Friday, January 08, 2010

My Curves

Am I allowed to say I'm enjoying my new-found curvy-ness? I can't pretend I'm truly voluptuous, but when I compare my new B-cups to my usual can't-fill-an-A-cup-and-boring-hips-self, I feel like I should qualify as a lingerie model. : )

It's not that my body looks any different this pregnancy (compared to previous pregnancies), I think it's mostly that this house has a giant mirror right outside the shower so I'm seeing myself nekkid more often. (My lovely new chest caught my eye the other morning and I called out: Ben Blair, come check me out — I'm totally hot!)

This stage of pregnancy is the best for me. The sickness is 95% over. My energy is great. I haven't ballooned to an unreasonable size yet — so I can still sleep comfortably. Maternity clothes finally fit, so I don't have to jimmy my pants to try to keep them up. It's quite lovely.

Ben Blair took these photos yesterday morning while I was getting ready. He pulled out the camera when we realized the only glimpse of my baby belly that had been recorded is in the HP video. We're going to attempt to get lots of shots from now on.

Are you curvy, Dear Readers? Even when you're not pregnant? (I think I'm jealous.) Do you like the way you look when you are pregnant?


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Blogger Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Unbelievably, my bosom swelled to an impressive D cup when I was pregnant! Finally, 2 good reasons to wear a bra. Yes, curves are fun! Alas, the D cups didn't last post pregnancy.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:33:00 AM EST  
Blogger Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry said...

So beautiful! I just entered the getting uncomfortable to sleep phase! It's been a wonderful ride, this pregnancy!

Congrats on your girl!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:38:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

I got from an A to a C when pregnant and I really love it! I feel so flat chested most of my life, that it's great to finally feel proportionate, maybe verging slightly on the voluptuous size. Wish I could be a little more curvy sans the belly.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:43:00 AM EST  
Blogger tifi said...

You look beautiful! I have a brand new baby (12 days old) and I really miss my curves. I just have lumps now, heh.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:43:00 AM EST  
Blogger Anna said...

I'm curvy on bottom, not so much on top. :) Being 32 weeks pregnant, I've got new curves! Mostly I love my baby belly, and so does the hubby. (He's so sweet!) I think I love my pregnant body much more than my regular one.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:43:00 AM EST  
Blogger jode said...

Perfectly beautiful! Makes me want to be pregnant again :) Yes, I agree, that is the best phase of pregnancy! Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:44:00 AM EST  
Blogger Allysha said...

You do look great. I'm the same way when I am pregnant, I can actually fill out my bra.

I love your pants - where did you get them?

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:45:00 AM EST  
Blogger Eva said...

The extra va-va-voom is not quite as fun from the other end of the spectrum. Starting out in the D range means by the time you're done you've reached a point in the alphabet that really shouldn't exist in lingerie.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:46:00 AM EST  
Blogger Design Mom said...

So glad that so many of you like how you look when you're pregnant. That's a blessing.

Allysha, both the top and pants are from Gap Maternity.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:48:00 AM EST  
Blogger Courtney said...

I love the way I look and feel when I'm pregnant. I am not curvy by nature, and being pregnant makes me feel sexy because of those curves. I really missed it when I had my baby. Whenever I find myself feeling baby hungry, I have to remind myself that I just want to be pregnant, and I am not ready for a real baby yet!
You look great!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:49:00 AM EST  
Anonymous tiny twig said...

not curvy normally, but LOVE my pregnant body! :)

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:50:00 AM EST  
Blogger Sarah Bradley said...

You look absolutely gorgeous! You're all belly! I must say, you look fantastic for already have 5 children. Any thoughts on the best ways to get back into shape post baby when you're exhausted?

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:52:00 AM EST  
Blogger Artfulife said...

