Monday, July 31, 2006

Stretch marks...

A post from 28 weeks 6 days.... 8 days until I'm in the 30s!!

Jake is WILD! Totally wild! Crazy! Insane! He never stops! He's not moving right this second, but that's because he has the hiccups... so for me, it never ends. Aren't babies supposed to NAP every now and then? I think someone said 30 minutes at a time... well, when do I get my 30 minutes?

But anyway, today's topic is stretch marks. I have a lot of stretch marks. I mean, I look like a desert map with a whole river system. And of course, due to the culture I live in, I can't help but be a little self-conscious about these marks. There's such a negative stigma attatched to anything that isn't smooth, tan skin, you know?

Well, I want to blow that out of the water, because I believe it's total BS. These stretch marks are my battle scars, in the way that all men show off the scars they get from fights (with people, with inanimate objects, with idiocy...). But more than that, they are proof of a miracle. These marks don't just say "Hey, look, I had a baby", they say "Look, I brought forth a MIRACLE FROM GOD" and there is NO shame in bringing forth a miracle from God. God made a woman's body to bear children, and to stretch to accomodate this miraculous event... God leaves this special mark on a woman's body long after she participates in this miracle. The fact that our bodies don't tear apart or explode is just as much of a miracle as the baby that causes it all...

So why do we, as women, try to hide this part of the beauty?

I am proud that God gave me a body with the ability to produce miracles... miracles of all kinds.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Another u/s pic!

Boudreaux... pronounced Boo-Droh

That's the baby's name....

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Attack of the 27-week-pregg-o-gut!!

So I finally caved in and took a few pictures, and had fun photoshopping them. This one turned out the "best" and it's making its rounds.

I was looking at it, and I realized, YES! Finally! My breasts look proportional! Because for several weeks my breasts looked like two huge watermelons just flopping around on my chest... and just to give you and idea of The Belly's size, my breasts are an official 36DD (even though they look so cute in this picture!!). And also, for those of you that knew me back in the Indiana days, you all know that I'm very self conscious about the "level of sagginess" of my breasts... thankfully, at this point in the pregnancy, the fat has filled out the skin and they perk a little more. Not to mention there's The Belly to hold them up. :)

At 27 weeks... I can feel a lot of motion. I have been for awhile now. Jake is a VERY active little boy. Some days he'll pick one random spot, and just kick the hell out of it until I think his foot is about to break through. Other days he doesn't kick, he just flips... and flips... and flips... and squirms... and flips... and I can feel his body parts all moving and poking out at random spots... and his arm, which was just down by my hips, is now poking into my ribs! It's the coolest feeling (unless it's at 3am)!

And of course, we all know Daddy loves it.


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A few Ultrasound pics from 26 weeks!

A full B&W facial profile... truly a baby that looks like his Mama AND his Daddy!

Look at those FINGERS! He's a shy little baby...

Jake rubbin' his sleepy little eyes...