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The Bump

{me at 15 1/2 weeks}
The bump...it takes some getting used to.  I love it.  It is fun.  But I tell ya what, it's a little strange... and only getting stranger.  I'll be completely honest with you: from a body image stand point I have to say, at least in this early stage of "could be baby bump or could be beer belly," sometimes it's a little hard to tote.  I've never been bumpy and it's very strange to not be in control of this situation.  And I know this sounds selfish, conceited, and bad-potential-motherish, but I'm just being real with you.  First pregnancy = the biggest transition period I think I have ever faced.  It's a lot to get used to.

I love my bump.  I do.  I'm ecstatic to be a mommy.  However, as the tangible symbol of all things changing in my life, sometimes I take out my pregnancy hormones on my growing tummy.   But the silver lining, as my waist line continues to disappear, is the glorious little one that God is knitting together inside of me.  It is so incredibly humbling to see how God is already using this little one to point me to himself -- to say to me, "it's not about you," "don't let your body be an idol," "stop putting yourself before others," "stop and savor the world around you."

So I love this little (but growing) bump.  It's a great reminder to me of God's love for me and his will for my life.  I want to enjoy this season of growing tummy, aching breasts, raging hormones, and other pregnancy unmentionables.  It's all a gift.

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40 comments...:

  1. IT'S SO CUTEEEE! I love baby bumps! You're going to be a great mom!

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  2. You are darling!! My bump looks just like yours...but I'm only 7 weeks! (With my second though..)

    Congrats!!

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  3. aww, it is adorable!! I think I will have a really hard time with the waist line too when it's my turn someday!

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  4. Oh! Congratulations!

    I was just chatting with a friend at church yesterday who is 14 weeks along and feeling exactly the same way as you are - she's excited but uncomfortable and realzing her clothes aren't fitting anymore. :)

    xo!

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  5. how cute are you!!! Congrats again!

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  6. I love it! So perfect.

    And I'm glad I'm not the only vain one out there! It's really frustrating when you look plain old FAT and get thicker sideways before growing out front. But it DOES get better when it becomes a real baby bump, have faith! You'll love it more and more with each day :)

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  7. I am so excited for you!!! I love the "knitting" reference...so true. Much love lady!

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  8. Cute!
    My SIL emailed me this when we told her we were pregnant "Enjoy this pregnancy...when else do you get to carry something so close to your heart?" How true is that!

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  9. Awwwww! Mcbaby is looking great already. :) I love that you're turning this experience into something so peaceful and inspiring. I'm sure Mcbaby feels the same way and wishing you all only the best!

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  10. i am sure it is a hard adjustment, i would probably feel the same way too... but you look very cute & i am sure you will get used to it soon! :)

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  11. I love how you were honest! And I love how you see God's grace through this transition of yours!

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  12. I am soooo excited! I know it must be a really hard transition but you are so right- it's a miracle. I love how you know that.

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  13. ow that looks so adorable!! You'll be a great mother!

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  14. so cute!! You look fabulous with your bump. So excited for you and your new baby.

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  15. where have i been?! this is soooo exciting!! congrats!!!!

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  16. You are too adorable for words...so exciting!!!

    Liesl :)

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  17. How sweet!! I can't imagine the changes you are going through being a first time mom! Enjoy them! =)

    Melanie's Randomness

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  18. Beautifully written! Im so excited for you!

    Love ya,
    Eva

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  19. You are beautiful inside and out Blair. What a lucky little baby that is going to be :) xoxo

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  20. beautiful blair!! makes me smile a lot :) it's understandable you've had a hard time adjusting to your wee bump, i'm sure i will as well when the time comes. but seriously your bump is adorable. and what a great reminder that we should not idolize our bodies/looks. so easy to do as women sometimes.

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  21. omg, you look so cute!
    I've havent visit your blog in a while now and i come now to see your pregnant. That's beautiful!

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  22. Blair, your bump is adorable!!! So excited for you:-)

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  23. How cute you are! I can't imagine what an adjustment it is but it sounds like you are handling it well. It is such a joy and present that God has given you so treasure every moment! :-)

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  24. Blair- your tummy is so cute! Enjoy the months ahead!

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  25. SO CUTE!!!! I love baby bumps! You are going to be such a cute lil mommy :) SO excited to see more of these!

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  26. So precious. Blessings on your pregnancy! :) I'm a new follower, Love your blog!

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  27. so beautiful. i hope you have an amazing, healthy pregnancy :)

    xoxo

    natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

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  28. There is an awkward stage is pregnancy where it's hard to tell if you just put on weight or are pregnant. Once that belly pops a bit more, people start holding doors for you and smiling every time they see you. Strangers will share in your delight!

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  29. what a beautiful post:)
    gina
    www.hiyaluv.com

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  30. This is amazing, I've teared up just reading it. I bet you're as gorgeous as ever. And you've got me looking forward to the day I've got a little baby inside me! :)

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  31. What a cute bump! Makes me happy. :)

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  32. Yes, it was an adjustment to get use to the bump. My husband would say for the first 6 month i was in shock of being pregnant. But it does get easier, sounds weird but as the bump grows is it better and when u feel that little guy or gal moving, it is all worth it. Oh, also the 2nd pregnancy is much easier.

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  33. This is long overdue but Congrats a hundred times over on the new addition :-) You are going to be a great Mom!

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  34. having never been pregnant myself, i can't imagine what you are going through, but i know that sometimes it's weird knowing that you don't have full control over your body. you have another human being in there for goodness sake!

    you're right: it's god's blessing to you!

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  35. OHMYGOODNESS!OHMYGOODNESSS!!!!! i take some time off and this is what i miss???

    CONGRATS MY DEAR FRIEND!!!!

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