Tummywatch Tuesday: 16 Weeks

Due to popular demand, I’ve decided to go ahead with the requisite belly shots. Just kidding. There’s been no demanding. But I am going to subject you to them, in part because I have literally two shots of my pregnant self last time, and that makes me a little bit sad. Also, I hear that the second child doesn’t get a lot of things that the first does. This way, when she complains one day that, for example, her milestones aren’t meticulously recorded in a baby book like Roy’s are, we’ll be able say, but look at all the photos we have of you in the womb! Oodles of them! I’m sure that will appease her.

I’m not totally comfortable in front of the camera. Just thought I’d get that out there. This means these photos will contain plenty of awkward poses as well as no naked bellies whatsoever. I’ll pose in this same black shirt, in this same location, every week until the baby arrives. That’s 24 more photos, give or take a few.

So here, at 16 weeks, you can see that I’m still in the “Is She Pregnant or Drinking Too Much Beer?” phase. Juuuust a little thick around the middle, thanks for noticing. Which also makes it the stage where you want to wear a simple, tasteful button that says, “pregnant,” just to make it clear that you’re not spending your evenings holed up with a box of wine and a case of Twinkies. Let’s get things straight! You’re spending your evenings spooning the toilet before falling asleep on the couch at 8:45. Anyway, button-making entrepreneurs, get on that, please.

According to Parents.com’s weekly babytracker, the little girlie is currently the size of an avocado and experiencing a growth spurt. I can’t wait until she’s big enough to deliver that first, solid kick. That’s one of the best feelings ever, that little life-affirming “thump” courtesy of the kid growing inside you. Once Roy started, he never stopped. In fact, when I was a week late, the doctor ordered a non-stress test to find out if there was any reason he should not continue to allow Roy to remain holed up in there like the unibaby. Roy did his usual thing, kicking and punching martial arts-style, and when the nurse examined the test’s spikey peaks and valleys, she said, “Whoa! That’s the best one I’ve seen in a long time!” We were not surprised that he went on to be an early walker.

I keep doing that—comparing this pregnancy to last; going from the baby on its way to the toddler that’s already here. I suppose that’s the way it works for #2. On the one hand, she’s forced to share the spotlight from the get-go. On the other, she’s got two broken-in parents and one sweetheart of a big brother totally primed for her arrival.

I should add that I’m feeling much better these days. I’m not sick every day, and when I am, it’s not as bad as it once was. I started prenatal yoga last night. I’m getting my energy back. Tomato season’s kicked in. Fall is on its way. Things are looking better every day.

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  1. by Kathleen

    On August 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! I just found your blog and love it. You look great for 16 weeks and its fun to look back at the photos toward the end of your pregnancy, when you are really really big, and say “What was I thinking? I wasn’t big then – look at me now!” LOL. I am actually pregnant for my third time and just about 14 weeks. However, it turns out I’m carrying twins! I still can’t believe it. My doctor today said that although I’m 14 weeks, I’m actually sizing like I’m 17 weeks. Oh man, I’m not looking forward to the size I will soon become. Again, glad to have found your blog and happy to go along the pregnancy ride with you this time around!

  2. by Berit Thorkelson

    On August 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Twins! Congrats, Kathleen! That’s fabulous. And welcome :)

  3. by anti jen

    On August 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    i love the monthly photos jim took of me pregnant with our son, sam. it starts out all cheerful–”hey! look! i’m pregnant! how cute is that!”–and ends with my face swollen like a grenade, and an expression that clearly communicates “i have hems that you would NOT believe.”

    doesn’t matter! sam’s 9 and it’s all very funny (now that the hems have healed). i wouldn’t trade those pics for the world.

  4. by katie d.

    On August 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Yay! Photos! You do not look thick. But I have heard other prego friends say the same thing–there would be a lot of button buying!
    PS: You look great on camera.

  5. by Eve

    On August 17, 2011 at 9:29 am

    You look great. Keep taking the pictures!

    I did up my running and yoga this week after my daycare provider asked me when we would be having another one. I took it as she thought I was pregnant. After I asked her if i looked pregnant, she told me it was a space issue in the infant room. I still took it as a “you still look pregnant” sign.

  6. by Jill Cordes

    On August 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Hey Berit–your pregnant Parents blogher here. Last time I was pregnant I took a picture of the fruit/vegetable each week next to my belly. I’d do it as a full body shot, then a close up. I put them in an album for Fia to have someday. Doing the same thing this time around. Not because I really feel like it, but because, like you said, the second baby sometimes gets overlooked and I don’t want him to feel that way. Taking the pics can be lots of fun. I hope you keep doing it! (getting my avocado tomorrow. I’m a bit behind this week). Jill

  7. by Heather

    On August 19, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Berit–You look beautiful! Looking forward to seeing the bump every Tuesday:)