• http://www.lifedelicious.net MamaCass

    You look divine, pregnant lady…no matter the weight gain. I say keep with the cupcakes. That way, when she’s three and begging you for more junk food, you can assure her you stocked her belly full in utero and end the discussion right there.

  • http://thedrennans.blogspot.com Kristi

    I think you look awesome! Before I even read this I was thinking “she does this pregnancy stuff well”.

    I had a doctor who made a snarky comment about me gaining my first 5 pounds after 5 months of pregnancy…like as if I was HUGE or something. I said “screw you lady” and I’m getting a midwife!! (the kind that lets you go to the hospital and still have drugs if you want them)

    That’s a true story…except for saying “screw you lady”. I actually just cried when I left and my husband in a fumbling manner said…we’ll get you a midwife…we’ll get you a midwife!!!!!!!!!

  • Ally

    Heather, I bought your book the day it came out. I had so much fun reading it and wished i would have made it down to Austin for your book signing. I can not relate to your mommy stories since i have no kids, but I love to read them! super funny. However I have two dogs and relate well with those stories for sure.

    My family watches my two dogs when i go out of town. I have a chuck and a Coco (personality wise) and one of them misses me so much (the chuck) that she hides under things where no one can find her. And she won’t come out for treats, key shaking, nothing… They call me cursing her at bed time saying they don’t know if she is inside or out or if she has peed or pood at all… Of course she would never run away so I am not worried. When they do find her and make her go poddy, she is such a bitch whereas she typically is the sweat heart of the two. But she basically doesnt come out till she hears my voice when i get back… It pisses everone off. I think its enduring that I am so loved and missed.

  • s0aar

    I don’t know if anyone has said this before, or if you’ve read harry potter, but the way you describe the relationship between Chuck and Coco reminds me very much of Hedwig and Pigwidgeion. Every time you wrote an anecdote about Chuck and Coco, I always thought it reminded me of something, and I finally figured it out today =]

  • http://www.wilddingo.com Wild Dingo

    I’m pretty sure the world would be a better place if we all had more cupcakes. We all need more cupcakes.

  • meredith

    Your butt is the smallest pregnant butt in the land….

  • http://amazinggreis.blogspot.com Amazing Greis

    You look AWESOME!!!!

  • http://pbrippeyblogma.com PB Rippey/sleepless mama

    Hm. I wonder if the sugar inhalation diet works for mothers breastfeeding 17 month olds, as well? I suppose I’d better not try–but I’m tempted. Such a good read, Heather! Your descriptions are priceless.

  • http://www.cardadvantages.com Student

    My body is screaming for cupcakes too. And I am not even pregnant.

  • http://www.ovolina.com Anita Ovolina

    I had the same thing happen with my fifth pregnancy. I tried to watch my calories exercise and eat in moderation and then boom the week I gave up I only gained one pound.
    Although I did have a pregnant butt I must say …yours looks very tiny :)

  • http://www.geekmom.net geekmom

    If I fed my body everything it screamed for then I would look nowhere near as good as you do. When you find out what the secret is please do share.

  • Katie B.

    I just saw you in Seattle and you looked *amazing*. Almost made me not afraid to be pregnant. You are an inspiration and I am always looking for a good reason to eat more cupcakes.

  • Christina

    Chuck makes me want a dog so bad…but Coco reminds me that you just never know what you’re going to get.

    You look fantastic. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy and with the new little one. ♥

  • http://www.firstposition.blogspot.com Jessie

    Lookin really good!

  • Nicci

    It’s so true. My sister-in-law calls it “The Cupcake Diet”. Everytime she eats nothing but chips and cokes and cupcakes she dropps like 5-10 pounds. Bitch. LOL!

  • http://www.hikooky.blogspot.com hi kooky

    I heart Chuck (and Coco too, bless her nervous little soul). You look fabulous!

  • MamaLana

    You deserve to eat all the cupcakes you want; thank you for bearing the children. Without you, our population growth would crash! You are lovely and your dogs are hilarious.

  • It’sME!

    Hey, saw you on AOL front page!! I was stoked to see you on there. I’ve been reading dooce.com for years now. Love it!

  • Anonymous

    #26- eating donuts does not cause gestational diabetes. It may aggravate it, but will NOT cause it.

  • MommaKiss

    So. Your 30what week belly? It’s really damn cute. I was way huger at – oh – 20ish weeks. I do not do pregnancy well. I grow mega fast and mega big.

    I’m only trying to tell you that you look fantastic. And I hope your inbox stopped looking like a cheezberger.

