A Bowling Ball Belly - Seven Months Pregnant

We are now officially into the third trimester!

I've heard that you start to feel sore and tired this trimester. So far I'm still feeling good, and I have plenty of energy - it's still early though. I have noticed that my upper abs seem sore, and I'm wondering if it's because my rib cage is having to expand for the belly. I've also had some cramps in my calves at night - they really hurt, but they go away if I stand up and stretch them a bit.

I can tell the little boy has gotten bigger - some of his kicks almost hurt now. I can also feel him right under my ribs, so I think my uterus has reached it's full height. He's about 14-16 inches from head to toe, and somewhere between 2 1/4 and 2 1/2 pounds. He has eyelashes now, his brain is maturing, and he has REM sleep cycles - meaning he is dreaming!

I had a really odd dream the other night that I went into preterm labor and our little man was born at 28 weeks. Don't worry though, no preterm labor signs that I can tell - and I read that if he was born at 28 weeks, his chances of survival would 90%! That's a pretty high number - it's cool to think how we would most likely be just fine if anything happened at this point.

We have the list of names narrowed down to two. I think we're just going to wait until he's born to make a final decision at this point - even if we have one we're leaning toward, I want to make sure the name we pick fits him, once we can see what he looks like. So I'm sorry, my friends, but you'll just have to wait until he's born to hear the name!

He's officially nick-named Diesel or Little "D" now on my side of the family. At Thanksgiving, my dad and I tried to fool my grandma and aunt and we told them the two names we were seriously considering were Diesel (as in the fuel) or Savage.

I must say, my aunt and grandma have great poker faces - they hid their true feelings very well - I think they were relieved when we told them we were just joking though! Ever since then though, my family has been referring to him as "Diesel", though they assure me they'll call him by his real name once he's born.

He's also referred to as "Little D", for Little Derek, which I think is cute. Though neither of our possible names starts with "D"!

And Derek's dad calls him "Bueford" in order to tease us as well . . . our families are so funny!

Disclaimer: Not that there's anything wrong with the aforementioned names, they're just very unlike the style we're going for . . .

I am apparently getting bigger as well - this past week at work my boss walked into the room, stopped in her tracks, and exclaimed that I looked "so much bigger than when I last saw you!", which was but a mere five days before! My dad also thinks there's a noticeable difference in my size since last week.

My total weight gain is around 14-15 pounds so far - I'd like to hold steady for another two weeks, because then I'd have the leeway to gain a pound a week in the remaining ten weeks until my due date - but we'll see how it goes. It is Christmas season, after all. I'm just glad I haven't gained ten pounds in the month of December already!

Here are the 28 Week/Seven Month Belly Pictures!

I like this one - it looks like I stuffed a bowling ball under my shirt!



The belly is really just growing out front, as opposed to in width - from the front, it doesn't look like I've changed too much in width much at all.



Here's a picture from when we went to the zoo this past summer - I was about twelve weeks pregnant here. I think I've gotten a little wider since then, but not too bad.



And I'm told that from behind I don't even look pregnant.



I most certainly am pregnant though. Oy.



And to think I felt so huge ten weeks ago . . .



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Amber Hansen said...

Oh my goodness! That's too funny! You really do look like you have a ball stuffed under your shirt! That's great though because you really don't look pregnant from any angle but the side! You're going to just pop right back into your pre-pregnancy shape, I bet!

Natalie {Extraordinary Love} said...

you are ALL belly!!! so cute!

Emily P. said...

You look fantastic! You're tiny everywhere but where the baby is!

HIS daughter said...

Ahhh! I love it! you are definitely all belly and so adorable!!! :) I am so excited for you! And that is so funny about your family and the names! lol :) Blessings! :)
Katy

Chloƫ said...

what a cute bump! :) it's literally the perfect baby bump...I'm sure many woman would be jealous. And I for one am jealous of your weight gain...I'm just a little under that at only 20 weeks. Sigh...

Ashley said...

You look great! I was all belly too and everyone told me constantly that I didn't look pregnant from behind (I'm so glad I didn't, lol!)

I cannot wait to here your little guy's name, I think it is a lot of fun waiting to tell everyone. It kept things exciting! Our family took to calling our son "The Ginger" - because my husband has a red beard, and Cornelius, for some reason!

Enjoy the next 12 weeks, he'll be here before you know it!

Melanie said...

You look great Callie! From behind..nobody could ever tell you were pregnant..I guess you'd really suprise someone in the supermarket line that was behind you when you'd turn around!! Can't wait to hear what your gonna name the little guy..love the nicknames from your family too!

Rebecca Louise. said...

Oh Callie you are blooming and looking wonderful!

Kara @ KSS said...

You look great, Callie!! With every month that passes, you will look at your past pictures and wonder how you ever thought you were big back then.

As for widening...yes, your hips will probably widen. Especially with how tiny you are. This is one of the reason your pants won't fit well after he's born, even after you've lost the baby weight. It takes a while for your hips to go back. I lost most of my weight far before I could fit into my pants again, and then one day, it was like, ahhhhh they fit!! I think it was around when Krew was 7 months old that I could wear my old jeans. Of course, maybe you'll have a splendid body that won't do as much widening, but be prepared just in case you have to wait it out like I did. :)

Ria Thurston said...

You are too cute! :-)

cait said...

You look great!! Um how's it feel to look like every girl dreams to look pregnant?! :D Love that bowling ball bump! Adorable! I think it's great how you're deciding on the name! At least you have it narrowed down...I'm sure that's almost as tough as choosing the "perfect" one.

LeAnna said...

You look adorable! I got bad charlie horses (leg cramps) with my first pregnancy. Ask your Dr. about taking some extra potassium and magnesium. I took extra (a molecular form) and had one while pregnant with Sprig. And that was because I hadn't taken any for a week or two. It's amazing how it helps, because those suckers HURT.

Lyndsey said...

Ahh before you know it, he'll be here!! And good job on the weight gain (or lack thereof!), you look great! I don't think my bod is going to be so lucky. Christmas season is already getting the best of me! Oh well!

Jenene said...

Your "bowling ball" is so cute! I find it so interesting how we seem to be experiencing the same things close to the same time, even though you're three weeks ahead of me!

Like how I can already feel my little one up by my rib cage; it's a clear testament to how short I am! :D

Have you felt hiccups yet?

ladyfelicity said...

Aww ... those pictures are very cute!

ashley said...

Aw! Yeah I thought you looked a little bigger since last week too! And I am so excited to hear what name you pick - ah the suspense!

Fair Maiden said...

You are definitely gaining all in front. I gained ALL over (a total of 65lbs.) and I look so much better now (3 months PP). Anyway, you look REALLY good!!!! :)

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