21 weeks: I will miss being pregnant.
March 09, 2009

It is hard to believe that this pregnancy is already more than halfway over, that I am close enough to the finish line to taste the sweet and painful victory of birth.  It seems like only yesterday I came home early from work to pee on a stick.

Okay, I came home early from work to pee on three sticks.  BUT REALLY, WHO’S COUNTING?


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I already knew what the sticks would tell me, of course, so I knew that I would need a full afternoon to wrap my head around the fact that AN ALIEN BEING was somewhere inside my body.

Donald and I had been waiting for this baby for a long time.  Those three sticks were the best thing to ever happen in our marriage, although the time I found out that my husband could make a mean brownie was a very close second.  (I know what you’re thinking, so I should clarify that they are NOT pot brownies.)

Every week of this pregnancy is better than the last.  This week, we can watch my belly contort as the baby kicks and squirms and repositions itself and then we can guess: is this lump the head?  Or the buttocks?  Or the cutest little elbow in the world?  Or is that actually an organ that has been moved into an unthinkable location?


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I am also expecting my belly button to break even with the rest of my belly any day now.  It has been threatening to do so for awhile, something I honestly had not thought would happen to me because my belly button typically runs about as deep as the Mariana Trench, and it has recently copped an attitude, so that when I cross my arms it pokes out more, and when I DARE try to bend over and pick up a sock I dropped on the floor?  It actually pops out.

Sigh.

But I think the most impressive milestone of all at 21 weeks is this: when I spill crumbs at dinner, they now land on my belly.  And while I should probably be ashamed about this, the fact of the matter is that I have taken to picking the crumbs off my t-shirt and eating them like nothing happened.


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  1. By Allison on March 09, 2009

    You look absolutely beautiful!

    My belly button never popped, but I did get huge-huge-huge-huge. Like, crazy big. But I guess that makes sense considering how ginormous my son was at birth.

    I still miss being pregnant sometimes. Isn’t the movement from within just amazing?

  2. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on March 09, 2009

    Thanks, Allison!

    The movement is the coolest!!!  I love having a little reminder every now and then that my baby is still in there, safe and sound =)

  3. By courtney on March 09, 2009

    sarah, your pictures are so beautiful.  you look lovely!  oh I do miss being pregnant and those kicks and pinches.  you will too, but you will always have a preciously little one to hold and kiss which makes it all better!

  4. By Kimberly on March 09, 2009

    If I looked that good pregnant, I’d stay knocked up for good.

  5. By Heidi on March 09, 2009

    Ha! Kimberly! I’m with ya.

    I’m thinking of getting preggers so I can look like Sarah.

  6. By mommyknows on March 09, 2009

    You look fabulous! You’re in the good stage right now. I’m glad you are enjoying it. I was always wishing it away. It’s so all consuming, I was too focused on the finish line.

  7. By elizabeth on March 09, 2009

    you look amazing pregnant! i love the blog. and congrats on the sweet baby! boy or girl?

  8. By Mom24@4evermom on March 09, 2009

    I’m so happy for you that you’re having that kind of a pregnancy.  I always treasured my time being pregnant as well.  It’s a very special time in our lives, that’s for sure.

    You are looking absolutely wonderful.  I hope you keep feeling good as well. 

    Heads are hard, tushes are soft.  Elbows are very sharp and pointy.  Have fun!

  9. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on March 09, 2009

    Lol thank you everybody for the nice set of compliments.  I plan to use them against Donald at my first available opportunity =)

  10. By Katelyn on March 09, 2009

    You look great!  Week’s 19-30ish were the bestest of my pregnancy.  I miss those kicks!  Sometimes when she’s in her sling, or her snugli she’ll move a certain way against my stomach and it’ll be the same sensation, and I MISS her being inside me. 

    The first week after she was born I cried and cried that I wanted her back inside of me.  I think my husband thought I was nuts, but I missed that oneness and intimacy that you can only feel carrying your baby.  I had to grieve that loss in a small way.  It’s AWESOME to hold your baby,  but selfishly I didn’t want to have to share her sometimes. Take care!

  11. By Stephanie on March 09, 2009

    “But I think the most impressive milestone of all at 21 weeks is this: when I spill crumbs at dinner, they now land on my belly.  And while I should probably be ashamed about this, the fact of the matter is that I have taken to picking the crumbs off my t-shirt and eating them like nothing happened.“

    I do the exact same thing. Yesterday we were walking the dog and it started hailing (small pieces), and we both watched them bounce off my belly and laughed like it was the most hystical thing in the world.

  12. By Stephanie on March 09, 2009

    aaaaaaand side note! The vintage processing on these is sooooo beautiful!

  13. By erin on March 09, 2009

    i am so glad you commented on my blog, because now i have found yours and LOVE IT.  i am so with you on the crumbs, and i so love watching my belly move when she gets all squirmy inside.  and thank you for voicing that one concern of mine, missing being pregnant: i am a bit afraid of how i will miss her being inside me once she is born, even as i am wanting to be DONE being pregnant.  because i’ll have to share her with the rest of the world once she is born, for the rest of her life, but right now she is all mine.

  14. By Heidi on March 09, 2009

    Jason Segel is on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson right now.

    Just thought I’d pass this along.

  15. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on March 10, 2009

    Erin - I’m glad you stopped by and liked what you saw.  Thanks for letting me know! =)

    Katelyn and Erin - I totally understand.  I think sometimes that I cannot wait to hold my baby and see them and touch them, but then I think that it’s going to be hard to share them when I’ve had them to myself for so long.  And (this is going to sound really weird) besides, I keep thinking it must be cozy and comfy in there, so is there really a need for them to come out?

    Stephanie - Thank you so much for the compliment on the processing.  I use a ton of different actions, some self-made and others not; if you ever want to know which ones made a photograph, let me know and I’ll shoot you an e-mail.

    Heidi - You crack me up.  Seriously, every time I see that billboard now, I think of this!

  16. By Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah on March 10, 2009

    You are such a pretty pregnant.

    I was much lumpier.

  17. By TB on March 11, 2009

    Lovely, the photos and the subject.

  18. By kbreints on March 11, 2009

    What a beautiful post… and the photos too!

  19. By Dianna on March 11, 2009

    Guess it depends on what the crumbs are.  Brownie crumbs, hell yes!  The photos are lovely.

  20. By Napmom on March 12, 2009

    I noticed the processing too.  Very wonderful. 

    I am so happy to remember those delightful pregnancy moments when you share your moments with us.  Keep sharing! 

    You look great - nice touch to turn your head away - interesting!

  21. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on March 12, 2009

    Goon Squad Sarah - I think we can cut you some slack, since you had twins and all.  I think we can confidently assume that the number of brownies I would eat if I were pregnant with twins would be more in line with what a pack of teenage boys could put down.  Which means I’d end up being the lumpier one in the end.

    Dianna - Right?  Brownie crumbs are the best!

    Napmom - Thanks for the compliment.  I’ll e-mail the edit recipe if you’d like it.  I’ll try to keep sharing the pregnancy as it progresses! =)

    Everybody - Thank you very much for your compliments.  My head is now too large to fit through my door.

  22. By Tara on March 12, 2009

    Those are fantastic belly pictures, and a fantastic belly.


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