• http://www.outspokenandunderpaid.wordpress.com Tanzie

    …just reading the title of this post made me smile!

  • Janie

    Hey Heather, you look just wonderful. I can’t WAIT for the new little one to be born. (Hey people have warned you that having 2 kids doesn’t double the work but at LEAST triples it haven’t they?)

    Anyway, I’ve recently lost over hundred pounds and I’ll tell you that what happened to your weight is pretty typical…we call it the shakeup. I’m sure there is a scientific reason for it to be true or NOT be true, but I can only speak from much experience.

    Lots of my weight loss buddies and I can plug along losing 1 lb this week, maybe 2 the next, nothing earthshattering. Then you’ll go away for a few days and eat junk food and change your routine and you lose 5 lbs. It’s just something about changing your eating as well as your daily exercise–the walking around doing things exercise not the workouts–that seems to shake things up and cause a loss.

    There are actually diet/eating plans based on the concept of shaking things up periodically to encourage loss.

  • Sara

    Nice article on AOL. My mom called me in a frantic and said, “Your friend, Heather Armstrong, was on AOL!” I was racking my brain trying to think where I had heard the name before but couldn’t put my finger on which friend she was talking about. Then it dawned on me. I told her the ‘blog’ I had been reading for years is now super famous and you weren’t someone I personally knew. ha! You and I do have lots in common…daughters both born in 02/2004 and problems with post partum and depression/anxiety in general. I will tell you, it is easier the 2nd (and 3rd for me) time.
    Since you know what to expect and even when you feel it coming on (I did) you can talk yourself out of it and realize it is just your body going back to normal. Good luck. You are super cool and I am so happy for you with the success of your blog.
    – Sara

  • http://stalkingmotherfuckers.blogspot.com/ Hannah

    We all need more cupcakes in our life.

  • http://christelpistol.webs.com/ christelpistol

    so glad you liked the cupcakes. it was wonderful to meet you.

  • http://www.mommyx.squarespace.com Mommy X

    Will you ever come to Canada? Sad to hear that they still give peanuts out on planes…maybe they should give cupcakes!!!

  • http://www.amandaormandy.blogspot.com @manda

    30 WEEKS PREGNANT!?!?!?

  • P-Rick

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now and never commented once, but I saw somethig at work the other day that made me think of you. I monitor the nervous system of patients who undergoing brain or spine surgery. So when a neurosurgeon is putting screws in someone’s back, taking a disc out of someone’s neck, or cutting a tumor out of someone’s brain, I’m there to make sure the surgeon doesn’t fuck up. A few days ago, our patient was a 25 yr. old lady who was in the exact same stage of pregnancy as you, and she had a wicked tumor growing in the middle of her spine. I’ve been doing this job for several years now, which mens I’ve seen hundreds of surgeries, and I’ve NEVER once had a pregnant patient! Apparently, putting an expecting mother under general anesthesia is a bad thing for the fetus. However, the neurosurgeon told me, “If mommy here ever wants a chance to walk with her daughter, we have to get that tumor out TODAY!” Long story short, they got out as much of the tumor as they could, but the patient was in pretty bad shape when she woke up. I’m not trying to freak you out, just letting you appreciate that awkward waddle to the bathroom scale (which sounds pretty fucked up). So even though this pregnancy can beat you down sometimes, keep your chin up….

  • http://www.parsingnonsense.com Parsing Nonsense

    Traveling sounds like fun and games until you get home and realize how much you were secretly dying inside for your bed/pillow/creaky floorboards/giant mysterious vines creeping over the side of your house like a silent green thriller flick.

    Congrats on making it to (almost) week 31, you’re looking great. Pregnancy weight is so weird, isn’t it? Maybe the baby is tired too from all the jet-setting and has been squirreling away all those cupcake calories until such time as she can pop a rom-com into the DVD player and go to town.

  • http://bonbonrose9.blogspot.com/ Kristin

    You look seriously AMAZING! I was way more large and in charge at just 15 weeks.

