Perth, 2009

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The things we do for our blogs – I have never shown this picture to anyone. Ever. And here it is now, on the Internet. (Before this picture was taken, I had no idea my face was so…… bloated.) 

On December 21, 2009, this is how I looked.

38 weeks 3 days pregnant with my first child.

We were in Perth, Western Australia.

The husband was out solo sailing on the lake and I was at a nearby cafe eating this.

Sticky date pudding with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. What? I was hugely pregnant.

After he was done sailing, he had a coffee on the bench while I sat, heavy, huge, and sweating next to him.

And then the black swans came.

Did you know they only live in Western Australia?

They’re beautiful.

They mate for life.

Even when one swims far away, they always come back to their mate. Always.

Just as we should.

8 days after this picture was taken, this little one was born.

Can you believe how fast time flies? (linking this to lovelinks #36)

Do you remember where you were on December 2009?

I’ll be taking a mini blogcation (word borrowed from Theta Mom!) for the rest of the week. MWT will be back next Tuesday, the 27th with a super duper Guest Star; on the 28th I will publish the letter I wrote to my son on his 1st birthday back when I didn’t have a blog, and on the 29th, it’d be his 2nd birthday. A video is in store. When I get round to finishing it (bad Mama). Happy Holidays!

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  • December 21, 2011 Andrea

    You look beautiful in this picture. What a lovely memory.
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  • December 21, 2011 Cynthia M

    Your face doesn’t look a bit bloated! You look lovely. And personally, I would have been eating that yummy dessert right there with you rather than sailing.
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    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      You have your priorities right!

  • December 21, 2011 Erica M

    I loved all three photos. It sounds like the perfect vacation: husband having fun sailing, mommy-to-be having fun eating. And now you get to do it all again. Such a good life.

    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      Not so much a vacation – we were there to have the baby and it was a scorching summer in Australia. This time, we’re staying put in Malaysia 🙂

      • December 22, 2011 Stasha

        I was going to ask you how you got back to MY since mommies cannot fly past 38 weeks. But then I saw this 🙂
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  • December 21, 2011 Brittany {Mommy Words}

    You look beautiful and I always love a gorgeous baby pic and to be reminded how swans are lovely in so many ways.
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    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      They are beautiful, aren’t they, the swans?

  • December 21, 2011 Not a Perfect Mom

    um, you were quite possibly one of the cutest pregnant women I’ve ever seen…
    my pictures would scare you…
    and when I was preggers with Hope (#3) I was so big because she was so big that she sprained my uterus, true story. That child was 10 lbs 6 oz 2 1/2 weeks early…
    so you? cute! me? whale!
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    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      I’ve never heard of a sprained uterus before! Sounds painful, ouch. Gosh, you make big babies. I doubt you were a whale, silly.

  • December 21, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    Oh Alison, I think you look beautiful!! And, I had no idea there were black swans…I thought they were all white.
    Beautiful post 🙂
    P.S. December 2009, I was pregnant with my 4th, scrambling to get everything ready for Christmas.
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    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Jen. Black swans are gorgeous.

  • December 21, 2011 Galit Breen

    Happy blogcation, you!

    This post is…breath taking!

    xo
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  • December 21, 2011 Amanda Austin

    Sometimes I see really big heavy pregnant woman even in pictures and I feel ridiculously sorry for them! Even though i loved being pregnant!! Love this picture and story. Dec 2009 I was spending Christmas here with my in laws, first Christmas in our new house. Didn’t know how hugely our lives would change less than a year later!
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    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      Oh yes, it was before Baby Blogworthy! So much happens in one year.

  • December 21, 2011 Jessica

    I can’t believe you’ve had that picture hidden. It’s great.
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    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Jess. I have very few pictures of when I was that huge.

  • December 21, 2011 Elena

    I love your question to readers at the end – because yes, I actually do remember where I was December 2009. 😉 Time certainly does fly by. And your face? Not bloated at all. What a beautiful picture!
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    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      December 2009 – you and me both! And thank you.

  • You look amazing at 38 weeks pregnant! And to say your precious bug is a vision is to not do him justice. It’s amazing how these moments in our lives mark on our hearts. I love the story of the black swans and that they mate for life, as we should as well. If only it were just that easy right? As for where I was in December 2009, I do in fact remember all too clearly and that is ironically what I linked to! Have a great week off and enjoy your down time. Happy Birthday to your son! How fast the time flies:)
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    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Shannon. I love swans in general, and black swans are just beautiful. Time does fly.

