Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Random thoughts about the belly, apples, & the nursery.

Oh, the belly! I love it. Baby is kicking often now - my husband got to feel her the last time he was home. Some days it seems like it's all day long.

This is at 21 weeks (last Saturday). Still not huge, I guess, but sometimes I feel huge already! Things are getting harder, like putting socks on, sleeping comfortably, getting up from lying down, and getting my pants to stay up (!). I have one of those Bella Bands, which helps, but the maternity jeans just don't want to stay put, and neither do leggings. I'm the wrong shape for pants now that I have no waist! I saw a really hideous pair of maternity overalls at the mall the other day... ha! No, I won't be that mama! I can't really imagine much that is less flattering than giant overalls with a giant belly underneath. (Sorry if I have any overall-wearing readers. It's just not that attractive to me.) But hey, at least they'd stay up...

I splurged on a couple of maternity bras, but I find they're not that comfortable. Not only that, they aren't even pretty, so I'm not suffering for fashion's sake. Now I wish I had gone somewhere other than the only maternity store within a 40-minute drive to get properly fitted. The employees at Thyme probably felt like they were being helpful, but convincing me that the band was really not too tight and the bra would stretch ended up being a bad move. I was right all along, it's too tight and it's not stretching out. I'm on the last hooks and I don't want to have to buy a bra extender when I just dumped $60 on new bras. And now I am bitter about it, and mad at myself for backing down about the sizing. Sigh.

So with all these wardrobe malfunctions - I definitely am not in the mood to go buy a bunch more maternity clothes. I've borrowed a few pieces from friends - but I might have to pick up another pair of pants just so I'm not wearing the same jeans every day. Luckily for me, working at home means that I don't have to dress up (ever), so jeans and my Moody Mamas lounge pants are pretty much my standard now. I have a few tops that I like (I wear that one from Bumblewee all the time, and a couple of Boob tops that are great).

I bought a bushel of apples on the weekend at the market. A bushel looks small in the open air, but that is a LOT of apples. I've made applesauce, two apple crisps, apple cookies, apple muffins, and have a plan for apple bread tomorrow in the bread machine. There are still more apples. I've been eating them, too... I may just bake the rest into batches of muffins and stash them in the freezer.

We set up the crib on the weekend - now the nursery has an empty crib (no mattress yet) and an empty dresser. It's pretty barren in there. We're looking for a bookcase (something like the Cameron ones from Pottery Barn would be ideal, if we could only find them for 1/3 the price), and a glider yet. It seems like there is a lot of time to do these things, but when I think about it, there isn't... With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, and my husband only being home every other weekend, we don't have too many days that we can go hunting together for baby stuff.

Otherwise things are pretty quiet.

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  1. if the store insisted it would stretch and it hasnt'....go back and ask for an exchange for a different size.... i would think they would rather have a happy customer

  2. Oh girl you aren't huge because I'm only 13 weeks and look almost the same size lol

    I posted a few weeks ago about the nasty maternity overalls! YUCK! I won't be wearing them either. Lord help me if I see anyone wearing them ha!

    OK, here's the deal about maternity bras. I learned so much from doing my Bella Materna bra review last year. You should buy the same band size prepregnancy and according to them it should be fine. It is true that your ribs will expand while you are pregnant, but you should just buy an extender. Your ribs will return to the original size. I can vouch for the returning to original size, and I think it does fairly quickly. So if you want the best fit after you give birth and for all those months you are nursing you are better off buying the same band size as prepregnancy. I had bought a couple that were larger and they did not fit right. This was of course before I learned all of this info.

  3. I think banjos should break out whenever overalls come into view.

    Thanks for the info about band size! I've already gone up 4" in the band (yeah! yikes!). I should have just gone with an extender to begin with, I guess! Grrr, useless maternity store staff!

  4. Looking good! I found a lot of comfortable clothes at Old Navy in the maternity section, if you like Old Navy.

  5. You look great! So cute!

    I have a great apple butter recipe in the slow cooker. It keeps great and you can freeze it too.

  6. So lovely to meet you and hear of your upcoming (early next year) addition to the family. On the subject of bras (yes, I'm a guy), I understand your maternity shop may be somewhat limited in its offerings. Hospitals sometimes have shops combined with their lactation consultation. My wife found a good shop, but finding someone to get you into the right bra for you really can make a difference. Later on especially you'll want to find a good bra. My wife was wearing totally the wrong size before she got some help. Love the baby bump photo. Have a great weekend. Oh, and thanks for dropping by my blog. Good luck on winning the Seuss book to read to your baby on board!

  7. OK you must be more blessed than me. I went up a cup size during pregnancy but that's it. I bought a few cheap B cup bras at Target and then donated them afterwards. I also borrowed a lot of maternity clothes from a friend, but mainly wore dresses to work. I guess it helped that coworkers couldn't tell I was pregnant till I was nearly 7 months along.

    You look wonderful! I hope you're feeling well and getting your rest.

    Happy weekend!


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