Hot Stuff!

I've been feeling pretty darn good about myself this pregnancy, all things considered. It helps matters that pretty much everyone is telling me how much better I look this time around, and how my face no longer looks like an enormous omelet pan that swallowed all of my features.

I've been mentally prepared to strut my bloated stuff around LA over the next month, showing off the new overpriced maternity duds, standing tall next to the cute little skinny girls in my office, while crowing to anyone who will listen about how I feel sooooo much better than last time, how it's soooooo much easier not to overeat when you're not home and depressed on bedrest, how I'm sooooo happy to have gained sooooo much less weight.

Walkin' tall. Workin' that booty.

Last week, just before leaving town, I hit the OB for a little routine sonogram action and some orange soda pop. As I was wiggling back into the jeans, I asked the nurse, "just curious - exactly how much more did I weight at 27 weeks last time around? I'm guessing about 10, 15 more pounds, right?"

Exact. Same. Number.


Which means that everyone I know simply has the God-awful image of third trimester, omelet-faced me painfully seared into their memories. A third trimester omelet-faced me that is now mere weeks away from haunting my bathroom mirror once again.

Pass the Cheetos.

With a side of blue cheese dressing.


Just a note - if you ever have the opportunity to hit a Super Bowl par-tay in el-lay, if you don't score an invite to Rebecca's, you don't know what you're missing. Roast turkey! A sandbox! Uncle Frank! Toddlers on dueling pianos! She beat me to the photo essay, mainly because I can't find my damn camera usb cord, but the gratitude is all mine.


Hey, turns out I've been nominated for the Share the Love Blog Awards along with quite the roster of impressive bloggers, many of whom I adore myself. So it's hard to say, hey! Vote for me! But if you did I'd just be tickled. And if not...well, share the love. Vote for someone else. It's all good.

I was nominated for Best Humor (Mom101 versus Dooce - now there's a horserace), Best Writing (the overuse of semi-colons fools 'em every time), Blogger You'd Most Like to Meet (come on down! I'm in Marina Del Rey all month!) and Blog You'll Never Stop Reading (I dare you to say that again this time next year).

The only complaint - I was gunning for Best Site Design. Maybe 2008?


Blogger S said...

Too bad you had to go and ask about your weight, because otherwise you might have gone on feeling all perky and proud. Oh hell, why not still feel perky and proud? That's gotta be good for the baby girl.

Congratulations on the many nominations!

2/6/07, 12:28 AM  
Blogger GIRL'S GONE CHILD said...

Hooray! I love that you're here! And thank you so much for coming to our par-tay! Twas a delight! Oh and by-the-by, you look so totally beautiful/skinny/hardly pregnant/109 pounds.

And like, I totally voted for you. Break out your tiara. It's party time.

2/6/07, 12:53 AM  
Blogger Suzy said...

Congratulations on all the noms. All well deserved and I'll definitely vote for you!

2/6/07, 2:24 AM  
Blogger carrie said...

If it makes you feel any better, I gained 9 pounds in a single month preggo with my 1st due largely in part to my insane consumption of orange juice! Folic Acid people, that's what I was thinking!!

I'm sure you do look great. And congratulations on ALL your nominations! How exciting!


2/6/07, 2:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you didn't gain a lot of weight until the end last time? And maybe this time it's all water weight that will disappear quickly after you have the baby?

2/6/07, 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i will say i gained more this time and lost a lot more post birth.

if that's any consolation...

but you look fabulous -- don't let the numbers bring you down. i think it's all a coup anyway.

2/6/07, 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm such a dummy, Liz, but when exactly did you move from NYC to LA? I knew it was in the works, but I must have missed the details!

:( Forgive me for I have failed to read you every day as promised. -sigh-
Imma bad bloggy friend.

2/6/07, 10:31 AM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Dana, I'm just here working for the month. No big move just yet...Trust me, you'll know the angsty "Oh f*ck I'm moving to LA" series of posts when you see them.

2/6/07, 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hehe! I know I look better this time around since i am not a huge swollen mess!

You are a glowing pregnant woman! How many more times are we going to be in this state? Me? Never! So I am going to enjoy it!

