05 March 2008

twenty-four hour torso takeover

twenty-four hours ago my tummy wasn't as big as it is presently. it has literally doubled in size. twenty-four hours ago i was asking my friend at the office if i was showing and like a good friend should, she said i hardly showed more than a toothpick shows. five hours and a plate of pasta later i was on the treadmill in my what-used-to-be comfy workout tee shirt, which was now a tight show-my-belly-off type shirt. suddenly this babe had decided it's time for it's big debut. dan even noticed way across the gym where he sat on the bikes. i ran over to him..

d: mart, you're totally showing now. i just noticed it.
m: i know! like all of a sudden. it's crazy. i really am.

last summer i noticed every single female i saw was in fact pregnant; with a darling preg belly. it was crazy. i would point it out to whomever i was with. how are there ten pregnant ladies in this same restaurant at the same time? i couldn't get over it. it was nuts. i felt like i was soooo out of it because i wasn't in the club.

well last night, guess what i noticed while simultaneously noticing my growing tee shirt? i noticed all the girls working out had flat stomachs at the gym. none pregnant. all of them were working on their bikini bods. all lean and mean. funny when suddenly the easter grass grows greener. and you recognize it. not that in any sort of way i don't want to be pregnant, because, like i've said, it's the best thing in my whole life. i love being pregnant. more than i thought i would. but losing what you've always known to be your very own torso is a strange feeling. it's been there for better or for worse, and suddenly it's not the way it used to look (24 hours ago) and therein comes a reality check. it's like woah; i'm having a baby. it's really in there. and it's going to come out. in only a matter of months. months, people. this is the reality check i think i will be having over and over again.

so yeah, i am four months along and officially showing. i can feel my skin stretching. is that what i'm feeling? my favorite jcrew jean jacket no longer has it's cute snug fit. it's just plain snug. hooray for the babydoll spring shirts i binged on last year at the opening of forever 21. they will come in handy. i used to call them my faux maternity shirts, this year it's fur reals maternity.

it's officially happening; this babe is starting to grow and show. i am excited. and am going to embrace it. i am coming to the realization that my tried and true torso is now under someone else's control, entirely. scary. it's a small reminder to me; the babe is saying, hey move over, it's not about you anymore. your life is getting a complete makeover; starting with what was once your torso.

28 comments:

Meg said...

I loved reading this post, because it reminds me of how I felt about my growing torso. Not to scare you, but mine went from 25 inches to 45 inches by the time I was done. It will be the most amazing time of your life!!! I think that it's wonderful that you are embracing it and excited for this amazing journey, and that you love pregnancy!! I think that you will be a wonderful mommy because of it.

cheeky said...

I love how excited you are about being preggies. You are going to be a doll in your babydoll tops.
It is amazing how it, your belly, does literally plump out over night. Reality check for certain.
xo

raya said...

This happened to me too! I went on a trip for a few days around week 25 and when I got back my husband was like "wow, you're belly just popped out". On that trip I also bought my first pair of maternity pants because me normal jeans weren't fitting so well anymore : ). Glad you're enjoying pregnancy. I loved it and am so happy to have my baby, but sometimes I look down and miss my pregnant belly.

100 Percent Cottam said...

it's crazy, isn't it? i can't say i LOVED being pregnant (either time) but it is a rather amazing experience, isn't it?

amy said...

how cute! i'm so happy for you.

Nance said...

and towards the end, when you think you can't possibly get any bigger... you totally do. :) and then you deliver your bundle of joy, and even with all the extra weight you still have, you feel super skinny.

Kate said...

Hi Marta!! I love reading your blog and have been for awhile. I check most every day. I just wanted to say congratulations on your little sprout, how fun and what a blessing. I look forward to continuing reading and being inspired each day by your fun blog!! please keep it up! -Kate

prettypicture said...

you are so lovely. i love reading your words. would love a pic of that cute growing belly

cat said...

I think that there are 2 pregnancy camps, the loves and the hates. I was a hates. Love my little guy, but hated the preggo belly. I've been told boys and girls are different, so I guess I'll find out if I love being pregnant with a girl, if I have one.
Babies are such a miracle and a blessing.

.caroline armelle. said...

ah yes.. when you body is not your own anymore.. it's an exciting and strange feeling that is for sure.
just wait until you start feeling the movement all the time.. now that's fun!

Christina said...

Hooray for preggy bellies. It makes it feel more real. And there will be 1,000 more reality checks between now and arrival day. Enjoy this time- there's nothing like being pregnant with #1!

Dansie Family said...

i can't wait to see that cute pregnant you. after i ate a big meal, my belly looked so much more preggo. i remember at about 5 months and a big meal, tom and i would look at the belly and think i had to be more like 9 months. so much fun!

the mama monster said...

just wait until the hips start spreading, you get ugly dark line down your tummy, swollen ankles and more... then it really feels like it's not your body anymore! i bet you are the cutest preggie girl.

Pina said...

You are so lucky!

kelly said...

bet you look beautiful!

kristen hansen said...

Ah, that was such a sweet post. I am excited for you to have your first, and you are most correct when you said "your life is getting a complete makeover" it's true, but you wonder how on earth you survived without "this makeover" before! Good luck!

Megan said...

What a great post! You are so lucky. I'm so happy you are enjoying it and savoring it.

love.boxes said...

It does get to be a bit like an alien invasion and when it's over.. it's .. whew... I get my body back. But, it creates a bond that lasts for eternity. And, you are about to find out something really and truly amazing.. how much your mom loves you... because you can't really know that until you ARE the mom. :)

KJ said...

oh, the torso is only the tip of the iceberg of the metamorphosis of pregnancy. I'll just say this: some things will NEVER be the same again.

Gallups Family said...

simply beautiful - with envy wishing I was four months along...

PS
Enjoy every minute. It was the best time of my life, and now my son is the best time of my life :-)

Kim said...

It's been great reading your posts and about your exciting journey. I am also due in August..I LOVE IT and hit 17 weeks tomorrow! Sometimes I catch my reflection and am suprised everytime! Is that really me????? It's all such a beautiful miracle!

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petit elefant said...

Welcome to the rest of your life....

Marty said...

I actually loved being pregnant, too. I felt creative.

gab said...

First it's your torso, then it's your Saturday morning sleep-in,then it's your dry-clean only wardrobe, then it's your car, your bathtub, and your bank account.

Babe...the torso is the least of your problems. (But it's worth it!)

jamieanne said...

Sad for your teeny weeny torso. Hooray for that growing babe!

d.Sharp said...

It's wonderful that you are enjoying it! Even now I miss the feeling of somersaults in there, strange, I know.
Best, Denise

wabisabigirl said...

Is it not SO handy that those baby doll shirts are still "in" and available everywhere?:) I'm pregnant too (my 3rd) and it makes it so much easier to find clothes to wear!!

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