Thursday, July 26, 2012

learning to embrace the belly

When I was pregnant with Miss C I did not embrace the bump. I think there were a few reasons but mostly I never looked pregnant I just looked bloated. From about 30 weeks on I kinda looked pregnant. I took very few pictures of the bump and really regret it. I guess I did not fully realize how special being pregnant is.
This pregnancy I have looked obviously pregnant since 20 weeks. I have looked and felt pregnant for a really long time! This go round I'm constantly being stopped and talked to about my bump by strangers,  kids and dogs. I must have a funny smell or something because they all feel the need to sniff and crawl all over me! Seriously my neighbors dog comes to my house and sits on my porch till I let her in. She even came and found me at the pool one day. Crazy but it's better to be big and pregnant than look maybe pregnant.

One thing that is different this go round is that I still have a four year to keep up with. I NEVER thought I would have on a bikini with this belly but hey I had Miss C to take to the pool what else could I do. One day as I was trying my best to be discreet and keep the bump under the water a little boy of no more than 3 came swimming up to of course examine the belly. He asked the normal questions, "Do you have a baby in there?" "when will they come out?" and my favorite "it's really big!" Then he rubbed my belly and said...
"You know my mommy's tummy was broken so she borrowed one to have me." I told him I'm so glad she found one to borrow because he is a sweet boy and I'm glad he found his way here"

I'm not much for the mushy stuff but it was just what I needed to hear. I'm sure coming from a mother I would have listened but coming from this sweet faced little boy I HEARD what he had to say. I think of him as the going is getting tuff, the belly is no longer cute and I'm uncomfortable most all the time.
The belly is a privilege not a right.
Each pain is a baby learning to stretch their limbs and each stretch mark is a pound my babies gained in order to survive in the outside world. Is it easy? No, but thanks to that little boy at the pool I sure am grateful I have been given the opportunity to bring my babies into the world.

So on that note I give you the Bikini bump!
This was taken at 30 weeks the day the little boy talked to me at the pool


  1. you look great pregnant in a bikini! Embrace it girl! I understand completely though about not wanting to, even though I took a TON of pictures when I was pregnant, it was more against my own will than not.

  2. That made me all teary eyed! Love the bikini!!

  3. awe, so sweet! children can give us such poignant reminders. BTW, you look great!

  4. You do look great! And what a sweet story. Glad that little boy was able to help you appreciate your bump :)


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