June 24, 2010

22 Weeks With a Cherry On Top

22 weeks folks. Can you believe it? I can't. It doesn't seem real. Even with the increasing size of my abdominal area and the near constant kicking, it all feels like a dream. I think I forget that other people can see my belly too, because today, I went into a place to pick up a gift and the girl that helped me said, "how far along are you?" It took me by surprise that a complete stranger asked me about my pregnancy until I realized, "oh yeah, my belly is sticking out, huh?" I notice as I walk down the mall or help people at my dad's office or walk the aisles at Wal-Mart that I keep getting stares too. And, of course, the first thought is, "why are people staring at me? Do I have something on my face or clothes?" No, it would just be the protruding belly. It's new and exciting and funny and weird all at the same time.

I was talking to my mom the other day about it all and I said, "Mom, my friends and I are all getting to the parenting stage. It is so weird. My friends or my friends wives are all pregnant or have had babies! Pretty soon we'll be the soccer and ballet moms, the violin and PTO parents, worrying about the talk you have to help "Jimmy" prepare for primary and scouts and achievement days! This is too weird!!" She just laughed and assured me that she was in the same boat not that long ago. It just feels weird that suddenly I am in that boat now too. I feel overwhelmingly unprepared and yet I want to dive in, head first, as soon as I can. No one told me pregnancy was so confusing. :)

So, here are some pictures for you. I forgot to post this one from 20 weeks

and now, here I am at 22 weeks.
Not that big of a difference, I think, but whatever works. :) Oh and I took this picture with my timer and it was like the 20th picture I had taken, so excuse the head being cut off a little. I was ready to be done taking pictures and called it good. :)

On a totally unrelated topic, there are some exceptionally cute young ladies selling cherries at the residence where I currently reside (my parents house), so if you want some delicious cherries and some cute service to boot, come on over! They will be selling tomorrow (I believe) for $2.00 per pound and a half (Or one ziploc bag full :)). Trust me when I say these cherries are to die for. Super duper yummy and picked fresh by yours truly everyday. Hopefully we can keep the birds at bay so there will actually be some for you to all enjoy. If you're not sure where my parents home is located, it is 10217 Maple Dr. Pretty easy to find, I promise. And you won't be disappointed!


Rachel said...

I actually am babysitting/nannying right around the corner! What an exciting discovery. I drove by this sign twice today with the kids, and kept thinking a) how cute the little girls were and b) how hot it must have been for them sitting out there. Awww. In my defense, we would have stopped but Trevor (Amanda's bf) has a cherry orchard so he just gave us a box full of them.

dandee said...

oh, we'll have to stop by! I love cherries + who could resist such cute girls?

you look great, as always. :)

JaNae Fay said...

Ha ha! Ashley, I remember the first time somebody asked me how far along I was too and I was like: "What you talkin' bout Willis?" Ha Ha! Wait until you're out and about and some old lady looks you up and down and says: "You look like you're about to pop sweetie!" Yeah...that's way fun! ;) You're looking fabulous friend! Keep up the good work!

tharker said...

Your baby belly is just too cute. You're right though, there is something about a pregnant woman that induces staring. At first it's kind of endearing, but trust me, by October, you'll be wanting to put a sign on your back telling everyone to STOP telling you how big you are ;) It's fun.

You are going to be one amazing mama, and I cannot wait for you to experience it!!

Brower Family said...

You are adorable! You guys are going to be such great parents, but you are right, it is extremely overwhelming. Now, I am in the stage of freaking out about 3. I don't think that there will ever be a pregnancy that you have that you aren't wondering "how in the heck am I gonna do this?!?!" Well, as I have learned, it is possible, just very very hard. But so incredibly rewarding. Oh, but I am still freaking about about having 3. :) Someone once told me that going from 0-1 and then 2-3 are the hardest transitions. So, here's to me and you and our hard transitions! It is a good thing our babies will come out so dang cute! I can't wait to see your little one. I am so happy for both of you!

BARBARA said...

you and your belly is just so dang cute!! glad for you :)