growing the next sluiter

When I was about 20 weeks pregnant with Eddie, we started taking monthly belly shots.


I remember thinking I looked huge.  HA!  Little did I know!

So this week, during my 20th week baking Charlie in the oven, we thought we should probably get going with the belly shots.


I am trying REALLY hard not to see all the “before pregnancy” weight that was put on this time.

I am trying to ignore how everything “filled out” faster this time.

I know part of it is that this is after a 10 hour work day.

And I am slouching.

And my shirt is pulling funny.

And…well…I am overly critical of myself.

The truth is this:  I am growing a new member of our family.

And that is both beautiful and miraculous.

I need to be easier on myself.

I can worry about the weight in six months.

For now?

Grow, Charlie, grow.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. TheNextMartha says

    You look wonderful.

  2. You look great Katie! But ohhh I understand! I have a post coming up next week about all the “differences” with #2! I pulled up the pictures from #1, I am only 17 weeks but look 24!

  3. You look pretty glowy and all that good stuff too me 🙂

  4. It really does gain and show more quickly with the second one. No worries!

  5. You look beautiful! So much excitement despite all the rest! I got bigger quicker with the 2nd but lost weight faster as I was running to meet the needs of two!

  6. You look beautiful & glowing- just like you should! Everyone fills out faster with the 2nd & 3rd baby. Gosh, I think I was in maternity clothes with #3 before I even hit 10 weeks.

  7. love the shirt and the hair color! looking good. 😉

  8. You are beautiful

  9. You look great! I love your hair too, it looks fantastic. Go easy on yourself, you are growing a person! That’s a lot of work.

  10. You look great! It’ funny how the pictures in the frame behind you have changed 🙂

  11. pish posh, you look amazing.

  12. You look great! Grow, baby, grow!

  13. Well, I think that you look just adorable! 🙂

  14. I hated all of my belly pics from my 2nd pregnancy. I was tired, unkempt, and usually in my pajamas.

    You look lovely.

  15. Katie you look fabulous but I know exactly how you feel. I am 2.5 years post partum from my third baby and still have sencond baby pregnancy weight I need to take off.

    But I will say that you definitely have the right mentality – grow Charlie grow!

  16. A body remembers.

    And it will remember to do all the things it is supposed to do.

    And I like your hair a lot. That deeper color is really lovely on you.

    And look at your rack! 😉

  17. I “popped” early with this one, but I’ve stayed pretty much the same since the initial hugeness. When I was like 16 weeks I looked 22, but now that I’m 23, I look about the same as I did at 16 HA. Weird how that works.

    I think you look wonderful. Do you feel fuller this time? You don’t look it in photos, but I understand. I feel more awkward this time around, but it’s been a rougher pregnancy so I think I might just be more exhausted this round.

  18. I love your haircut, love that beautiful belly, love that SMILE!!!!

    keep growing and GLOWING. xo

  19. Grow Charlie grow! You’re beautiful whether you can see it or not. 🙂 Also, I love that you took the picture in the same place so that we can see how the pictures on your wall have changed!

  20. I think all pregnant women look amazing!! You are no exception. And yes, grow, little Charlie, grow!!

  21. You are beautiful, mama. 🙂