31 Weeks

Baby got back... no, seriously... DO YOU SEE MY BUTT?!

Okay, y’all. I’m officially HUMONGOUS.  I’m not just talking about the belly, although it has grown quite a bit in the past few weeks… but the booty?  Yeah, it’s no longer fitting in certain maternity pants I bought ONLY THREE MONTHS AGO!  My shallow, superficial little world is crumbling beneath me.  But I will defeat these extra pounds, I am convinced!

If Britney can go from this:

to this (with a little help from Photoshop):

… then I can definitely make it happen.

(Just do me a favor and shoot me if I ever shave my head. There’s just no recovering from that mess.)

In other news, Madelyn will be here in 9 short weeks and I have, well… absolutely nothing ready for the grand occasion.  I keep saying I have enough time to get it all in order, but MAN, how the past month has flown by!  My first baby shower is in two weeks (EXCITEMENT!), then pretty much every weekend up until my due date is booked with some other sort of event, including two more showers.  I need to just buckle down and get the nursery ready, wash all her little things in Dreft and buy some nipple cream already.

By the way, have I mentioned my irrational fear of whatever it is that happens to The Girls once they’ve gone through the pain and terror of breastfeeding? No?  I’ll save that one for another post.

35 thoughts on “31 Weeks

  1. I’m sure you will have no problem at all getting yourself into post-baby shape. You adorable little mommy-to-be you. I agree with Emily…where are your shoes?

  2. At least your hair still looks FABULOUS.

    (Not that the rest of you doesn’t.)

    So cute.

    (Am also worried about what pregnancy would do to my little perky ladies. And my stomach. And my hips. Am so vain.)

  3. I’m petrified by your same irrational fear. I wouldn’t call it irrational at all. In fact, I’m considering not breastfeeding when the time comes.

  4. Ok…I can’t believe how much that little baby is growing. You are not huge by any means…very cute and pregnant. And you are hilarious!!!! Love You!

  5. It’s so awesome to see the progression. I like watching you grow and I can’t wait for when she arrives. And this is coming from a girl who doesn’t much like kids. So, you can see how you’ve affected me. ;)

  6. EmilyPie & Allison: It’s flip flops today, man. And I”m not even going to pretend they’re cute!

    Steph: OMG me either! You can definitely help me with the nursery that weekend. I’ll put you to work. :)

    ashley.marie: Oh girl. When I say everything grows, I mean EVERYTHING. I’m up three cup sizes!

    downbeat: Okay, seriously… I’m glad I’m not the only one who has second thoughts about breastfeeding. The only thing that’s keeping me wanting to do it is how many calories it burns!

  7. Oh and I DID NOT want to breast feed. I thought it was so gross and scary. But once I learned how it is the BEST thing for them, such a sweet bonding time, FREE food, and burns amazing calories…it is so worth it. It really is such an amazing time. And it’s nothing when all is said and done that a little surgery can’t fix. I am not ashamed. They need to be put back where they belong.

  8. Wow — you’re getting so close! And you still look adorable. I think by the time I hit 31 weeks I was beyond salvagable and like, twice your size.

    I won’t lie, the ladies will never be the same again — but that’s not all from breastfeeding. Just being pregnant changes them — might as well get some use out of them if they’re going to be different anyway! It is a bit sad — good bras have never been so important!

  9. rachel: Oh, how I love you and your compliments. :)

    cara: SERIOUSLY. Good bras are a MUST! And you crack me up… “beyond salvagable”…hahahaha. You are beyond adorable, which gives me hope!

  10. I think you look fabulous! Hell, I could use a little help in the butt region so maybe pregnancy won’t be so bad after all! Looking forward to your “girls” post as I flip flop daily on whether or not I’ll breastfeed for fear of sagging/stretch marks/etc…
    P.S. Have I mentioned I’m not pregnant? Just have a mad case of baby fever :)

  11. I just have to warn you about the boobs thing. Mine were so engorged the first week they went from Bs to DD. For realz (they went down…to an A-which was disappointing, but they came back around). So needless to say, I had a few stretch marks, despite the massive amounts of lotion. But the good news? I noticed last month that the stretch marks were virtually gone!

    Too bad I have to do it all over again. lol, just kidding.

    You have to tell me where you get your maternity clothes. I soooo did not look that stylish by my 30th week. And you look comfy :)

    and I was soooo proud of Brit. She gives me hope :)

  12. ps to Katie- breastfeeding doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have strech marks…. just how much milk comes in at one that first two weeks! you don’t have too much control over that one!

