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Talking ~*~*~*~ The Belly Thread! ~*~*~*~

Merry Christmas (Eve)! I thought it would be fun to start our official belly thread at this festive time of year.

And, it's a shocking 60 degrees here so the windows are wide open and I put on a stretchy tank top and....WOAH! Couldn't help but snap the first belly shot of this babe.

If you have a belly, if you don't have a belly, feel free to share your photos!

12/24/14 ~ 10+1 weeks (LMP) or 11 weeks (u/s):


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Wow! I'm 10+1 and I've got nothing. Can't button my jeans but nothing that would be noticeable to other people. Of course this is the first pregnancy I've carried past 7 weeks and I'm already on the "fluffy" side so I'm not expecting to really show for a while yet.

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Merry Christmas!

Well, my belly is bigger by the end of the day, so no doubt some of it is bloat. But there's a bump there in the mornings too.

My sister and niece come over today and will stay for Christmas dinner. I told my sister the other day which is a good thing because I don't think the bump would go unnoticed. It's almost ridiculous that I haven't told my mom and my kids yet. I think my mom has it figured out; she's seen me through enough pregnancies not to know that something is up.

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Meta - You look very pregnant! The super cute!
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@Metasequoia you look lovely! I love how the body remembers what to do.

I'll share mine too! (9+1) It's sooo big compared to my usual belly but luckily no one guessed on our Christmas vacation! Heading home today.
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Cute bumps! I'm 11 weeks today. Mine is not quite as big as meta's but we used a pic of me at 10 weeks to tell family yesterday and everybody got it right away
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Mines there. This is baby 4.0 so no stomach muscles left to hold it back. I'm 10 weeks today.


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Definitely there! Yeah, no ab muscles = showing ridiculously early! Same thing over here...

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Here is mine, yesterday at 12 weeks 2 days, baby #14

I can't see it! Can anyone else?

I dragged my photo over from the iPhoto window to the box that says "Drag Files Here to Attach!" on this window...

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I can't see it! Can anyone else?

I dragged my photo over from the iPhoto window to the box that says "Drag Files Here to Attach!" on this window...
Is it working now? I'm kinda all thumbs when it comes to this...

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Baby #14! Wow, you are a baby rockstar. Have you been pregnant or immediately postpartum your whole adult life? You must have this whole process down to a science.
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Yes, baby 14 Married 20 years, breastfeeding, non-stop (through all my pregnancies but my first) for 19.5 years, tandem nursing non-stop for 17 years, quite a few years triple nursing (so hard to count when weaning happens gradually.) Twelve homebirths so far, delivered 113lbs. of baby total - and after this pregnancy we figured I will have spent 10.5 years pregnant! I can't think of a better way to spend my life. These kids are awesome.
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Yes, baby 14 Married 20 years, breastfeeding, non-stop (through all my pregnancies but my first) for 19.5 years, tandem nursing non-stop for 17 years, quite a few years triple nursing (so hard to count when weaning happens gradually.) Twelve homebirths so far, delivered 113lbs. of baby total - and after this pregnancy we figured I will have spent 10.5 years pregnant! I can't think of a better way to spend my life. These kids are awesome.

You rock, mama! My husband (a homebirthed baby) was #11 . Then his mom had to have a hysterectomy but adopted 3 more. She's 71 1/2 and her baby girl is about to turn 14! I have a lot of respect for her. And you! My mom had 6. I have bad health problems, but we decided before we were married that we were open to as many natural and/or adopted children as the Lord brings our way. I probably have a good 10 baby making years left in me, so we'll see how it goes! We both do want a big family though. Let me see if I can get around to a picture....
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One with my regular (lose fitting) clothes, no one can tell and I have always had a belly. The other is with a tank, not actually showing, that's all just flab I've had for many moons.
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I can't see it! Can anyone else?

I dragged my photo over from the iPhoto window to the box that says "Drag Files Here to Attach!" on this window...
I clicked on it and I could see it.
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I can't wait for my baby to show though. I am a little envious of you ladies who are! BUT I am glad because I can wait a little longer to tell everyone.

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Is it working now? I'm kinda all thumbs when it comes to this...
Yes, now it's there! You look amazing!

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Yes, baby 14 Married 20 years, breastfeeding, non-stop (through all my pregnancies but my first) for 19.5 years, tandem nursing non-stop for 17 years, quite a few years triple nursing (so hard to count when weaning happens gradually.) Twelve homebirths so far, delivered 113lbs. of baby total - and after this pregnancy we figured I will have spent 10.5 years pregnant! I can't think of a better way to spend my life. These kids are awesome.
This is so many kinds of awesome! Got me thinking...

