I have to say, people are BOLD when it comes to pregnant ladies bellies. I always heard stories of strangers rubbing bellies or asking if they can hold your baby (strangers!!!) but it comes to a whole new level of crazy when you're the one receiving the attention.
The photo is to appease my sister's request...Tim would be appalled at my horrible camera skills, plus you can't smile for real when you're doing a mirror photo like you're a 12 yr old on face book...it feels weird.
Tim and I planned to wait until 12 weeks to let the world know and finally couldn't keep our excitement in that long and started sharing pretty openly around 9 weeks. I'm glad we started telling around then because if we would have waited until now it would have been impossible to know how to react to the following:
@8weeks from a college friend: "your boobs are HUGE! are you pregnant??" (gotta love chelsea's boldness. :))
@10weeks from a co-worker: "I don't mean to insinuate anything, but it looks like you're going through a few changes..."
@12weeks from a stranger on the street when we were looking at her apartment for rent: Me: "oh it's a one bedroom, sorry we need 2", her: "yeah, plus you're pregnant, you don't want to live here this summer it gets way too hot". I don't even know you lady!!!!
@12-14weeks from various co-workers: "are you carrying something?" the oh so bold "are you pregnant", but mostly overhearing me talk about it with another person and then hearing all the "I was going to say!" or "I thought so, but I didn't want to say anything until I knew for sure" types of comments.
@13weeks from one of my therapists: "um, pardon me, but um, congratulations" :) he was so nervous to say anything!!!! :) I guess that's a scary thing to say to your boss.
and my personal favorite so far...
@14weeks from a parent I used to work with and haven't seen in almost a year: "HI! Do you have somethin' goin on down there?", while pointing to my belly.
I've had two unexpected belly touches, but at least from people I know and didn't mind so much...although one tickled my belly and started talking baby talk to it...sort of jokingly but weird nonetheless. I'm sure it only gets better from here on out! :)