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Voyages of a Babygrower: Babydate, 18 Weeks

Alien Turtle: the Pensinger frontier.

These are the voyages of the Babygrower Pensinger. Her nine-month mission: to explore strange new levels of emotional instability; to seek out larger pant sizes and fried chicken; to boldly go where no Beth Pensinger has gone before.

 Beth’s Log: Babydate, 18 weeks.

Sporadically wake up with the Hamburger Helper mitts for hands. Must cut back on sodium intake—can’t fit hand in purse. Grateful for free protrusion-expansion-suits to make lap swimming possible.


Thought I could feel Alien Turtle move for the first time.

18 weeks

Realized gas was more likely. Cringing a little less each new day of slathering gooey cocoa butter on protrusion to ward off stretch marks. Progress.

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  1. Carolyn Trucano

    Broiled or grilled foods – NOT fried – and salads help reduce the sodium. A non-salt substitute helps if you simply MUST have salt. With practice, you can train (or is the word, trick?) yourself into actually liking the taste of food without salt – LOL!
    Keep at the lap swimming!
    No comment on the cocoa butter – didn’t use the stuff! Younger women maybe can testify???

    • beth


  2. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more adorable baby grower. 🙂 I had to cut back on salt too and of course that’s all I was craving. And I don’t think you’ll have to worry about stretch marks. Can’t wait to hear of your adventures as the babygrowing continues.

    • beth

      Me too! As far as cravings go. Thanks!

  3. Amy Trucano

    Seeing that little bump makes my day. So cute! And if you happen to miss a day of the gooey stuff, you’ll be ok.

    • beth

      Awww, thanks!!

  4. Danielle

    I heard about 1/2 and 1/2 salt. Tastes like salt, but less sodium. 🙂

    • beth


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