Wednesday, July 17, 2013

20 lbs, 20 weeks, and lunch desserts

I have some advice for pregnant women everywhere.

After you’ve been on vacation (and therefore eaten more delicious/unhealthy food than usual), and especially if you’ve eaten whatever you want for your entire pregnancy, weigh yourself at 9 pm. It’ll be fun and you’ll be so happy you did.

Nope. You won’t! Learn from my mistake…and my husband’s (he suffers from foot in mouth syndrome on the daily, poor guy, and most of the time it’s not really his fault.)

Last night, as I filled up our large (awesome!) bath tub with warm water and a relaxing lavender-scented bubble bath, so I could relax after a long day of work, I decided that it would be a good time to weigh myself. So I jumped on the old (nope, it’s not old, it’s new  and super accurate) scale and WOWSA! I was surprised. I’ve gained 20 lbs.! In 20 weeks of pregnancy! For all you unreasonable (overly healthy/diet conscious) people out there…yes, I realize that if I wanted to gain 25-35 lbs. total during this pregnancy, as recommended…it ain’t lookin’ good. Ooops. For all you reasonable (food loving, intelligent, charitable) people out there…I know, I know, I’m growing a baby here! With my own body! And until 3 weeks ago I felt like vomiting 24/7 and the only thing that helped was snacking on delicious things all day long. I don’t blame myself either.

Anyway, back to my husband’s foot in mouth syndrome...

Me: Johnny! I’ve gained 20 lbs.! In 20 weeks! I’M FAT!

Husband: Oh honey. Maybe you should try to eat a little bit more healthy. Like you could try to stop eating seconds at dinner. Because when you do, you complain afterwards that you are so full that you feel sick. So maybe you could not do that.


Husband: Oh no babe, I didn’t mean it like that. I just mean if you want to not gain so much weight you could try to eat a little bit more healthy.


Husband: ……. You look great. Really, so beautiful.

Me: Yeahhh. I mean really, I think it’s actually fine. I weighed 15 lbs. less when I got pregnant with this baby than I did when I got pregnant with Jack. So, you know, 20 lbs. gained, minus the 15 lbs. I was under…5 lbs. 5 lbs. No big deal!

Husband: Yup. Definitely.

So today at work, in honor of the weight gain, I switched my morning snack to something a bit more healthy (i.e. I had John pack me only half of the delicious sour cream & onion crackers that I love to dip in hummus, and instead I ate some crackers + 6 baby carrots.) Go me. I was really proud of myself. 

Then after lunch, I ate a churro and a piece of homemade nectarine pie (my coworker’s creation with this delicious buttery French crumble topping.) YUM! I mean what is a pregnant mama to do?! Sometimes you just need “lunch dessert.” And sometimes, you just need two lunch desserts.

I love this part of pregnancy...the ol' "No, I'm not pregnant! Just a regular sized lady!"
....and then BAM! There's that baby bump!


  1. Love your blog! You do look beautiful! So precious! enjoy your new little baby on the way! I am guessing little Jack has a brother coming! Girls usually steal mom's beauty! You are straight out in front too!


    Vickie Lyford <3

    1. Thanks Vickie, you are so sweet! Jack is going to be a great older brother.

  2. I wish I had a little bit more of your mentality and little bit less of my crazy healthy mentality! I have to work on offering up my health and the health of the baby on a daily basis. I should just start enjoying some "lunch dessert"!

    1. You are doing just fine! As you get further along, no matter how much you eat or exercise, from what I've seen, your body and the baby growing inside of you have a life of their own. Better to accept it now because especially those first few weeks postpartum (or months, or years for some people) things aren't quite looking like they used to. ;)

  3. Kelly, you look beautiful!!! I wouldn't change a thing! Dessert for lunch is totally acceptable, especially if it's delicious pie... ;-)

    1. Thanks Kellie! I love your attitude. And I agree, at least pie has fruit in it....the churro didn't! :)

  4. Kelly, I had to have steak and chocolate when I was pregnant. Eat what you crave, there's something in there that your body needs. And John, well, he's just being himself! Love ya Johnny!