Monday, March 22, 2010

Baby Bump

Due to the popular demand for the infamous "baby bump" photos, see below. Neither are the best photos of me, but hey, we'll take what we can get. This is for the benefit of future posterity.

I had planned to take a "belly shot" every week. Turns out my procrastination skills also extend into pregnancy. So, instead of 21 pictures, I have a whopping two.

Here is me, thinking I was showing big time at a little over 16 weeks:

Here is me, thankful for waist-expansion Motherhood Maternity technology, at almost 21 weeks (20 weeks and 5 days to be exact):

I am half way there! In another four and a half months we'll have a new Reese in the house.

I am starting to feel like I look a little more pregnant, but mostly I just feel like people look at me and think, "Wow, she's put on some weight. Maybe she shouldn't consume her body weight in school-fundraiser-boxes-of-Krispy-Kreme-doughnuts." Come to think of it, it's hard to know how much of this new found tummy of mine is baby, and how much really is Krispy Kreme coated lard.

Here are some of the fun parts of pregnancy for me right now:
--Feeling the little saucer spin around in there. He is getting a lot stronger, and it makes me so happy every time I feel him move.

-- Buying and receiving adorable baby things. It is so much more fun to look at baby stuff now that we know we're having a boy.

-- Feeling like I have 100 times more energy than I did in my first trimester. I have been extremely blessed, and I do mean EXTREMELY blessed, and have felt pretty terrific throughout my entire pregnancy. I felt a little nauseated during the first trimester, but for the most part as long as I had a snack every couple of hours I was good to go. I only threw up once. I know. Amazing. I really am so thankful. Most of my nausea was at night time, which was also great because I didn't have to stress with morning sickness while I wrestled adolescents in the manana. Even though I felt great, I was tired ALL of the time. I seriously felt like I could sleep all day and not sleep enough. The last couple of weeks that has gotten so much better. I am still really tired in the morning, but morning crankiness is nothing new for me, so I don't really think that's a symptom of pregnancy. Last week I started going back to the gym. I talked to my doctor about it at my ultrasound and he said it was fine. I had planned to keep working out throughout my entire pregnancy, but my first trimester fatigue changed those plans. I feel like I have so much more energy now that I am being more active.

Some of the stresses of pregnancy for me right now:
-- I can't wear my wedding ring anymore because my ring finger breaks out into an intense rash every time I do. That means if someone I don't know actually does suspect I'm pregnant (rather than an over-consumer of Krispy Kreme goodness) they will probably think I am an unwed teenager (I am still getting mistaken for a student at my high school) and give me the stare down.

-- What are we going to name this kid? Seriously. Have you considered the tremendous amount of pressure that comes with choosing the name someone will be called by for the rest of their LIFE? Add to that the fact that every name I love Chad isn't thrilled with, and every name Chad loves isn't my favorite, and what do we have? Disaster. I don't know if 4.5 months is enough time to resolve this issue.

-- Waking up in the middle of the night to use the "facilities." This has never been an issue for me, and interrupted sleep isn't fun. I guess this is preparation for when the little guy arrives and interrupted sleep becomes non-existent sleep.


  1. Oh Katie you look so cute! I'm glad you have been having a good pregnancy.

  2. What baby bump!?! Seriously girly you are so lucky to still be so small... at 21 weeks I looked like I had a little basketball in my shirt (and now I look like a whale). I'm glad all those crunches in figure sculpting at least helped someone out! Congratulations again and I'm so glad that everything is going so well!

  3. Oh my you look SO good! As a fellow pregnant lady, that is the honest truth. And it sounds like you've had a pretty smooth pregnancy. What a blessing! Good luck with the names, boy names are so hard to me.

  4. You lucky girl!! :-) I'm so happy for you and second trimester energy.

  5. You look great! I also wanted to take bump pictures and I wound up with a grand whopping total of one. You are already doing better than me! :-)

    Yay for more energy! That was my favorite part of the second trimester. No big stomach to get in the way and lots of energy to get things done.

    Good luck with the names. I think boy names are way harder to figure out than girl names.

  6. You look BEAUTIFUL!! I just know, that you are going to be one of those beautiful, skinny pregnant people!! I don't know if you remember, but Aunt Arianne got rather LARGE when she was pregnant!!!

  7. Katie I don't know if you could be more adorable if you tried!!!!

    I have always imagined you naming your children cute English names like something out of a Jane Austen novel, or like using a last name as a first name!

    I'm sure you will pick something classy and vintage, and cool because you always make classy and cool choices!

    It probably doesn't help with the pressure, but I have no doubts you'll find the perfect name! Maybe just stick to a region????

    Good luck! I wish you all the best with the rest of your pregnancy!

  8. okay, so i just stopped in to see what's going on with the ol' reeses since it's been a while (sorry...i blame the kids), and look what happy news i found! CONGRATS! CONGRATS! conGRRRAAATTS! i read a few of your recent posts and i kept reading sentences to keith (in other room)'re hilarious! love your writing. love your viewpoints. miss you guys. good luck with the bambino. baby boys are awesome.

  9. ah the woes of being pregnant! it goes by too quickly! congrats! you are going to be an awesome mom!!!!

  10. katie you look great! I'm so excited for you!

  11. I always knew when 8pm rolled around during my first trimester because my eye-lids would start to sag...I went to bed around that time several times! Hooray for your pregnancy being easy, mine with Finn was easy too...sooo nice when you are working full-time. And your hair is gorgeously long! Love it!

  12. Katie, we have too much to talk about! I check your blog every so often wondering when I'll see you with a baby YAY!!!!

    I am due in a little over 4 weeks and we don't have a name either! People say it is hard, but they don't know how hard it really is for us English Major Freaks!!! Seriously, I wrote a whole college paper on how by "naming" something we limit its growth and ruin its potential...NOW try figuring out a name. It is a fun-ish stress though right?

    Anyway, I am so so so happy for you and we need to just get on the phone and actually catch up.

    Miss you!


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