36 weeks

David looked at me the other day and said, “Mommy, the baby is taking a long time to come out.”

Then I had to sit down and rest because I was exhausted by how right he was.

36weeks 3

When people ask me when I’m due, I always say, “In May” because the ambiguity seems deter unsolicited comments about the size of my body or whether I will or will not make it to my due date.

Then I smile, rest a hand on my belly, and before they can ask what day, I say “2018. I’m due May 2018.”

It’s my pregnancy joke. I tell it at least four times a day partially because it always gets a laugh, but mostly because I’m too tired to think of anything else. And also because it feels true. At this stage my due date seems very, very soon, and also very, very far off.

The baby is head down, its heart rate is great, and at my last appointment my doctor assured me that my belly is measuring right on target. When I said, “Are you sure? Have you seen my belly? A lady at Kroger wanted me to ask you if maybe I was having twins. There’s no way I’m not bigger than average.”

She exhibited great restraint and professionalism by not saying a word.

36weeks 1

A few weeks ago we were at a party with some friends, and there was a particularly stunning woman there. She was tall, slender, and had long, shiny blonde hair draped over one shoulder. My friend was carrying her daughter and when the little girl caught a glimpse of the woman, she pointed and exclaimed, “ELSA!”

Can you think of a higher compliment? Toddlers are the most honest people on the planet, and Elsa is their Mecca and drug of choice. If it was possible to mainline Elsa, Target would be setting up an endcap with all the supplies. And selling out.

I’ve thought of that comment several times since because it was so, so funny. And then one of those mornings when I couldn’t remember my last shower, I was pulling my hair into a top bun and scowling into the mirror as I wondered, if a kid confused me with a Disney character, who would it be?

Definitely Ursula.

36weeks 2


  1. Katherine A. April 15, 2015

    May is close and you are supposed to look super pregnant, b/c you are super pregnant!!! Wahoo!!! Oh my goodness. Baby!!!! Love these pictures! You look beautiful!!! 🙂

    My best third child advice. Bring balloons home when you bring the baby home. At least one for each kid. I’m telling you … it’s always a party when there are balloons!!! 🙂

  2. Meredith April 15, 2015

    You do NOT look like Ursula!! hahah!! You look fantastic and I think you need your eyes checked because you do not look huge in the least – you look just right!

  3. Nina April 16, 2015

    No, you’re definitely not Ursula! But as a fellow pregnant woman, I totally understand how you feel. And I’m getting to the point of this pregnancy where I’m gonna start saying I was due yesterday. I’m not due till June, but I hate the twin/weight comments, so I figure that should hush people up 😉

  4. Karen April 16, 2015

    My children are in their 30’s so I’m clueless; who is Elsa?

    • amandakrieger April 17, 2015

      it’s ok, tom asked the same thing. she’s the princess in frozen, the newest disney movie (or maybe not newest, but hugely popular right now).

  5. nelle monaco April 16, 2015

    you are hilarious! you look great! the may 2018 and ursula comments made me laugh! best wishes with everything!! xo

  6. Janeen April 17, 2015

    I’ve always regretted telling people due dates. You’re a wise woman to give a month instead!

  7. Girl you do not look like Ursula! You look fantastic! I love toddlers’ honesty in all things.
    Thanks for sharing on the Shine Blog Hop!

  8. erica @ that wild road April 20, 2015

    you look completely stunning and in no way are an ursula. haha. holy smokes, i guess there are no pregnant disney characters are there? i think the powers that be really need to rectify that.
    anyway, found you through the 52 project. i like your work! adding you to my reader and making coming here a regular habit. (okay, also because i love baby chub and looking forward to some of that in may 2018) xx

    • amandakrieger April 20, 2015

      welcome! i’ll be sure to post lots of sweet baby chub for you 😉


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