  • December 21, 2011 Kimberly

    It makes me sad how quickly time flies. I think you’re beautiful in that picture. I can’t believe you’ve never showed anyone!
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    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Kimsley. I just can’t get over how large I was then 🙂

  • December 21, 2011 Ann

    *sigh* what a great post – and you looked SO beautiful! It IS amazing how fast time flies – before you know it, Monkey will be bringing a girl home telling you he’s getting married!
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    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      No, I won’t even think that!!

  • December 21, 2011 XLMIC

    I see no evidence of this bloat of which you speak…you look fabulous in that picture. And your newborn pic of your boy… soooo sweet! Just melts my heart!

    December of 2009…I was getting ready to move from the house of my dreams to something not as spectacular and convincing my kids that a 3′ fake tree was, in fact, really awesome. Happy Birthday to your boy 🙂
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    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      An eventful time for you then! And thank you.

  • December 21, 2011 Recovering Supermom

    I agree with everyone, you look fabulous in that picture. You shouldn’t hide it! 🙂

    What lovely memories you have of that day. And I love the picture of your little guy.
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    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      Thank you so much!

  • December 21, 2011 deborah l quinn

    I have to say that your post about black swans rescued them in my mind after that awful Natalie Portman “ballet” movie. I hadn’t realized that they lived only in Australia (black swans, that is, not Natalie Portman) — you’re a beautiful pregnant lady (the dessert didn’t look too bad either)!
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    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      Only in Western Australia specifically 🙂 And thank you! (the sticky date pudding was GLORIOUS)

  • December 21, 2011 Maureen

    Precious memories! Have a great Holiday, Alison 🙂
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    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Maureen. I won’t be doing anything except lounge around 🙂

  • December 21, 2011 Katie E

    Enjoy your blogcation! I love that you shared this picture. I think I only have one picture from my first pregnancy. I just wasn’t a big fan of pregnant pictures of myself. But now I kind of wish I had more. I know my oldest would love to see them. You look beautiful – and I hope you enjoyed that yummy dessert. I love that sweet newborn baby picture, too!
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    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      Thank you! I did enjoy the scrumptious dessert!

  • December 21, 2011 tracy

    Happy Holiday Gorgeous Friend. xoxo
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    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      Happy Holidays to you too! xo

  • December 21, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    What a wonderful moment to share! You look great!
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  • December 21, 2011 Sweaty

    Thanks for sharing such an intimate memory with us, Alison! And you looked pretty, not bloated at all! Should’ve seen me when I was close to giving birth :))

    This is such a sweet post. Time does fly by. And soon you’ll have a new addition to your family! So, so happy for you, dear friend!

    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks! Yes, soon, we’re exactly halfway through right now before Scrumplet arrives.

  • December 21, 2011 Kiddothings

    I think you looked great for 38 weeks. I remember being 38 weeks with both my babies, having gained 26 over kilos and not being able to recognise myself. I was horribly HUGE.

    Have a great blogcation friend! 🙂 XO
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    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      I gained 19 kilos – 26?? You certainly have lost it all then! Happy Holidays to you!

  • December 21, 2011 My Inner Chick

    —Mama, A,
    Ohhhh, you must have looks stunning while eating that lusssssh chocolate dessert 🙂

    Love the photo. Xx
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    • December 21, 2011 Alison

      I did get a lot of looks sitting by myself, eating that. I thought maybe because I was just hugely pregnant 😉

  • December 21, 2011 angela

    I think you are gorgeous pregnant. I also think that dessert is gorgeous 🙂

    xo Enjoy your blogcation!

    • December 22, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Angela! And I will 🙂

  • December 21, 2011 Kimberly

    I’ll refrain from swearing today…
    You’re *fracken adorable.
    See I can do it in a round about way.
    I never knew that you lived in Austrailia.
    The babe is so squish worthy.

    • December 22, 2011 Alison

      I don’t live in Australia – my husband is Australian and I have a residency. We went there just to have the baby so that he’d be Australian. I know, it’s insane. #2 is getting the shaft – we’re staying put in Malaysia, but we’re still getting him his Australian citizenship. He’ll just have his birth certificate in a different language, haha!

  • December 21, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    But that’s such a cute picture! And, pregnant or not, I’d be eating that dessert too.

    December 2009 I was writing my resignation letter so I could leave the worst job ever.
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    • December 22, 2011 Alison

      So Dec 2009 was a start of something good for you too 🙂

  • December 22, 2011 julie gardner

    I almost want to be 38 weeks pregnant just to get a shot at that dessert.