  • http://www.parsingnonsense.com Paring Nonsense

    Wow P-Rick, that is a pretty disturbing story. There’s nothing like someone’s inoperable spine tumor to make you appreciate your discomfort!

  • http://www.punkybean.blogspot.com DJ-Kelly-Kell-Kell

    I gained so much weight during both of my pregnancies that it’s what keeps me from having a third. My second is almost one and I’ve been fighting off the weight this entire time, still have 18 pounds to go! After loosing 22. Yeah, pregnant me = Artie Lange. Fo real.

  • http://twentysixpointtwoormore.blogspot.com Beth

    Welcome home! BTW, you look GREAT for 30 weeks. It must be all the sugar.

  • http://www.monkeythoughts.com Monkey

    That’s pretty much my dog whenever we’re gone for a few hours. She whines and shakes, and I have to hold her big ass and tell her it’s okay and “no, I’m not angry that you decided to show your angst by shitting in three different places. Frankly, I’m amazed you could hold it all the 10 times we let you out before we left.”
    Ah, isn’t great owning a dog?

  • Anonymous

    do you have a deep seeded need for the whole world to tell you that you are beautiful? why? you are so stuck on yourself it is gross. and your blog sucks any more-that is why you did not win shit in austin-and the other cool woman-the REAL woman from the ranch did. get over yourself-you are irrelevant and your book is boring.

    ps-your chin looks like a weapon in this photo.

  • Maria from NJ

    You look as beautiful as always.


    (OMG and exactly what redwood tree does #157 have rammed up her/his ass??)

  • http://www.todaysrandom.blogspot.com Shannon

    I’m so happy to see your comments open! I just love your blog and your stories of Chuck and Coco remind me so much of my own kooky dog. Good luck with the next 10 weeks!

  • http://keegangross.com/ Maggie

    Gorgeous! I think women never look so beautiful as when they are very pregnant!

  • http://www.zelzee.com/ zelzee

    I don’t know about you, but that is the first doctor’s scale I like!

    Mine always weighs me at least 5 pounds heavier…….(in my opinion)

  • http://red-headedtempertantrums.blogspot.com/ Leigh

    Ice cream works that way for me. I swear I can eat as much as I want to and not gain an ounce. I think it’s because it just melts right through!

    Keep up whatever it is you’re doing…you look awesome!

  • http://curlynel.blogspot.com/ Chanel

    looking good! i disagree with Leigh: I ate ice cream almost every night for a month and gained like ten pounds :(

  • Anonymous

    You look beautiful! I had the same weight gain pattern you seem to be experiencing with my first pregnancy. I gained almost 40 lbs in the second trimester. In the third, despite gorging, only 10. WTF? Pregnancy is truly a time when one has very little control over one’s body!

  • Anonymous

    That’s a cute shirt, where did you get it?

  • Debbie

    I finished the book and loved it! when I opened the main
    page of AOL yesterday and saw you looking back at me I
    thought “YOU GO GIRL” ! Heather enjoy everyday that you
    have you so deserve it!

  • http://www.d3voiceworks.com d3 voiceworks

    oh my doG what a great coco story. too cute!

    same goes for your sugar consumption (and your bump!). I hear ya, sister. and that’s why my little emilio (lio)–born 030709–likes his milk!

    so sorry i’ll miss you at kings english; i’m headed to calif today. more family meets lio!

  • http://www.ehow.com/members/rachelb-articles.html RachelB


    I really enjoy your writing. Keep up the amazing work.

  • http://maialarasaid.blogspot.com/ Julia

    You do look wonderful.
    I found week 30 in both pregancies the most ‘ flattering’ out of all.
    Then all gets a bit too heavy…

  • Mari

    You look fantastic. I hope I look as good when I’m 30 weeks pregnant (some day). Love the Coco & Chuck stories. Chuck is my kind of dog.

  • http://realityrounds.com/ Reality Rounds

    As a nurse working in L&D and the NICU, I would say you look fantastic and healthy. I gained a pound a week for 40 weeks for both pregnancies. Did not matter what I ate, how I ate, or when I ate.

