Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Latest Bump


It's growing! I think belly and boobs are about even right now in how far they stick out. I guess that's good. I'm amazed at how I keep gaining a pound a week, without fail, even when I feel like I haven't been eating much. And the extra pound always seems to show up on Tuesday mornings, even though I weigh myself every morning. Very strange.

We also had a very lovely Thanksgiving, five days ago now, I guess. We had 18 people there, and only 4 were Americans (well, 6 if you count the one-year-old and 10-year-old who were born here to foreign parents). The rest were Australian, Colombian, Mexican, and Thai. Quite the mix. And 4 of them were unexpected due to a slight failure to rsvp, though we were thrilled they were able to join us. I had actually been a bit upset when I went to pick up the turkey I had ordered and discovered it was 16.5 pounds! I had ordered one in the 12-16 pound range but was very much hoping for a 12-13-pounder, which makes for pretty easy brining and turning and carrying. But I guess God must have known we were going to have a few surprise guests, because the 16-pounder turned out to be just about right (with the right amount of leftovers--I would have been upset if I hadn't had any leftovers). I'm just thankful I had some strong men around to help me carry it and pull it out of the oven.

We spent the rest of the weekend busy with a bunch of other social events--a birthday party, watching Harry Potter, watching college football games with friends, having friends over for dinner, Christmas shopping (I think I'm mostly done!), etc.

I was also asked to be one of three women who lit the Hope candle (the first Advent candle) during church on Sunday. Two of us are expecting our first child and the third had just had her first, so we were supposed to have special insight into waiting and hoping, and Mary's experience being pregnant and waiting for Jesus to be born, etc. I felt a bit conflicted about it, knowing how this one element would probably ruin a few people's days who were attending the service. But Pete keeps challenging me that I need to let go of this reticence to let others know that I'm joyful (or, in this case, hopeful) about being pregnant. Sensitivity is good, but at a certain point it becomes about me--protecting my image, or trying to get back at fertile people, or whatever--and not about others and the pain they're going through. So I'm working on that.

13 comments:

Kelly said...

You look great! Thanks for sharing the pic!

Lesley (and Eric) said...

Cute bump and YUMMY looking turkey.

I hope you find the right line for you to take in talking about your pregnancy. If you don't feel comfortable lighting the candle, I don't think you should have to. But if you do want to, do it and don't feel guilty about it!

Josey said...

Sounds like a fun Thanksgiving! Having people of different cultures present always makes me think a little more deeply about why we do the things we do as Americans.

Fun to see the baby bump!

roadtomotherhood said...

You look amazing!!! Glad to hear you had a happy Thanksgiving!

Kakunaa said...

You look so much less...poofy than me, LOL. Carrying way up high :) you look fantastic! And so does that turkey! Sounds like such a fun weekend :)

Nico said...

I think Pete is right - you ARE pregnant (and very cutely so!), so that fact alone is going to be hard for some people. But there's nothing that you can do about that. You can be sensitive, but don't let that ruin this experience for you.

cgd said...

you are totally adorable!!!!
As for the church thing, I think you need to do what you feel is right. You deserve to enjoy. celebrate this pregnancy as much (if not more) than anybody. This does nto make you insensitive, it makes your happily pregnant.

Gundy said...

Aww, look at that bump! You look fantastic! There is a fine line between being too sensitive, and unsensitive, and I believe you're walking it perfectly. Enjoy this moment, you've waited a long time for it!

CvilleMom said...

Awww, love the picture, thanks for sharing.

And know that while sometimes I want to poke the eyes out of every pregnant woman I see, I remind myself that I don't know their story, and how much they may have struggled (like you) to get pregnant. But don't let it take the joy away from you--seriously! You are a testament that it happens.

AmyG said...

Looking GREAT!

Augusta said...

Glad your Thanksgiving was so great. And you look lovely with your little baby bump. So glad that things are going well for you.

Crossed Fingers said...

It sounds like you had an amazing Thanksgiving! You look wonderful as well! :) Congrats on everything.

AnxiousMummyto3 said...

What a cute bump pic! That made me smile :) Glad you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and had leftovers as well!!
Take care ;)