There’s this lady (a customer, not my client) at the gym where I work who seems to feel like just because I’m pregnant, she has the right (and duty?) to comment on my appearance every time I see her. The first time she commented something was probably about three weeks ago: “You look like you’re expecting a baby!”. Yes, thank you…I know. And following this were the usual questions about the due date and whether we were having a girl or a boy. Fine. The second time was two weeks ago: ” Are you sure there aren’t twins in there? Your belly looks so big!” OMG. Gee, I didn’t think to check. In fact, I have no idea how many babies I might be carrying. I didn’t actually say anything, except a: “yes, I’m sure, there’s definitely only one” accompanied by an annoyed smile. The last time was just this Monday: “Wow, aren’t you really rounding our and getting big!” This time I said: “Well, there’s a growing baby in there, it’s supposed get bigger.” I was really resisting the urge the comment something about her belly never seeming to get any smaller despite seeing her at the gym every week…
I admit, I haven’t been harassed too much. I’ve had some unwanted belly touching from acquaintances, and I haven’t been quick enough to react. I’ve planned on just reaching out to touch their belly, or asking if it’s ok for me to touch their stomach, but the moment always passes too fast. I need to work on my reaction time!
Anyway, I’m 23 weeks and 2 days. The belly is round and hard and is starting to get in the way of things. I can no longer demonstrate any kind of crunches or sit ups. During BODYPUMP, I keep hitting the bar on my belly during upward raises and cleans. If I’m on my back demonstrating a chest press, I have to sort of awkwardly roll over to my side and push myself up. Hilarious. The bonus side: I get all my clients to carry their own weights now!
Baby is continuing being a super active acrobat. I can clearly tell when baby’s asleep and definitely when baby’s awake. Baby continues to kick, flip, stretch out, spin around, do backflips and tickle me. I’m still laughing when I watch my belly doing strange movements. Baby still likes to burrow deep down in my pelvis (though thankfully, can’t fit its entire body down there anymore), and will stick its feet way down there. And thus we had a cute little moment the other day: I could clearly feel baby’s legs in my pelvis so I poked them, and baby kicked in response! And so we went back and forth until baby moved out of that spot. I’m ecstatic to be able have some kind of communication with our little one!
This past weekend we picked up baby’s crib from my co-worker, re-organized the bed room to make room for it, and set it up. I can’t believe that in less than four months, our baby will be sleeping in it!