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June 12: Belly Rubs

I’ve definitely been warned about other people touching my belly, since the word is out that we’re expecting a little one.

The thing is, I kind of love it. Like really love it.

Maybe it’s because the only people to touch my stomach so far have been close family and friends (not randoms at the supermarket) but every time one of them gently touches my stomach, I feel such a loving energy and I think the baby probably loves it too.

The best belly rub, by far, was this afternoon when we went to visit my great-grandmother. She’s doing some physical therapy at a medical facility, so we stopped by to say hello. My auntie was there with her and the first thing she did when she hugged me was touch my belly and say hi to the baby.

We chatted and caught up while my nana napped, and when my nana woke up my auntie told her that I was going to have a baby and that she was going to be a great-great-grandmother. Sometimes when we talk to my nana she pretends not to hear us, but she definitely heard that one… the look on her face was pure joy. She told me that I have to be careful and take good care of myself. I promised her that I would.

MY OTHER RECIPES


I went up to hug her and my auntie told her that she should bless the baby. My nana said “bless the baby, bless the baby” as she made the sign of the cross on my stomach. She had happy tears in her eyes, and I have them in mine too as I write this. My heart is very full.

My growing belly:

4 1/2 weeks

week2

10 1/2 weeks

10week 10week (2)

Something is definitely happening in there 😀

Weight gained: 5 lbs

Current cravings:

Salt and Vinegar potato chips (I can’t.get.enough)

Sauerkraut and mustard (on a plate, together)

Caesar salad

Oatmeal and berries

Chocolate (finally!! I want it again. Vosges rocks my world, too)

Anything salty or savory

Dunkin’ Donuts (Particularly the chocolate munchkins. As much as I’ve been thinking about this one, I haven’t been able to do it yet)

Aversions:

99% of all foods

Almond butter (whyyyyyyyy?)

Eggs

Meat of any kind (even seafood sometimes- I have to be in the mood)

Cooked vegetables (salad is ok, but cooked veggies are on vacay right now)

Both my midwife and doula have told me that if my body is craving something, there’s probably a reason for it. The baby gets the nutrients first, and I get whatever is leftover, which may be the reason for my major hankering for salty food right now. Every meal is a little more exciting since I have no idea what I’ll want until the time comes, and then after I eat it, I feel like I never want to see it again. Weirdest thing ever.

And I’m loving every second. <3

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179 Comments

  1. Gina on June 14, 2011 at 9:59 am

    You’ve definitely got bumpage. And it’s adorable! Congratulations to you and the Pilot. I look forward to reading your posts. I’ve been a Fitnessista reader for awhile and the addition of the family tab just makes it better. Hearing in your words what this is like reminds me of my first pregnancy and all of the excitement we experienced. It’s truly a magical time 🙂

  2. Katherina @ Zephyr Runs on June 14, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Ah love the baby belly!!! Congratulations! I imagine a lot of women secretly love the belly rubs 🙂

  3. Brittany on June 14, 2011 at 11:33 am

    You are so dang cute with your baby bump, Gina!! Love the story about your nana 🙂

  4. Destini on June 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I love that you are eating Sauerkraut and mustard together…..such a interesting combination. THanks for sharing the pregnancy photos! I love em 🙂

  5. lindsey on June 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    LOVE your baby glow! Can’t wait to follow along with your progress…..and try desperately to postpone my baby fever until DH gets out of school.

  6. Ambre on June 14, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    You look SUPER cute! 🙂 Cannot wait to see more pictures of your baby bump growing!!!

  7. Elyse G on June 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    youuu are going to make the cutest little pregnant girl I ever did see.. can’t wait to watch your belly grow and your face glow 🙂

  8. Sara V. on June 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    you look so adorable!

    my sister is very obviously pregnant, and we were in Savannah on vacation about a month ago, and some random stranger started TALKING to my sister’s belly. that was weird. but I guess it’s better than a stranger touching you!

  9. beccah on June 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    adorable! you still look pretty tiny at 4 1/2 weeks but wow you grew o.0 I dont exactly look forward to when I’m preggo.hope it goes well!

  10. Heather on June 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    You are one cute preggers!

  11. Jill on June 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Hey lady! I just wanted to introduce myself and say CONGRATULATIONS!! I have actually been reading your blog for quite some time now but just recently worked up the courage to start my own. Can’t wait to follow along as the little peanut grows!

  12. Kristin on June 14, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Mmm salt and vinegar chips are my perma-craving. I would die without them!

  13. Sam @ Mom At The Barre on June 14, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I remember craving Reuben sandwiches in my second trimester. It was bizarre.

  14. Amy on June 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    You are beautiful 🙂 … and I love that you crave chocolate munchkins … hehe, I crave them on a semi-regular basis, and no bambinos for me yet!

  15. mi-an on June 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    you are SO pregnant!! love the little bump!!!

