I will post a picture of myself and you guess how many days pregnant I was! Let's start with an easy one.
Let's see... flat stomach, looking bored rather than constant multi-tasking, plenty of time to take entertaining photos mocking my telecommuting... that would be zero days pregnant.
Time to guess again! How pregnant am I in the following picture?
My readers will know I was exactly 36w with fraternal twin boys in this picture. My stomach hurts when I see that picture now. Singleton bellies look so cute and fun in comparison, huh?
Last picture... and I want you to think really hard before answering. Look at the two pictures above for comparison and guess how pregnant I was in the following picture:
Okay do you have a guess in your mind? Have you really thought about it? Make a guess.
Here's the answer: it is a trick question. I was not pregnant in that picture. My boys were already born! This is the day I checked out the hospital, when my boys were 5 days old.
A couple of lessons here:
* If you're pregnant with multiples, bring some BIG maternity clothes to the hospital with you when you deliver. The general rule is that you will look 6 months pregnant after birth, but that's not 6 months-cute-singleton-belly pregnant. Bring clothes that comfortably fit when YOU were 6 months pregnant. I actually wore my biggest clothes home because OUCH twin c-section incision still healing. And the boobs... they continued to grow.
* Keep taking photos. I CRIED when I saw that picture, I mean I really bawled. This is not how you envision you will look post-partum when someone is taking pictures of you with your newborns. But I told Jon to keep snapping and make sure I was in plenty of pictures. I now treasure the photos where I have a huge jelly belly and I am cuddling my sweet smelling newborns because now they are big three year olds. And when my boys turned one, I was still not back to my pre-pregnancy shape (and am still not!) but when I used the above photo for comparison, I felt so much better about the progress I had made. So keep snapping!