Do grouchiness and mood swings go away after the first trimester?
2hm I think your baby belly is LOOOOOOVELY and I want to give you a big hug for those stretch marks. I don't know if you're going to count them as a badge of honor or a source of complete and total unsexiness - I sort of waffle between the two. We were at the beach on Friday and I was missing two obvious prerequisites to be at that beach, which was (1) tattoos and (2) a nubile, firm, blemish- or scar-free body. Even the pregnant mama who was on the towel next to us was fat-less and had a "perfect" bikini-clad bod with an adorable, well-tanned bump and nary a stretch mark in sight. (She was even still wearing her navel ring, wonder for how much longer?) She looked like every pregnant model I've ever seen. Why don't we ever see women with stretch marks modeling maternity underwear or swimwear?! :
I am still too shy to take pictures of my belly. I gathered a lot of belly fat due to stretched-out skin from kid #1, canceling our YWCA membership to be able to send my son to preschool and a sedentary lifestyle. Plus the scar from my cesarean birth did strange things to the shape of my belly. Baby is pushing my belly fat up, not out. It's strange. So I actually look quite pregnant - more pregnant than I am, but it's all pre-baby belly fat.
I'm experiencing what I experienced last time while pregnant, which was that pregnancy is the only time I haven't felt self-conscious since I've been conscious of my body. I was aware of my body by about 8 or maybe 9 because my parents were concerned about my extra weight and put the onus on me to eat differently (while they continued to keep crap food around the house). Only when I was pregnant did I feel pretty darn great about my body. Now I don't feel self-conscious of my belly fat because I can claim that it's the baby.
But still, I'm not keen on taking a belly photo, because it doesn't look anything like a baby belly. *shrug*
On a different note, I am sure on the edge of my seat waiting to hear from kk.