Monday, March 05, 2007

Bump!

Well, Stephanie at Adventures in Babysitting is doing a pregnancy Bump picture thingy, so I thought I'd scrounge up a shot or two. You have to know that our camera isn't digital, and I didn't start developing with computer disc negatives till about 2 years ago, so I have no pregnancy shots for the computer of me with either boy. Of course, I could figure out the scanner thing that isn't even hooked up, but that requires brain cells and computer savvy - neither of which is available right now. Also, our camera was broken and overdeveloping all of our pictures for about 4 months of my pregnancy with Corinne (and her birth too... I'm still heartbroken over losing those shots) so I am missing about 7 rolls of pictures... Sigh. BUT, I do have sisters and these sisters DID take pictures of my belly when I was preggo with Corinne. SOOOOO without further ado, here's my belly!

This one is of me, camping in July. Good Lord, it was soooo hot that week! Anyway, we were in Wisconsin at Yellowstone SP (nice place. A beach, bats that come out at night and decent campsites. I recommend it!) This is the ONLY time in my life that I have ever truly TRULY loved the way I looked in a bathing suit. Truly. When pregnant, I don't feel "fat." I mean, I feel huge, and uncomfortable and all that, but geez louise. It's the only time in your life you're actually SUPPOSED to be big and round. How awesome is that?!? I loved my round hard belly, every time (even when it had corners...)

And this next shot I think is so cute. My older sister is on the left with her 7 month old daughter, I'm in the middle, 9 months pregnant with Corinne, and my younger sister is on the right, 6 months pregnant with my next niece! Three sisters, having three girls in one year! It's been very cool to see them growing up together. I am HUGE. I am also wearing an orange turtleneck, as it's almost Halloween and I figured I might as well look the part of a pumpkin... This was on Sunday, the 23rd at my younger sister's house for her husband's birthday. I went into labor that night!

I remember making the sandwiches for the lunches the next day, timing contractions, putting all of the unfolded and folded laundry into a basket, making lists of everyone to call for Patrick's aunt (she was coming over to watch the boys), timing contractions, waking Patrick with that whole "Honey, it's time" speech that I had NEVER given before, getting worried cuz I deliver fast and the contractions jumped from 6 to 5 to 2 minutes in less than an hour...

I remember losing my plug (tmi) and getting freaked cuz, for me, that's never happened anywhere other than a hospital RIGHT before delivery. I remember wondering what the heck my husband and aunt-in-law were thinking chit-chatting and repeating the same questions to me and wondering why I wasn't answering when I was CLEARLY in transition and moaning while rotating my hips and humming while clinging to a bannister.

I remember having that moment in the car on the way to the hospital that everyone thinks is funny in the movies, but isn't so funny in real life: that moment of "Oh God. I'm going to deliver in a car on the side of the road... and the car is filthy!" I remember my husband being frantic, for the first time in all of my deliveries (he's a calm dude) and actually saying "don't push!" in the car.

I remember the ABSOLUTE RELIEF of seeing that hospital and saying about 40 times in less than 5 minutes to the admitting nurse that I DELIVER FAST, this is my third child, the doctor MISSED my last delivery, and, oh by the way I DELIVER FAST so don't waste time doing the paperwork, woman: CHECK ME. I remember the realization that, oh YEAHHHHH... labor and delivery hurts like a &#&!! and WHAT was I thinking?!?

I remember the look of concern on my doctor's face (the nurses listened to me and called him and just about yelled at him to get to the hospital NOW, cuz she's at 5, no she's at 6, wait 7?) and how when he said "there's meconium present" I absolutely forgot my own pain and pushed her out with complete focus. I remember how she was whisked across the room, and worked on and how my husband, mother and mother-in-law (all in the room) were all oblivious to this fact. They kept on saying how beautiful she was, how she's perfect, how LOUD she was (Good Lord. The LOUDEST newborn EVER). I remember asking repeatedly if she was ok, is she ok, is she OK?!?

I remember being amazed that she really WAS a girl and that all of that pink stuff in the closet at home was going to be used by MY daughter.

Hmm... I don't think this was supposed to be a rambling delivery topic. Sorry if I went off a bit. But I got on a roll and it all came flooding back to me. I need to record the boys' birth stories here, too, so as not to forget them. Maybe on Evan's birthday, I'll do his (April 1st!!).

25 comments:

Cyndi said...

