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Nobody Feels Cute at 41 Weeks

At 41 weeks I am a big, hot mess!!!  Here’s some photos taken where I look shockingly horrible in a hilarious way!






No baby yet!  I am officially 41 weeks pregnant today!  I’m not worried yet.  I was told that the average delivery for a Caucasian woman is 40 weeks + 8 days.  I am not of the Caucasian persuasion, but that information put me at ease.

Also, did you know that estimating a due date was created by Franz Karl Naegele (1778-1851) a German obstetrician who initially came up with the rule to determine a woman’s due date based on her last menstrual period.  The 1800’s, y’all!!!  Plus, not every woman has a 28 day cycle!  Whatever Naegele, stop trying to freak everyone out about being overdue.  Of course there are many serious risks I am fully aware of.  All joking aside, we are watching + monitoring baby carefully + taking all proper precautions!!!

Jeff + my mom took me on a walk yesterday along the river by our house to get the baby in the right position + to urge it along!  We took a series of pictures + the results are amazingly heinous!

First picture:40 week river walk - 1

Oh lord!  No Neck Joe!  Swollen legs as thick as tree trunks!  Those sneakers!!!  That super attractive maternity jacket!  I look like a padded up football player!  There’s all kinds of bad happening in this photo!No Neck Joe













Mom + I along the river.  This baby is getting SO HEAVY IN MAH BELLY.40 week river walk - 2

Jeff tried to capture a moment of peaceful reflection as my mom + I gazed upon the flowing river.  But I turned around…40 week river walk - 3

ZOOM IN!!!!40 week river walk - 04

BBWAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!  What the heck is going on with my face?!  Probably THE MOST unattractive photo I’ve ever taken by far!!!  I look like Sloth from the Goonies – when he’s not yelling about Baby Ruths.Sloth The Goonies

The three of us.  This is the nicest photo of the day.  What beautiful weather in Vancouver!40 week river walk - 4

WHOA NELLY!!!!  I look like I’m dwarfing Jeff in this next picture!!!  My belly has expanded to maximum capacity, so that I can barely zip up my once oversized maternity jacket!  And I cannot sit like a normal person.  Always sumo wrestler style.  I physically can’t sit like a lady.  No way.40 week river walk - 5

Jeff by the river.40 week river walk - 6

Mom + Jeff discussing whether the brown smudge on her elbow is mud or something way less pleasant…40 week river walk - 7

Sunset is nigh!!!  I LOVE living by the river!  My mom takes walks every morning.  It’s so refreshing + invigorating to be close to a body of water!40 week river walk - 8

Last picture of the day.  Another winner.  That face.  That sumo wrestler pose.  That girth.  I don’t know.40 week river walk - 9

Well, that’s it folks!  40 weeks has come + gone!  Soon….


22 Comments Post a comment
  1. You are funny. I like it.

    March 31, 2014
  2. You’re so hard on yourself – I think you look great! Well, a bit exasperated, but not as bad as you’re saying. 🙂 And I’m jealous of your river and lack of snow! 😛

    April 1, 2014
    • You think I look great?! Michelle, you are always one of my biggest cheerleaders! I heard the snow out in Alberta is still going strong! YUCK!!!

      April 1, 2014
  3. Deb Fayle #

    Shelli, you look beautiful, as does your mom and Jeff!! So peaceful by the river and crazy to think that in just a very short time, you will be walking your baby there. I am so excited!!!!

    April 1, 2014
    • Awwww, thanks Deb! I know the river was such a huge draw!!! The perfect location for long strolls with baby!

      April 1, 2014
  4. ohmigosh, yer too funny! Poor Shelli, I remember that waddling feeling at the very end all too well. I can just imagine you, Hiroko and Jeff all walking that baby by the river in a week or so…stars + hearts! excitement!

    April 1, 2014
  5. kenneth '' Dad's - Papi '' nishino #

    Hi, Nan, glad ur back writing and taking terrific
    photo’s plus Jeff & Mom aren’t 2 bad behind the
    lens either, great foto’s of Vancouver by the river
    so glad Mum has a out-let walking everyday, that
    is AWsuM, yup, keep those tenniee’s on they are
    way more comfy than anything with heel’s, Ok we
    are standing by waiting 4 Baby Fayle, and geezz,
    will be in Vancouver shortly, Take Care Best 2 All !!!
    Luv U

    April 1, 2014
  6. Drunky drunky #

    You look fab!!! I know you must be so uncomfortable, but you look adorable! Hang in there. Btw…you was supposed to call me Monday…..whateves preggo lady! Xoxo

    April 1, 2014
  7. I’m not sure I’m crazy about that statistic of 40 weeks + 8 days! Might start doing some kind of weird voodoo stuff to convince bubs to come on time, if not a day or two early, hehe. I don’t want my maternity leave to be over before baby has even come, LOL!

    Not long to go now, I’m sure – best of luck! I’ll be thinking of you 🙂 xxx

    April 1, 2014
    • There’s so much! Drink raspberry tea leaf, eat 6 dates every day, nipple stimulation, eat spicy food, do a lot of walking! They say 42 weeks is the max!!! Then your amniotic fluid levels get low + the placenta gets old. Bad placenta, baaaad!!! Thanks so much! Good luck to you too!!!!

      April 1, 2014
      • Bad placenta?! Ewwwww – sounds SUPER nasty, haha. Actually, I have to say the weirdest thing about witnessing my cousin give birth was seeing the placenta (don’t worry, hers, as far as I know, was the good kind!) – it was SO much bigger than I ever imagined and really fascinating in an icky kinda way. I imagine you’ll be too busy to notice your own (“hmm do i give my attention to baby or placenta?”) but hopefully someone will appreciate it 🙂 Looking forward to the updates!!!

        April 2, 2014
      • Mmmmmm, placentaaaaaas…..

        April 2, 2014
  8. I think you’re being a little tough on yourself and “what’s going on with your face”, but girrrl, have that bebeh so you can stop looking so uncomfortable. And start looking all blissed out about bebeh luvs. Soon, Sunshine. Soon. Side note: I too ~~~love~~~ living along a river. I find something terribly romantic about being affected by its ebbs and flows. Thinking of you, and sending well wishes! XO

    April 1, 2014
    • I know…I am being tough on myself!!! Thanks for the support! I am looking forward to the dewy glow! Does that exist? We’ll see…woah!!! You live by a river as well??? Come visit Vancouver!!!

      April 2, 2014
  9. All the pictures are beautiful. I think we see ourselves much differently than others see us. I especially love the semi-sunset shot of Jess with the reflections of trees in the water. So serene!

    And speaking of snow, I was near Ottawa last weekend and we experienced ANOTHER snow storm. Are you kidding me!!!???!! The piles of snow from the previous snowstorms are/were still everywhere and piled higher than my husband (over 6 ft)…two weeks into spring!


    Oh well, as my hubby says “Welcome to Canada” 🙂

    April 2, 2014
    • Jeff (sorry didn’t see typo til after I posted)

      April 2, 2014
    • That’s so funny – Jeff always says “Welcome to Canada” to me when I get frustrated about the weather too!!! Haha! Yeah, I can’t complain about Vancouver, when the rest of the entire country is still blanketed in snow!

      April 2, 2014

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