Tuesday, March 13, 2012

21 - 22 weeks

Well all that medical talk was fun, but now let's get to why you guys really come here: for the pictures of me exposing myself. Spring Break!  Woo!  (Pulls up shirt.)

21 weeks:

Thar she blows. (That fine dusting of white over my lower abdomen on the profile shot looks, I know, like a weird rash--but I think it's just speckling on the mirror from Mack blowing raspberries at his own reflection.  Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all, my son.)

22 weeks:

You know, I kind of regret starting this week-by-week pregnancy photo montage thing, because it's kind of boring, but I feel obligated to just keep it going because...inertia!  THAT'S HOW WE ROLL AROUND HERE. Anyway, compare it to the picture from 7 weeks ago and you'll see progress, kind of.  Thing 3 is measuring right on the money for dates at any rate, so that's good.

I remember when I was pregnant with Cal, around this point of gestation I was doing a rotation in the NICU.  We had a couple of micro-preemies in the unit at that time (babies that were born around 24 weeks gestation--we actually had one that was even a little shy of that, which brought up some very difficult ethical issues when the parents demanded the full court press) and it was particularly jarring to say the least at that time to see those babies in incubators and know that it was the exact same size and age as the fetus bouncing around inside me.  Anyway, if tradition holds there probably won't be anything terribly dramatic to look at externally until around, oh, say, 25 weeks or so (huh, looking at those old pictures reminds me how we never used to clean our bathroom mirrors, ever--and this was before we had messy kids to blame stuff on) but we'll just continue this little project in the spirit of following through with things I've started.

This is going to be really embarrassing at the end when I do the end-of-pregnancy picture roundup and it becomes glaringly evident that I wear scrubs, like, 85% of the time.  I mean, that's an accurate representation of my wardrobe and everything, but holy hell woman, it's like I'm a cartoon character.  Remember when Charlie Brown opened up his closet and it was just a whole row of those yellow T-shirts with the black zig-zag stripe?  That's me.


  1. Love the pics - wish I had thought of it when I was pregnant 13 years ago! (That was before I read blogs/surfed the net regularly and "borrowed" great ideas from other people.)

    Anyway, I wanted to tell you that you aren't the only one who's wardrobe is dictated by their job. I am a teacher and I constantly wear khaki slacks or black slacks with some sort of simple shirt - the less ironing the better! I wore grey pants to work one day and one of my friends tried for a while to figure out why I looked different!

  2. "end-of-pregnancy picture roundup" - pun intended? You know, roundup, round belly....oh, never mind.


  3. Anonymous9:32 PM

    I have two comments:
    1. You are so lucky not to have stretch marks at all, having had two large babies already. Do you use coco butter on your belly to soften up the stretching skin? Comment from other readers on how to prevent stret ch marks.
    At 22 weeks your belly look like someone who has gained a little weight. How lucky.
    2. I saw pictures at your backyard with its beautiful deck. Do not tear it apart. You will be sorry after you did it, remember those mirrors? You don't know how much more work lies ahead. Leave the yard the way it is, Just buy some portable dipping pools or slides that can be removed at any time when they get tired of it. It will destroy the beautiful garden in my opinion.

  4. wanda1:54 AM

    the bump is starting to show....

  5. Anonymous,

    My dad is a dermatologist, and per him, there's really nothing topical that you can do to prevent stretch marks, it's really just a matter of genetics and suchlike. I got away with it the first two times, but who knows, Thing 3 may be the breaking point (collagen fiber wise).

    Also, we're not looking to tear up the deck, we just want to landscape the piece of yard distal to it, make it flat so the kids can play on it. (Right now the deck IS the only flat part the can play on, so we we wouldn't dream of getting rid of it.)

    Thanks for the comments!

  6. Anonymous9:31 PM

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  7. Anonymous1:07 PM

    Goodness I wish I had taken weekly pics when I was pregnant. But I was pregnant about 40 years ago and I don't think women did that then. I also wish I looked like you when you are pregnant even when I am not pregnant..lol...I have read you since med school days so I have followed all your pregnancies and other stuff. When you get time would you do a post about Cooper and maybe some pics. Its been so long since we have seen him Im not even real sure I got his name right.

  8. Anonymous4:45 PM

    You know what's really funny is that I also roll my scrubs over like that, cos otherwise they drag on the floor.
    Awesome idea, btw!

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