“Ms. Pierce, don’t you miss your belly?”

A student asked me that question the other day. I responded with incredulous laughter. Though I had a stupidly easy pregnancy, I am not one of those women who, with a sort of mother nature glow, say things like, “I would be pregnant all the time if I could!” (I have actually heard that exact sentence uttered. I did NOT make that up.) After I caught my breath post-laughing fit, I came up with this list of why I do not miss my belly…

  • I can sleep on my stomach again. The luxury…
  • Beer.
  • My bikes and I are friends again.
  • A month before I found out I was pregnant, I spent waaaay to much money on a pair of jeans. They then fit for about another month before I had to retire them. But now they fit again! Yay! Buyer’s remorse be gone!
  • Josh and I can cuddle on the couch together without one of us falling off.
  • I don’t sweat as much.
  • Sushi.
  • I can tie my own shoes.
  • I no longer accidentally smack my students with said belly while trying to negotiate the narrow aisles between desks.
  • I can climb the three flights of stairs at work without having to stop and catch my breath.
  • I no longer waddle.
  • I now know the wonderous little being formerly known as “the belly.” I get to watch her grow and become and be there for her as more than just a womb. I get to be a mom.


About jessicaepierce

Jessica Pierce has worked a a farm hand, file clerk, bicycle mechanic and teaching poet. After taking up space every where from the San Joaquin Valley to Arkansas to Boston to Guatemala to India to Oakland, she now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, a sitar player, and their two year old daughter. As the lead teacher and language arts teacher at an alternative school outside of Portland, she works with high school students at risk of dropping out. She also teaches summer creative writing classes at St. Mary's Academy in downtown Portland. Her work has been published in the Painted Bridge Quarterly, the Christian Science Monitor weekly magazine, outwardlink.net, The Times of India (Kolkata), and the Northwest Review, which nominated her for Meridian magazine’s 2007 Best New Poets anthology. She’s had the privilege of studying with Rosanna Warren, Dorianne Laux, Pimone Triplett, Sam Witt and Jorie Graham.
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2 Responses to “Ms. Pierce, don’t you miss your belly?”

  1. Amanda says:

    I like everything about this.

  2. Hannah says:

    Loved this too 🙂 It made me think about what I DO love about my baby belly, but also about how much much we’re looking forward to face-to-face time with the tiny resident of said belly. This process of creating people is amazing!

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