I’ve mentioned my OCD before, right? Do you recall my super nerdy trigger calculator which caused me way more anxiety than necessary? Or maybe one of my other crazy spreadsheet admissions helped you realize the extent of my crazy?
The point is sometimes I’m a little obsessive. I over plan, I stress over details and if God forbid if I ever have to compare things to one another THEY WILL be perfectly comparable or I won’t compare them at all. Hence the reason I have a belly picture from 8 weeks and then not another until 16 weeks. (Well, there was one failed attempt at 10 weeks but it is just another illustration of my crazy.)
I took my 8 week picture in what seemed like the perfect outfit for it, black yoga pants, because I have 2 of the exact same ones, and a black tank top, because I have 3 of the exact same ones. You see, the reason the outfit choice was important was because I already knew how crazy I would be about comparing one picture to the next and how could I possibly compare them if I was wearing different clothes??
So why didn’t I just keep taking weekly pictures? See the following reasons and be thankful you’re not totally nutso like me:
9 Weeks: Blue was out of town and since he took the first picture and I would have to take the second picture alone they would not be comparable because number 2 would have to be a mirror picture and number one was not.
10 Weeks: Blue was late for work but I threw clothes on and got him to stay an extra 2 minutes so we wouldn’t miss it. He refused to come upstairs so we had to take them next to the door to the garage. I cannot use these for comparison because the angle and distance and lighting are way off, I was so mad I deleted all but one (just incase I ever need it for anything other than comparison sake.)
11 Weeks: I forgot to take the pictures before work. If they aren’t taken in the morning they won’t be comparable because I will be more bloated because I ate.
12 Weeks: Both pairs of my favorite yoga pants were dirty.
13 Weeks: I forgot until it was 13 weeks and 1 day. This clearly would not count because it was Thursday, not Wednesday like it was supposed to be.
14 weeks: Blue was on nights so he slept in (see reason from week 11.)
15 weeks: I had the day off so I slept in and Blue left for work at his normal time (see reason from week 9.)
So how did my neuroses allow me to finally take a week 16 picture? My belly popped between week 15 and 16 and I was devastated to have missed that on film, it was enough to allow me to push aside all reasons to avoid the picture (which really added up on this particular day… See below for the reasons I am convinced I may have finally cured my crazy fear of improper comparisons!
Week 16: I forgot. I took the picture at 16w1day (compare with legitimate reason from week 13), my favorite yoga pants were dirty so I had to wear different black pants (ref: week 12), Blue and I were running late for work but I forced him to be later (week 10 disaster), I had a glass of water first (see detrimental effects as demonstrated in week 11.)
|8 to 18 week Comparison with nice edited pictures|
|8 to 18 week comparison with 10 week terrible pic included... Clearly I'm right about the importance of using the same location right?|
|This is what the Bubble looks like under clothes, its fun to be obviously pregnant|