//Momesty Corner / Thanks for Touching?

Hello, folks! In this edition of Momesty Corner, I'm going to give my take on an all-too-common and familiar experience that expecting mothers have--people touching their bellies/bumps. Is every pregnant individual going to take issue with this practice? Probably not. But I know of a lot that do, and I think it's something that every pregnant woman goes through at some point in her pregnancy.

My first experience with this was when I was just about 13 weeks along. I had publicly announced to family and friends that I was expecting only the week before, and I was attending a First Communion where I saw and interacted with a lot of my family. Mind you, at this point I wasn't even showing yet. I'm not the fittest gal on the block and I had some fluff pre-pregnancy, so I was already a little more than self-conscious of my belly. Then, when I was saying my goodbyes, one of my relatives reached out and touched my stomach to "say goodbye" to baby. Look, I know they didn't mean it to be an offensive gesture and I know she was only trying to be sweet. But damn it, it bugged me--and continues to bug me when it happens.

Case in point: a salesperson at the Jo Malone counter at Nordstrom decided she should touch my belly. Again, I was NOT showing yet. Lady, what you're touching there is my fat, a'thank you very much. Also, just because you're friendly with my mother does not make it okay to touch a freaking stranger. Maybe it's because I, myself, could never imagine touching the stomach or bump of a person I barely know or am not good friends with? Whatever it is, I think it's a weird thing for people to do.

Now that I'm showing more (and at almost 23 weeks, I think everyone expects me to be showing), I am expecting that a lot more bump-touching is going to go down. I don't mind my husband, mom, and a limited group of particular individuals doing it. But so help me if a stranger decides that they would like to come in contact with a precious vessel for human life. I'm liable to be quite brusque about it.

If you've had this experience, I'd love to hear about it! Did it bother you? Did you let it slide? Did you say something clever to the toucher? Let me know in the comments!

EDITED TO ADD: I've come to terms with the fact that family is going to do this, and I'm okay with it for the most part. But I still get squirmy when strangers and the like try to touch my belly...to me, that's still odd.

//Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice...

I am so happy to announce that the hubs and I are expecting a sweet (hopefully!) little girl!! We are beyond excited to know we are having a daughter and we are already anxious to meet her. We even refer to her by name now--though we won't be publicly sharing the name we chose except for a few people (everyone has their comments, you know?).

In similar news, this past Monday marked my reaching the 20th week of my pregnancy--HALFWAY THERE!! It is so hard to believe that so much time has passed, and while I know we still have a ways to go, it makes me giddy knowing that our daughter is coming in less than 20 weeks. At least, I hope so because if I go too long beyond my due date, I doubt I'll be feeling that great! ;)

For those wondering about the photo above, that was how we told our parents and my brother the news! The process to make the eggs took a while, but I think the frustration and effort was well worth it to get the reactions we did! First, I hollowed out some eggs by creating small holes in the top and bottom and carefully blowing out the insides. Then, I submerged the entire egg in pink dye--this is how I got the inside to be pink, as well. Then I glued patches of white tissue paper to cover one of the holes, filled the inside with confetti and glitter and a scroll of paper that read "It's a girl!", and covered the other hole with tissue paper. Finally, I spray painted the entire egg gold to cover the pink dye on the outside. My number one tip for this is MAKE SURE TO LET THE EGGS DRY before filling them! Trust me on this. Give it several days, if you can.

Enjoy the videos below of our family cracking open the news :)