive and silly I was to think at 21 weeks that the back discomfort I was experiencing wouldn’t get worse.. Because it did. Oh, it did.
My next pregnancy, I am taking yoga from the beginning. And exercising regularly. Because this pregnancy I haven’t. Miraculously enough my weight has not spiraled out of control despite the fact that I sit on my fat ass all day and do very little physical exercise… But next time, I think my body will thank me if I stay active.
So anyhow, it was fun seeing those pregnant ladies and their cute budding little bumps. I love my baby belly, and relish in rubbing it as it grows rounder and rounder and my resemblance to Peter Griffin grows more and more uncanny each day.
Hehehehehehehehehe.


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33 Week Belly Picture

How far along? 33 Weeks 1 Day
Total weight gain/loss Not as much as I’d originally thought. At my doctor appointment last week, I hadn’t gained any from the previous appointment. My total weight gain is at 25 pounds, not 28 like I thought.
Maternity clothes? Affirmative.
Stretch marks? A few new ones popping up along the sides of my belly.
Sleep Still disrupted by frequent side-switches and bathroom breaks.
Best moment this week Unpacking her clothes and tossing them in her hamper in preparation to wash them!
Movement She’s been moving a lot more consistently the past few days.
Food cravings MOZZERELLA STICKS.
Gender Girl!
Labor Signs Got my cervix checked at last appointment; it’s tightly closed. No contractions. I actually haven’t even had any Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? Still an innie – but it’s getting flatter.
What I miss Not having lower back pain.
What I am looking forward to Our 3d ultrasound on Saturday and baby shower #2 on SUNDAY!
Weekly Wisdom Can’t think of anything right now.
Milestones 8 months pregnant!

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33 Weeks – Baby Pineapple

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He’s rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren’t fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don’t entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

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