I've delivered 31.15 lbs of baby so far.

I've been pregnant for 3.25 years (and counting...)

I just can't make my brain figure out the nursing right now. My first was born in 2000 and I tandemed some, nursed through some pregnancies, and my youngest (4) is still nursing - though I'm really hoping he weans before this baby comes!

I've always wondered how many gallons of milk I've produced...

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One with my regular (lose fitting) clothes, no one can tell and I have always had a belly. The other is with a tank, not actually showing, that's all just flab I've had for many moons.
I love seeing all of the bellies, even if there isn't much to see yet! It makes it even more fun to watch as they all grow.

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11 weeks today.

Well, that was a pain, and now my pic is sideways... Ugh

Anyway, I don't feel like I've grown much at all. I've had a pooch ever since my last baby was born, no matter what I do. My muscles are gone, I have pretty bad diastasis recti, and a hernia, so it feels hopeless. Plus, I haven't been able to get below 140ish, when my entire adult life I stayed at 131. I'm ready to have this baby and be done with it all. I CANNOT do another pregnancy. I. Feel. Terrible.
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11 weeks today.

Well, that was a pain, and now my pic is sideways... Ugh

Anyway, I don't feel like I've grown much at all. I've had a pooch ever since my last baby was born, no matter what I do. My muscles are gone, I have pretty bad diastasis recti, and a hernia, so it feels hopeless. Plus, I haven't been able to get below 140ish, when my entire adult life I stayed at 131. I'm ready to have this baby and be done with it all. I CANNOT do another pregnancy. I. Feel. Terrible.
I think that's a cute little belly, whatever it is.

I think my ab muscle are split too. I could feel it when I'd do a half sit-up and feel my muscles - I could definitely fit fingers through there.
I remember in another DDC I was in (one I dropped out of) there was a mama who was addressing the diastasis recti during pregnancy and she's post belly profile shots each week and it was amazing how her belly got smaller and smaller as her pregnancy progressed. I bookmarked the place she went to.

I think I've held onto a few pounds since my last baby too, but when I went to the doctor and had my weight checked, it was down more towards my normal adult weight where I've been since I was 18. I think our digital scale has been adding 5-6 lbs... But my belly hasn't gotten as "taught" (I use that term loosely) as it was after baby number 3. I expect to look 5 months pregnant for a while after this baby comes.

And I'm so done as well. I already can't imagine the postpartum nighttime waking sessions. I don't know how I'm going to survive. I'm counting on placenta pills saving my life (I've never had it encapsulated before.)
I keep meaning to start eating beef liver again but am too lazy (or it's the aversions?) But I used to pull frozen chinks of raw, grass-fed beef liver from the freezer and chop off a bunch of pill-sized pieces and add some salt and swallow them whole with a swig of water. The energy boost was amazing, but not jittery like caffeine, just a nice, balanced and sustained energy.

I'm with you though, I feel like crap too. 11 or 12 weeks this week and really looking forward to feeling better one of these days.

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You know, they say you forget labor and all that, which means you will want another baby. I remember all my births as clear as day (they were amazing, but I'm already scared to do it again), but I forget about the morning sickness! This is the worst! And I think it really is worse than my others, each one gets progressively harder to deal with. But I can't believe how bad this is. 5 weeks today of barely moving. I'm completely out of it.

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Gotta say, Ladies, these belly pics are the best! I'm going to be a cheerleader and not a do-er yet. Keep 'em coming! I'll get around to the photo one of these days. I have outgrown nearly all of my pants already but I am still really not showing. I can't wait to, though!
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You know, they say you forget labor and all that, which means you will want another baby. I remember all my births as clear as day (they were amazing, but I'm already scared to do it again), but I forget about the morning sickness! This is the worst! And I think it really is worse than my others, each one gets progressively harder to deal with. But I can't believe how bad this is. 5 weeks today of barely moving. I'm completely out of it.
Ugh, I remember the morning sickness. What I really remember clearly is the lack of sleep in those first weeks postpartum. That was really the hardest for me, having to nurse the baby every 2 hours and actually get out of bed to change a poopy diaper after each feeding.

And while my labors have been so easy and amazing - I LOVED having all of my babies! - I remember right after my last baby was born, saying that night that I didn't think I could do it again. But by morning, I told DH that I could have another.

All of my labors/births have been completely natural and felt empowering but the last one I felt like I really got into that zone and actually enjoyed every minute of it. I felt safe, comfortable, and was content to labor alone.

