More Than A Dinner Roll, 38 Weeks

Posted by in Pregnancy on Mar 2, 2011

Roll clearly is more than a dinner roll now. All of those other common pregnant belly names — pumpkin, basketball, etc. — are more fitting.

This week’s photo was inspired by my friend Casey — who captured this stunning self-portrait at 30 weeks. I’m lacking Casey’s artful black background (not to mention the ability to capture as much of the body’s vertical space without a toilet in the background…), but the point was that I wanted a bare side belly shot. So here we are.

This photo also serves as evidence for all of the people who keep telling me how tiny I am. I guess, yes, I’m all belly, but tiny is definitely not something I self refer as, particularly when I’m fork-lifting myself off the couch or out of bed. [Insert audible OOF.]

It’s all feeling very real now and we’re so excited! Laurel has been having so much fun feeling and watching Roll do gymnastics. I can hardly believe we’re just two weeks out, and that soon we’ll have a baby on the outside not the inside. Though through the belly line shadows in this photo I can see vestiges of my former self.


  1. Mar 2, 2011

    Oh friend – you are stunning…. what a beautiful shot. I am thrilled for you!

  2. Mar 2, 2011

    You are ALL baby! Good luck momma!

  3. Mar 2, 2011

    Gorgeous! Boy do I admire how you’ve taken the active approach to pregnancy. I took the Jabba the Hut approach.

  4. Mar 2, 2011

    That’s a beautiful belly right there. And what do you mean you don’t just happen to have a full studio set up to take pictures of your bare belly? EVERYBODY’S DOING IT!
    Okay, so maybe just me.

  5. Mar 2, 2011

    Wow – you look fantastic! Beautiful belly.

    Good luck mama!

  6. Mar 2, 2011

    Isn’t my “full studio” awesome?? I’m actually standing on one of Laurel’s little IKEA art table chairs so you don’t see the toilet behind me. That’s professional, baby. :-)

  7. Mar 2, 2011

    Boy, that went fast!

    [ducks to avoid flying objects]

    You look awesome, as usual.

  8. Mar 2, 2011

    I love this photo!
    OMG… Chris, you look amazing.
    You seriously are ALL BELLY, that’s it.
    Can’t believe she’s almost here!!

  9. Mar 2, 2011

    What a great picture! Well done, mama.

  10. Mar 2, 2011

    Stunning, incredible shot. Can’t wait for Roll’s arrival!!

  11. Mar 2, 2011

    What I want to know is how you keep from falling over: when I was 38 weeks pregnant, my ass was so big it counterbalanced my belly rather nicely!

    Your being able to stand on a kid’s IKEA chair just underscores my amazement.

    You look fabulous!

  12. Mar 2, 2011

    Well, Susan, balance *is* becoming more challenging. Tree pose and dancer’s pose definitely required more concentration yesterday! :-)

    Man, it never occurred to me to consider that I might break Laurel’s IKEA chair. Noted!

  13. Mar 2, 2011

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to meet the baby!

  14. Mar 2, 2011

    That is what I look like after Thanksgiving dinner. I’m almost jealous.

    So close! Whee!

  15. Mar 2, 2011

    oh my – your portrait brought tears to my eyes, it reminds me of how i looked towards the end of both my pregnancies. you look simply gorgeous. your photo is making me miss it all … who knows if #3 is in the plan. my very best to you!!!!

  16. Mar 2, 2011

    As I have said for more years that I care to mention in a public forum: YOU, Ms. Kohjack, ROCK!!! Most beautiful shot, and I love the professional set up. I consider anything from IKEA to be “professional”. Which would make my Old Navy tshirts “business attire.” See how easy this is?
    I am SO excited to meet roll. Er, Kaiser Roll by now. I dare say we are verging on bialy or brioche. Either way she will be poppin’ fresh (catch that reference?) very soon and the most nuggety roll ever.

  17. Mar 4, 2011

    Seeing your pic just brings back to me how wonderous pregnancy is. My youngest is 7…hard to even remember. You will be so glad for these photos! Beautiful.

  18. Mar 4, 2011

    Wow. You’re AMAZING. Perfect belly bump! So happy “she” is almost here. I decided to stalk you today to see how things were going. I’ll keep checking in.

    Good luck! xoxoxo

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