As the weeks have gone by, the daily decision of what to wear has taken on ever greater proportions (no pun intended) due to the fact that, though I have too many clothes, fewer and fewer seem to fit with each passing day. I now have three boxes of pre-pregnancy clothes sitting in the nursery waiting for that wonderful day when I return to my slender frame.It has just been in the past three weeks that I have had to graduate to true maternity clothes. I have been able to get away with some "normal" clothes � drawstring linen pants and elastic waistband skirts � for a while. But, I fear, the days of wearing normal clothes are over.
Frustrated with my lack of choices and fearing that I would have to start wearing the same shirts every week, I took the plunge a few days ago and went shopping for a new wardrobe.
Now, I must admit -- and those of you who know me will heartily attest to this -- that I am not one to spend a fortune on clothes at any one time. It has to be the absolutely most perfect item for me to pay full price. And there are some stores, like the Gap, where I feel ashamed paying full price for anything. So I did not want to pay a ton of money for clothes that I will only be able to wear for a few months. I know, I know. People have told me, "Well, just remember that you'll be able to wear them again during your next pregnancy," and "you can always consign them."
Folks, when money is scarce and a baby is on the way, paying too much for anything is not really an option.
So, I have found a few stores that always have good sales, and that even have reasonably non-sale priced items: Kohl's, Targ�, and JC Penny's.
I had little hope that I would find clothes to fit my style during my recent expedition to Target, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was in fact fun to pick new things out. It was a bit confusing when it came to figuring out sizes, though.
For the past few years I have been a size 6/8, depending on the store and cut of material. So I was luckily able to buy a few large-sized regular items that fit well. When it came to maternity sizing, however, I was a bit in the dark. I've discovered that under the belly is where I'm at now. I dread having to wear anything over the belly. I have always hated wearing anything that comes above my belly button. I am much more of a hipster girl.
The maternity pants and skirts weren't totally awful, but they could have been a lot cuter. I settled on some khaki Capri's in a size 8 (according to the label of one particular brand, my maternity size corresponded to my pre-maternity size) that were pretty cute, except for the hideous elastic waistband. But, the huge shirts I am now wearing easily cover that up. I was happy to find that the Capri's were a bit big for me � I'll be able to grow into them, and hopefully out of them once this is all said and done.
The most exciting part of my shopping trip was looking for a new bra. I absolutely hate buying undergarments of any kind, as the sizing has always confused me. I hate bras in general, under wire especially, and try to avoid them whenever possible. But, that hasn't been an option lately. So I spent at least thirty minutes combing through the lingerie racks trying to figure out what size fits me best these days.
(I've always been on the small side, so when I came home and showed my husband my new things, he was very happy to learn that I'd gone up two sizes!)
From there, it was on to sports bras. I now fit into a large!
Thoroughly exhausted and only mildly hungry since I scared down a granola bar in the dressing room; I made my way home with my new goodies.
Shopping has always been fun for me, but I think it's going to take me at least the rest of the pregnancy to get used to buying larger and larger sizes.