December 24, 2009


I had a friend take a photo of me for my Christmas cards.  I did this before Thanksgiving so I had plenty of time to get the cards ready (and before I got Charlie's hair cut.)  My husband saw the photo and remarked this morning how big I look.

I said, "That was six weeks ago!  You should see me today."  The dog looks skinnier and I look bigger.

This is me today, in the same shirt, at 30 weeks.

Wife Unit had her baby at 30 weeks.  He was little but he was fine.  I could have her today and probably everything would work out.  She would be fine.

My Christmas joy: I am officially too big to fail...

Posted by: Sarah at 08:53 PM | Comments (18) | Add Comment
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1 WOW!! And I thought you were big in the first photo! I like how you're wearing the same thing in both pictures. Nice to see Charlie's eyes too!

Posted by: Amritas at December 24, 2009 10:45 PM (MuXAV)

2 You should've taken a picture of your feet so you could remember what they looked like.

Has Charlie gained weight?

Posted by: Chuck Z at December 25, 2009 12:25 AM (bMH2g)

3 Thanks, that was a nice present for your readers.
Happy New Year, Happy new baby!

Posted by: Ruth H at December 25, 2009 01:55 PM (okkq1)

4 *happy sniffles!*   Too big to fail, indeed!  I am SO happy for you!!!   Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year your way, too!

Posted by: Krista at December 25, 2009 04:29 PM (sUTgZ)

5 That's the only time the words "too big to fail" didn't make me cringe this year.  Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Code Monkey at December 25, 2009 08:03 PM (GN0tT)

6 This is just so awesome.  And you really are an adorable pregnant chick!  

Posted by: airforcewife at December 25, 2009 09:07 PM (uE3SA)

7 Merry Christmas! I'm glad!!

Posted by: Lucy at December 25, 2009 10:03 PM (IpxlR)

8 You look amazing!!! 

30 weeks!  Holy canoli!!!  30 WEEKS!!!!

I, honestly, could not be more thrilled for you and your husband.  Seriously, Sarah.  All I have to do is think the word "Panera" and I almost cry.  Sure.  Their new mac 'n cheese is terrific, but our lunch that day was perfection!


30 weeks!!

Posted by: Guard Wife at December 25, 2009 11:26 PM (wsy47)

9 Guard Wife -- Remember our shock when we saw WifeUnit's FB that she had had the baby?  And she was 30 WEEKS!  Doesn't seem possible...

Posted by: Sarah at December 26, 2009 08:46 AM (gWUle)

10 You look fantastic!

Posted by: Keri at December 26, 2009 08:50 AM (dtvJC)

11 Merry Christmas from one husbandless mil wife to another! Do those holiday deployment troop ads make you tear up a little like me? Btw you do look fantastic and if I didn't know better would say that Charlie is trying to steal baby's limelight! lol 30 weeks! That is amazing!

Posted by: Darla at December 26, 2009 11:01 AM (XvIN7)

12 Darla -- There was another pic where I thought I looked the best -- good smile and hair -- but Charlie's head was waaaay encroaching on the photo.  You couldn't even see my belly!

Posted by: Sarah at December 26, 2009 11:44 AM (gWUle)

13 Sarah, with Photoshop, it's possible to transplant that "good smile and hair" onto another photo in which Charlie wasn't hiding your belly.

There is experimental software which can do that almost automatically:

When taking group photographs, it is often difficult to get a "perfect" picture -- where, for example, everyone is smiling, with eyes open, and looking at the camera. From a set of images taken using the "burst" mode of a camera (left panel), a composite image is created in which everyone is smiling and has their eyes open (right panel) [...] While in this case the best replacement face for each child was selected manually (outlined in blue), blink and smile detection could be applied to select them automatically.

Check out the results.
The software can also produce much odder effects.

Posted by: Amritas at December 26, 2009 12:27 PM (dWG01)

14 I know it is just the angle that the pictures were taken from, but I love the fact that you can't see the bookshelf in the second one.  I have a picture of myself in which I block out the entire Christmas tree with my belly, and it cracks me up.  Delurking to say how thrilled I am for you, your husband and Charlie.  Merry Christmas!

Posted by: krismama at December 27, 2009 10:15 AM (gGk2/)


Looking GOOD!  Can't wait to see all of her being hugged by her Mom!

Posted by: Laura, A Military Mom at December 29, 2009 11:12 AM (oLHZ3)

16 It is truly awesome! Too big to fail indeed. I had one extra week, but that has passed for you too already. Yay! I still can't believe Mark updated my Facebook while I was in surgery or recovering or whenever he did it. And 30 or 31 weeks is somewhat elderly for the NICU. In our final pod, a wee boy pod person was heading home after 115 days or so. He was 14 ounces when he was born. Just smacks me with perspective. Your little girl has just a couple months and some to keep you company and dreaming crazy dreams. I remember reading SisB's early delivery and being hugely rocked by the severity of it. And just a year-ish later I had the mini in too similar a fashion. I am just glad you will not be having that on your plate. Seriously, if you buy into the 'they come in threes' argument, there is another milspouse already. I found her link but lost it and need to find it again. Her husband was deployed at the time. Mark totally did math in his head and smiled and then agreed with your post title. Too big to fail is awesome.

Posted by: Wifeunit at January 05, 2010 11:01 PM (4B1kO)

17 Damn phone. Apparently return does not translate as a paragragh defining tool when I hit post here even though it looks like it on the screen. Annoying.

Posted by: Wifeunit at January 05, 2010 11:05 PM (4B1kO)

18 Pregnancy agrees with you. You look great!

Posted by: Yvonne at January 08, 2010 03:16 PM (mok02)

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