Bumpday: Week 24

I had requests for topics this week!Ā  Request #1 – a bump pic in actual clothes (as opposed to workout clothes).

Request #2 – boob talk! (i.e. how big are they now?)

Request #3 – maternity clothes!

And, I will honor all requests. But first – a note of warning.Ā  This is not an invitation to criticize me and how I look. I am not interested in hearing your thoughts on my body shape or my weight gain. Unless you are my midwife, you have no business even thinking about mentioning my weight or shape in anything that isn’t genuinely and sincerely positive. The next person who says to me, in any format, that I might want to be concerned about my weight gain can count on that being the last thing they say to me for quite some time. Maybe that’s a little sensitive or thin-skinned of me, but tough. I am feeling a bit sensitive and thin-skinned right now. Gaining weight after working so hard to maintain a healthy weight for the last 5 years is hard enough, and I don’t need anyone even mentioning it.

Are we clear?

Excellent.

I am going to tackle the question/requests in reverse order.

1. Maternity Clothes

I started wearing maternity pants about midway through week 11. My other pants still fit….kind of (I was definitely using a rubberband to keep them closed), but when I put on my first pair of maternity pants (handed down to me from a woman in my office), I declared them magical. AND THEY ARE! I’ve recently had to switch to maternity shirts, although I got away with normal shirts for at least 20 weeks. This is partially because longer shirts are more in style now anyways, and partially because I’m ridiculously short-waisted, and so I had plenty of room. I spent a lot of the early fall/late summer wearing nothing but knit dresses and skirts (and still do!), and it was late November before I even thought about looking for a maternity coat. I think if I was in the habit of wearing a lot of button-down shirts, I would’ve been in trouble sooner, but I’ve never been a button shirt wearer, mostly due to the fact that I’ve always been fairly generously endowed, and shirts that fit in length AND button with no gap have never existed for me.

AND speaking of generous endowments….

2. Boobs. This is insane. I knew I was pregnant before I could even take the test due to weirdness happening. I went up an entire cup size by week 6. This is not insignificant, since I started, pre-pregnancy, at a 34/36 DD. This is honestly one of the most frustrating aspects of clothes shopping. I did buy a couple 38 DDD bras from Nordstroms in late August, but if you know Nordstrom bras, you know that they are expensive. And now, they don’t fit. IĀ  mean, I still try to cram these knockers into those ($60 each) bras, but it’s getting to the point that by the time I get home at the end of the day, I’m chafed to the point of nearly bleeding. I do have one nursing bra I bought at target in the XXL size (i.e. the largest size they carry), which is moderately more comfortable (and has been serving as a sleep bra also since late August), but I can’t often find the XXL, plus it’s really not supportive enough for all-day wear. I haven’t been measured officially since late August, so I’m not positive what size I am now, but based on my quick & dirty measuring w/ the tape, I am now a 38H. I seriously need a personal assistant to just prop these suckers up. And also a small fortune so I can buy the proper structural support. I’m hesitant to shell out the big bucks for another Nordstroms bra – I don’t know if they’re going to keep growing, or what will happen when I start nursing. I know that they are likely 50% to blame for the lower back pain I’ve been having since the beginning.

I think it’s good to remember that this probably doesn’t happen to everyone – and some people really enjoy their pregnancy boobs. I’m assuming that these are people who didn’t even realize that boobs could be an H cup. (According to questionable internet sources, each 36 DD breast weighs ~3.5 lbs. That is 7 lbs of pre-pregnancy boobs. Each 38H weighs ~8 lbs each – which is 16 boob pounds, or +9 lbs in boobs alone. That is insane. (I just went to report to the architect that I was carrying 16 lbs of boobs, and his response: “Wow….that’s…beautiful.” I was hoping for more of a “that’s crazy!” response, but I should’ve known better! šŸ™‚

3. And the picture. Maternity pants + maternity shirt + sweater that doesn’t really fit =the below.Ā  Sorry the dark clothes don’t really highlight the bigness. Also, I apologize for my hair. My hair is the bane of my existence. It has always been thick, but pregnancy hormones + prenatals have increased the thickness 10-fold, making it limp and boring, no matter what I do to it. It always looks as though I’ve never brushed it.

 

Other exciting things I maybe haven’t mentioned – I can now see Alvie Bean kick with quite a bit of consistency, but he still pretty much gets 100% motionless when the architect approaches. The architect has only felt him kick once. šŸ™

I get tired more easily then pre-pregnancy, but not as bad as the first 16 weeks (weeks 10 – 16 were particularly hard on the energy front). I think if I wasn’t also in grad school, I would feel fine, actually.

I haven’t had any swelling or other similar discomfort, other than the front torso areas.

Alvie has taken to trying to climb into my rib cage from time to time now. That is NOT comfortable.

