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22 weeks belly



22 weeks cat

I really need to start taking these cat photos earlier in the day before they all poop out for their 12 hour nap! Here we have Fermi enjoying an afternoon snooze on the Professor’s lap. They are best buds – no other lap will do for Fermi.

Belly shot after the jump…

22 weeks

No smile today in any of the ten photos I snapped. I guess it is my subconscious letting you know how I feel – yucky. I’m tired, nauseous and just out of gas.

While I love what my belly symbolizes – a healthy happy pregnancy – I would be lying if I said I loved it. I know so many writers talk about how they adore their changing shape. I’ve considered taking that tone just to avoid any upheaval  but that would not be true Scrambled Eggs style.

I don’t love my changing shape.

I’m overjoyed the Chicken is growing big and strong and that so far my body is not failing him or her. I love that I will be a mommy in a few months. I love all of this. Do I love the bump? Not really. Maybe it’s the constant barfy feeling I’ve been fighting the past two weeks, or maybe it is  because I still have not been asked by a stranger or acquaintance if I’m expecting. I hope my bump love comes soon. Until then, I’ll try my hardest to smile in my next photo!



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  1. February 24, 2013

    I think your bump is just beautiful! You look great, Belle!

  2. jak #
    February 24, 2013

    dont be afraid to love your bump!!! i’m sure there is mixed issues (did i just write “there is”? since when did i get my diploma from the W bush school of englishes?) – worry about not looking massively pregnant, worry about how things are going because of past struggles, worry about body changes and image. but there are parts of this that you can let go of. hell, all of it. chicken is kickin along just fine (chicken, check.), you are carrying your pregnancy beautifully, not awkwardly (pregnant belle, check), the body changes are in large part temporary and when this is over you can whoop ass even more than your pre-pregnant self (post-pregnant belle, check). so let it go and enjoy it:))))))

  3. aj #
    February 24, 2013

    It’s definitely hard to love before the bump become definitely baby and not just mid-section thickening. Hang in there!I hope you feel better too!

  4. Juno #
    February 24, 2013

    You look so great! I’ve been loving my toast lately (although no pregnancy hormones for me) and think about you every time.

  5. February 24, 2013

    You look so cute! I felt the same way about being in that in-between stage where you have a bump, but it does not look like you are pregnant yet. I have read that a lot of women feel the same way, I think it’s normal! I have so many spider veins on my legs right now, it sucks! Pregnancy can suck! I don’t care what anyone says! I love having my baby with me, but it can be very hard! Of course, it is all worth it 🙂 and that’s the truth.

  6. Magpie #
    February 24, 2013

    I think it’s perfectly fine to feel ambivalent about your bump. Every IVF woman wants to be growing a healthy, happy baby, but that doesn’t mean we all love the radical changes that hormone treatments and pregnancy put our bodies through. I’m thrilled to death to be successfully pregnant, but I am scared to death of my growth. I know it’s perfect for my baby, but I worry about what’s happening to my already too fat body and if i will be able to get healthy and strong again once I am o longer pregnant. That aside, I love knowing that my wee bairn is cuddled up inside me and growing rapidly. I wish her all sorts of health and happiness, and I am thrilled to be her mommy. I just am scared of the radical changes she’s putting my body through. On the bright side, at least now when strangers look at my fat tummy they smile at my visible bump instead of silently judging my flab.

  7. Arbrefleur #
    February 24, 2013

    I think you look text book amazing. Like, watch out for Fit Pregnancy magazine, they should be calling you soon to do a cover shoot!

  8. Katie T #
    February 24, 2013

    You look adorable! And I wouldn’t be disappointed by strangers not asking. I think most people have been told unless you actually see the baby crowning, never ever ask a woman if she’s pregnant. It can go poorly. Just ask my nonpreggo (very skinny!) Friend who wore an empire waist dress one day to a wine tasting. After spending the entire car ride asking if we thought the dress made her pregnant (No! Don’t be silly! Those are totally in style), some stranger said to her “Do you think you should be drinking that much wine while pregnant?!”

    It was awkward 🙂

  9. February 24, 2013

    That’s one gorg bump you have there, but I get that it might not be as beautiful when it’s upping your pant size everyday!

  10. February 24, 2013

    You popped!!

  11. February 24, 2013

    Well I love the bump! You look adorable.

  12. February 24, 2013

    That is one perfect, beautiful bump, but it’s okay if you don’t love it. Maybe your opinion will change with time, maybe not, but in the end, it’s just a passing phase. It will be gone eventually, and in its place, you’ll have a precious little person in your arms and that’s all that matters. Hope the nausea goes soon!

  13. February 24, 2013

    There are disadvantages to the huge bump too! 🙂

    • February 24, 2013

      No disrespect meant by that, btw. But I can attest that it’s difficult to tie my shoes and I’m shaving my lady bits at this point via feel only! Lol

  14. February 25, 2013

    You are in the awkward stage where you feel ridiculously pregnant but your bump is still too small for anyone to be sure it’s a bump and not just weight gain so nobody is saying anything. In a few weeks it will “pop” and then it will be obviously a pregnant belly and you will get the comments (and maybe a shape you would be more happy with) 🙂

  15. February 25, 2013

    It’s ok if you don’t love your bump. Maybe you will come to love it, and maybe you won’t, but we all know you love chicken–that’s what really matters! For the record: I love your bump 🙂

  16. February 25, 2013

    So, aside from the fact that you look like a pregnant fitness model (gorgeous!), here’s the deal: they say (and by “they”, I mean, Google) that the more fit you are, the tighter your ab muscles are, and the tinier your bump is at first. I can already see that little bump is ready to pop out through your rock hard abs, and if I were a betting woman, I would say you are going to really POP in the next week or two. You’ll have wierdos at the Whole Foods cooing over your belly in no time. It happens fast, so get ready!

  17. karaleen #
    February 25, 2013

    I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with my bump before it was really really big and sreaming “baby inside”. I think that is pretty normal. But really….you look AWESOME!!!!! I understand how physically feeling yucky can totally have an impact on your mood too. I didn’t have a lot of nausea but I had a lot of pain while pregnant both times. I had a shoulder injury the first time which kept me pretty much in physical therapy my whole pregnancy…followed by severe tail bone pain…..the 2nd pregnancy I was plagued with back pain and that same tail bone pain. It did not help my attitude to say the least. BUT….I’m so very happy you are embracing the belly and what it represents….a healthy chicken. I was not one of those women who LOVED being pregnant and wanted to do it again and again…..but I did love the joy of knowing I was growing life and I absolutely LOVED feeling the movement….to be honest….I could have done without the rest :-).

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