    Almost.

    XO
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    • December 22, 2011 Alison

      You run, so you could totally eat that whenever 😉

  • December 22, 2011 Jaime

    I have a picture that my hubby took right before we left for the hospital. Every time someone sees it, they say how they can’t believe how big I was. I still don’t like hearing it.
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    • December 22, 2011 Alison

      I have such a picture too and I’ve never shown that to anyone, nor will I!

  • December 22, 2011 Missy

    I think you look lovely!

    Enjoy your blogcation. I’m *kind of* taking one too. But checking email and keeping up with some of it.
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    • December 22, 2011 Alison

      I’ll be checking emails and will probably be on Twitter 😉

  • December 22, 2011 Nenette

    oh, you looked like such a cute pregnant lady, lady! 🙂
    and yeah, I’d be stuffing my face with that sweet dessert, pregnant or not! xoxo
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    • December 22, 2011 Alison

      I ate sticky date pudding nearly every day while pregnant then. Hmmmm I guess that explains the 45 pound gain…..

  • December 22, 2011 ninja BITCH, CEO

    bloated = glowing, right? If so, I agree, you were GLOWING that day!
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    • December 22, 2011 Alison

      Hah! Thank you!

  • December 22, 2011 Emmy

    I have never seen a black swan- that would be awesome. And you look great! And what a cute little guy! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
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    • December 22, 2011 Alison

      They’re beautiful. And thank you! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  • December 22, 2011 lady goo goo gaga

    Omg – don’t you just look at her and think – “she has no clue what’s to come….”
    I always think that when I look at my clueless bloated pregnant self

    • December 22, 2011 Alison

      Haha! I do think that!

  • December 22, 2011 Laura

    Don’t worry, my face was bloated also. You don’t look half as bloated as I did!
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  • December 22, 2011 Emily Guy Birken

    That’s a lovely photo of a beautiful mama-to-be. We have a similar “OMG am I really that big?” picture of me balancing on a (parked) motorcycle from 1.5 days before our peanut was born. You spend the day before your son’s birth on the water observing romantic swans, I spend the day at the Moto GP races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I got major wife points for that. (Although he was kind of hoping I’d go into labor at the Speedway.)
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    • December 22, 2011 Alison

      Well, it was 8 days before 🙂 The day before? I can’t remember what I was doing, haha!

  • December 22, 2011 Mama Track

    Two great pictures! I remember December 2009 well. My little guy was almost 6 months old. And started crawling on Christmas Day.

    I’m glad both our memories are so great.
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    • December 22, 2011 Alison

      That’s wonderful! And this December, you have even more great memories to create.

  • December 22, 2011 Laci

    Such a beautiful post. You looked great. And such a cute you have.

  • December 22, 2011 Stasha

    You looked beautiful. Happy holidays to you all. XO
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    • December 22, 2011 Alison

      Thank you and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  • December 22, 2011 Kelley

    I love your hair short like that! I love your story about the black swans, too. I didn’t know about those swans and their loving ways. I hope you enjoy your blogcation!
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    • December 22, 2011 Alison

      They’re beautiful! And thank you, I sure will! Happy Holidays!

  • December 22, 2011 Bruna

    You looked beautiful pregnant, Alison!

    • December 22, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Bruna!

  • December 22, 2011 Jessica

    It’s amazing how time flies! In looking at myself in pictures from both my pregnancies, it’s amazing to think how much your world can change with a baby, how, in pregnancy you think you have an idea of how things will be, but you don’t really know until you give birth.

    That’s an awesome picture of you, by the way! I hated taking pictures of myself in my first pregnancy, but I regretted not having enough pictures once I gave birth. With my second pregnancy, I took so many pictures. And, I’m so thankful for them now!
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    • December 24, 2011 Alison

      I’m actually taking less than I did – but I still have 19.5 weeks to make up for it 🙂

  • December 23, 2011 Shell

    So darling! Both you and the baby. 🙂
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    • December 24, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Shell!

  • December 23, 2011 Natalie

    I’m so glad you shared this pic! You look so cute with your bun in the oven! And I would so be eating that dessert—pregnant or not LOL!
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    • December 24, 2011 Alison

      It was a delicious pudding!

  • December 23, 2011 Adventures In Babywearing

    You look fabulous. And oh, that precious baby photo.

    Steph
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    • December 24, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Steph.

  • December 23, 2011 francerants

    Catching up on your blog and this post was the shizzle!

