• Brooke

    My sister is due in August. She has an outie to begin with, so she has no hope. Her belly button sticks out like that, but about three times worse. Both of her pregnancies have been spent looking like a turkey with the timer popped out for at least seven months. I just point and laugh. :)

  • http://dharmaoftheearth.blogspot.com Manda

    Such a good description of late pregnancy!! :)

  • http://writtenbliss.blogspot.com lmariea

    I don’t usually comment, but I was eating my lunch while reading this, and yes, it was a ham sandwich. How did you know? ;)

  • http://caramamamia.blogspot.com caramama

    I’m due a few days after you, and this is EXACTLY how I’m feeling too. It’s so much fun to be crazier than usual.

    And you do look fantastic!

  • http://www.atincupchalice.com MissCaron

    OMG freakin hilarious! You seriously crack me up girl. Don’t worry … it’ll be over soon enough. :)

  • http://www.kittyjimjams.livejournal.com Kitty Jimjams

    My son is 10 1/2 months old. My bellybutton still has not gone back in. It popped inside out when I was FOUR MONTHS pregnant and is still extremely visible through anything tight.

    Yes, they’re hideous.

  • Darlene

    Those boobies are going to do a fine job.

  • http://www.altruisminthemorning.com natalie

    hi fred. nice to meet you.

  • http://shriekhouse.wordpress.com shriekhouse

    So… do you adjust your photos in RGB? ‘Cause you give good fleshtones — especially against a blue shirt — and I can NEVER do that in RBG! What is your seekrit?

    (Also love the subtle suggestion the azure vestments impart: Madonna With Bump. Well, make that with One-Eyed-Bump.)

  • Kelly

    I had to laugh about the crying jags. Sometimes I think this is to ready us for unreasonable toddlers. I swear when my kids were little, the very same things set them off. Maybe I should have realized that they were simply “MOURNING THE FRAGILITY OF LIFE”. Who knew 2 year olds were so deep?

  • http://4designerd.blogspot.com/ Kelly Beall

    at least your little Fred is only temporary. have you seen Kelly Rippa’s outtie? it seriously resembles someone sticking a THUMB out of her stomach. now that’s bad! yours is hardly noticable!


  • http://marriageconfessions.com Chris

    Haha… your belly has an erection.! haha.. My wife is 37 weeks and the whole time has freaked out about her damn belly button. She puts a bandaid over it. What’s the big deal?

  • http://carissabyers.blogspot.com Carissa

    You look lovely! I’m 29 weeks w/ my second and my belly button stays in, but it’s not any better. Promise. Everything goes smooth and flat with this stretched out rectal-like spot in the middle. I rather resemble a citrus fruit.

  • http://pinkdot.squarespace.com Anonymous

    I’m at 35 weeks, and completely relate to the squished in between two people on a bus feeling. *sigh*

  • http://www.laurelhermanson.com Laurel

    I had a dream last night that you had your baby AT HOME. I was there, and I cried because you were so brave and, you know, moms cry when other women have babies. (No, I do not live in Utah, and have no desire or plans to crash your child’s birth.) Anyway, she totally had your chin.

  • Jess

    I’ve never commented before, but I’m due the same day you are and I’ve enjoyed having someone else to take the pregnancy journey with, especially since I’m a first timer. My belly button is beginning the strange transformation to outie, and I too am SO emotional! I walked through the door a couple of days ago after a great day at work and a lovely drive home and started bawling for NO reason! Glad I’m not the only one!

  • http://www.myspace.com/outnoise Aime

    What’s worse than Fred is when your husband yells MUCOUS PLUG while we’re walking through the parking lot after a movie just let out. He ducks. I’m standing there being only pregnant lady around.

  • Annie

    I’m still sporadically weeping at odd things 3 weeks post-partum. I’m glad I’m not the only one. I didn’t realize how miserable late term pregnancy until after the delivery – one day out, and I felt so light and fluffy – in spite of what the weight scale said.

    sorry about Fred; my belly-button never tried extending itself outward, but it was a lot easier to pick lint out. not that I had lint or anything.

  • http://www.myspace.com/outnoise Aime

    Wow! The Evil Quadruplets were on and left comments # 243, 244, 245 and 246!

