"Edited to Add"....

This started as a pregnancy blog when I fell pregnant in May 2009 after four years of finding a donor, doing all the counselling / paperwork / tests and trying.

And now, thanks to a 4WD which skidded onto our side of the road, killing our baby daughter at 34w and injuring me, my partner and two of my stepdaughters on 27 December 2009, it has turned into something else. We didn't want this something else, but apparently it is all we've got to go on with.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Story of the Ever-Expanding Haloumi-Home

17 weeks

Once upon a time, there was a relatively modest-sized haloumi home. I'd definitely gotten to the stage where people knew I was pregnant, and could comment without running the risk of offending me. My belly button was doing this very weird thing - going from being a 100% innie to having a sort of "eyelid"... And the boobies!

23 weeks: See those jeans - ah, that was the good ol' days when I could still *just* do them up. Mind you, I mostly had to unbutton them when I sat down, so it wasn't a very elegant look, but still. Soon after this, I got a package in the mail from my ever-thoughtful Mama, who had sent me one of those little elasticky button-expander things to put in my pants. Yay for being able to wear normal pants! But these jeans are still just a bit too squeezy even then...

26 weeks: Nonchalantly trying to take a photo of myself. Pregnant - moi?

28 weeks: Boing! Total basketball effect. 9 out of ten belly-speculators tell me that this is typical "boy belly" - all out in front, with not so much around the sides. But then my mum says she looked exactly the same with me and my sister around the same time. She said, "Oh, don't worry, you'll get bigger! I used to be able to rest a cup of tea on the bump!" I love that I am starting to get some bulge on the sides to make my poor scar (kidney operation, 1983) look like it is straining at the seams a little.


  1. You look gorgeous! So much fun to see the progression. What a beautiful belly you have.

  2. Wow, that is quite the pop. Gorgeous!

  3. Love the belly shots! You look great.

  4. LOVE this post!! Baby bellies rock!

  5. Wow - beautiful!!! Halloumi is lucky to have such a gorgeous mama.

  6. Aw - thank you! You are all lovely!

    I feel a bit like a constantly-renovated house - never quite sure when Haloumi's going to decide when she/he needs a bit of extra room.

  7. Wonderful pictures! Such amazing progress.

  8. Yay for bellies - I love these shots.