    Plus, can I say THANK YOU for converting your recipes to cups, etc?

    Will be making those lemon cookies soon.

    Have a great Christmas Alison!!

    • December 24, 2011 Alison

      Thanks France! And you’re welcome – nothing makes me happier when people try the recipes I share. Have a great Christmas too, France.

  • December 23, 2011 Mommy2¢

    Awe… you’re a cutie patootie pregerita! Who didn’t look bloated at 38 weeks pregnant? Unless of course you’re in the movies!
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    • December 24, 2011 Alison

      I do know of some pregnant women who are just all-belly! (bitches)

  • December 23, 2011 By Word of Mouth Musings

    You are lovely .. and I ate a double chocolate sour cream cake every single day that i was pregnant with my first.
    every.single.day 😉

    enjoy your blogcation, i seem to take them almost every week 😉
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    • December 24, 2011 Alison

      There’s something about pregnancy and dessert 😉 Merry Christmas Nicole!

  • December 24, 2011 Barbara

    That dessert looks so good! Happy Birthday to your little guy!!
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  • December 24, 2011 Tina

    Um you are the cutest pregnant person I’ve ever seen. It is crazy how fast they grew. We were just watching home videos the other night and I almost cried because I dont remember my second being so little and he is only 3! Happy Holidays 🙂

    • December 24, 2011 Alison

      I tear up every time I see old videos/ photos of my son when he was a baby! Happy Holidays Tina.

  • December 24, 2011 Robin

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with that photo. You look amazing! And those black swans are so cool.

    Being that pregnant in Australia in December would be miserable. I feel for you.

    Happy holidays and happy almost-birthday and all that! See you on the 27th.
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    • December 24, 2011 Alison

      Yes it was sweltering hot! But we still had a gala of a time. Happy Holidays Robin!

  • December 24, 2011 Jessica

    I’ve been thinking back three years, not two, because that’s when I was pregnant for the first time. Thinking I knew a whole lot about motherhood, that I was ready…little knowing how terrifying it would be when he arrived! I, too, have the puffy-faced photos from just a few days before his arrival, but I think yours isn’t so bad. And that dessert? To die for. Yum.
    Have a lovely holiday, and we’ll be delighted to see you when you return!
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    • December 25, 2011 Alison

      We just had no idea back then, did we? 🙂 Happy Holidays to you!

  • December 25, 2011 Sandra

    That dessert doesn’t really count because it’s a sticky date, and isn’t a date, like a fruit or something?
    See how I made those calories good for you?
    And you look adorable with that beautiful belly!
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    • December 25, 2011 Alison

      Haha yes, that’s right! And thank you! Merry Christmas, Sandra.

  • December 26, 2011 Anna

    oh so very sweet and thank you for sharing your from-the-vault photo so i could learn about black swans, who knew? (not me)

    december 2009 my december baby turned six. we were in suburban new york, and she was complaining that she didn’t live in manhattan anymore. sorry, my city kid. you can move back as soon as you turn 18.
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    • December 26, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Anna! And I love Manhattan so I can understand your daughter’s sentiment 😉

  • December 26, 2011 Gidge

    I love those pictures so much. You look so amazing and the swans seem to be swimming up to just give you their endorsement.

    it’s lovely.
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  • December 26, 2011 Alison

    Thank you so much, Gidge!

  • December 26, 2011 Sophia

    You looks so beautiful in the picture. And happy for you. The little baby is so cute, I am sure you are so happy for it with your family. Best wishes to you!
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  • December 27, 2011 Mommy Shorts

    Yep. I was in a hospital too giving birth to my Mazzy:) Although I kind of wish I had stopped in Perth first to have some sticky date pudding. It is my absolute favorite and they make it so much better on the other side of the world.

    Happy Holidays, Alison!
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    • December 28, 2011 Alison

      You’re right, I can’t find better sticky date pudding elsewhere! Happy Holidays Ilana!

  • December 29, 2011 Elaine

    Oh I just adore that photo of you and that dessert! ha! 😉

    I love that you shared these moments with us, I really do.

    In Dec. of 2009 I was in a still-new-to-me home with an infant and my in-laws visiting for Christmas. It was good but kinda crazy all at the same time…
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    • December 29, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Elaine!! Amazing how things change in just 2 short years, right?

  • December 29, 2011 KirI

    S You were soooooo pretty pregnant. I love that picture of you !!!! Hoping you’ve been having a great week of “Blogcation” xo
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    • December 29, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kir! I had a lovely time off 🙂

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