Baby Bump | 19 Weeks

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I have reached a milestone. The one where strangers notice you are pregnant. I wasn’t expecting this to happen so soon, but I do believe I finally “popped” (really this just means I am beginning to feel more and more like I am actually going to pop. Like a balloon. Get it? Whatever.)

Last week during my shopping day, I had a sweet lady at Starbucks ask when I was due and tell me she was sympathetic for my summer pregnancy. That same afternoon, the cashier at Walmart asked how many months along I was. After calculating my 18 weeks into something close to 4 months she exclaimed “Oh wow! Your BIG!” and proceeded to ask if I was having twins. I politely explained that I did not know whether I was having twins or not. Lol.

I’ve decided to rock it/flaunt it… whatever you want to call it. I’ve embraced my growing belly and bought some maternity clothes that fit comfortably and bring me joy. Tank tops from Gap Body. I want to buy all of their tanks and t-shirts and dresses and pretty much everything. I’m belting up the belly to really show it off and even considering all the ways I can use a growing belly to my advantage. I believe it will grow into a convenient cup rest and I discovered at dinner the other night that I have a new “lap” to watch out for.

The Lap: 

Baby’s Size| Heirloom Tomato
How far along | 19 weeks
Sleep | Pulling myself out of bed several times per night and landing on my swollen feet has not been fun. I now stuff a pillow between my legs and under my hips to make more room for my growing belly!
Clothes | This was an exciting area of development this week! I bought a maternity tank top that pretty much made my week. I might have worn it every day for at least 4 days. Until Sunday, when my sweet husband brought me back to the scene of the crime (Gap Body) and bought me 3 more in other colors!!! Which for me means I now have white, black, grey and… purple!!! See? I wear colors. Sometimes. They fit so well and go with everything and are made of the SOFTEST material. If the t-shirt versions go on sale I might have to stock up on those, as well.
Cravings | I was spoiled with J. Alexander’s mac and cheese 3 times in a week, Sunday my husband made me super yummy chili, and I’ve been really feeling the joy of fruit juices and naked smoothies. YUMMO! Yesterday I tried to explain to Steven how I was craving something sweet, but not too cold, with a thick consistency but not too dry (like cake) and not too thin like pudding. He regarded me as though I was insane as I listed and ruled out: Brownies, Gelato, Cold Stone, Cupcakes, Pudding, Tiramisu, and pie. The closest I got to guessing my craving was cheesecake. My hinting led nowhere. No cheesecake indulgence for me. Lol.
Food Aversions | Depends on the moment, I think. Instead I will tell you that I’ve always had a pretty strong stomach for things like guts and gross things. It drives Steven crazy that I can watch an episode of Bones while we eat dinner. But lately I have been gagging at the thought of bug guts, puss, and slimy anything.
Symptoms | I regressed for a day or two. Maybe my hormones rushed to an imbalance. With naps and deep breathing I made it through the week. The swelling has been AWFUL!!! I complain far to much about it but Steven is sweet and rubs my feet and puts up with my whining (usually)
Doctor’s Appointment | We have an ultrasound on Monday! I am so freaking excited, I can’t even tell you. We didn’t have any early ultrasounds so this will be the very first time to we see Baby!!! I must then keep the gender a secret until the 20th when we will reveal to friends and family.
Movement | Baby’s kicking my butt lately. Literally. Makes it difficult to distinguish between kicks and gas bubbles. Lol!
Belly Button | Innie.
Gender | I can’t talk about it or I will die of the anticipation.
Best moment of the week | This might be dumb but it was probably when I tried on maternity shirts and realized they are truly miraculous.
What I miss | Non-swollen hands and feet! I miss being able to wear flip-flops without feeling the hard ground digging into my painful feet. And being able to sit up without such intentional maneuvering.

I'm the daughter to a King, wife to a man who makes me laugh, and mother to two boys who add joy and fullness to my life. I am a dreamer, a philosopher, an artist, and lover of things that stir my soul. I spend most of my days at home with my boys, Miles and Finn. We make messes (and occasionally clean them up), we giggle, we run and hide from dinosaurs and monsters and we read lots of books together. In my "free" time I feed my craving for art with various creative pursuits and indulge in tasty treats, coffee, and the occasional, guilt-laden Red Bull to feed my other addictions.

When it comes to my passions, I have many. God, Love, Family, Travel, Music, Design, Coffee... but somewhere near the top of the list you'll find photography. From the moment I turned my camera lens towards a sunset for the first time, I felt an intense desire to somehow steal away the beauty of that moment and keep it forever. Now I walk around thirsty to soak up the beautiful moments around me, add a spark of something from deep inside my soul, then spill it back out to the world.

3 thoughts on “Baby Bump | 19 Weeks

  1. LOL I died laughing at this: ” bug guts, puss, and slimy anything.” I love you. So I can’t wait to see you and your sweet tomato bump in 2 weeks. I’m going to hug your GUTS out! :D

    <3

  2. I don’t need maternity shirts per say, but I must go to this Gap Body, it sounds delightful :)

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