the Pregnancy Diaries (14) by Victoria Jelinek

Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a child's eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and few faces are at their best when seen from below. George Orwell

Relief I’ve made it 17 weeks
belly rounded and swelling
ten pounds more weight on my body and counting

think of weight in terms of mince meat
heartburn and hideous burping
sit or stand up too quickly and I get a head rush
chest a myriad of light green veins
nipples dark
industrial looking new bras
crooks of arms with tiny dots of green from the lab tests
hair luxuriant
hair not akin to ‘a just salon done’
face without spots or blemishes
nails long enough and strong enough to scratch back at a cat

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