I have not yet had to fend off any touchy-feely strangers, which makes me happy.

At my office holiday party’s white elephant gift exchange yesterday, after I got a holiday tin filled with peppermint bark topped fudge, someone said, “Well, crap – we can’t take chocolate from a pregnant lady” and I got to keep my gift! Yay! (I also won a bottle of wine in the drawing – not as awesome as it would’ve been last year.)

My main yuck symptom right now: heartburn. It’s mild but persistent (much like my nausea was in weeks 5-10). My main complaint symptom is the back pain (too much sitting + too much weight on the front side of my body). There is some significant sciatic pain from time to time – that causes numbness in the legs (yay!) but cat-cow usually fixes that right up.

Overall – this is a textbook perfect pregnancy, and I feel mostly fantastic, all things considered.

So – ~16 weeks to go! I can’t believe how fast this is going!

Happy bumpday!

10 responses to “Bumpday: Week 24

  1. Not taking chocolate from the pregnant lady might be the smartest thing ever done in any office, ever.

    Something nobody told kelley…. The big hair thing that you’re having now? It’s all in preparation for a falling out. After Alvie Bean is born it will all come falling out. Kelley felt like a dog that was shedding (sorry, I’m not trying to call you a dog or say anything negative), but she was amazed at how much of her hair fell out and that nobody else told her it would happen.

    Something positive? You’re handling all this change with grace and dignity! Getting everything ready for a baby is a serious chore and it really changes a lot of you physically and emotionally. It takes a very special person to handle it. Rock on girl. You’re absolutely beautiful and doing so well!

    At a recent funeral I saw one of Kelley’s cousins that had twins. She told me everyone was rubbing her belly all the time while she was pregnant, and was rubbing my belly while she asked me if everyone did that to me since I finished the ironman. It was by far the best part of the funeral. ha!

  2. I have so many things to say!

    1) are people actually giving you a hard time and commenting on your weight? If so, woah! Mind your own fucking business sir/maam.

    2) I’m kind of shell shocked by all the boob talk. I mean the biggest I’ve ever been was a 36D and even that didn’t fill the bra but I was in between sizes and the D was more comfortable. I can’t imagine having that much boob on me. I feel for you there. That must make clothes a million times worse to find even on a good day. I hope you will be able to use that expensive bra again post baby. And the pure weight involved in carrying those babies around. Phew. Seriously girl, major kudos to you for your positive outlook on this. I’m sure if your boobs weren’t ginormous your weight issues would be more of a non-issue.

    3) You look great! You wear those boobs and that bump well!

  3. You’re so lovely! You are seriously the most adorable pregnant woman. Your little bump is just perfect and I think you actually look pretty fit and slim still except the belly (and bazooms). You look great! I think most women deal with some body-image issues when gaining baby weight, so you are not alone. Just know that you are doing everything right! Go you! Can’t wait to see you and Alvie this weekend!!

  4. You look fabulous! (and the asshole weight comments? increase exponentially the farther along you go. people are so rude. so prepare some snappy responses šŸ™‚ )

    I can’t even imagine that much boob. I went from an a to barely a c and was all WOOHOO!

    I was going to mention the “all that hair will fall out at once” thing, but Carolina John beat me to it.

    Yay! for a textbook pregnancy!

  5. I think you look great!!!
    Try Motherhood for a bra. My boobs have always been huge and were gynormous when pregnant. I got the best bra there…..very comfy and stretchy, but supportive and not super expensive. Not sure where the closest one is for you, but check it out.
    I also had horrible heartburn. I think I carried Tums with me everywhere. Good luck with that! šŸ™‚
    Happy pregnancy!!

  6. Agree with the comments above about people minding their own business thank you! You looks fantastic chica. Look at your bump!

    You’re exercising and doing everything right. Your arms and legs are staying slim it’s just the bump and the boobs =). LOL

    I’ve heard the heartburn stories, sounds like you’ll be adding Pepcid to your purse stash of snacks :).

  7. I adore you & think you look beautiful. And I would like to beat anyone who thinks they have the right to criticize your body, pregnant or otherwise.

    Rock on with your hot mama self.
    xoxo

  8. You look fab! I would try a store for mamas for a bra, or Lane Bryant carries your new, temp., cup size. Their bras run more like $40, so a little better. Maybe you need to ask the architect to design a supportive & comfortable bra! šŸ™‚

  9. Have you tried: http://www.bravissimo.com/ ? they have great bras in big size for a fair price…

    And you do look great and happy šŸ™‚

  10. you just look so damn happy I love it. I was THRILLED when my tatas came in. I am normally a “god I think I’m almost a b cup” right now, sitting pretty with a D!! HOLLA!
    milking these babies for all they’re worth. (literally and figuratively)

    You look beautiful. Simply beautiful.