  • http://survey.macmac.dnip.net/index.php/paid-to-do-surveys.html anna

    I wish I had a similar photo when I was pregnant. I sometimes ask my husband to take a picture but I can’t seem to like it.

    I also didn’t thought of having a black and white picture taken. I guess black and white pictures work well with pregnant women.

  • Laura

    I know my friend and I are both excited for the new “bean” to arrive. Please have someone post pictures as soon he or she has come.

  • devon

    A HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!

    Ahhhh, I love it when I come home from a total crapper of a day and I suddenly decide to check my Dooce and lo and behold I find myself laughing so raucously that there is no sound, just joke.

    Thanks, doocey. You ma’ pal. =)

    Lots of love from Denvah –


  • Maya

    You must really find truly overweight people to be repugnant. Seriously you are 30 weeks pregnant and you look like a pregnant stick. Get the f over yourself and stop fishing for compliments.

  • http://www.greenpolkadotbox.com/invite/345 Katie

    Wow, you look tiny at 30 weeks! I gained 40+ pounds with each of my pregnancies, so I don’t think I ever saw a month with a 3 pound weight gain! Bodies are weird. I went all the way through the holidays/winter and was the same size all along. Now, suddenly within the last month, everything is tight. I don’t think I’ve changed anything. . . . weird!

  • http://misshshugeneh.blogspot.com mdog

    Your initial description of Coco crying with joy made me tear up – herding dogs are so wonderful. But then as I read on, I started laughing hysterically, which, combined with the crying, made me choke…and pee my pants a little.

    That’s a lot of bodily functions you managed to fuck up with one little blog entry. I guess I will move “It Sucked and Then I Cried” into the bathroom and protect our nice couch from the inevitable.

  • http://www.goodygumdrop.typepad.com/ jstar

    honey, that was me at 17 weeks. i unfortunately birthed a 10 lb 15oz-er and it was mooooooooo-alert. i just developed some pregnancy pics today so i could memorialize the size of myself. you’ll have a nice normal sized baby and it won’t hurt as much!!

  • http://jocelina.livejournal.com Jocey

    Your description of Coco’s antics and Chuck’s response made me laugh until I cried.

    I hope someday you’ll come to Minneapolis, both for selfish reasons (I would love to hear you read your work and get your autograph) and for wholly altruistic ones (there is a local cafe that makes delicious cupcakes with wonderful, evocative names like Paris Hilton and Global Warming, and I think you would find much to delight you there).

  • http://www.twitter.com/lovedjen jen smith }i{

    Hm, our metabolisms must be built opposite because I ate everything in sight with all three of my pregnancies and gained around 60lbs with all of them. Separately. As in, 60lbs, EACH PREGNANCY. It was just lovely to work it all off after they were born.

    I’m glad you’re finally able to get back home and rest. I don’t know how you did it in those cute shoes. My friends and I saw you in Denver. It was my first reading/book signing ever but I thought you were fabulous. I was going to buy your book later but decided to get it that night when you were done. Your honesty and your way with words gives me confidence in my own thoughts as a woman and mom. Thank you.

    When you talked about putting Coco in a box and poking some holes on top, it reminded me of a hilarious Family Guy episode. I hope you don’t mind if I send you this link, I don’t think I’ve ever replayed a clip as much, or laughed as hard when I first saw it:


  • http://lemon-iced.blogspot.com Beverly

    You’re a beautiful expecting mom! Goodluck!

  • http://somuchsoundandfury.blogspot.com Rachael W

    I second all those people who said they don’t know how you have the stamina to travel at this point in your pregnancy. I love traveling, but hate being on planes. Three hours is about my limit before I start pressing my eyeballs up against the plane map (you know, the one where the plane moves 1/16th of an inch every four hours) and muttering, “Why aren’t we there yet?”

    Hooray for the cupcake diet!

  • Y

    Maybe the baby only eats the sugary stuff and left the healthy stuff as dead weight. Obviously I know nothing about pregnancy. =P

  • http://wackymommy.org/ Wacky Mommy

    You look gorgeous, Ms. Gorgeous. Keep up the good work.

    ps — Wacky Dog, our late fat lab, used to do the same crazy-happy cry whenever we boarded him, too. Or left him at the vet for the day. Or with grandma for a few hours. Or after he got a pedi & ear clean at the dog spa. Crazy dogs.

  • http://www.onepiecofmylife.com One Piece Of My Life

    Nice earrings.