    • Fitnessista on June 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      crazy huh?! there’s something in there!

  16. Julie on June 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    aw! a little belly!! it kind of looks like me after dinner 😉

  17. Morgan on June 15, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Just catching up on the blog world after having my baby (he’s 8 months now!). CONGRATULATIONS! This is such a fun and exciting time, enjoy every second of it!
    I craved salt and vinegar chips too. And Pringles. plain Pringles. It was weird!

    • Fitnessista on June 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      congrats on your little one!

  18. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on June 15, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Your baby bump is SO cute! And you still look fit and healthy too!

    • Fitnessista on June 16, 2011 at 12:41 am

      thank you 🙂

  19. Joi on June 15, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I craved only salty foods with both my children, sweet things made me sick, which was great because I kicked my sugar habit.
    Best advice, what you crave, go for it…even if it is off your diet, let your body decide what you need. If you don’t you will be like me with my first and PICA. It was horrible, I could not get enough of ice, crunching all the time, only to find out it was an iron deficiency.
    Also New Chapter has great supplements, and you can take them on an empty stomach. I found these were the best for my tummy 🙂

  20. KB on June 16, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I’m so bummed you had to take your last family post down – it had so much great information in it! Luckily I had starred it in my Google Reader because I plan on using it in a couple years when we’re ready for babies 🙂 I’m not sure what kind of comments were left that caused you to take the post down, but just know that people are bitter and jealous and that is absolutely no reflection on you or the content you post, which is always top-notch! I’m so excited for you and the Pilot! I hope you continue to do candid family posts – it’s a huge part of your life now, and if people don’t like it then they don’t have to read it! xoxo

    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2011 at 1:17 am

      thank you 🙂
      xoxo

  21. Lisa on June 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    You are so beautiful pregnant! So happy for ya.

    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2011 at 1:13 am

      thank you friend 🙂

  22. Amy S on June 17, 2011 at 1:15 am

    I had pretty much the same aversions as you… I couldnt eat meat at all until my 3rd trimester. Even the thought of chicken made me barf! I hated all food my first and 2nd trimester except for fresh fruits and veggies of any kind (fresh or cooked). I ate a thin crust veggie pizza every day! The one craving I had throughout my entire pregnancy was mini marshmallows. I’d eat like a bag a week. 3rd trimester was McDonalds cheeseburgers. It HAD to be McDonalds. When I was in labor they told me that it was time for me to have my last meal and I made my mom go get me a mcdonald’s cheeseburger… she called 15 minutes later claiming that she was going to burger king because it was closer. She was wrong. I freaked out at her not understanding how she could “do this to me” why was she ruining my life etc. etc. lol She drove to McDonalds.
    You look fabulous! I didnt show until 19 weeks (probably bc I was a chubb-O before I got preggo 😉 ) Rub that bump for me… better yet lets get together soon and Ill rub it myself!

    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2011 at 1:18 am

      yes let’s meet for lunch soon!

  23. kelly marie christiansen on June 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    You look GREAT!!!! I love your family section of your blog! thanks for sharing your journey!

    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      thank you :))

  24. Jenna H on June 19, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    hey did you remove your “how i got pregnant” post? i really wanted to bookmark it for when my partner and i start trying :/

    • Fitnessista on June 19, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      i did but it will be back up later this week

  25. Jenna H on June 20, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Oh okay, I found it in my google reader anyway, so I saved it. It was a genius post by the way, don’t let anyone get you down! I love everything about your blog, and it has inspired me in so many ways! Without it I never would have gotten into Bikram or tried goat cheese, both of which I LOVE now. Instead of focusing on a stupid scale number this blog has helped me focus on TRUE health and beauty and I’ve never been healthier or happier! Seriously, you rock. Just ignore them, haters gonna hate. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2011 at 10:33 am

      thanks girl <3

  26. Tina (My Life as a Mrs) on June 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Gina- you are absolutely glowing! You are such a gorgeous momma-to-be 🙂 Congrats to you both!!

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      thanks tina! 🙂

  27. Nicole on June 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    You look great!! You are going to be so cute pregnant! Can’t wait to follow you on this new journey 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      thank you <3

  28. Meredith on November 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    You’re super cute with all this!! I’m a few months behind you but have been turned on to the family part of your blog by a friend and am loving it!! I’m due 3/29/12…just found out yesterday that baby is a girl!!
    Anyway – I could not get enough salt and vinegar chips either!!! Loved them!!

    Thanks for the fun reading!

  29. Meredith on November 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    You’re super cute with all this!! I’m a few months behind you but have been turned on to the family part of your blog by a friend and am loving it!! I’m due 3/29/12…just found out yesterday that baby is a girl!!
    Anyway – I could not get enough salt and vinegar chips either!!! Loved them!!

    Thanks for the fun reading!

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      thank you so much for reading! xoxo
      congrats on the little one on the way!!

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