Sunday, November 9, 2014

History of my belly.
The Adventures of Supermom® is going down memory lane.

I miss being pregnant watching my body change and feeling the wonderful gift of life growing.  It truly is a gift, one that I am thankful to have experienced.  I was talking to my husband the other day about missing it, I think, and he told me that I had been pregnant for a total of three years.

WOW.  I'd never thought of it that way.  I know elephants are pregnant for forever but I still cannot believe I was pregnant a total of three years. 

Three years!!??!

That's nothing compared to breastfeeding your babies a total of 13 years.

Yep, I've done that too.

I thought I would do a history of my belly with a surprise at the end.  Enjoy.

Here's a picture of me very pregnant with H.  Look at that belly covered with a floral moo moo.  {Laughing}  Back when I was pregnant with my first child there weren't any awesome maternity stores and the Gap didn't have an amazing selection!   Just sayin'.  I totally missed out of pregnancy styling but I did alright wearing my moo moos.  All pregnant women look amazing in HUGE floral dresses.

{Yes, I did say that sarcastically.}

While pregnant with my first child at the age of 19/20 I started out weighing 105 pounds and ended at 157 1/2 pounds, gaining a total of 52 1/2 pounds.  I seem to gain a lot of weight while pregnant as you will see when you finish reading this post.  {I cropped out the faces to protect the innocent, I had a perm.  I can admit that proudly.}  But I still cut the faces out.  You didn't need to see that.  I didn't need to see that.

{Do people still get perms?  Besides the older ladies.}

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My first baby, a daughter, was born healthy and happy and attached to my boob.  This is my beautiful daughter, she weighed 8 pounds 12 ounces.  Just an amazing miracle.

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Wasn’t she just adorable!?!?!?!

Baby #2.

Here I am, 23 years old, pregnant with my handsome son B.  Starting weight 120 pounds – ending weight 172 pounds = I gained 52 pounds.  {Nodding}

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You can tell from the picture that H is rather happy about having a little brother but that would all change rather quickly.  Again I cropped the picture because I had a perm again and awful lipstick.  {Superdad agreed about the lipstick.}  I was rather big in the picture though.  {Laughing}

Here's my handsome son weighing 9 pounds 13 ounces at birth.  Yeah, I grow them big.

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I've had children at a young age, 20 and 23 {almost 24}, and I've had children later on in life at 30 and 33 and I can say that being pregnant while “younger” was much easier and I had a speedier recovery.  I'm not advocating that girls have their babies at a young age and I am not saying that I was old when pregnant with my last two children, I am just sharing my opinion.  I definitely noticed a huge difference especially while pregnant at 33 with Ninja Gurl.  It was a very difficult pregnancy but it was also an awesome pregnancy. 

I have two more bellies to share.  Smiling proudly.

I thought I was finished having babies until I met my Superdad.  My two children where able to potty on their own {cept with helping wipe but that doesn't count --- looking at Superdad} and they weren't hanging onto my boob.  Life was grand.  Then I met Superdad and he'd never been married nor had children and I just knew that I wanted to have more children with this man.  It was an instant feeling.  BTW, I knew after our first date that I'd spend my life with him.  I wonder if he knew to?

Okay, here's my VERY HUGE BELLY at the age of 30.  {no pointing or laughing}  My starting weight was 115 pounds – ending weight 172 pounds = total weight gained was 57 pounds. 

I was ONE huge pregnant woman.  As you can tell from the picture. 

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Look how much H and B have grown, all snuggled up to my belly.  I love this picture.  It's one of my favorite photos of us together before Lovely O was born.  I was going to be induced with Lovely O because my doc had thought she was going to be big like B so we had a date set a week before my due date.  After all day of labor with no results I ended up having a cesarean that night learning that her head was in a funny position and that's why she wasn't coming down to be born the old fashioned way.

Here's a beautiful picture of Lovely O while getting her first bath.  She was my smallest baby weighing in at 7 pounds 12 ounces. 

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Odd fact:  I recovered much better with a cesarean than a vaginal birth.  I could actually sit without hemorrhoids.  {Nodding, it was great.}

Number 4.  Perhaps four is my lucky number?

Here I am pregnant with Ninja Gurl.  My cesarean is planned for the next day.  Pretty big.  I don't know how I'm able to walk with all this weight I have gained.  Wait, I cannot!  It was extremely hard to get around the last couple months of pregnancy.

Starting weight 130 pounds – ending weight 182 pounds = total weight gained 52 pounds.  I still find it so hard to believe that I gained so much weight.  My doctors didn't say anything about any of the weight I gained during pregnancy which was okay with me because I was healthy and my babies were healthy.

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Here's Ninja Gurl at birth.  I called her Moon Pie because her face was so round like a Moon Pie and I ate hundreds of them while pregnant with her.  Which explains the weight gain a little bit better.

She weight 8 pounds 6 ounces at birth.

Isn't she just beautiful?

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I am so thankful for my children.  So thankful.

You've seen my pregnant belly with my H, who is now 20 years old and in her third year of college.

She is now pregnant with her first baby.  Which means I am going to be a Mamaw next year.  So exciting.  I am tickled pink.

I want to show you her baby belly.  It's beautiful just like she is. 

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My belly with her in it and her belly with my grand-daughter.

My belly is bigger.  {wink}

Happy 10th Anniversary The Adventures of Supermom®.  I've been able to share so much of my life with you and I hope that you've enjoyed it as much as I have.



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