Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pregnancy Journal: Front-Heavy

From 5 Minutes for Parenting

By Kelly

My two-year-old walked up and poked me right in the belly.

"Baby, Mommy?" she asked.

I sat, struggling to pull on my jeans, and agreed.

"Yep. That's the baby, honey."

She reached a little higher and poked with both hands.

"More babies, Mommy?"

"Ummm ... no honey."

But her confusion is understandable. I'm so front-heavy these days, I'm lucky I don't tip forward and get stuck to the floor, like some sort of bizarrely drawn cartoon character. Besides the usual growth of the girls, my stomach is nearing watermelon-like proportions.

(There's a picture on my blog today, if you're really that interested. But trust me - it's not for the faint of heart.)

Waddle, waddle.

The funny thing is, I swear that bump is all baby. He is SO STRONG these days. He can wake me up with a well-placed kick to the hip (interior hip, of course), and he can make my abdomen look like a tent set up by a Boy Scout. There are points and angles and, sometimes, origami.

Pregnancy books say the average 35-week-old baby is roughly five pounds, give or take a few. I asked my OB last week to take a guess what he might weight at birth.

She shrugged her shoulders, glanced up from the clipboard and said, "He could be 9 pounds."

Help. Me. Now.

Thankfully, those crazy doctors don't know what they are talking about. Right?

Kelly is 35 weeks pregnant with her fourth baby, a boy who has more muscles than she does at the moment. You can find her blogging at Love Well.


  1. Well, I'm only half front heavy, but I swear, one of them is bigger than his head! And when he sleeps for too long... oh help me!
    And I don't remember those inside hip kicks with my first one, but this guy was a master! It just felt so weird to think he was kicking my hip from the inside!

  2. I remember going for an ultrasound at 32 weeks to confirm that the baby was breach. The technician must have asked me 5 times if I was really sure about those dates. He was big. BIG. That's when I began to get very thankful for the planned C.
    And now I just feel bad for you!

  3. Kids say the darnest things! But you have to love them. You look fabulous!

  4. You look great- seriously. And Teyla... well she's 2. :) As far as a 9lb baby- you can do it! I did it with baby #1- you have had 3 "warm-ups" so it will be a piece of cake. Can't wait for that baby boy to arrive!

  5. All the best as you go through these last weeks! I remember feeling clausterphobic with some of my pregnancies...like, give me a break from this bump, carry it for me for a while PLEASE! Sounds like your little man is healthy and strong, what a blessing.

  6. You're not a big woman, Kelly, so that your belly is full of baby comes as no surprise to me! You look adorable and doctors can be wrong! Mine was about Peabody - she had Peabody weighing 8.5 lbs at my last non-stress test. He was born 24 hours later at 7 lbs. 13 oz. Maybe your boy's just long - that's not as scary, right?