(Warning: pregnancy discussed in this post. Click away if you don't want to read about that right now.)
I have reached a point in my pregnancy where I feel like a bit of a spectacle. Any time I am in a public place, people inevitably stare at The Belly (which, at the rate it is growing, may need its own zip code soon). Even people I work with, who see me nearly every day, seem to be unable to resist the urge to check it out. A few have asked to touch it, too, and I have allowed them to do so. (I don't mind people touching The Belly as long as they ask first.)
I don't mind the attention--I think it's natural and probably happens to most women--but it is a little strange. I'm an average-looking gal who's spent most of her life overweight, so I'm not really accustomed to strangers scoping me out.
It's funny to me, too, how people like to comment on the size of The Belly. For weeks and weeks, the comments were along the lines of "You're really not very big for twins." Now they are more along the lines of "Wow, you're getting huge!" (Although most people are careful to add "You're not gaining weight anywhere else, just your belly.")
Last week, I was riding the elevator in my building when a woman I didn't know asked when I was due. When I said February, she looked shocked and disbelieving. . . . until I added "It's twins." Then she got an "Oh, that explains it" look on her face. LOL
Yesterday a coworker told me "It seems like you get bigger every time I see you!" And honestly, I could not disagree with her. She and I see one another about every other day, and the size of The Belly does seem to increase almost daily.
Even MM regularly uses the words "big" and "huge" to describe The Belly and exclaims over its growth. He views these comments as compliments and does seem to be genuinely excited that I'm now very obviously pregnant.
In a way, I guess this is good preparation for when our babies arrive. In the twin parenting books I've read, it's mentioned that going out in public with twins usually draws a lot of attention from strangers. So my feeling like a bit of a spectacle likely won't end with the birth of our boys.