You look amazing! I'm at the stage where I feel people are wondering, is she pregnant or does she like to eat too much junk food. Thanks to Great Grandma GG & my Grammie I have no problem filling a DD cup when not pregnant. I dread buying my nursing bras, they are always a EE cup. I feel like I'm buying the old lady bras at Walmart. The bras are huge! I will add that my husband quite enjoys this part of my pregnancy ;)

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:52:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Boston Mamas said...

You look gorg, my dear! Though I always think that, curves or not. :-) xo Christine

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:53:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Jan (Mixing Bowl Kids) said...

I am curvy to begin with but still enjoyed how my body grew when I was expecting. I think you look FANTASTIC for a pregnant momma, especially when you're so busy with five other littles.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:55:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Heather An said...

Oh man, I'm already a D, that makes me afraid for when I get pregnant!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 12:02:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a curvy girl (hourglass shape, but still petite). My husband likes curves which makes me enjoy them a little more as well.
But I love, love, LOVE, love being pregnant and looking pregnant- and miss it when it's over. The ta-tas go from a perfect C to a FFF, which my husband & I think is gross. haha.

You truly looks amazing for having 5 children! Congratulations on your pregnancy. All of your posts have me so excited, we just found out we're expecting #3.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 12:06:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kaylen said...

I'm definitely a curvy gal, and I've never been pregnant! I'm excited to be, though. That counts, right?!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 12:09:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jenny said...

You look wonderful! One of my favorite parts of pregnancy and nursing is that I have cleavage!!! At no other time is this possible. My third and last child just weaned and I am back to being extremely flat chested. I don't come close to filling out an A cup. I'm not really sure what to wear in fact. Maybe some other flatties have some suggestions? Please email me if you do!

Enjoy it!! So glad you are feeling well and good about yourself!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 12:10:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have to say it-you've got a great tush. i lack any sort of curves when not pregnant, so i am totally appreciative of those curves when i'm pregnant-i feel hot and i LOVE it.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 12:11:00 PM EST  
Blogger Robyn said...

I love my pregnant body - over the course of the last 10 years my only "I feel really pretty" moments have been while pregnant.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 12:11:00 PM EST  
Blogger Anna said...

Curvy all the time...I almost think I'd prefer to be less curvy most of the time and just enjoy the curvyness in pregnancy...though my husband may disagree. :)

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 12:19:00 PM EST  
Blogger mandi said...

yes! i love my pregnant body. i love other pregnant bodies (does that sound weird???).

i'm like you- no cups to speak of. pregnancy makes me want to wear a bikini!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 12:21:00 PM EST  
Blogger Design Mom said...

You guys are making me blush. Thank you for the sweet comments, and Eva -- you made me laugh! And yay for all those husbands that appreciate our curves.

Sarah Bradley, that's a great question, I'm going to look for a Guest Mom that could write something about it because I am 100% not qualified. : )

Jenny, I'm super flat-chested as well. My favorite bras are the Wacoal Petites. I get an AA (which is smaller than an A cup). It comes with padding built in — not too much, just enough so that I look fairly normal. And the bras are quite pretty.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 12:33:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kiasa said...

Hello Gorgeous!

The second trimester is always the best! I always feel beautiful up until the last 6 weeks or so. I think the hormones must contribute to that feeling. It's awesome!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 12:34:00 PM EST  
Blogger k a t y said...

I felt like I was reading my own thoughts!!! I love second trimester--I DO feel very sexy, which, you know, makes good things happen for the hubby...

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 12:44:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kaila said...

I will happily give you some of my curves Gabby!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 12:49:00 PM EST  
Blogger Anna M said...

too curvy to begin with so when I am pregnant I feel cartoonish.

And when I finally deliver and the milk comes in, I feel like a porn star (with a squishy midsection). Not awesome.

But Hooray for those who love their pregnant selves!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 12:57:00 PM EST  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...

You look totally foxy Miss Blair. I'm curvy 101. When I'm pregnant? Look out!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 12:57:00 PM EST  
Blogger Sandra said...

