Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!


I Want My Baby Bump

baby_bumpI’m officially out of the first trimester and onto bigger and brighter times.  My energy level is rising and most days I don’t feel the typical first trimester queasiness at all.  My waist is beginning to expand, but not enough for people to notice I’m pregnant.  I want a clearly defined baby bump to show-off this exciting time in my life.

I was impatient for my belly to “pop” when carrying Michael too.  It finally happened around 26 weeks.  But even when I wore a big shirt during the 30th week, a friend of my father’s still didn’t notice my baby bump.

I attribute my body’s tendency to hide a growing baby to my height.  With regular tennis shoes on I measure six feet tall, which gives the baby more room to grow length-wise before pushing out.

Two of my sisters-in-law were due within a month of Michael’s due date.  It was great going through my first pregnancy with such a close support group.  Bridget, who is 5 feet 2 inches tall, flaunted her baby bump from a few weeks after conception.  On the other hand, both me and Lisa (who is two inches taller) took until much later in our pregnancies to show.

I’m a bit envious of those whose baby bumps “pop” early.  I would rather people be able to see the physical effects it has on my body and share in my enthusiasm with me.

Pregnancy is a conversation starter in a public setting, an ice breaker in a room full of strangers and a way to find something you have in common with someone you don’t know well.  It’s exciting and I want to talk about it!

How early did you begin to show?  Would you rather have a undeniable baby bump or fly under the radar screen?

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2 Comments on “I Want My Baby Bump”

  • Erin Carey Erin Carey January 29th, 2010 10:10 am

    I’m sure your bump is on its way. Once you’ve got it there is no going back. Enjoy the last couple of weeks of being able to comfortably tie your shoes. I understand what you are saying though, the bump is pretty amazing. Are you carrying differently with this pregnancy than with your last? When will you find out what you are having?

  • Sarah Sarah Boyle January 30th, 2010 10:36 am


    With this pregnancy my uterus swelled immediately just enough to give me confidence that the pregnancy test would come back positive before I took it. Other than that I’m just not far enough along to see any other differences in the way I’m carrying. We won’t find out what we’re having for several more weeks. My sonogram will be between 20 and 22 weeks and I’m 15 now. I can’t wait to know though!!

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