Each week of the pregnancy we took a photo to chronicle the immense growth. Apparently mothers expecting singletons do this on a monthly basis, but with four babies I grew rapidly. Every week there was noticeable change.
In the final weeks, my stomach was HUGE. I was wearing XXL maternity shirts that were too short! A staple of my maternity wardrobe was gaucho pants from Motherhood Maternity with a high stretchy waist. I literally wore them from 16 weeks to about 6-7 post delivery! I also loved the Liz Lange maternity t-shirts from Target. They were extremely comfortable and versatile. I tossed a long necklace over them to dress up a bit and often napped in them during days of bed rest.
I was pleased with myself doing a full lotus pose at 19 weeks! I doubt Dr. Tabor would have approved.
At 20 weeks, I accepted the challenge of reading scripture at Ashley and Matt’s wedding. I was terrified of toppling over at the altar, but managed to stay upright! I remember feeling the babies really kick for the first time at the reception. I think they liked the loud music.
21 weeks marked the point where bed rest began. Early on it was modified, meaning I could get up around the house a bit, and was able to leave the house if I used a power chair.
You may notice I’m wearing the same dress from 18 weeks in this picture. What a difference a few weeks made!
This was taken at my bed rest baby shower. The hostess came to my house and I literally parked it on the couch for the duration.
By 28 weeks I started feeling slightly more confident and waddled into the girl’s nursery for my weekly picture.
Shockingly I was still at home on bed rest at 29 weeks and then took my picture in the boy’s nursery.
30 weeks turned out to be the final picture we would take. Mom and I thought it would be funny to take a picture against a red wall while I was wearing red. I didn’t quite blend in to the background.
At about 22 weeks, my cousin came to the house to take professional maternity pictures. She did a great job considering I was rather confined.