Babies and Bellies

Alas, baby Huck has not made is appearance yet. His “official” due date was last Monday (Oct 4), that day came and went with little to-do. Alas, pray that all the details will work themselves out and Huck will make his appearance before Tuesday, that’s when the schedule induction is. My poor sister is getting rather impatient, and so is the doctor.

My news is more about my belly than the baby. Hubby tells me that Saturday introduced Carnegie Stage 20 which means baby can make spontaneous movement because the brain connections have been made. It will be 6 more weeks before baby is big enough for me to feel it, though. Thus, what I have particularly noticed is that I can’t get a favorite pair of blue jeans buttoned any more. That was quite the thrill when I realized that, I’m looking forward to growing a belly! So, Friday, for school, I used a hair band to thread around the button, through the button hole and back around the button. It added only, perhaps, 1/2 an inch, but that was all I needed. By the end of the day, my belly itched, though. I have wonderful coworkers and 2 or 3 were appropriately giddy and excited with me as I showed them my make-shift expansion.

Yesterday, I wore my comfy yoga pants, that should fit an even very large belly, and took myself to Target for a bellyband. I’d seen these online, and both my sister and a friend at school said I should get one. Its a smallish tube of stretchy fabric, quite simple. Basically, it fits around your pants at the waist and holds them in place even if the button is unbuttoned. Later on, it should help keep pants up when the big belly is pushing down and hold up too big maternity pants. I so wanted to use my new belly band, so I wore my favorite pants  with the belly band to the fair last night. I promise more about the fair in a moment. But, about the belly band….  it worked quite well. I’m going to have to make sure I collect a few longer shirts though. Pants that won’t button seem to gape in the back some.

Now, the fair. That was a ton of fun; I got funnel cake and I love funnel cake. The main plan was to go to the rodeo. The cultural experience began in the line to get into the parking lot. It was very long. Then, we discovered it was $5 to park, cash only and the line was long. I hope out to get in line to buy tickets while Hubby parks the car, and discover its cash only to buy tickets. I called Hubby and Hubby called a classmate (who was already there) to ask about borrowing cash (like we carry cash!). We got some cash, got our tickets and made it into the rodeo. (cash only was a bit of a culture shock, but it kept the line moving fast) We ended up sitting in the nose-bleed section, so we could see well, but no details. Plus the time clock was mostly blocked and the big screen T.V. was blocked completely. But at least we got to see the events clearly. Hubby and I tried to figure out the intricacies of each event as it happened, were the guys holding on with one hand or two hands, were they roping one leg or two. Neither of us really know enough about such things to be able to actually notice much, but it was fun. And I got funnel cake.

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