I had a long conversation at church a few weeks back with a woman who had twins a few years ago. At one point during the conversation she put her hand on my knee, leaned in close, and said in a dark and serious tone, "are you prepared for how big your belly is going to get?"
How can I be prepared for that? How can anyone be prepared for that?
I have never had a huge belly, even at 9 months pregnant. So while I know I won't get as big as some women, obviously I am going to get bigger than anything I have experienced before. I am sure it's going to be very interesting. I already feel like I am almost as big now as I was full term with Peanut (who was by far my smallest baby.)
I switched to maternity clothes more than a month ago, way sooner than I normally do. People who see me around town definitely can tell that I'm pregnant.
I am very very grateful that I have an ample maternity wardrobe. It has been such a blessing. This is thanks to a kind reader of this blog who mailed me two huge boxes of maternity clothes during my last pregnancy. Laney, I don't know if you are still reading my blog, but I want to thank you again. Those clothes were and are a lifesaver.
I am not big enough yet to be terribly uncomfortable, so I am grateful for that, as long as it lasts. However, I still get nauseated often and I am frequently exhausted to the point of incapacitation. I spend at least half of every day lying down. At this point I don't expect things are going to get much better. This is just going to be hard, and it may get a lot harder.
But medically, so far everything is fine and that is a blessing I do not take for granted. I am very grateful to be able to carry these babies. I know a lot of people would love to be in my shoes and would gladly take on my challenges if they could only have this blessing. So I am trying to take my challenges on gladly too. Some days I do better than others. On those not-so-good days I just tell myself "you're more than halfway."