The 19 Week Belly

Last night, I was walking from the living room back into the kitchen, when Dave sort of looked at me sideways.

Dave: “So… Has anyone at work asked you if you’re pregnant yet?”

Me: “Nope.”

Dave: “Well then, they’re obviously just being polite, because, DAMN.”

Uh.. thank you, my love?

Here’s the thing: the office where I work? Is almost entirely male. And the guys are all nerds, which means they’re overall a relatively shy bunch, and I’m pretty sure they’d rather die than risk offending me by asking if I’m pregnant.

So, you know what? Fine. Let them wonder if maybe I just went balls-out nuts with the holidays treats this year. I’m not that bothered by it.

But something that has been bothering me, is the fact that my maternity clothes don’t fit me very well. My starting weight when I got pregnant with Catie was 20 pounds lighter than this time, so my old maternity clothes are mostly too tight, too short, or I feel like my boobs are going to fall out of them. (And don’t get me wrong, I don’t have giant pregnant hooters now. I’m just not used to having anything, so actually filling out a B cup is sort of mind-blowing to me.)

[Random aside: I was wearing one of the shirts that makes me feel extra cleavage-y the other day when I was helping Catie get dressed. I leaned over to help her get her pants on, and she put her hand on my chest and said, “I like your boobs, Mommy.” I was sort of dumbstruck for a response, but finally I said, “Thanks. Me too.”]

Since I worked crazy overtime hours yesterday, I decided to make up for it by taking off a little early today, and I headed to the mall to try to find some maternity clothes that fit me.

19 weeks pregnant

So, yeah. I think I might be showing a bit?

The crazy thing is that at my doctor’s appointment last week, the scale said I’d only gained two pounds so far. I don’t understand how a belly that large can only account for two measly pounds, and lord knows I have not been making any effort whatsoever at maintaining a healthy diet or exercise plan with this pregnancy. So I guess stuff must be redistributing itself from other parts of my body, but damned if I know.

But if this is how large I look at 19 weeks, I’m terrified to think of how huge I’m going to be in about three months from now!

14 thoughts on “The 19 Week Belly

  1. Yaye for a belly picture!!! I’m a happy happy friend right now. You look great!!! You’re totally showing, but I wouldn’t say you’re overly HUGE or anything. Yaye for a growing baby!!

    Thanks for sharing!! And have Catie give it a rub from me, since I can’t be there and do it myself!!

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    • @Colleen, Thanks! And uh… no. He’s in Colorado, so he has no idea what I look like, and we still haven’t had the “oh btw…” conversation yet. I think that might need to happen soon!

    • @moosh in indy., Terrifying, isn’t it? I have images of maternity clothes with the GoodYear logo emblazoned on the side. Oy.

  2. Wow! Only 2 pounds– you must be a LEAN machine under that belly! Which would be awesome.

    I had to buy new dressier work stuff on preg #2 because my hips got SO much wider than on preg #1, so I know what you mean. My New Year’s resolution this year is to not have to buy any new clothes. But I won’t be pregnant. (knock on wood)

    You look fabulous.

    • @cat, Ha! HAAAA!!! (Laughing about the LEAN machine part, not the part about you needing to shop or not.) The last time I worked out was… um… October? Believe me, I have NO IDEA how I haven’t gained 25 pounds by now. Especially since that’s how much I FEEL like I’ve gained!

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