But even with such warm feelings about it, I still have a little fear about going through the physical pain of it. Those last few contractions and the crowning, even though they were always fast yet gentle for me, still get my heart beating a bit faster. Getting a hold of the anxiety I feel when I think about birth is something I'll need to work on as I get closer to my EDD. I had some false starts with a couple of my babies and it took a lot to calm me down. I ended up getting in the warm shower and doing a lot of deep breathing but it worked and the contractions settled down.

I think I need to work on some positive affirmations for when my thoughts start spinning.

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Oh the first nights post partum are so hard!! My dh got up every single time with me and changed the diaper, then I did the feeding, and he brought me a cup of water or milk. Sometimes we'd watch Arrested Development while I nursed or - if we weren't dead tired - he'd read to me. It was such a sweet time for us and my DH is the best....and we both felt like we were dying and going insane from lack of sleep.


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Oh the first nights post partum are so hard!! My dh got up every single time with me and changed the diaper, then I did the feeding, and he brought me a cup of water or milk. Sometimes we'd watch Arrested Development while I nursed or - if we weren't dead tired - he'd read to me. It was such a sweet time for us and my DH is the best....and we both felt like we were dying and going insane from lack of sleep.
That is so sweet.

I know I've always nursed in bed, but maybe those first couple of weeks I did get up to nurse because baby was too small and just figuring out the nursing thing. But mine always pooped immediately following a feeding and that was so hard to drag myself out of bed, turn on a light and make myself change the diaper.
My DH *never* got up in the night but to be fair, he's a contractor and spends a good deal of time up on roofs and it's probably best that he got his rest.

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I know I've always nursed in bed, but maybe those first couple of weeks I did get up to nurse because baby was too small and just figuring out the nursing thing.
exactly!! Other moms told me, "just put him in bed with you and nurse while you sleep" and I really could not get it to work. He was little enough (and my nipples were raw enough) that if I didn't hold him riiight up to the breast, it was frustrating. So we were awake a lot. I think we started nursing in bed at about 2 months? Maybe earlier. Then he stuck with that until he was almost 2 years. I even found it didn't really matter if I pumped much at work, because he'd only snack from the bottle all day and then tank up at night beside me. I hope this baby does that too.

You are a better woman than I, letting DH sleep. I think you are right it is for the best in your case!


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My births are, shall we say, intense? Precipitous much? It's always an adventure for us! Ill have to share all my birth stories sometime, they are pretty crazy. I loooooove them, but they are so intense it scares me to death. Definitely looking into hypnobabies this time, to see if I can slow things down.

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My births are, shall we say, intense? Precipitous much? It's always an adventure for us! Ill have to share all my birth stories sometime, they are pretty crazy. I loooooove them, but they are so intense it scares me to death. Definitely looking into hypnobabies this time, to see if I can slow things down.
Mine too, all of them - even the first one. Fastest one was 1 hour from when I was woken up in the middle of the night by a contraction to babe shooting out of me - I didn't even push! Longest one (1st one) was 3.5 hours, again from being woken by a contraction in the middle of the night to birth. The other two were about 2 hours each.

Mine never start slow; they start off with a massive contraction out of *nowhere* and it's a fast and furious labor. I'm always 4-5 cm dilated for 3-4 weeks before my EDD, so I guess I start off labor half-way there.

I'm always nervous to go anywhere those last few weeks and carry a birth kit in my car, jic. I map out where I'm going and figure out who lives nearby in case I go into labor while I'm out because I'd rather go to a friend's house to give birth than have an ambulance whisk me away to a hospital (or give birth in the grocery store!)

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My labor was so long. I wish I had known before that I was in for a multiple day ordeal. I would have paced myself better. I was in labor for 14 hours before we even went to the hospital, which felt long, and then 26 hours at the hospital before my son was born. They eventually told me to get the baby out or get surgery bc my water had been broken so long. They cranked pitocin so high they had 2 nurses watching his heartbeat struggle on the monitor ready to take me to surgery. Luckily once I started pushing he stabilized and that part was short. So much for my gentle and natural birth, but the hospital doesn't tolerate that when you're in the room laboring for a full day.

This time I will just assume I need to arrive at the hospital 24 hours after labor begins I'd rather birth at home or a center but my insurance doesn't cover any emergencies that (their words) result from "inadequate preparations for birth." If I am not at one of the two designated hospitals and get emergency care in labor, it is not covered at all. Totally pay out of pocket (except they do allow spontaneous emergencies like chord prolapse). And, the hospitals closest to my home and the birth center are both not allowable hospitals.

Anyway, avoiding the hospital isn't super important to me but I do know they get tired of people like me who don't like to follow protocol and I don't like the tension.


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