Saturday, April 19, 2008

Pregnant pics

This is me, today, at 31 weeks:
Now before all of you start composing stinging comments on how I've been frauding you about how big I am, please watch what happens in profile:

Isn't that a big bump? With 9 weeks left to go? I'm already almost at the weight I had reached with Moppet at full-term. I was looking for a picture of me pregnant with Moppet at the same stage and I found this one:


See what I mean? I think this might have been around 28 weeks or so, and maybe the denim overalls make the bump look smaller than it is, but still...

Funny story about that maternity dress - one of my biggest cribs when I was pregnant with Moppet was the unavailability of decent maternity wear in Bombay. Pants and capris came in the most horrendous colours and materials and the tops were either in ghastly prints or in cutesie colours with teddy bears and silly messages on them. And as for skirts and dresses, ha, forget it! (Quite a contrast to Bangkok, where the range of maternity wear is absolutely stunning. I've even seen maternity hot pants and mini-skirts!)

But coming back to the story of the dress - I had mentioned casually to my dad how I really wanted denim overalls, but couldn't find any in Bombay. His next overseas trip happened to be to Prague, and sweet man that he is, decided to spend his spare time finding denim maternity overalls for me.

Finding a store was hard enough, but that was the least of his difficulties. The salesperson spoke no English, and my dad didn't know a word of Czech. After several minutes of charades, he managed to explain what he was looking for, and was shown a few suitable options.

Then came the biggest hurdle yet - what would be the right size? He looked around the store and saw no one - customers or salespeople - who could function as a proxy for me. The only one who came close to my size was...himself.

So what does he do? He tries it on, causing much consternation among the sales people. Heaven knows what they thought of this lone middle-aged man, trying on maternity clothes!

Anyway he found a size that fit, and brought it back for me, much to my delight - the dress is wonderful, but its story makes it even more precious to me. I love what he was willing to do for me, despite the cost to his dignity. I love even more that he is cool enough share the story. He could so easily have just given me the dress and not told me that he actually had to try it on himself :-)

After Moppet was born, I gave away all my maternity clothes, except the denim overalls, of course. I haven't worn them much this time around because they're heavy denim and it's way too hot here, but that's one item in my wardrobe that I know I'm not going to give away. Ever.

36 comments:

karmickids said...

Thats not fat. That is so very very beautiful. Thats a baby inside you. God bless.

churningthewordmill said...

awww..dad's are the cutest!!always!!i have hoarded a lot of stuff that my dad gifted me..dont think im going to be getting rid of any of it...ever. :)
mandira

Wunderyearz said...

Awwww that cute pregnant tummy, my happieness of watching a preg lady will be with me till I'm in this world......
And hey my hair looks pretty much the same :D

B o o said...

Ok, you are chucked out of the fat race! you look gorgeous. Are nt dads precious? Thats such a cute story! God bless! :)

Rohini said...

Wow, your arms are so chin. When I was pregnant, you could have been fooled for thinking the baby was on my biceps!!!

And I hear you on the maternity clothes. Frumpy, tailored salwar kameezes is what I wore to office almost all through!

utbtkids said...

Dads!!!! What they wil not do for their precious little angels??!

It was the otherway aroudn for me.I had a significant bump for Chula and put on only 15 pounds, most of it in the last 8 weeks, for Mieja. Mieja turned to be the itty bitty one.

Tharini said...

You are looking fantastic Mags. trust me you are! Second time, you do cross that full term weight milestone pretty fast!

You look lovely even with the face chopped off. And that story...what a legacy of a story to pass on from generation to generation. Perhaps Moppet will inherit the dress from you> :)

So sweet this post. Am sooooooo... excited for you!

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Suki said...

From the smile and body language - you look lovely :D
And so does your baby bump(s).

Lovely tale of the denim overalls, I'll bet not every dad would go that far for his girl!

Poppins said...

You look drop dead gorgeous Maggie ! What were you going on about in FB? You look hot !
The denim overall story was so so sweet..

~nm said...

You have such a beautiful smile! Yes that so visible even with the chopped off head!

That is such a precious story! Keep it with you forever! H

Sraikh said...

Hopped over from kiran's blog. I am jealous of your all belly profile. All my pregnancies I gained weight all over..