I am also without curves except when I am pregnant and nursing. One fried told me once that she thought I had the perfect figure- until I stopped nursing and she said she felt glad she didn't have to be so jealous anymore. ha.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:05:00 PM EST  
Blogger PMG Smith Family said...

I am very curvy. Unfortunately, my pregnancy left me a little curvier in a lot of places than I would like. My chest went from a B to a double D. I'm down to a C now, and that I don't mind. What I do mind is the extra 25lbs distributed throughout my hips, thighs, abs, arms, chin... you get the picture. But I loved how I looked pregnant. Well... mostly when I was about 4-5months along and everyone thought I was full term or having twins. After that... "beached whale" I believe is the appropriate term. I'd do it again, though. I love being a mom! :o)

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:10:00 PM EST  
Blogger Natalie said...

Ahh...I miss my B cups...since having kids I've been a D cup and I honestly don't like my curves. Lol!

You look absolutely adorable pregnant!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:10:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was curvy to begin with...but I loved my curves when I was prego. By the time I had made it to 17 weeks I was so happy I had only gained 3 and 1/2 lbs...but I had gained FOUR bra sizes. By the time I had the baby and started nursing I was an in Holy-moly-are-you-serious? H.
I loved my body when I was pregnant. I did NOT love that I made it to 36 weeks until I got a stretch mark...I cried so hard that day!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:13:00 PM EST  
Blogger joolee said...

you look fabulous!! and no, i'm def. not the curvy type - i'm normally right with you in the barely-fill-an-A cup. :( but hey, i'm close to the "lovely curves" stage of pregnancy too - i find it quite nice as well! by the way, i'm on the search for great maternity skinny jeans - looks like that's what you're wearing! where'd you find them???

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:15:00 PM EST  
Blogger Bri (like the cheese) said...

I was JUST thinking the same thing about myself this morning. I (mostly jokingly) informed my E-cup BFF that my pregnancy (I'm 12 weeks today!) boobs were SO HUGE that I had to go and buy a B-cup. Last pregnancy, I never outgrew my A's and I only wore a B-cup the entire time I was breasfeeding! I think it's easier to feel good about your physical appearance when your body is doing the most amazing thing it was designed to do!!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:16:00 PM EST  
Anonymous TM_Erin said...

Oh, I'm jealous of all of you curve-loving girls. I'm curvy and with my pregnancy, I had the overwhelming urge to shovel Sausage McMuffins in my mouth...every morning...for 12 weeks...with both hands. Sooo, needless to say, no one was celebrating my body by the 2nd trimester. ;)

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:18:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jessica said...

Mmmm... pregnant bellies. Loved being pregnant, every inch of it, even the inches I still carry around. The hubs appreciates the upper inches.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:18:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You look great! Curves are fun! I'm pregnant with my first and have gone from a D to DD (I'm 27 weeks). I didn't really notice the change until I, too, caught myself coming out of the shower. I called my husband in and asked if he noticed how big my boobs had become. His eyes opened wide, he smiled big and he gave me an emphatic, "Yea!"

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:19:00 PM EST  
Blogger Design Mom said...

joolee, I found them at Gap Maternity. They had lots of skinny jean options. Hooray!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:23:00 PM EST  
Blogger jomama said...

you look amazing!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:41:00 PM EST  
Blogger Queen Scarlett said...

I've been pretty small my whole life. And yet... I would always beat myself internally because my mind thought I was fat.

Then I became pregnant...and I fell in love with my body. Probably because it was this amazing vessel for an even more spectacular soul.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:47:00 PM EST  
Blogger KatieJ said...

You look great! I do love my body pregnant much more than when I'm not pregnant- at least for the 4th-8th month, it starts to get a little old after that :) You're lucky though, I just fill out my usually scarce A cups but I think the best thing is having a firm tummy for once, and not having to "suck in" all the time!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:51:00 PM EST  
Blogger Paige said...

You look great!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:53:00 PM EST  
Blogger carolina postcard said...