  • Claire

    You look gorgeous! Keep up with the cupcakes, you can’t argue with science.

  • Ev

    Heather, You look great no matter what. I want to know about the farting machine. What did that consist of??

  • http://www.abellevie.com Kitty

    Cupcakes are an international treasure and the secret to everything! You look lovely!!!

  • AnonyMouseFan

    Heather, you look great! And I just wanted to tell you that your pregnancy is going by really fast for me. So, I’ll try to keep that up as you go into the home stretch. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this time as a family of three (five) though. However, I also know you’ll enjoy having an itty-bitty again and will be so much more relaxed since you’ve done this before.

  • http://libelletage.blogspot.com Lisa

    More CUPCAKES. Totally. But I am not pregnant and three pounds a month would not be as cute.

  • Katie

    You’re so lovely!

  • http://www.encuentratujob.com.mx Bolsa de Trabajo

    Very pretty and You look great.

  • http://www.smoochgirl.blogspot.com smoochgirl

    hey hottie! those cupcakes have done wonders for your complexion. love the top, love the earrings. i hope to look as fabulous as you next time i have a bun in my oven.

    i enjoy your blurbs, as they make me smile and sometimes laugh out loud. like today. the coco story is classic and i can totally picture her with chuck standing by!

    keep on eating those cupcakes. :)

  • http://www.heathernanphotography.blogspot.com heather

    Alright, there’s a warm molten chocolate cake waiting for you at The Paris tomorrow. Come visit. We have lots-o-sugar awaiting you and your next satisfactory OBGYN appointment.

  • http://www.coachabby.blogspot.com Robbie

    Heather, you look wonderful! I have a Coco, too. She’s not quite as big as your Coco…2.5lbs. Chihuahua. I enjoyed watching you on Oprah. You were very inspiring.

  • http://www.survivethemayhem.com SAHM: Surviving Assorted Home Mayhem

    Somehow I thought I might see a Chuck photo with an Easter egg balanced on his head. Darn.

  • jane

    At 30 weeks last pregnancy I actually *lost* weight from the previous visit – because I had been on a strict gestational diabetes diet. My doctor questioned me on losing weight, but since I was following the nutritionist’s diet plan she couldn’t say much. I think our bodies just gain more some months than others, and one person may gain the most weight in months 4 & 5, someone else might gain the most in 7 & 8. Most of what our bodies are actually doing during pregnancy is a total mystery.

  • Anonymous

    First off, you look fabulous.

    About the weight thing: In my first two pregnancies, I exercised a LOT (I was military and took military exercise classes) and was careful about what I ate. I gained 50 lbs each time.

    This time, I have not exercised a lick due to intense contractions every time I try. I’m sorta careful about what I eat, but not obsessive the way I was. I’m 33 weeks and have gained 12 lbs. Now, where is the logic in that? There is none.

  • Megan

    God, what is wrong with all the anonymous haters commenting here? Especially the “your chin looks like a weapon” comment. Heather, you have a lovely strong featured face. Don’t let nameless, faceless retards tell you different.

  • http://www.chaos4jp.blogspot.com JP

    Funny…that’s how my sister felt about my brothers for many years when we were younger. Although, she didn’t care about the conditions of sending them back. Box or otherwise.

  • renee’ d.

    You look bea-u-ti-ful!

    Was there at the Seatlle book signing – it was great!

  • http://www.jumpsbond.com Jumps Bond

    30 weeks into your pregnancy and you still look great!

  • http://www.infant-headbands.com/ www.AngelHeadbands.com

    That makes me thing uncomfortable thoughts and back pain. We would love to send you a baby gift.

    Let us know

  • http://pineappleluv.blogspot.com Jamie Watson

    That was so much fun to read! I smiled the whole time.

  • http://fatmumslim.blogspot.com fat mum slim

    I don’t know how you did it, and still stayed sane AND only gained a little weight.

    You MUST be wonder woman?

  • http://twelvekindsofcrazy.blogspot.com/ Tina

    Hi Heather:
    I have been waiting for a post to comment this!
    Your book was incredible. I read it in three days. You are my hero.