2/6/07, 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK... so here I can't believe it is a girl. With my first daughter, I looked awful, bloated, and just not good. With my son, I looked much better -- but I weighed the exact same amount. Gained the exact same amount of weight. It was crazy. With my first, I knew everyone who said "you look great" didn't mean it. With my second, it was genuine.

I think you can carry each pregnancy so differently -- and I think it is such a shock with your first you automatically think you look like crap. With your second, it's like "hey I don't look that awful."

2/6/07, 11:11 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

You certainly got my vote!

As far as the pregnancy weight, it is all about how you FEEL, right?

2/6/07, 11:17 AM  
Blogger Redneck Mommy said...

My very pregnant best friend is going through this exact issue. She's 27 weeks along too, and went to the doc yesterday. She's feeling better, looking better and thought she was soo much smaller.

When she asked the doc to compare weights from the last kick at the can, she discovered she is six pounds heavier this time!

LOL! Now I have to deal with one unhappy pregnant chick.

So, I'll tell you what I told her: I'd still do ya. (I'm classy like that.)

And chicka, you have my vote. Always.

2/6/07, 11:44 AM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Hey anonymous who's "not trying to be anonymous" - I will continue deleting your comments so might as well stop wasting your time. I don't want to get in the middle of your petty social politics. This is an issue between you and that other blogger. Deal with it.

2/6/07, 12:08 PM  
Blogger B said...

Thanks Mom 101.

Sorry about this chick! She won't go away!

2/6/07, 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mom101,
I found my way here from B (Chaos in your Soul), and have been glued to your posts for the last hour!
My husband and I are trying to get pregnant right now, so I've enjoyed reading about your pregnancy trials & tribulations.
I particularily enjoyed the post about shopping for the new maternity duds. Being a plus-sized girl to begin with, I suspect I may have trouble in that department if/when the time comes.

I'd leave my blog address, but our IT department has blocked MSN blogs, and I don't know it off the top off my head. Sorry! Although, it's definitely not as exciting as yours!

Have a great week!

2/6/07, 12:26 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Maybe we all see ourselves as 9 months pregnant with our second? Because I've been feeling pretty good about not gaining a pound this pregnancy (still down 3.5!), until I realized that last pregnancy I was still down 10 pounds over my starting weight at this point! And I shouldn't really feel that good about it, since I'm still 20 pounds heavier than I was with my first.

It's that third trimester that gets you every time.

The orange drink...yeah, that's coming up for me at my next doctor's visit.

2/6/07, 12:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

ha! I had exactly the same experience. convinced i was positively emaciated compared to first time around. not at all.

here was the difference--i actually ate better food and did not have time to sit and blob in my blobbiness. so i felt thinner. that and the fact that i was ripped like rambo.

2/6/07, 12:37 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

awwww... one of our two cats at home is hugely overweight, and i call her "big fat fatty." but i say it in this really sweet and loving voice. really - it's kind and gentle and makes her come running.

or maybe it's the sound of the automatic feeder that brings her running.

at any rate, if i say it really sweet, then can i call you "big fat fatty" in your third trimester?

(and can you not put out a hit on my life for this comment?)

2/6/07, 3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I JUST came from the OB's, feeling all smug becuase at my last visit, he declared that my weight (only 15 lbs. gain) and blood pressure "was perfect." Snap. Today? I gained 7 lbs. since 4 weeks ago. Well no WONDER I've felt so fat and out of breath. Uh oh, I'm afraid I'm tracking like last time. I'm not ready for this...

2/6/07, 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No shit? You'll be in MDR? They're trying to draw me down there yet again...I'll let ya know!

And if it's any consolation you look nothing like an omellete to me. More like eggs benedict

2/6/07, 4:32 PM  
Blogger J said...

I remember when I started gaining with my one and only pregnancy, the twerp little skinny OB who weighed 85 lbs dripping wet asked me if I needed to see a nutritionist. HELL NO. A nutritionist would have told me that that second breakfast, made up of bacon, egg, and cheese on a kaiser roll, with a coke (hey, it's a protein breakfast, baby needs protein!) every day probably wasn't such a good idea. ;) No wonder I gained 35 lbs. That's a lot when you're short and small boned. I lost 25 in a month, but the other 10? Still here, and my daughter is in the 5th grade. I figure the first 25 was baby, the last 10 was those damn sandwiches I ate EVERY.DAY.

