Monday, May 19, 2008

It's Time: Maternity Clothes!

Hi, everyone! :-)

Here's a cheerful Monday morning wave from me to all of you out there in cyber-land!

I crossed a huge threshhold this morning - I'm officially wearing maternity clothes!

I've had them for like 6 weeks now - about 11 shirts and 3 pairs of pants - but other than wearing the pants a few times with the stretch-y part rolled over so they'd stay up, and then wearing one of my nice shirts for my anniversary, THIS IS A FIRST! :-)

Reader response time:

For those of you who visit my site - annonymously or as active commenters - this is for you!

If you have had a baby in the past or if you are now currently expecting a child, how far along were you when you began wearing maternity clothes full-time?

Here's my story:

On Saturday, I reached 17 weeks gestation. To-date, I have gained 20 pounds in those 17 weeks. Really, since the first four are pre-HPT+, I have gained 20 pounds in 13 weeks. YE GODS!

On Saturday morning, when I was getting ready to go out to breakfast with Future Daddy, I couldn't find my preggo jeans. So I tried squeezing into my regular jeans. See, I've been playing the game recently of wearing "regular" pants and just using a button-extender (read: hair tie!) or just plain leaving them unbuttoned and covering with a large top.

Well..."not no more"! Apparently, these 20 pounds that I've gained haven't gone *just* to my tummy. They've also paid strategic visits to my hips and butt!

I tried on 4 pairs of jeans on Saturday morning. All 4 fit just a couple weeks ago, even if they were a bit tight by then. But on Saturday, I could only get ONE of those pairs to even come up over my hips! And that was with FD helping me tug! And so I wore my "regular" jeans as low-riders and made due.

Incidentally, my preggo jeans are still missing. I don't know how that is possible; all laundry in my house is clean, and I totally cleaned out my closet this weekend. Apparently, the gremlins have stolen my preggo jeans. Depressing!

For work, I have two pairs of preggo pants - khaki and black. In addition, I have a pair of pants 4 sizes larger than normal that are working for me right now. I think I need more pants! I have 11 tops, so that ought to be enough to hold me over, but 2 or 3 pairs of pants (and a black skirt with an elastic waist) is not enough to hold me through the summer, I'm thinking!

I also need to start thinking about dresses. I can make due with the elastic-waist skirt or my preggo pants for church, but my oldest friend in the world is getting married in mid-August and I definitely need a dress for that event! I think that's the only one, though. Another friend is getting married the first week of October, but as that's only 3 weeks before my due date and the wedding is in upstate Washington (and I'm in north central Texas), that trip just ain't gonna happen! Potentially, I need a dress for my baby shower, too, which is already set for July 26th. It's a bit early - really shouldn't be until month 7 and that's the end of month 6 - but I have family in town then who really want to attend the shower, so my friends are going to hold it a bit early.

So far, I've gotten away with spending "only" $250 on maternity clothes. Not bad for 1 bra, 11 shirts and 3 pairs of pants, eh? Of course, 5 of the shirts I bought second-hand from eBay but they look like new, so I'm thrilled with my find! Anyone else by "used" maternity clothes? If not, check eBay - great deals and fashions! Both of my sellers were awesome!

Now it's your turn - if you have had a baby in the past or are currently expecting, share your thoughts on maternity clothes in my comments!!




Kelly said...

Hey Girl! I started wearing maternity clothes a few weeks ago full time.. you're lucky!
I'm not trying for any shameless self promotion here, but I did just write an article on how to save $$ on maternity clothes, check it out!

A New Beginning said...

I am a first time reader and thought I would make you feel better. I started wearing maternity clothes at about 7 weeks. I gained weight in the stomach and thighs. The thighs have been the worst. I am on my 2nd and 3rd sets of maternity clothes. I have just outgrown everything it seems.

And yes, I buy used clothes. I have been going to Goodwill for a couple of months now looking for stuff. Clothes are just too expensive to wear for such a short time.

K @ ourboxofrain said...

I bought maternity clothes at week 15 and still don't wear them exclusively (at 23+ weeks) -- the shirt I'm wearing today is a regular shirt, and I wear some of my nonmaternity pants with a bella band still, though it's getting increasingly difficult.

I've bought most of my clothes at Motherhood (which I hate -- overpriced and has a horrible return policy, but they have some cute dresses) and online at Old Navy, Gap, and eBay (the first two can be returned in store, which is great). I also have no shame with regard to used maternity clothes (and have also found new stuff on eBay, with tags still on, including a really cute dressy outfit to wear to a wedding this weekend).

I've also heard good things about Kohls, and I need some shorts for the summer, so that's my next shopping trip.

Jordan said...

I have spent about $300 on Ebay and I have at least 100 items. I know I got carried away, but I have to dress up for work. Ebay is great and most maternity clothes are in great shape since they weren't worn for very long.