October 12, 2008

25 Weeks and The End of an Era.

This is what I looked like yesterday... at 25 weeks pregnant.

And just like when I turned 25 years old, something about the number feels... suddenly up there. Like, this is really happening. And relatively SOON. 25 weeks= somewhere in the 7th month, doesn't it? I have no idea. Pregnancy timelines are so confusing.

Also, ohdearlord, are those stretch marks already??!

When I was pregnant with Ezra, I stayed stretch-mark free until about a week before I gave birth. With only DAYS left to go, my skin gave out. Not that I mind too much... they don't bother me at all, really. (Battle wounds!) But, I got some stretch marks elsewhere at the same time that I have never quite gotten used to. Let's just say they were a result of an increasing milk supply, and they are MUCH more prominent than the marks I got on my belly. Curse you, small boobs! You just couldn't handle the pressure, could you?


I'm feeling great but still stressing about landing on a name so that I can start calling this child something other than "the baby". At the same time, I'm trying to be patient and trust that God is hearing my prayers about finding the name. I believe that God knows this baby's name, and that He will tell us what it is when He's good and ready to tell us. It's my job, in the meantime, to try and suppress the inner maniacal basket-case inside of me and just keep my ears tuned into Him so that I can hear His voice.

(This is about as easy for me as threading a baseball bat through the eye of a sewing needle. I'm not the most patient person in the world.)

In other news, I did something drastic again yesterday.

Yes, I cut my hair.

I was getting ready to go to a friend's wedding, and my hair was just so... UGH... and... CRUNCHY... and... UGH&^!(&^!%@... so, I put some of it up in a pony tail and I chopped it all off.

I did it myself, so it needs some professional touching-up eventually, but I feel like a new woman. It is off of my neck and I have found LOTS of cute and different ways to wear it. I can still pull it into a ponytail. And the crispy, unhealthy ends are gone, which is the best feeling in the world.

Also? IT WAS FUN. I love cutting my hair.

So, I suppose this means that, after nearly two years of Operation:Grow Hair!, I have finally caved. Although, I still plan on growing it out from here... hopefully this time with fewer layers and healthier ends.

The end of an era, no?


Danae said...

Feel you there. chopping your hair off, especially when YOU do it, feels so freeing, so deliciously independent. It looks great!!

skylana said...

as much as i dearly dearly love you, i can't say i'm happy about this hair thing. i will have to mourn the loss... i dont think anyone liked your hair long as much as me. sigh. haha oh man. baby center breaks down the months like this :
one month
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
two months
8 weeks
9 weeks
10 weeks
11 weeks
12 weeks
three months
13 weeks
15 weeks
16 weeks
four months
17 weeks
18 weeks
19 weeks
20 weeks
five months
21 weeks
22 weeks
23 weeks
24 weeks
six months
25 weeks
26 weeks
27 weeks
28 weeks
29 weeks
seven months
30 weeks
31 weeks
32 weeks
33 weeks
eight months
34 weeks
35 weeks
36 weeks
37 weeks
nine months
38 weeks
39 weeks
40 weeks
41 weeks

ok geez. intense, but i like that they actually put week 41 on there, since the average woman really is pregnant for i think its 41 and a half weeks? i can't remember but its over 41 weeks.

cobbler said...

You look lovely with short hair - I think you could wear any kind of hair - I'm sooo jealous! Can't wait for the baby name!

♥B said...

Your belly is so cute!

Maggie said...

i love you with short hair and a big belly!

Anonymous said...

What a cute A-line, I like it. It's how I wear my hair now too. I had long hair for the first 23 years of my life, and I can tell you I don't think I'll ever go back to it. Long hair is good for some, short hair for others. Just go with what feels like you.

MEGAN said...

LOVE your hair. It looks so stylish and healthy, and flattering for your face. And, I love the dress your wearing. Is that a maternity dress, a thrift find, or a JCPenney shopping spree find?

lorieloo said...

oh you caved! I have to say, I loved it long, but seeing it short was like "oh! there's emery!" like you were hidden for so long and all of a sudden your back.

weird. cause I don't really know you. but when I "met" you almost two years ago (um, WOW) you had short hair.

so welcome back short-haired emery!=)

Jeninacide said...

Your hair looks tres chic! I love it!

Oh and I never got stretch marks on my belly but my boobs- (sigh) they are RUINED!

R-becca said...

Hey E! Like the hair...and I am thinking Bubba is a good name. I swear, God speaks through me.

Cristina Mathers said...

happy birthday to you! and your hair looks amazing! i love it!

Cheatwoods said...

your funny, you held on longer tot hat hair than I had thought! I think you did great, and it looked beautiful long, and it looks amazing short! Your just pretty!

Hunny Bee said...

By my count four weeks= 1 preggo month. Which is really 10 preggo months by the end but only 9 calendar months. This confuses my husband too. He keeps saying I'm 7 months but I'm 33 weeks which makes me 8 months by my count. Anyway...

Okay...so you are the bravest woman I've ever known, and not because of the natural childbirth. No, you cut your own hair. I can't even trim my bangs. I'm terrified to color my own hair. New hairstyles frighten me to the point of causing sleepless nights and hallucinations. I'm so envious of your mad chopping skillz. I love how it's shorter in back and has the tendrils on the side. You make it looks so easy. Will you cut mine?

Hunny Bee said...

Oh...I only got the boob stretch marks too. You're not alone. Frankly I'm glad to know I'm not alone. And it's nice to know there's at least one place on earth where sharing this isn't considered tmi. (I think).

ElizabethSheryl said...

haha..I have been growing my hair out too and just decided I wanted to get an a-line cut. Can't wait to hear the name, my sister in law just decided on Amelia, which is so sweet. Everyone is pregnant, sheesh! :)

Debra K said...

Hey Em, I need your address i have something to send you...


Candace said...

why did you have to go and do that...now it makes me want to cut mine. But I won't...it is finally the longest it has been since I was 16 and this time I will make it to my elbows....I HOPE!

Cute Cute Cute!!!!

sufferingsummer said...

I did the chop chop a few weeks ago now and I don't regret it for a second. And doing that pony tail chopping yourself is oh so liberating isn't it?! You look adorable as usual and that belly...sigh...almost makes me wanna do it again, almost but not quite;)
Can't wait to meet this new little one.
YOu are truly radiant Emery.

Debra K said...

Oh and im totally cutting my hair super soon too. I wanted it long so i can do things with it and what do i do? I wear it in a ponytail EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Candace said...

cute hair!

Emery Jo said...

THANKS ALL!!! I am loving it more everyday... especially when I let it dry naturally and go curly. It's so fun!!

megan- the dress is a find from a long time ago- from Ross of all places. Non-maternity, but it's babydoll fit, so I can still wear it!

Karen said...

can you come decorate my house?

Brillig said...

Um, how is it possible that you look a million times better than I do and you're 25 weeks pregnant-- and I'm not pregnant at all. Seriously. SO not fair.

(And I love cutting my hair too. I totally get that.) :D

jo emery said...

Hi Jo,
I came across your blog by accident. I am also a Jo Emery and live in Melbourne, Australia with my three lovely daughters Emma, Alice and Millicent. I am a stylist who works on magazines and advertisements. Lovely to read about another Jo Emery! Hope all goes well with the pregnancy. Jox

Crystal Miller said...

You look amazing my friend! You are such a beautiful prenant lady! I miss seeing your face!

Our Crooked Tree said...

the end...and the beginning.

Your look fab!