The benefits, as I remind myself

The lady bagging my groceries yesterday wouldn’t let me take my groceries to my car by myself. She re-bagged each bag that the teenage boy cashier had made too heavy so it would be a safe weight for me to lift. When that meant I needed two carts, she made sure I pushed the emptier of the two. Sometimes it’s good to have people looking out for you even when you don’t want special treatment.

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23 weeks

23 wks, 3 days

I can see why they call this the “honeymoon” trimester –  I’m not too big to be terribly uncomfortable (even in this heat!), I get to feel the baby moving around but the kicks aren’t very painful, people can tell by looking that I’m pregnant, I have a reasonable amount of energy and don’t feel sick to my stomach (too often). I’m enjoying it while it lasts – about 3 more weeks til trimester 3.

One pet peeve, though – I really don’t mind when people comment on my size (really there’s just this one lady at work who does it anyway) – saying I look huge, like I’m going to have twins, that she can’t believe I still have four more months, whatever. Big babies run in my family and I may need to start carrying around pictures of my mom at 40 weeks to prove it to people before too long (although I did gain a little bit too much weight last month, so a little exercise wouldn’t hurt me either). What bugs me is the comments about how often I’m using the bathroom at work! One day she said she thinks I spend more time in the bathroom than at my desk (hardly true), that I should be going less frequently now that I’m not sick, and today commented that I was going for my first trip of the day, when really I was just going to fill up my cup with hot water for tea (ok, so I made a trip to the restroom while I was up, because why not). I drink a lot of water throughout the day, but now I’ve started timing my visits when she’s not at her desk so she won’t see me going, and I’m feeling self-conscious about it! One day she assumed that I’d been sick in there all morning, when in reality I was having a meeting at a cubicle one row over, so she couldn’t keep tabs on my activity. Oh well, I’ll just have to grow a little thicker skin for the comments, I guess. Of course, she’s the only person to make a semi-negative comment about our baby name, too, so I’m sure there’s more to come. Phew, rant over!

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maternity clothes, weeks 21-22

21 wks, 6 days, + flying puppy!

I’m getting to the point now where I’m wearing things just in case this is the last time I fit. I’m pretty sure that all of my non-maternity skirts that I used to be able to pull up a little higher and zip around the tummy are not options anymore, and the non-maternity shirts are starting to get too short. This dress is a motherhood maternity size small, so I’m concerned that it’s on the way out as well. It’s hard to believe I have 4 more months of growing! Just so I don’t outgrow all of the maternity sizes, too…you don’t think they’ll mind if the month of November I show up to work looking like a hobo in huge sweaters and sweatpants, do you?

22 wks, 4 days

Cnn tried to start a controversy last week with this report about forever 21’s maternity clothing line – which, for the record, is only bad for how boring it is and for the fact that I really don’t need more casual clothes right now. They tried to say that forever 21 is a store aimed at teenagers and by having younger styled maternity fashions they’re encouraging teen pregnancy. I don’t believe it, since I’m soon to be 30 and still shop there (although maybe I’ll have to reconsider that soon…), so just for kicks this top is from Miley Cyrus’s clothing line (from a friend, I didn’t buy it!) – you can’t get much more marketed to teenagers than that, right? And no, Miley didn’t make a maternity line, it’s just roomy.

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Maternity fashion, 20 weeks

What, do you think it looks like I’m having a baby? Yup, I don’t think there’s any hiding that fact any more. I bought these pants at Old Navy (yay $10 sale!) because I only had gray dress pants and needed to be able to wear all the tops I’ve gotten second hand that don’t work with skirts- of course I went up a size for comfort and they dont’ really stay up and are a little dumpy in the legs, but at least they don’t pull on the hips, right? They have that convenient tab in the back that I can adjust the buttons in the elastic to get bigger, but so far it seems like they’ll just stretch right with me. It’s awfully nice having pants that don’t dig in when I sit down, though. That belt, however, won’t be worn again in pregnancy. I was so glad that I made it home and could take it off! I’ll have to find something else to cinch this top.

This outfit made me laugh because it was the first day under 100 degrees in a long time, so of course I’m wearing a sweater. Which didn’t feel that hot, which means I’ve grown accustomed. Maybe the problem with 100s in June isn’t that it’s hot early, it’s that we haven’t thinned our blood for the summer temps yet. Well, I’m in a cold office most of the day anyway, and I wasn’t feeling great about how narrow the straps were on this dress (non-maternity), so I wore the only thing that I could find in my closet that day that made it work.

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