Taken on Sunday, April 13, 2008, I was 27 weeks, 6 days pregnant.
Max was born the following Thursday.
My whole life, I looked forward to being pregnant. As much having a baby, I wanted the pregnancy to go with it. In high school, my little paunchy belly (ha!) was, in my 16 year old eyes, my biggest physical flaw. In pregnancy, I figured, that would be replaced by a glorious baby bump and I could flaunt my amazing shape.
When we found out I was pregnant, about a month before our first anniversary, we were thrilled. I'd sit as still as I could on the couch, trying to feel the baby, even though he was barely a grain of rice.
I indulged every craving; I never craved anything specific or weird, but had what we came to call “monkey cravings,” I'd see a commercial or read about a food and would need it. Immediately. Monkey see, monkey want. I stopped at the local Cheesesteak Shop every day on my way home from work to get a chicken & cheese sandwich as a snack.
I loved being pregnant. I didn't get morning sickness, just had to sleep more… I fell asleep on the couch in the middle of a Superbowl party! Watching myself grow, knowing the amazing things happening… I devoured books and blogs about baby's development, what I could be doing to help the baby do his very best.
I loved the anticipation. Jamie and I at the “big” ultrasound; the tech asked, “Do you want to know the gender?” and Jamie pointing at the screen, saying “Duh! I can see his schmekel!” and tearing up the first time I heard Jamie say the words “my son”
I felt amazing for my entire pregnancy. Until I didn't. But that isn't what this is about. (ETA: If you're interested in reading Max's birth story, you'll find it here)
I love baby bumps.
All of them.
Big ones, little ones, lumpy ones, smooth ones.
Singletons and triplets, stretch marky and seemingly airbrushed perfect-looking ones.
And I'd love to see yours!
It's open all week!
27 weeks? Wow, girl!
Love your bump- I wish I had had a better attitude when I was pregnant. I whined about mine.
Thanks for joining in!
awww I love it 🙂 seeing these baby bumps makes me want to be pregnant that much more!
Seasoned Air Force Spouse says
Ha. Look at you!! That's an amazing bump girly.
Alison@Mama Wants This says
Gorgeous. You looked radiant!
I want to hear that story when you're ready to tell it. xoxo
The Woven Moments says
How cute are you?!? Like Alison said, I'd love to hear the story when you're ready to tell!
You look SO happy!! Sigh. I also loved being pregnant…the first time. With the twins? Not so much. But I'd like to hear the story too 😉
Galit Breen says
I'm with you, GF! I loved being pregnant, too! You so totally rocked the bump and wow! 27 weeks!!
The Blue Zoo says
Aw, love the pic! How adorable!
oh you looked amazing pregnant.. love all you shared.. I was so sick with both of my babies. I have a second child on the way now. He has made me sick, given me heart burn, not letting me eat. He is doing better now.. I do love having him in my tummy and watching it grow and feeling him move.. Have a great day..
YOU are gorgeous.
And your strength amazes me.
oh wow, you looked gorgeous!!! love that bump!
YOU made that bump look SWEET!
What a birth story! My Jellybean was a preemie too and it is a terrifying experience! Glad Max is doing well now!
Oh Lizz, I had to click on Max's story and I was just on edge the whole time, even though I knew he was fine!
Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! says
Heading over to read Max's birth story right now…my girls were born at 29 weeks! Your bump was so cute!
You look great. Pregnancy suits you!
Such a great picture, my middle babies (triplets) were born at 28 weeks. I'm sure we could share NICU stories.
Rebecca Watson says
27 weeks. That's crazy!. What a beautiful picture! You look so happy 😉 im expecting my first child and I had so much morning sickness the first trimester! 🙂 It was not fun 🙂
anyways, im gonna follow you – i hope you come back and follow me back 🙂
Mama Zen says
What a sweet picture!
You look great…and I can tell you loved being pregnant.
JDaniel4's Mom says
We thought it might take a long time to get pregnant but, it took no time at all. I loved knowing I had a little person traveling with me for nine months.
You look great and I love the view in the background. Awesome pic!
Lizz… sigh, i see that picture and i think how happy you must have been (didnt know you then) and i know its hard, but ya you know i love ya, and would do damn near anything for you. 🙂
My name is Momma says
I love this pic!!
Making It Work Mom says
You look so happy and so pregnant. 27 weeks that is amazing! Visiting from Shell's
Have always loved that pic of you & Max! And love that you've got such a healthy cutie to love & cuddle, so much more!:>
I love all bumps too! Yours was a mighty fine bump!
Coffee Lovin' Mom says
Heh heh you said schmeckel! You looked like you loved every minute of it!
You do look radiant!
I love that you know exactly how far along you were in this picture down to the day. You look adorable.
Hazel Nut says
Cute bump! You look beautiful 🙂
The bump I chose for my photo was take around the same time as yours!
You look adorable! I loved being pregnant too, and I like that phrase "monkey cravings" I have the same problem still!
So cute! I had to go back and make sure that said 27 weeks that looks for mike a 37 week belly!
Wow! I love that you loved being pregnant so much!
Elaine A. says
You look super cute! Glad your little guy is fine! 🙂