01 August 2011

pregnancy vs. Habitat for Humanity

Okay, I know I said I wasn't going to do weekly updates on the pregnancy, but I sorta like the idea of doing a pregnancy vs. whatever obstacle presents itself series.  (Probably not weekly, but whenever.)  Maybe I'll even keep a running tab of what's winning (pregnancy or . . . me--I didn't think it was going to be a duel, but we'll roll with it).  Hope you like it!

This past Saturday, I did a Habitat build.  I used to work for Habitat for Humanity, during my AmeriCorps days.  Here's a picture of me looking like a tough-girl construction worker:
Yes, that's a level in my left hand.  So tough!
(Okay, if you really knew me, you'd know that 80% of my year I was holding a paintbrush instead of a hammer.)  I also must add that I did my AmeriCorps year in north Florida.  So yeah, I guess I know a thing or two about doing this in the heat.

We were invited to join the Catholic Young Adult group here in Pensacola for a Habitat build.  I guess the only day available was the 30th of July?  I originally didn't think I would be up for it, but I decided this past week that I could probably do it if I just took a lot of breaks and left if need be.

B came with me, and we framed a house!  Good grief, it was HOT.  And humid.  Probably 97° with 85% humidity.  My body is definitely not as conditioned as it was four years ago.  Sometimes my strategy was just to drive in three nails, then take a break.  But I wasn't the only one doing so.  Even the crew leaders said the heat on Saturday was the most miserable they had felt this year.  I probably drank at least a gallon of water while out there.  Then I had to use the porta-potty.  Yuck.

Overall, I felt pretty good about my day at Habitat!  Then I woke up the next morning to discover that my thighs were sore and I had a breakout covering my entire upper back.  (Yeah, eww.)  But those things have happened to me before when I did stuff like this sporadically.  I'm going to call this a win.

I also took some belly pics!  Sort of a base line, but I've definitely gained a gut and a few pounds.  I already miss my body.  Hate me all you want, but I had a pretty awesome hourglass figure.
This was taken last August, but I looked the same back in May of this year
I'll be doing all my belly pics in the same tank top.  I got this during the Old Navy $2 tank sale around week 7 or so.  I purposely bought a size up from my usual with hopes that the extra length could help me out later on.
Barefoot and preggers at 14 weeks, 6 days.
I now see why most women don't take belly pics until they actually "pop."  This totally looks like the beer gut/Freshman 15 that I never gained in college.

B and I will be heading out on another airplane ride this week, so that we can actually enjoy Indiana in the summertime.  I've only ever been when it's cold!  Hopefully, now that I'm in my second trimester, this plane ride won't be as awful as the last one.  That will be fodder for next week, of course.


  1. I like this idea! Hopefully you win most of the battles, and I think you should post pregnancy updates as much as you want! Once the baby comes you'll wanna be able to look back and remember how you felt, or one day let them read about it!

  2. Great to read! That pic looks a lot like me once I discovered beer. :)

  3. Haha! I knew this would happen....happens to the best of us! You just can't help talking about it...especially since pregnancy literally takes over your life and EVERYTHING you do will be different as your body continues to change! Have fun in Indiana....going to ND?

  4. Looks like pregnancy going well! I just wanted to drop you a note letting you know that I started following Hip2Save because of you! I owe you all the thanks!

  5. youre cute lil belly looks like me when i have my food baby after most meals! love the pregnancy vs idea! yay on the win! looking forward to more! =)