The bump. The baby bump, to be precise.
I wondered what it would look like from the minute two pink lines appeared on the stick. Would I pop late? Would I pop early? Would it look like a baby bump right away? Or would I just look like I had too much for lunch? Would I be cute preggo? Or would I just be lumpy and awkward? The jury's still out on that one...
Aside from some vicious pregnancy symptoms (nausea, exhaustion, headaches, food aversions), I didn't really start to notice anything physically until around week 13. At that point, my dress slacks - that sit a little higher on my tummy than my jeans - started feeling a little tighter through the middle. I didn't think much of it at that point; simply purchased a belly band and continued on on my merry way.
Then, I popped. Around weeks 14 and 15, the belly became noticeable to me. The belly band became a necessity, as buttoning my dress pants was no longer an option. It no longer looked like I had had too much for lunch. My belly, while still small, was hard and rounded, like I had swallowed a tiny cantaloupe.
And it's only gotten bigger. It really can't be hidden anymore. I am almost 19 weeks, and facing the fact that I look slightly pregnant now. In fact, my husband's very favorite thing as of late has been rubbing my tummy and saying, "Oooh, look at that belly." I guess he thinks it's really funny. Me? Not so much. But hey, there's a baby in there. Not much I can do about it. There is no sucking in anymore. The bump is here to stay. And, truly, as odd as it feels to walk around with a bump where there was never one before, I am so grateful for the this evidence of the little life growing inside of me. I can't be anything but thankful. This bump has been a long and emotional time coming. So, grow little bump, grow!
|Week 12. First bump pic. Didn't quite know how to stand or what to do with my hands.|
|Week 13. Getting over a Thanksgiving cold...See the red nose? Like Rudolph. But at least I figured out the 'pregnant stance.'|
|Week 14. The bump had really become noticeable to me at this point...|
|As had the pregnancy boobs...TMI? Sorry.|
|Week 15. Feeling much better this week. No more nausea!|
|Week 16. Wore my first maternity dress to work. It was WAY too big in the tummy, so I belted it and threw a cardigan over it. What can I say? I was excited.|
|Week 17. First maternity shirt. Rocking one last picture in front of the drooping Christmas tree.|
|Remind me to do a little something with my hair and make-up in next week's pic. Ugh.|
|Week 18. A hastily taken bathroom mirror 'selfie' done last night when I realized I had no 18 week photos. And my photog (aka the hubs) wasn't in a 'picture taking' mood.|
Weeks 19 (and possibly some better shots from week 18) to come next week. And the story of how we found out about baby boy.