    We’ll call them EQ for short. Emotional Quotient? Is a 2 too high?

  • http://theamandadiaries.blogspot.com Amanda

    All I can say is that at least you can brush your teeth! Our baby is 3 weeks old and there are nights that I realize I haven’t brushed my teeth all day long!

    You look fabulous by the way. And, as you are well aware, the crying only gets worse after they are born. But, they are worth every tear drop and plaque build-up!

  • http://www.toprecetas.net recetas

    Excellent Post. Thanks

  • Maggie

    You look great. My friend was only one week ahead of you and had her baby this morning!! Mom and baby are healthy. I hope you are ready! By the way, I have 2 girls also and wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • http://sidi2u.wordpress.com Sidi

    I can’t wait to get home and be able to see your pictures. As for the “lunch part”- You caught me in the act of eating my lunch, but it didn’t bother me…

  • http://simmerdownfrancis.blogspot.com Fran

    You are beautiful! And SO funny! I love that you make me laugh until I cry, while at work, in cube hell. Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    Heather, please, stop with the body talk. You were skinny before, you’ll be skinny after the baby.

    Stop crying in front of your daughter. My worst memory from childhood is the one time my mom lost it in front of me. Be a strong, smart, common-sense female role model to her and MOTHER her.

    Wait, scratch that, it’s all about you and your belly button and the fragility of tortilla chips.

  • Rose

    A broken tortilla chip? That’s worse than when I cried over Jan Brady’s unfortunate middle place in the family episode. Thank God it was 30 years ago and I’ll soon forget to remember it !! Good luck

  • http://brilliantsulk.blogspot.com/ A

    Belly buttons and feet. Two of my least favorite things. During my last pregnancy I had a Fred as well (I think I called it Ewww though) I layered on t- shirt after t -shirt so it was no longer visible. If I didn’t I would gag and throw up.

    Happy pregnancy!

  • Amber

    LOL I’m totally eating lunch.

  • http://www.moremony.com Moremony services

    I’ve never commented before, but I’m due the same day you are and I’ve enjoyed having someone else to take the pregnancy journey with, especially since I’m a first timer. My belly button is beginning the strange transformation to outie, and I too am SO emotional! I walked through the door a couple of days ago after a great day at work and a lovely drive home and started bawling for NO reason! Glad I’m not the only one!

  • Kristine

    I’m definitely eating lunch right now.
    I hope you have many strong tortilla chips today.

  • http://budurl.com/TheOneShot Krista Escamilla

    My crying came 4 weeks after the baby. Alex is my 4th and i didn’t suffer any post anything with the first three. I felt so guilty because is all i could do was cry and wonder if we were going to be able to feed him. I know that sounds weird but that’s what my mind was doing to me. After taking my OB’s advice, I’m better now and back to my old self of doing my morning show at CBS and weekly on Cocktail Match. I try to put a smile on your face as I remember wondering if I was normal and if others could notice that I spent my days crying. Watch my show if you desire http://budurl.com/TheOneShot This mothers day, I just want to be with my 4 babies. Happy Mothers Day!

  • amber

    you look fantastic! i just got you book from Amazon and i can’t wait to read it :-)

  • http://www.merrywifeofcanon.com Somer

    HAHAHAHA! At first glance, I thought that that protruding little thing on your belly was your thumb. You still look great though. You’re so lucky to be TALL and GANGLY (that’s a word…I think) so that even though you are gigantic compared to your normally super-skinny self, you aren’t freakishly huge! That belly button on the other hand…

  • http://laura-edwards.blogspot.com/ Laura

    Yeah. I can completely relate to this post right now. The cervix kicking, the feeling like your bladder might explode at any minute, and feeling super crowded. I’m 31 weeks, and when I got up the other morning and saw the baby bed all put together I about hyperventilated!!!

  • http://qtp.blogspot.com Sachin

    you look superb and best wishes for a healthy baby.

  • Kristine

    P.S. You look gorgeous.

  • http://www.MumsAtPlay.com Caroline Norris


    I vividly recall the later stages of my pregnancy – and the hormones, and the chocolate, and the Mexican food, and the crying, and the peeing, and the sweating – I was always hot. When I saw your post I thought I’d share with you a great product, ChickChill, that we developed and has been praised for providing us chicks relief from the heat – whether Fred is visiting or not. My niece is at 20 weeks and uses her ChickChills at work, at home, shopping and walking.