Very cute bump pics!! I know what you mean about being PG in a swimsuit. I think it's the only time it's acceptable to show off how big your belly is! I LOVE the one of you and your sisters! That is just so neat !

Glass Half Full said...

CUTE! And that bathing suit is just too cool!

New Mama's Nest said...

I love the photo of you and your sisters! I have two younger sisters and can't wait for them to join me in motherhood!

I think I have that same bathing suit.

Elizabeth F. said...

I agree with you, I never felt more beautiful than when pregnant. I, for once, was not self-conscious about my body. I was proud of my BIG, Round belly!

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh, great post- and you look wonderful!!!! Thanks for playing along!!

Steph

Ruby said...

Great pictures! You've got a family heirloom with that three sisters picture. I love hearing/reading about pregnancy and birth experiences. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

yeah, my horomones are really working overtime this pregnancy because your post brought tears to my eyes? I don't know, it's weird. Anyway, SLowMo had inhaled maconium so they had to suction out her lungs after she was born, and me being the concerned 18 year new mother just kept asking "is she pretty? is she pretty?" geesh. LOL.

Melissa R. Garrett said...

I love birth stories! I never get tired of hearing about them. I was tagged for this one too. Stop my way when you have a chance!

PS - that's SO cool that you and your sisters each had girls so close in age!

busybusymomma said...

I love your post! I get on a roll too... so much excitement!

And that's great... three cousins all born in the same year. :o)

Anonymous said...

Those are great pics! I wish I had a sister. =( LOL I always loved wearing swimsuits when preggo too...I mean...we're supposed to huge..so it's cute. ha!

Jenn said...

I love the bathing suit picture. Maternity bathing suits are always so cute!

That is SO awesome to have babies so close together with your sisters. I found when my sister joined me in motherhood it brought the two of us closer together.

I like hearing other's birth stories, thanks for sharing!

Praying for your Prodigal said...

Oh, I remember those bump photos...although, my youngest is 15 (and my older kids are 26 and 24) and I have to say--photo taking wasn't as easy as it is today. I love my digital camera and connection to my laptop. I don't know how we lived without it. So much has changed technologically in the last 26 years! And to think, I thought this internet thingey was just a phase! Now I'm hooked!

Diane

Elle*Bee said...

I love the pix! There are so few photos of me when I was pregnant, odd considering I spent a total of 120 weeks pregnant (wow, almost 2.5 years of my 30's were spent with my body inhabited by another being) - that, said I'm usually behind the camera.

Beck said...

Beautiful photos! It made me really wish that I had sisters, too.

Anonymous said...

You make a beautiful pregnant woman, for sure!

Tammy said...

Great pictures! And you look wonderful...but yes, in that last one, I'm not surprised you went into labor that night. The rest of you is thin, but that tummy's really out there- adorable! :)

And I know what you mean about feeling good about being pregnant...yes, it feels good to have the license - so to speak- to be nice and big! I loved it!

Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my place!
Blessings!
~Tammy (Family Doin's)

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

such great bump pics! I love the one with yours sisters!!

I was big in the winter so I never did the bathing suit thing. But this time it will be summer - so I guess I will have to get myself into a suit somehow!

Jennifer said...

Wonderful pics! I totally agree - I loved being pregnant and let my belly hang out so I could "show" right off the bat! Although I was huge(with my 2nd), It was the one time I felt thin everywhere else, and I loved the way I looked! OK, I'm not even pregnant and your story brought tears to my eyes - tears of joy of course!

Michelle said...

Great belly pics! and wow what a birth story too - you sure do deliver fast! I did with Kayla too, I was at a 10 by the time they got me to lay down on the bed and check me; she was born 45 min after we got to the hospital.

Tiff said...

that was a great story all three of mine were csections so i don't have good stories to tell.

Amber said...

Love the bump pictures and am impressed with your bravery of bathing suit + bump. But you looked adorable so hey, why not? (Especially if it was HOT!)

kimmy said...

that is so kewl.. three girls having three girls... that family will have alot of girls.. where are the guys???? lol (laugh out loud)...

kim

The Journey Begins Here said...

I loved the part about the car being filthy. Hey, and you spell her middle name the same way I do. Everyone always asks "Theresa with an H". I will have to post my story soon. Nice blog. I'll be back. Theresa

My Semblance of Sanity said...

This was GREAT! Thanks! I loved the "I remember" theme throughout the story!

anymommy said...

Yikes, fast labors are intense. Maybe there's something good about my nice slow plodding labors after all. Another beautiful story. I loved the pictures!

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