PS, I voted for you DAYS ago. ;)

2/6/07, 5:56 PM  
Blogger Kim Tracy Prince said...

Hey! I haven't stopped by here in a long time and I didn't know you were this pregnant - it seems we're both on the same schedule, I just had my glucose test too!

Anyway, if you're appearing at any public forum, I'm in LA, too, and I'd love to meet you.

2/6/07, 6:46 PM  
Blogger mod*mom said...

maybe you're more muscle weight this year or the baby is heavier...
i'll go vote for you mom-101

2/6/07, 7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Third trimester is where you get to do all the non-catch up from last time. I'm due in 2 weeks, 20 pounds lighter than last time, yet my face still looks remarkably like a 9 inch pie pan. Completely and perfectly round. Like the perfect circle template.

However, my ass is still able to go through doorways without having to turn sideways. You gotta take the small battles.

2/6/07, 8:31 PM  
Blogger Lady M said...

Already voted for you, of course.

I can't help weighing myself every day, but I have a friend who never weighs herself anymore, after conquering an eating disorder. In the doctor's office, she stands with her back to the scale, so she can't see.

I'll share those Cheetos with you!

2/6/07, 11:31 PM  
Blogger the mystic said...

Well... (no, that's not laughter you hear!) even if this trimester is the same, I'm sure the final stretch is going to go much better for you this time around!

And Dooce doesn't have anything on you.

2/7/07, 2:26 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

Both times I wa pregnant I put on 4 stone.(14lbs one stone - is it rude to say 'do the math?') In the fifties they didn't bother to weigh you until it was too late. I was disappointed when it didn't fall off with the baby but 9/12 breast feeding helped get me back in shape although I never was 7 stones again.

2/7/07, 6:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I think it's inevitable. I behaved much better the second time around, and yet I still ballooned. But I did treat myself to some better maternity clothes, which does seem to make a difference.

2/7/07, 8:32 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Well, at least you are still the same as last. I gained MORE the second time around!

2/7/07, 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Bossy can relate. During both pregnancies she gained 50 pounds on a thin frame. She still remembers her obstetrician saying, "You're eating for two - but that doesn't mean one of them is a Teamster and the other his fat brother."

2/7/07, 1:22 PM  
Blogger Jess Riley said...

Hey, cheetos and blue cheese--that sounds AWESOME.

And we will all love you no matter how omelettey your face gets. ;-)

2/7/07, 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, you're in town! Of course, Marina Del Rey is out of my comfort zone. I'll only go as far as Encino.

2/7/07, 2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I can't wait to your "moving" here posts start!

2/7/07, 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel your pain. sister. Everytime I step on the scale after having spent a couple of weeks dieting, eating nothing but kernals of brown rice and tofu shavings thinking, "My God I must have lost at least fifty pounds" only to find out I've GAINED ten.

Needless to say the sounds of the scale shattering and sobbing coming from the bathroom are quite common around here.

2/7/07, 7:47 PM  
Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

So much to comment on with this post! First, eh, your weight---please don't let it get you down. You are fabulous!

Loved the photo of Archer and Thalia on the piano! Ahhh, young love! I only hope that I can get our family of 5 out west to see you when you settle down.

And, I think I totally missed voting (I haven't been a good blog reader lately) but I hope you kick butt! And, I don't read Dooce so I would've voted for you, hands down!

2/7/07, 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best Humor? I'd vote for you. If I was ever nominated, it would be for being Captain Comma Fault.

2/8/07, 12:02 AM  
Blogger the mad momma said...

Hey! dont let it get you down.. we're pregnant and supposed to look this way, remember?!!!

If its any consolation, I was fatter last time, but then I was able to carry my bump around.. this time I have a huge bump and skinny legs and not only look like an idiot but am also unable to cart it around...

2/8/07, 2:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife gained 45 lbs. with both kids. She looked like a very cure whale. HUGE stomach since she's smallish and our kids were large.

Second time around she ate much better, gained the same amount of weight but the difference afterwards was dramatic. She's back in top top shape kicking ass in the gym after only 6 months.

Your funny and I would love to meet you but it will have to be in NYC. How about we meet for an appetizer and three bottles of wine later this year?


2/8/07, 4:43 AM  

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