I seem to have gotten so big that people HAVE to acknowledge me in public. Recently at Safeway an employee was in mid-sentence when he paused to say to me as he passed “wow, you sure do have a bun in oven. Good for you.” I was so startled I didn’t know what to say – I just took my Annie’s Mac and Cheese and made a run for it.
Earlier, during that same grocery shopping trip, a pregnant woman asked me how far along I was. I replied, “only three weeks left”. She countered with, “I have one.” “Week?” I asked, confused. She was one week away, and quite a bit smaller than me. I couldn’t believe it. I asked her to clarify because I was sure she meant months (and even that would have surprised me). But no, this tiny, dainty pregnant lady was full term, ready to pop. She couldn’t have gained more than 20 pounds and there I was, having just passed the 40 pound mark with three more weeks to go!
In the parking lot yesterday a woman felt compelled to comment to the man she was speaking with (when I was only a good five feet away), “Wow, that woman is really pregnant.” Glad to know my size can no longer be ignored.
I remember when I wanted so badly to have this giant baby bump. Now that I have it, I absolutely love it, but it’s a complicated love. At least sometimes it can be. I don’t mean to be ungrateful, because I’m not. I guess nothing is as simple as you assume it will be.
After I posted my 35 week pictures last week I thought I’d do a comparison post of my belly shots so far. I started late and haven’t been great about doing them, but there is definitely enough to see a significant change. Here they are:
Wow. It really has grown. I can’t believe I didn’t take one picture of my belly between 26 and 35 weeks. I definitely regret that. But at least I have a few from different moments in the pregnancy, and that is what’s important.
BUENAS NOTICIAS – 8 days left of school with the students – 9 school days until the end of the year!!!!