You look great and congrats on the twins! I just hope mine don't get too obscene! I'm feeling pretty good preggers though. Normally I hate my stomach, but now I think it's pretty cool and my husband wants to rub it all the time.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:54:00 PM EST  
Blogger Mauri said...

You look so cute! Where do you get your maternity clothes. I am not quite fitting into maternity clothes just yet. In fact I just went and bought some pants at DI and I am going to attempt to put in my own stretch panel. I am curvy, but when I get pregnant my boobs get huge! It makes me never want to have breast implants, EVER! My husband can't keep his eyes off them, which would be okay if I wasn't completely nauseous and feel like I could fall asleep at any minute. Exciting news about the baby being a girl! We have to wait another month to find out, so far we have 2 boys and 2 girls, so this one is going to tip the scales.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 2:12:00 PM EST  
Blogger the emily said...

I'm on my third pregnancy--32 weeks--and I feel awful. I look huge, the stretchmarks are out of control, and I tell you I have never been so unattractive. Ugh. And the boobs? Get them away. They're just in the way of everything.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 2:24:00 PM EST  
Blogger Leslie said...

cute. you look great, gabrielle. i love your confidence.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 3:18:00 PM EST  
Blogger kia said...

You look great!! I am usually curvy and am 17 weeks pregnant right now. My usual B cups swelled to D cups at 7 weeks which took me by surprise. The hardest part was finding a bra to support these wild things when I go jogging.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 3:21:00 PM EST  
Blogger Allison said...

I'm so NOT curvy, I completely understand your love for your new curves. I loved mine when I was pregnant. Loved them even more when I was breastfeeding!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 3:23:00 PM EST  
Blogger JessicaS said...

You look great! I start out curvy so when I'm pregnant I have am an uber earth mama. It's a little cartoonish because I get F (also known as DDD) boobs and a super round out front belly. If you were going to draw me as a stick figure I'd be 4 circles, three the same size: one medium circle head, two medium circle boobs and one big circle for a belly. I love the way I look pregnant!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 3:29:00 PM EST  
Blogger MiaKatia said...

I feel so beautiful when I am pregnant!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 3:31:00 PM EST  
Blogger Lindsey said...

You look great Gabby! I love the photos, they are so photojournalistic and real!

{ Lindsey }

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 3:46:00 PM EST  
Blogger Katie said...

get it, girl!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 4:06:00 PM EST  
Blogger paperseed said...

You look great pregnant!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 4:22:00 PM EST  
Blogger Gracie73 said...

My husband and I are in the trying stages. I think pregnant women are just stunning!! I have so much to look forward to when it finally happens!! You look fantastic Gabby!! Enjoy!!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 4:34:00 PM EST  
Blogger ashlynn said...

I am already busty so being prego just increases this! I feel a bit overwhelmed but I got lots of undies & bras for Christmas so needless to say - my husband loves my body prego.

You look pretty darn small!!!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 4:55:00 PM EST  
Blogger Summer Lewis said...

I loved my preggo body, and so did my husband. From a B to a double DD (I had to taken my well-endowed cousin shopping for new bras with me because I had no idea where to get one that was actually sufficiently supportive). One day my little 6 year cousin pointed at my belly and then my chest and said "Wow, that's getting bigger than those are!"

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 5:02:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kalli Ko said...

I love being pregnant, love love love it.

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 5:11:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Kelly said...

such an irresistible combo of spunky and happy -- you look gorgeous!

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 6:22:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jessica Jo said...

Barely a week after my missed period when I got pregnant with Alice my boobs had already moved up a size: from a 34D to a 34DD. Yuck, Cannot find bras that size at all.

And when I was 8 months pregnant, 4 months ago, a good friend of mine kept telling me he wanted to bone me. Yeah, too bad, married!