Mystic Margarita said...

You look lovely, Maggie. And trust me, you're not fat...you have a normal baby bump, and that's all. I had gained so much weight all over that I could be passed off as a prime example of a circle! And everyone at worked kept asking me if I was carrying twins!

ddmom said...

Such sweet memories associated with the denim. What father's wont do for their kids, no matter how old the kids get :)
And look at you, you look gorgeous with that bump. I miss that belly and baby kicking.

Kodi's Mom said...

such a sweet tale abt the denims. so, so nice of your dad..
the bump does look bigger second time around, doesn't it?

Sunita said...

Hey you have a great smile. Looking very beautifully pregnant inspite of your attempt at chopping off the head :).

Mona said...

what a beautiful story.
and you're stunning! NOT FAT!

Maggie said...

Aww, you guys are all too kind! The fat's there - mostly in the hips and thighs that are cleverly hidden by the striped skirt! :-) And to think that I still have 2 months to go!

I suppose it's a combination of Munch probably being a bit bigger than Moppet was, and the 3 or 4 extra kilos from last time that I didn't manage to lose that's making me feel so much bigger this time around.

But thank you so much for all the sweet words - they really do make me feel a lot better :-)

Mira's mom said...

Hey Maggie, completely agree with the clothing choice in Bangkok - it almost inspires me to get pregnant again :-)But don't agree with you on the fat bit - can clearly see you getting back to before once Munch is out in the open!:-)

Nisha said...

Such sweet story and such sweet dad! You are very lucky.

thelastbyte said...

Whoa! You look Magnificent.

And that's the coolest story ever.

Swati said...

Lovely Smile :) And you are looking great :)

Very sweet of your dad !!

TESSIE | മഞ്ഞുതുള്ളി said...

U look stunning Maggie :-)

*hugs* to u and vava :-)

Squiggles Mom said...

I'm not sure your dad intended for you to share the story with all of us! But who's complaining?

I think I was like this with Squiggles...... The good thing is it's just the bump. So, it'll all disappear once the baby arrives. Now, I'm still battling the tyres.... I went to the gym today after 4 months and boy can I feel it....sigh.

PS - Do you know how difficult your word verification is? Can't you have one with 5 letters or maybe even 3? It's asking me to type 'qydywumn'. God, I am so vela! i'm going now, honest.

DotMom said...

you look beautiful :) And lovely memory about the denim overalls. can't image what extent dads go to, right??? wow.

Just Like That said...

Awwww... if that isn't a loving Dad, I don't know who is... ! So very sweet of him.
And yeah, am joining the rest of 'em in saying you look beautifully pregnant. Almost makes me want to get pregnant myself. There's something indescribably lovely about a baby bump. sigh!
And I seen the hair!and now I know why you thought Curly a good nick. (Mine isn't as curly). you have a a lovely smile too.:-)

Daisy said...

aww.. dads are such sweetie pies..

BTW- you CANNOT complain about your hair anymore ok? Your curls looks very wuvly!As you might have guessed , I have stick straight hair and hate it..

Homecooked said...

Aww...how sweet of your dad to do that! And you dont look fat even in your profile !

Asha said...

In the first pic you don't even look pregnant. But then in the profile pic.. so different!

upsilamba said...

where did my comments go?
did you get it, gal?

the mad momma said...

once you're done being pregnant i am going to smack you silly for calling yourself fat. humph.

and err... the dad story? the best.

dipali said...

Lovely- the post, your smile, your tum, your Dad, the overalls:)

Trishna said...

AWWWWWWW beautiful!! really really beautiful! And I like the name Maggie so much better than Candy floss! My friends had named me maggie too,after Revathy in "LOVE" for the smile and bubbly-ness!:P

Anonymous said...

Awww!! Great story abt your dad! Thx for sharing and BTW, you are just gorgeous! If you think otherwise, thats just your maternity hormones! ;)

K 3

SUR NOTES said...

the maternity dress story is priceless!
and the baby bump is gorgeous!
even with your face cut up rudely at the edge one can see the glow...

suma said...

hey came here from jlt's blog...

too cute : the pics, the baby bump, te dad story..everything!!!

take care and all te best