Three realizations.

If I try to wait until Friday to compile all of my pregnancy thoughts of the week in another “Having Known For…”, then I’ll probably have forgotten the few that are pinging around my brain today.

So three thoughts:

  • I love having something to talk about in uncomfortable social settings.

Most of the time I feel awkward when engaging with acquaintances outside of the realm of the salon.  In fact, it wouldn’t be uncommon to wind up discussing hair if, for instance, I was making small talk at a party or a get-together.  The topic of hair was always my safety net being that most people have experienced hair in their lifetime and happen to have an opinion or two about it.

But now?  Now I’ve got this whole other topic that provides an engaging and emotional connection that never used to exist: pregnancy.  Whether a man or woman has experienced it or not,  there are bound to be curiosities or opinions about the baby, the mom, the dad, the gender, the feelings (emotional or otherwise), the delivery, the appearance, the food issues, the grandparent dynamics or the nursery.  I mean, there’s always something!

It’s such an excellent conversation piece and I’m having so much fun!

  • Yesterday morning I woke up laying on my back.  When I looked down at my stomach, it wasn’t flat anymore.

My mysterious and disappearing bump stuck around for the sunrise (and I believe it’s here to stay).  While the size of my belly isn’t unfamiliar to me, it’s never been this… hmmm… tough before.  Yeah, my belly feels hard, and that, too, is fun for me.

  • Lastly, I’ve come to the realization that a certain preconceived notion of mine was completely inaccurate.

Considering my history of hating to have my stomach touched, I believed that my disdain for this violating gesture would only intensify once pregnant.

But… I think I’m wrong!

I reached out and made my friend, Sherri, feel my tough belly this morning.  For a square piece who used to swat even Brian’s hands away when they entered the belly zone, I really surprised myself.  But considering the newness of the bump and my fascination with it, I think I just get excited all over again when someone else touches it and can perceive the changes that are happening, too.

Yeah, I hate to admit it, but right now the belly touching is kinda cool!


  1. May 6, 2012

    Oooo….announcing that can be a dangerous thing… lol!

  2. May 6, 2012

    Just wait until little chip starts dancing in there…a whole ‘nother level of cool!

  3. May 6, 2012

    YAY!!! for belly rubs!!! I always have to restrain myself from doing that to someone …. it’s not easy, but I try and just stick to the polite “oh, are you expecting? when are you due?” 🙂 It’ll be fun to see Donovan and Olivia feel the baby kicking. 🙂

  4. May 6, 2012

    I can’t wait to read brians reactions once HE starts kicking around in there lol..or she…

  5. May 6, 2012

    Just wait til u have baby/kid stories to share…great conversation pieces! It’s been amazing to me to experience an instant connection with other parents, especially moms that have children similar ages as my kids. It’s this unspoken kindredship that is immediate after realizing what u have in common with them. Very cool. Glad u r having fun with it!

  6. May 6, 2012

    I am overwhelmed to be the first you asked to touch your belly!

  7. May 6, 2012

    Oh Suzy, don’t get too upset with me if I address the little one first when I see you in July. Remember you have now given me permission.

  8. May 7, 2012

    I know this may come off as cheesy. Yesterday when you were singing you did indeed look different. But it was your skin. You were positively glowing!!!

  9. May 7, 2012

    I don’t touch preggo bellies. It’s like it’s contagious or something.

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