  13. {omfg} B-feeding and The Girls terrifies me. {Is using a B-pump to feed your baby via sanitized non-toxic glass baby bottles just as much of a “bonding” experience as having your baby latched on to you like a ravaging suction machine? This is seriously the dilemma that runs through my mind when I think of my non-born children.} I want to believe this is all just crazy-talk and nominal, but it still scares me. That, and the whole baby-exiting-out-of-the-smallest-hole-in-my-body thing.

  14. Katie: Yay! Another one with baby fever! You and Stephanie will be next… just a prediction. :)

    …loveMaegan: Okay, and who’s my new BFF? I need you in my life to give me compliments like that all the time! haha, thank you!

    MissB: WOW! That is some major growth! At that rate, when my milk comes in, I’m going to be shopping in the specialty section, upstairs at JCPenny’s… I think they’re the only ones who carry bras as big as I’ll need them! Oh, and I do most of my shopping at Target (Liz Lange has some pretty good things there) and a store called Destination Maternity. They carry the Motherhood and Mimi Maternity brands, which are all pretty flattering.

    diana: I seriously died laughing (seriously…meaning, I’m dead typing this) at your comment! I just read a birth story from a friend who just had a baby, and she reminded me of the whole Ring of Fire thing (crowning)… OH MY LORD, a new fear has consumed me!

  15. OK maybe because its only day 1, but breastfeeding isn’t as hard or as painful as I thought it would be. I was pretty intimidated after using a breast pump to try and stimulate labor because OH MY GOSH did that thing hurt. Jillian is much more gentle!

  16. Good news! Bra size before breastfeeding: 34C bra size while breast feeding: 36 D (almost DD) Bra size after breastfeeding 10.5 months: 34C. Not so shabby really!

  17. You look great! I do understand your fear of putting on weight….I made my dr. measure my stomach yesterday and tell me if I am too big. Good news…I am still within normal range….what a relief!

    I will also be breastfeeding and will have to stock up on some cream….let us know if you have any tips on breastfeeding.

  18. All of you who haven’t breastfed – get the book So That’s What They’re For! Very helpful and convincing – breastfeeding is so wonderful. (I’m nursing baby #4 right now). Besides, it’s not breastfeeding that causes the sagging etc., it’s pregnancy. Whether you nurse or not, the girls are goin’ through some changes. ;-)

    P.S. You look far and away better than Britney ANY day.

  19. oh honey, I feel your pain. EVERYTHING is already growing on me. Boobs, butt, and thighs especially. Grr. Oh well. Like you, I am looking forward to afterwards when I can get my booty (and the rest of me) back in shape!!
    All that being said, I must tell you that you remain completely fabulous-looking. Seriously. I would never guess you’ve put weight on other than in that cute belly of yours. I only hope I look as good at 31 weeks as you do!! :)
    Also, and I think others said this, but it’s not really breastfeeding that does all the damage. Pregnancy itself wreaks a little havoc, and your milk is coming in to make them HUMONGOUS no matter what you do. So you might as well go ahead and nurse for yours and baby’s benefit anyway. :) Because seriously, you will not BELIEVE how quickly that baby weight falls off while nursing(especially with the first one). It’s glorious!! I was actually the skinniest I’ve ever been in my LIFE after Emma was born. Yep. 105 pounds, size 1 (keep in mind I’m very short). That will NEVER happen again, I am almost positive, but it sure was fantastic while it lasted. :)
    Regardless of what happens with you and your body though, I know you will look wonderful, and you’ll be a MOMMY!! I can’t believe it’s only 9 weeks away…
    (sorry for the very long and rambly comment….)

  20. My, how time flies when one is pregnant! :)

    Oh, and don’t know if you’ve heard, but you don’t *have* to use Dreft for baby stuff. You can use anything that’s fragrance/die-free for the same result. And it’s probably cheaper than Dreft. That ends the portion of my unsolicited-advice comment. ;)

  21. Holy comments…(just now reading all my blogs since…wednesday).

    You look too cute! Your bod will be back to normal in no time I”m sure! Can’t wait to see her :D

  22. Girlie, you look so beautiful! Like others have said, your hair looks so cute! And for realzies, you are going to be the cutest, most stylish mama! You will kick britney’s post workout makeover bootie any day!

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