Monday, January 11, 2010 at 10:44:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pregnant with #4 and due about the same time you are. i chuckled at your son's comments you posted last week. i also have a 4 year old boy and when he hugged me good night last week he said "Mom, your belly is getting PLUMP!" (only he says "bewee" and "pwump"--too cute).

i'm normally a stick of a skinny girl, so being pregnant means that i actually have to wear a real bra. i also have BIG babies so my belly sticks straight out in front. People in the grocery store expect me to be going into labor any day, and i'm only halfway there! curves? definately!

Monday, January 11, 2010 at 11:13:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Garden Beet said...

the old body change its great!!!

Monday, January 11, 2010 at 1:35:00 PM EST  
Blogger Stephanie said...

There are 3 or 4 months of my pregnancies where I feel hotter than ever. I love everything about my body during that time, especially my belly. . because I no longer look at it as fat but cute baby inside. I love being pregnant for those months!

Monday, January 11, 2010 at 3:34:00 PM EST  
Blogger Cathi said...

You look absolutely glowingly gorgeous. You look happy!!
You also make me smile.
Happy pregnancy!

Monday, January 11, 2010 at 4:33:00 PM EST  
Blogger lori jo rebeles said...

I love the way I looked and felt during all three pregnancies.... it always felt so natural and "me" to be pregnant.

Monday, January 11, 2010 at 10:43:00 PM EST  
Blogger Heather said...

Dang woman! You are one hot momma! I have turned into a bean-pole since weaning my second. No butt, no boobs. So sad - I do miss those awesome curves!

Monday, January 11, 2010 at 11:25:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kim said...

Oh aren't you just the cutest?? I am curvy all the time. However, I am most comfortable in my own skin when I am big and pregnant. It is seriously my favorite time of life.

Congrats on another girl. They are SO fun to dress! :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 12:19:00 PM EST  
Blogger The Things I See said...

I am 30 weeks along with baby #3, and this is the first time I have felt very UNsexy. I have always wanted six babies, but we are considering this being our last. I can't wait for the birth.

Reading your readers comments makes me feel better, but I still can't wait to feel like myself again. I have been all over the place.

I am glad though because this is the first time in my life I have had a booty!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 1:33:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Stacy Miller said...

Where did you get those fantastic jeans? My maternity jeans sag in the butt and leg--truly no bueno. Please advise ASAP.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 2:14:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jennifer R. said...

Here I sit, 34 weeks pregnant with baby boy #2. Until now, I liked how I looked. Now I'm just huge and uncomfortable. When I'm not pregnant, I'm curvy. My D cup is now a G or an H...who knows! They will only get bigger when my milk comes in. I have looked pregnant since 13 weeks. But I'm super excited about meeting our son. I'm getting impatient waiting to meet him.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 8:10:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

You look great, Gabrielle! And I totally love how wild and free your curls are... :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 10:01:00 PM EST  
Blogger MoolyBee said...

Great pics! I'm envying you the bump and the stripey shirt. I loved being pregnant, the changing shape of my belly, and talking to the boys (knowing exactly where they were for the first and last time!).

How sad is it that I long to be preggo, so I could wear the cutie clothes they have now?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 11:45:00 AM EST  
Blogger Cereal In My Stiletto said...

35 weeks pregnant and totally love having the curves. I honestly kind of miss it when it all goes away. Well, I shouldn't say all of it... I DO like that part, but the 'fullness' of pregnancy, or the curves, are a lot of fun for me. :) You look great!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 6:03:00 PM EST  
Blogger Tammy said...

Amen sista! I love that I can fill a B cup during pregnancy! Woo-hoo! hahaha

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 8:59:00 PM EST  
Anonymous kathryn c. said...

You are so cute when you are pregnant, and I've seen you during FOUR of your pregnancies! I think Ben Blair likes taking shots of your cute tushie! love, Kathryn C.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 1:54:00 PM EST  
Blogger buildingfun said...

Your hair is GORGEOUS. I have the same type of curls, but my hair is cut into a graduated bob that has grown out past my shoulders. I serously need a new style! Can you give me some tips on what to describe to my hair stylist to acheive your look?


Friday, January 15, 2010 at 10:11:00 AM EST  

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