Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bump Watch 2012: 19 Weeks


This week's bump pic is an iPhone self-portrait since Brent's been swamped at work. Plus, you get to see me in all my post-Zumba glow and glory.

I have to say -- I'm finding it much more difficult to come up with name options since we have another name to pair it with. With Em, our world was our oyster. This time our world is a specific breed of oysters, ya know? We're thinking about how they'll flow together, how they'll sound yelled across the house at the same time, crazy stuff like that.

Even coming up with an online pseudonym for her, a la Em Dash, has proven difficult. The thing about Em's online name is that anyone who doesn't realize it's short for Em Dash (the nickname that stuck when I told Brent our pregnancy book said, "Your baby is the size of this dash --") can just assume it's short for something like Emily or Emerson. So if we gave our second gal a random nickname like Em's recently suggested "Goomie," unknowing readers may think I'm nuts naming our gals as such. Thankfully Em suggested a name recently that wasn't too out there, so blogosphere, I'm happy to announce our baby girl,  henceforth known as Mimi!

At 19 weeks we're fast approaching the halfway mark. I'm feeling Mimi (eeeee!) kick with more frequency, and now the name of the game is trying to get Brent to feel her move from the outside. I've been feeling her more easily from the outside, but I can never seem to time them with my attempts to get Brent to feel her. After the millionth attempt last night, where I grabbed his hand and threw it on my belly, he joked, "You know, I really do believe that you're pregnant."

This week at Zumba, which I've managed to keep up with an average of three times a week, I noticed that my big belly is throwing off my center of gravity a bit. I've already toned down my intensity, but now I'm even more mindful with the belly leading the way. Not ready to hang up my dancing shoes yet, though!

In other updates, I chose and ordered an adorable diaper bag this week, which I'll share upon arrival. Such a tease, I know.


  1. Imagine me standing up and screaming MIIIIIIIIIIIIMIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!! Because I just did that, and woke up everyone in my house.

  2. I'm going to be laughing about "Em Dash" for a few days. That's so adorable.

  3. I love her online name, very cute.

    I can't believe that you still do zumba 3 times a week. You are my hero.

  4. When I wanted my husband to feel the baby, I would drink OJ then lay down. It especially worked in the late evening.

  5. Maybe you could switch to water aerobics?

  6. Mimi!! Very cute blogger alias :)

  7. I love it! I always loved Em's nickname because it originated when she was the size of a punctuation mark and has stayed strong. Mimi is really great, too. Basically everyone will think you have an Emily and a Miriam, which totally works!

  8. can't wait to hear the real name!