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Pancia pics: overtime





Potentially crazy day @ 39 weeks…

Just thought I would update the due date situation, as today I am having a prior surgical procedure reversed that will dramatically up my chances of going into labor pronto. Today feels like the first day of the rest of my life, for lack of a better cheesy expression, and last night sleep was nearly impossible. Between the crowded somersaults occurring in my abdomen and the nervousness about becoming a mother I found myself wide awake and nearly nauseous, reminiscent of my own anxiety ridden childhood nights before a first day back at school.

So the procedure is happening at a hospital but provided that I do not immediately go into labor as a result (which is still totally possible) then I plan to go to the Casa di Maternita mentioned in earlier posts for the birth. Regardless, we are still coming to this hospital with overnight bag in tow.

Today is also the day that I meet our future pediatrician for the first time, armed with a list of interview questions and a fierce sense that this is all very very real and totally amazing. Promise to write more, be it from my computer tonight during another up-all-night-waiting episode, or from the other side of motherhood. Ciao 😉


Pancia Pic- 36.5 Weeks


Pancia Pic- 35 Weeks

This is a pic taken from our recent vacation, about which I will surely be writing more. But I think that the baby dropped, as you may be able to see in this pic.  Breathing is much easier…


Pancia Pics- 33 weeks



Pancia Pics

As I am living away from those I cherish (with the exception of my husband) I have devised this silly way of creating belly updates for my family and friends who are unable to experience my transformation. You might notice below that my first post has one of these rediculous, ill-photoshopped concoctions. I’m thinking I will do a regular fantasy photo update here. Totally nerdy, but too much fun. I believe the first picture was taken around 26 weeks, so here are my most recent 31 weekers:





Ok, so I originally intended to chronical my pregnancy here in Milan month by month (of course peppered with other interesting bits of random art, design, scientific findings, well designed baby gear etc) but alas the months have slipped away and here I sit, getting huge in my 7th month.

So, for the sake of introductions, I am a 28 year-old expat wife (and much, much more) living in Milan, Italy and now 29 weeks pregnant with my first child, a little boy.  Though both my husband (P) and I (plus our dog, Hasty) have lived abroad before, we have only been in Milan for 8 months, so as one might imagine I have been more focused on the craziness of being pregnant than the insanity of adjusting to my new home.

Being pregnant is obviously one of the most life-changing, memorable times in life as-is. Add to that a heavy dose of culture shock, disdain for moped exhaust, and uncertainty about a foreign healthcare system, and it can start to feel like the epicenter of an earth quake.   All in all, I have had a relatively smooth pregnancy, and am very lucky.   Baby Mario (that’s the nickname) seems to be growing at a great pace and is chucking his weight around inside of me with a vengeance usually reserved for wrestling matches.

Hopefully, I can use The Expectant Expat as an outlet to share ideas about almost being a mom/being a mom, whatever other randomness has piqued my interest, and lastly– beautiful, well-crafted things in general.  At the risk of upping the cheese quotient, I will also probably write in from time to time about my adorable dog, Hastings, who is the current recipient of all of my maternal instincts.   And also of my travels– Milan is not the most enjoyable place, but the surrounding areas are amazing. More to come…
Imaginary travel in month 7- Bellina and Hasty go to the tropics ;)