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169.6 and Also Top 50!

I have a doctor appointment in an hour. Is it "doctor appointment" or "doctor's appointment"? Or "doctors appointment". Can someone give me a definitive on this one? It's been hurting my brain for years. I hear all of them used all the time. Doctor's appointment sounds right except it's not his appointment, it's mine. Well, it's kind of his appointment but it's more mine than his, right?

I heaved myself onto the scale here at home so I'm not taken by surprise at the doctor's office (it's definitely his office). Are you ready for this shit? Because I'm still kind of in shock. Can one be kind of in shock? Isn't it an all or nothing deal? Anyway, I figure it's best to type this number while in shock. Or kind of in shock. That way I don't take it out on you. Serge will likely get the brunt of the panic attack later. But that's okay, that's why we're married, right? We take turns freaking out about stuff and then the other one pretends to calm us down while rolling their eyes behind our back. I think that's actually the definition of marriage. Check into it while you're looking up "doctor appointment" for me, will ya?


No. That's not my favorite radio station. It's how much I weigh right now at barely six months along! A nearly forty pound weight gain. I delivered Violet at 176, y'all. That means that right now, at six months, I weigh nearly the same as I did waddling into the hospital to push Violet out. And I think we all know my clinging to the 169 POINT SIX is bullshit. Anyone worth their salt in math and rounding up knows that right there is a solid 170.

So there's that. But then I learned that I made Babble's annual list of the top fifty Mom Blogs. I was super excited to be on a list with chicks like Dooce, Mamapundit, Finslippy and The Bloggess so I clicked over quick-like to see what they had to say about me.

"Monica Bielanko is popping up all over the place!" Yep. That's what they said. Is that some kind of veiled reference to my pregnancy weight gain? Are the editors at Babble trying to tell me something? Because I know I'm popping up all over the place, they don't need to tell me that. I'm popping up in places I didn't even know I had, you know?

The other night I was perusing the list of bloggers and stumbled onto Kelle Hampton's website. Specifically the story of how her second daughter, Nella, was born.

Listen, if you click any link all damn day, let it be the one over to Kelle's story. If you've ever been pregnant you've certainly thought about the possibility of what happened to Kelle. You've thought about it even if you haven't been pregnant. And the way this woman handled it and the fact that she wrote so eloquently about it... THAT and not my whinging about weight gain is what blogging is all about.

Reader Comments (22)

Congrats on the Top 50! WooHoo! But go easy on yourself and the pregnancy weight. If there ever were any time you should completely love everything about yourself, now would be that time! Oh - and ever since your biscuit post? I've been thinking about them nonstop. And I'm NOT pregnant!

Again, congrats... LOVE your stuff. :)

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Congrats on the top 50 how exciting. I am crying my eyes out at work, Kelle's story is absolutely beautiful, she sounds like an amazing person. Thanks for sharing.

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkacy

Jesus christ, Monica! Way to make me start off the day in tears! That woman's story is beautiful and I am a non-mom and don't usually relate to this stuff. Sheesh, powerful stuff.

Also, maybe you're gaining weight faster this time around because you're having a boy and he will be born big and know, like Popeye or something ;) Stop eating spinach!

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachelgab

So, I'm sitting my cubile at work reading Kelle's blog. I'm afraid my co-workers can hear my sniffles!! I can only read a few paragraphs before I have to do something else, otherwise I will start bawling. I haven't had kids yet, but it the subject is definitely something I am worried about. Even though it's scarcy, I'm glad you shared the link. It is beautifully written and it's making me ponder how I would react in a similar circumstance.

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

I say "doctor appointment". An appointment to see a doctor: a doctor appointment.

I read Kelle's birth story yesterday. Endless tears, what a beautiful writer.

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRC

Congrats on being one of the top 50! I love what they said about you. And I think the love story especially does read just like a book. And once we've read it we're hooked!

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSue

doctor appointment sounds right to me. 169.6. That's a nice weight for being in your second trimester, ain;'t it? Or is this the 3rd? I lost track.The way you've been talking about shoveling food down, with the 6 biscut program, I was expecting over 200! But not even 170. I don't know.... You know....I weigh people every day at work, but NEVER get on that thing myself. NO WAY!

i would expect that you would make the top 10, Monica. Have you wondered just how many momma writers are there?

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergina

oh yeah...i like to say " this is water weight." feels better. Less tangible. More fluid.

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergina

That appointment, together with the office belongs to the doctor, so I have it on very good authority from my live-in dictionary, grammarian (if there isn't such a word, there should be) and all things English language (Mr Paul Murff) that doctor's appointment is indeed correct.

Oh, and all along, there was I thinking that 'Monica Bielanko is popping out all over the place'!
Or should the exclamation mark be inside the quotation marks?

Top 50 - Good going Monica Bielanko.

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter(London) Amanda

If you get a definitive on the doctor(')(s) appointment thing, please let me know. I must know! It's been hurting my head for years too. I avoid saying it just because I don't know what the right way is.

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdoahleigh

Top Fid-dee... I'm not surprised! As for your weight gain, the pics with Moo Cow (Violet for Halloween- SO CUTE) have you looking lovely. Dare I say, the extra weight becomes you?

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Kelle's blog is a great recommendation,, I have been reading it for awhile and she is just wonderful. Great work on making the list of 50 :)

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

thanks a heap for that tear jerker. I'm pregnant with my second that story coupled with pregger hormones had me heeby-geebie sobbing for close to an hour. Composure was no where to be found.

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatyE

Fuhgit about it! weight gain, shmait gain. You rock the block, woman!

Congrats on the recognition. You, Dooce, Dig and Kelle are my fav blogs.

Exciting times lady! Exciting times! Congratulations again! I am just so happy for you. Can I say it enough?....your writing kicks ass!
I CANNOT wait to read what life brings you next!

BTW, I always go to your blog first. You're my appetizer and Kelle is my dessert. :)

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Kelle Hampton is my favorite MommyBlog! She is amazing! Somehow, however, I found my way to you, too ... so one good thing leads to another!

P.S. Don't worry about the weight gain! Maybe it's that PENIS you're toting around inside you!! ;) LOL!!

November 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Well, YOU BETTER be in the top 50, 'cause you're awesome. Congratulations!

And I am now a weeping mess after reading the post on Kelle's blog that you linked to. That is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. Amazing.

November 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjive turkey

Wow...sitting here crying my eyes out...what an awesome awesome story.

Congrats on the Top 50!

November 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelly

You are a gorgeous woman. I have been on a big diet and fitness challenge, and am FINALLY under 160. But was nearly up to 180 before that. And I never had a baby. So, don't beat yourself up. You'll get back to your original exterior hotness (the internal hotness is still there). Plus, you'll have a gorgeous baby boy who will be all sweet and cuddly, except when he's not.

My immediate reaction was "doctor's appointment" but I didn't have a basis for that. But, the internet is always right and it says I am, too:

November 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMishell

I'm 37 weeks with our last baby, and I'm 35 years old, and I have SO thought about it.

Thank you for sharing that amazing story, which I will go on and share.

November 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaggie may

How tall are you, Monica?

November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

5 feet, three inches.

November 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterMonicaBielanko

thanks for posting this.

now on a random and enormously less significant vein, the blonde looks great!

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterleyla

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