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Goodbye Bump...Hello Baby.

on Monday, 04 March 2013.

On the 10th June 2012 I sat down on the toilet and did one of those cheapie internet pregnancy tests.  We hadn't even really started trying for a baby as we were waiting so I could have a few drinks on our holiday in the middle of June, but we had been being 'less careful.'  Imagine my surprise when a very faint line appeared.  I shouted to Mr E 'Can you see a line?  Can you see a line?'  He said maybe but it was very faint.  Cue a mad dash to Sainsburys to buy a 'proper' test and me being so impatient, couldn't wait so I did another test in their toilets.  Classy.  But another faint line appeared.  

And just like that my pregnancy journey began.

We had an interesting situation to begin with where a doctor told us we weren't pregnant but in the end it was confirmed that we were indeed expecting a new addition to our family.  

We announced it in a way that I will remember forever.

And my bump grew.  And grew.  And grew some more.

We found out we were having another little girl.  I couldn't have been more thrilled.

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And then after months and months of waiting and waiting we finally got to hold our new little bundle in our arms.  And it was totally worth the weight.

At 39+3 weeks my little lady came into the world.  

And just like that my bump went and all of a sudden there was a pink, screaming baby in it's place and I was left with a sort of deflated beach ball tummy.

I don't know if anyone else feels this way but the first few days I couldn't help but stare at my tummy then stare at LL, and not quite believe that she was inside me just days before?  How was this tiny human actually in my tummy?

Pregnancy most certainly is a miracle.  Our gorgeous children who mean the absolute world to us, start off as a mass of cells the size of a poppy seed and grow and develop until they are fully fledged little humans.  I find that mind boggling to think that is how we all started off.  

I am so thankful for my body that it has served me well and safely grown my two children.  I am a huge worrier in pregnancy and every little cramp, niggle and soreness makes me panic, especially in those early days.  It truly is a miracle that our bodies can grow something so special, and I feel so thankful that my body seemed to know what to do and we didn't have any huge problems in conceiving or sustaining our pregnancies. 

And now I have these two little girls to show for it.  

Yes I also have a belly button that has seen better days due to a huge amount of over stretching, and a tummy that will never quite be the same again.  Yes my belly is a bit 'loose' and Yes I no longer have a waistline and I dread to think what my boobs will be like after breastfeeding for a second time...

...But I grew my children safe and sound.  I may have suffered back pain, and with both of them such bad rib pain, and I may have got the odd leg cramp, but really in terms of pregnancy I have been very, very lucky to feel surprisingly good.  And even if I hadn't it would be totally worth it.

I don't think we will be having any more babies, I don't want to go through another pregnancy where I worry, plus after my last c-section I would be worried about the scar tissue as the surgeon said it seems I had an infection after my first section, so looking back on these bump shots is very bittersweet for me.  It makes me feel nostalgic to think that I won't feel another one of my babies kicking me on the inside, a truly special feeling that only you know about.  

However I now get cuddles on the outside.  And that is a million times better.  

I am so grateful to my body for growing these miracles.

I will treasure my bump photos forever.

Pregnancy is a truly incredible thing.

(My full bump diary posts and pregnancy posts are here.)

 

 

Comments (15)

  • Kate, @scattymumofboys

    Kate, @scattymumofboys

    04 March 2013 at 07:56 |
    Congratulations!!! Really love your bump photos and wish I'd have done that with my pregnancies.

    p.s. It's pregnancy not breastfeeding which affects your breast shape etc, breastfeeding actually improves the skin texture - bonus! :D
  • lucy at dear beautiful boy

    lucy at dear beautiful boy

    04 March 2013 at 08:08 |
    Awwwww, I feel so similarly about my post pregnancy body; yes, it's not what it once was, but look what I got to show for it? And I just find the whole process of pregnancy so amazing. The human body is just so clever. And to think that inside our baby girls, there are already the eggs they'll need to grow little babies of their own some day. So scary and amazing. X
  • Charlotte

    Charlotte

    04 March 2013 at 08:18 |
    Lovely to see all of your bump photos together and then the one with LL. It is a miracle! x x
  • Notmyyearoff

    Notmyyearoff

    04 March 2013 at 09:21 |
    Love your photos! You've had a brilliant journey second time round and that bit where you say about looking LL and wondering his she fit, I still do that now with Z!! :)
  • Emma

    Emma

    04 March 2013 at 20:44 |
    Awwww just beautiful Katie, you looked AMAZING pregnant, and I'm so glad you are doing so well with your two gorgeous little ladies. xxx
  • Brinabird

    Brinabird

    04 March 2013 at 21:17 |
    It really is a miracle! I love your bump pics all together.
  • The Mummy Scripts

    The Mummy Scripts

    04 March 2013 at 21:17 |
    These photos are amazing! And you look fantastic all the way through! What a great collection to show your little one when she gets older x
  • Richmond Mummy

    Richmond Mummy

    04 March 2013 at 23:30 |
    Lovely post and great to see your bump photos collated like this leading up to the photo with LL - fab memento. It is a mind-boggling miracle, you're right, and truly wonderful one :-) xx
  • Charlotte - Write Like No One's Watching

    Charlotte - Write Like No One's Watching

    05 March 2013 at 09:58 |
    That last photo is just adorable. You did pregnant very well and your figure, post baby - AMAZING. You cow. ;) xx
  • sarahmumof3

    sarahmumof3

    05 March 2013 at 13:45 |
    it really is amazing isn't it love your photos all together like that :) x
  • Coombemill

    Coombemill

    05 March 2013 at 15:10 |
    You look amazing throughout your photographs and all your weight was baby weight, a text book example of how to do pregnancy! Well done to you and congratulations on your lovely baby girl.
  • Capture by Lucy

    Capture by Lucy

    05 March 2013 at 22:00 |
    umm hello?!!! Where did that bump go?!!!! You look AMAZING!!!!!! xxx
  • Sarah

    Sarah

    06 March 2013 at 10:54 |
    I love your bump shots I definitely need to do that when ever I have my next as I didnt really take many with Thomas
  • jenny paulin

    jenny paulin

    06 March 2013 at 14:41 |
    its such a great way to remember your pregnancy by looking back on your weekly photos and you look fab in every one and how your massive bump looks so small only a week or two later is totally amazing!!
    like you, my body served me well too during both my pregnancies for which i am totally grateful to aswell. its been great reading your pregnancy story x
  • Kat

    Kat

    19 March 2013 at 12:32 |
    congratulations and this is such a beautiful post! I love all the photos side by side and the final one with the baby!

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