Baby bump catch up and small worries

I bought some baby items at a Lifeline (equivalent to Good Will) sale today!  I bought a blanket, 3 outfits, and an I Spy book (for when baby’s a little older).  I also bought the Time Traveler’s Wife (for $4–Score!) and a puzzle all for the whopping price of $13!  Awesome.

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8 weeks! Finally felt good enough to do my hair and makeup.

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Today: 13 weeks 3 days. I. feel. HUGE!

I have gained 8 lbs so far in my pregnancy, and sometimes I worry about whether I’m gaining too quickly.  I see all these skinny girls that are still skinny or have barely a bump that have only gained 1/2 lb and I get worried…and today I was thinking…pregnancy is sometimes used just like thinspiration society.  Except now you have the added pressure of being a good mom, and if you look a little bigger than what someone’s idea of ___ weeks is, you are a bad mom or having twins.  And they say things like, “Wow, you’re only ___ weeks?!” which basically means “Girl, you are HUGE!” So, I am taking this thought and reminding myself that every pregnancy is different and as long as the baby is healthy, I am not going to worry.  I think I’m worried because I want to have a natural birth in the birthing centre, and in Australia there are weight gain limits…when I’m honest, this is the real fear.  That I will gain too much and not get the birth I want.  Luckily, I have a midwife appointment tomorrow, and I can ask some of the details that I’m not sure of that are driving me crazy.  Ah, well.

Everything else is GREAT.  I am feeling great and so happy to be pregnant.  I have definitely started feeling a little movement (that is definitely not gas) and am looking so forward to hearing the heartbeat again.  We announced everything on facebook and got an outpouring of love (as well as finding out that a few more friends are pregnant that I didn’t know about.  Sweet).  It’s been a really fun week besides the slight worry about weight gain.

Anyway, what do you worry about?  I would love to know I’m not alone in my slight amount of crazy.

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9 thoughts on “Baby bump catch up and small worries

  1. You are so cute! 2 thoughts about the weight gain…Coincidentally, this was the chapter I read in What To Expect last night and it said that it’s normal, and what tends to happen with first trimester weight gain is you taper off a bit in the second trimester and don’t gain as much. Just keep an eye on it and make sure you’re eating well and I’m sure everything will be ok. Secondly, I’m convinced small bumps look bigger in dresses! When I wear pants like I do every day to work, I look virtually the same. Even in my bathing suit, it’s not obvious at all. But when I put on that sundress on July 4th, for some reason, it was much more noticeable. Just a thought. You still have 2 weeks on me but still.

    And yay for it being Facebook official! Best of luck!

    • Thanks, I needed your two thoughts! I’m hoping everything evens out and that I’m just worried about nothing. Time will tell, and I am trying hard to be healthy, so it has to pay off. And, you’re probably right about the dresses. They just feel so much freer than stinkin pants. I am wearing maternity jeans, but it’s the type with the small band and not the full panel, so sometimes it feels a bit restrictive. Anyway, thanks for that! I’ll be asking my midwife tomorrow, so hopefully she’ll relieve some of my anxiety, too.

    • Thank you, Jenn! I am trying to remember that. I think I will feel better when I talk to the midwife and find out what the limit is for the birth centre…
      I am constantly following your journey and praying for you and your husband.

  2. Yay!! Finally a picture of the bump! I have been waiting for it!!! You look fabulous! And yes, every pregnancy is completely different and people carry completely different!! Plus it depends on the time of day, I take my pics in the am! If I took them in the pm I would be popping out a lot more!!!! You look fabulous and wonderful, so don’t worry!! Eating healthy is the most important part!! Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  3. You look great!! Yay, 13 weeks :-). Don’t worry about what people say — as long as you are taking care of yourself and eating healthy you will be fine. My little bump is also smaller in the morning. By the end of the day, I am noticeable rounder 🙂

    Hugs

  4. You look BEAUTIFUL! I think it’s normal to obsess a little over whether you’re gaining the right amount- too much or too little. Me, I worry about the later, and when I wake up some mornings and my bump looks smaller (like this morning), I feel a little sad and, even though I know it’s silly, worry that my baby is shrinking, lol! Crazy, huh? I think you are doing just great because you are conscious of how healthy you are eating, and I think your midwife will be able to ease your fears considerably! Also I totally agree with the previous poster that dresses make the bump seem bigger, but the comfort cannot be beat! I’d wear them every day if I didn’t have to shave my legs, hehe!

    Anyway, thanks for posting pics! I love looking at people’s bumps. They are all so special!

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