Rockin’ the Bump

This is the last picture of me pregnant.
Taken on Sunday, April 13, 2008, I was 27 weeks, 6 days pregnant.
Max was born the following Thursday.

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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!

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  1. 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!

  2. 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 😉

  3. 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..

  4. What a birth story! My Jellybean was a preemie too and it is a terrifying experience! Glad Max is doing well now!

  5. 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!

  6. Heading over to read Max's birth story right now…my girls were born at 29 weeks! Your bump was so cute!

  7. Such a great picture, my middle babies (triplets) were born at 28 weeks. I'm sure we could share NICU stories.

  8. 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 🙂

  9. 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.

  10. 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. 🙂

    Love Ya!

  11. Have always loved that pic of you & Max! And love that you've got such a healthy cutie to love & cuddle, so much more!:>

  12. I love that you know exactly how far along you were in this picture down to the day. You look adorable.

  13. Cute bump! You look beautiful 🙂

    The bump I chose for my photo was take around the same time as yours!

  14. You look adorable! I loved being pregnant too, and I like that phrase "monkey cravings" I have the same problem still!

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