Wednesday, August 20, 2014

40 Weeks In...40 Weeks Out

Do you notice a new look AND name around here?  Well, I LOVE the new name, design, and everything!  A huge thanks to Erin for taking my ideas and turning them into my new blog.


Welcome to this Mama's Happy Hour!!

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technically taken 38 weeks in and 39 weeks out


I think it is truly amazing what the female body can do.  After carrying and delivering a child, I will forever be indebted to my body...seriously!

I keep saying it, but it is amazing what a {almost} year difference can make.  To think back to when this picture was taken, it was just Derek and I and our little pup.  We had all of our time to ourselves and were planning for our first child.  We just wanted her to come as soon as possible and yet we had no idea what to expect when she got here.  For all you soon-to-be mothers out there- have no worries.   All of us first time moms start in the same boat (believe me, we had 0 experience with children) and you just learn.  Plus, every single child is different, so even if you do have experience, your own child will like and require a whole set of different things.  So, relax and just know that you will do great.

Ok, I'm going to be completely honest with you....I played a complete mind game with myself when I was pregnant and it was all centered around weight.  Looking back on it now, I wished I would have given myself a break and just went with it.  I didn't know it at the time, but your body knows exactly what it is doing.

In the beginning, I gained 0 weight.  I didn't have any morning sickness (luckily!) so I did not have an excuse.  I just was not putting on any extra weight.  During this time, I worried that my body wasn't doing what it was supposed to be doing.  All I could think was, how come the weight is not coming.  Then, I started rapidly gaining, except I had no pregnant belly to show for it.  Instead, EVERYTHING expanded (from my rib cage, to my butt and thighs) but I had nothing to show for my weight gain.  I knew that it was all worth it but at the time it was extremely hard for me to deal with.

By 20 weeks, I had gained 20 pounds (I gained TEN in one month).  But, my midwife assured me that every single body is different and it was doing what it needed to do to support a baby.  This did not make me feel ANY better.  When I finally had a pregnant stomach, I was so incredibly happy.  I had 2 short months to dress that stomach; and, I loved every second.  Towards the end, I did not gain much at all (not even an extra pound the last two weeks).  People commented the entire time how small I was, and I agree, my stomach was.  However, I gained about 38 pounds overall and I knew it had to be somewhere!

I know now that if I ever get pregnant again, I will just stop stressing and enjoy it.  As long as you are eating well and not too indulgent (hey, every pregnant girl needs that Dairy Queen blizzard), your body is doing what it needs to do.  And every single body is different.  And no matter what, you are making a freaking baby so you are a rockstar.  The end :)

18 comments:

Jill @ Bluegrass Belle said...

It's like you wrote this post just for me. I almost broke down and cried yesterday when I saw the # she wrote down at the doctor :( Mostly because I didn't understand...I don't pig out and I exercise. All I could think was, "I still have 6 weeks left." My doctor measured me and told me had no complaints, and that he believed the LBs were from fluid (my feet have been swelling a lot). I just hope I look as good as you do so quickly after the fact!

brittany @ g squared said...

Aw Katie! You looked great then and you look great now! It can be such a struggle. I am really anxious to see how long it takes me to fit back into my clothes and get rid of all this cellulite that is all of the sudden all over my body. You are right though- totally worth every pound!

Helene in Between said...

first, love the new name and design!! it looks awesome! erin knows her stuff!
second you really do look beautiful to me!

According to Jax said...

I would have NEVER guessed you gained 38 pounds. Wow, you sure wore it well and you look amazing now too! What a beautiful momma you are! :)

Courtney said...

I love this post and I love the new look and title!
Thanks for posting about the weight gain, I know it will be an issue that I will deal with some day and I hope I will be able to just relax and enjoy the process as much as possible. You looked great pregnant if it makes you feel any better by the way. =)

Erin @ Happily Obsessed said...

LOVE the new name and design!! Erin is the best!!! Gah baby weight gain!! I gained 60 - YES 60!!! Good lawrd it was devastating!! I am currently working my arse off to lose the last 30 I have flapping around!

Kayla MKOY said...

You were stunning, and always have been! It really is crazy what the human body can do and is capable of. Now look, you have that sweet little gal!! :) loving the new look, girl.

Sarah said...

Yay new design!

Becky said...

I love the new design!! Those pictures side by side are so cool! You and Charlie are both beautiful :)

Faith said...

You are the best! :)

And I love the new name and design! I noticed it when your name changed on Instagram so I stalked your blog of course ;)

Beautiful picture of you and Charlie!

Pegster said...

YAY, we are rockstars for sure. Thanks for sharing your insight on the pregnancy weight gain.

I love seeing the difference a year makes through pictures.

Allison said...

I would never ever have guessed 38 pounds. I thought you looked fantastic preggo and you look amazing now too. Such a cute comparison. And thanks for the encouragement. I always need to hear it these days. :)

Anne said...

Dang, I totally meant to do this 40 in, 40 out thing! (Well, 39 and 39 I guess...). Your photos are too cute, and I'm loving the new blog theme too. Fits you well.

Loved reading your thoughts and am going to bookmark this to remind myself again next time around - I was (am) totally someone who needed to let go of that weight mind game. You've given such good encouragement!

Erin LFF said...

:) Your new design makes me happy too!!! I love this post so much because we are ALL different and I know that will be a reminder I need when my time comes to have my own babe! Btw, thanks also for sharing that you had 0 experience with children. I get nervous sometimes because I've been around lots of kids ages 2-4, but have hardly any experience with babies and sometimes I worry I won't be able to figure it out!!

Amanda Klein said...

Totally agree with you on the "your body knows" mantra. I took the same mentality all through breastfeeding :)

Lauren Nicole said...

Loving the new blog look it's fabulous just like you mama! :-)

K atTBF said...

You look awesome!! :) And I love the new layout and the new name!!

Kristin said...

This post is exactly what I needed to read!