And just like that, 18 weeks pregnant has come and gone! (19 weeks tomorrow!) As you see, I’ve titled this post, “Feeling Pretty,” but itz not in a narcissistic way. Actually, itz quite the opposite. Let me explain. On Saturday I had my ten-year high school reunion. Naturally, I wanted to look good. Like always, I procrastinated in finding an outfit, and it wasn’t until the day before where I was raiding my mom’s and sister’s closets. Feeling like nothing looked good, I was getting a little frustrated. Hello growing belly (and body)!
Inserting my 18 week baby bump picture here to break up this text heavy story.
Pregnancy is not just about a growing belly. In fact, I know in that department I’m small compared to some. However, the other parts of me aren’t feeling so small. And itz not just a feeling as my pants are fitting way tighter…. and not just in the waist. When I gain weight, itz usually in my legs and boobs first, so itz no surprise that has happened thus far. I think part of it is coupled with the fact that I haven’t been working out for the past four months, and working out is something that makes me feel good, not just physically, but emotionally, too. I’ve always worked hard for my body, and felt pretty confident about it.
Let me say, I am over the moon happy to be pregnant and if I gain an ungodly amount of weight with a healthy baby, I am totally fine! I’m just keeping it real with y’all and talking about body image as itz something that’s been on my mind lately. I’m also aware that this is just the beginning of my growing pregnant body, and I have no doubt in my mind that Baby Itz will be worth every single second (and pound!) of it! The whole point of this tangent is that I decided to pamper myself the day of my reunion to remove the focus from my body and to help me feel pretty and confident.
I went to MAC Cosmetics and bought false eyelashes. When you buy them there, they apply them and do your eye makeup free of charge, and let me tell you: itz so worth the seventeen dollars that the lashes cost! Plus, you can reuse them a few times, double bonus. I instantly began to feel better, and then headed to Preston Salon Spa to have my hair curled. While this is clearly not something I will do on a weekly basis, it felt good for the evening. I mean, who doesn’t love getting pampered?
If you’re having a not-so-hot day regarding looks (hey, itz ok to focus on looks once in awhile, just don’t get obsessed!), go out and treat yourself. It will do wonders for you and your self-esteem. Itz not a long term solution, but it might give you a little boost like it did me. And that’s worth it. You’re worth it.
Alright, now for the baby deets:
Baby Itz: 18 Weeks
Mango. <– Oops, I was wrong. Itz actually a sweet potato.
Maternity clothes? No, but leggings are awesome.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Sleep has been good! I’ve been really tired, so sleep has been nice.
Best moment this week: Getting pampered and feeling even better after my sister took my baby bump pictures this week. See picture below to see why.
Miss anything? Intense workouts.
Movement: Nah. Come on, Baby Itz, kick me and kick me hard!
Food Cravings: No. Maybe they will come later? I love food, but I’ve never been like, “Oh my gosh, get me a _____ NOW!”
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope.
Gender: NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!
Labor Signs: None.
Symptoms: Nothing, nothing.
Belly Button – in or out? In.
Wedding Rings – on or off? On!
Happy or Moody? Happy! Especially with these pictures.
Looking Forward To: Showing you the picture below! So after getting my lashes, makeup, and hair done on Saturday, I did what any normal girl would do: I washed my face using a washcloth as to not disturb my false lashes and hoped my hair would stay relatively curled throughout my night’s sleep. Sunday morning I woke up and hung around my house in my pajamas, fake lashes, and curled hair. It was fun. Then I headed to my sister’s house for her to take my bumpdate picture that you saw at the beginning of this post. Stephanie wanted to take a more bare picture of me, and while I was hesitant, I trusted her because she is
always usually right and has mad photography (and editing) skills. I’ll admit, I felt really good (yes, a little narcissistic) when she sent me the picture.
photo by Stephanie Cotta Photography
Big thanks to Stephanie for helping to make me feel pretty again and for Jonny, as always, for never caring what I look like (as most days I lounge in pj’s, sans
showering makeup or any care about my appearance). I love you both and the rest of my family and friends for always being incredibly supportive.
While this post does not show it, I really do know that itz about what’s on the inside that counts. I do. I could ramble on and on about body image and pregnancy, especially after struggling for so long to get pregnant, but this post is lengthy enough. I’m extraordinarily blessed and fortunate to be growing Baby Itz and I wouldn’t change a darn thing about it.
What do you do to pamper yourself?