  • Lucy

    You’re tiny. Not like OHMIGOD WOMAN YOUR BABY’S NOT GROWING SEEK MEDICAL HELP tiny, but like you’re going to pop that baby out and go right back into your regular clothes within a week tiny.

    Basically what I’m saying is I hate you.

  • http://www.joysinmylife.blogspot.com Heather

    I’m there with you. I’m almost 29 weeks pregnant with twin boys and I swear if anyone tells me again how small I am, I’m going to show them a picture of you! You are so cute and compared to you, I can see how I definitely look like I’m carrying two babies. I’m crying and getting cranky all the time too. Good luck. You look great and I hope all is well.

  • http://dharmafrog.com/ Dee

    I remember the feet in the ribs! With my second son he kicked me there so much that after I gave birth my ribs were sore/bruised for days. :) Aw the good ole’ days.

  • Heather

    You are so cute, pregnant lady. I can’t wait for the baby to arrive!

    Someone told me that 2nd babies come sooner, which I totally brushed off as old-wives tale. Then my midwife mentioned that yes, 2nd babies often do come a bit early. And a day after that appointment I had the baby (which was 3 weeks before she was due). I’ve never been so shocked in my life, and it took the rest of the summer to get her room finished because I like to procrastinate and I had THREE WEEKS LEFT. Or thought I did, anyway.

    Which is a roundabout way of saying, I really want to see pics of your nursery or crib setup for #2 (is she sharing a room with Leta?). Because I’m nosy like that, and I love your home.

  • http://csquaredplus3.typepad.com Chris

    My third and final pregnancy (child #3 is now 3 1/2 – and I’m 42, almost 43 (too damn old to have a toddler)) I had a shameless belly button erection too. My mother would visit and when I wore tight t-shirts, she’d say, “You look cute… but, your navel’s sticking out.” She was repulsed. You would have thought I was prancing around in a thong.

    You look great! Hang in there!

  • Suzanne

    My sister has been calling her baby-yet-to-be-born (the word “embryo” seems so impersonal) Fred. Just learned it’s a girl, but still calling her Fred. I might just keep calling her Fred for the rest of her life.

    You look wonderful! Hang in there.

  • FreakishlyTallMom

    Heather….you ruined my ham sandwich but made my day…..as always…thank you.
    Also, you look fabulous!

  • Em

    Can’t wait to meet your little womb dweller. I hope you call her Fawnzelle, it’s my favourite name ever.
    I have never had a baby (unsurprisingly at 21) but hope that one day I can have a happy little family like yours.
    Sending you and your family lots of happy, healthy wishes from Sheffield.

  • kjw

    How did the foamy saliva find a vertical path from mouth to floor?
    Never having been there myself, I’m really unsettled by pregnant women’s ability to identify which fetal body part is pressing uncomfortably against which maternal body part. It must really make one feel like a vessel.
    You look gorgeous and the hormones haven’t had any effect on your sense of humor. :)

  • http://howdoyousay.blogspot.com/ faithstwin

    #276: “Stop crying in front of your daughter. My worst memory from childhood is the one time my mom lost it in front of me. Be a strong, smart, common-sense female role model to her and MOTHER her.”

    That’s pathetic. I guess the world still keeps spinning even when wierd people like this are walking amongst us. Scary.

  • Richelle

    I’m jealous! My belly button never stuck out, and I wanted it to! I think it’s cute. Instead, it stretched and looked like a giant eye. I’m 11 weeks pregnant with our second child, and I’m already dreading that eye making an appearance in a few months.

  • mountain mama

    Hi Fred!
    Thanks for the laugh, I needed it. Got a not-so-nice voicemail in the am from a friend’s wife who is bedridden at 32 weeks. Who the hell am i to call to wish her good luck and offer a hot meal for her family. Maybe she just let me be her target for the day.

    You look beautiful Heather!

  • http://scrappinjenny.blogspot.com Jennifer

    And this is why I only had one child. I’m an overly emotional person as it is. Pregnancy just made me even more like Sybil.