  • http://rvb.roosterteeth.com/members/profile.php?uid=158460 Britte

    It’s amazing how fast that pregnancy seems to have gone. Well, for us, the readers, anyway. I’m sure you have a MUCH different point of view on how long the pregnancy seems to have lasted.

    Also, I really needed that laugh about Coco. It’s amazing how the stupid things dogs do can make someone smile. Example: this morning my dog woke up, farted on my pillow, then greeted me with a giant, sloppy kiss on the cheek. It was so adorable to see how happy he was that I couldn’t be mad at him for farting on my pillow.

  • http://colourfulwords.blogspot.com/ Natalie

    Wow! Suddenly feeling a lot better about the 49kgs of chocolate I’ve consumed this weekend. Science you say?

  • wheezer345@hotmail.com

    Welcome home! Thanks again for visiting us in the great north west here in Seattle! It was wonderfull to see you in person, hope to see you again. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy.

  • Amanda Brumfield

    So proud of you and happy for you guys. Makes me tear up. Love you girl.

  • http://www.fullmoviesonline.org I’m free

    Wow. I really want to become father. Actually, do you guys know any technique to conceive baby girl or baby boy?

  • Dawn

    Welcome home. Here, have a cupcake.

  • http://mangogirlsramblings.blogspot.com Mango Girl

    There is such beauty in being pregnant ~ you epitomize this statement!

    Welcome HOME!

  • Brat

    Ok, I have to admit, I must have been living under a rock for the last God knows how long because I just this week discovered your blog compliments of Twitter. Ya, I’m a lil slow. Glad I found this though, you’ve given me something to laugh at besides myself. Thank you.

    This entry reminded me of our dogs when we returned from a week-long out of state ‘trip’ a few weeks ago.. Both of our outside dogs whined, cried and carried on until they were lavished with more attention than necessary.. Ironically, it didn’t really do much for either of them, but it sort of “soothed” us a little.

  • http://www.sheyfeymind.com SheyFey

    The fact that CoCo can talk does not surprise me at all. It is the breed. They must make themselves known.

    I think Chuck is secretly In Love with CoCo.

    BTW, You look great for your 3rd Trimester!

  • http://www.racheldirollzack.com Rachel

    I was the same way when I was pregnant! I gained 14 pounds between month 3 and month 4 and my doctor got all up on my case about it. I didn’t punch her, miraculously. But I did stop eating anything that even pretended to be healthy and spent the last 5 months of my pregnancy eating Ben & Jerry’s, buffalo chicken strips, ice chips, and green olives. And I never gained more than 3 pounds between appointments after I started the Stoner Diet. :-)

    Happy 31 weeks!

    (hahahahahahaaaaaa my reCaptcha is “anonymous sucks”)

  • http://www.crossroadscottage.blogspot.com Shana

    I’ve just recently found your blog. I’m hooked!

    Just wanted to say that I totally relate on the weight gain thing – even though I’m not preggers. I recently returned from vacation where we ate out 14 times. I never wanted to eat another fried piece of food again and was so anxious to step on the scale as I normally watch what I eat. No weight gain! What the what? Believe me, I was overjoiced. Very weird – but in a good weird way. :)

    Glad you are home. :)

  • http://beebeemod.com Jen

    Yes, the whole weight gain thing is a mystery to me too. After having three, I always had some month where I would gain 10 pounds and it seem to come sooner and sooner with each pregnancy. Glad you are home! Now rest and enjoy slowing down before the babe arrives!

  • Birdie23

    Hey ya look great! you just shine! Out of all my doggies, Taj is the only one who comes out of his crate with dignity, sorta like an English gentlemen. “where’s my tea and oh is it raining?” the rest are fricken hellions,down the hall at the rate of the Indy 500, around the sofa,slide across the dinning room, zip through the kitchen out the back door.

  • http://shoeism.wordpress.com Therese

    Heather, you are very adorable, with your almost impish smile, and your sweet belly, and your cute earrings.

  • http://www.wimbittworld.wordpress.com sevedra

    You look fantastic. Don’t let the doctor bug you about weight. Just ignore that part and eat what feels right and excersize as much as feels comfortable.

    I am sssoooo glad you are finally home. I know I don’t know you, but I worried about you traveling so much while pregnant and exhausted. And I am so glad you are back with your family. I miss my family too much when I am away for just a little while. I can’t imagine the pain of being on the road so much.

  • Rich Morey

    I just came across your blog through a link from John Nack’s blog (http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2009/04/mo_friday_photos.html). Your writing is terrific as is your photography! And your dogs are so beautiful.. I love the photos and captions of Chuck and Coco.