Archive | June, 2012

Not so matronly maternity

27 Jun

Maternity clothes. Just the thought makes me shudder. Those two words conjure up images of muumuus and baggy in the butt “mom jeans”. I know, I know… The newer stuff is actually pretty nice (some of it, anyway) and on par with current trends, but the fact is, I’m only pregnant for 9 months, and therefore cannot justify spending $100+ on a pair of elastic waist jeans, even if they are a flattering dark wash and make my butt look perky. I’m a budget babe.

So, I’ve done a little hunting around, and here are some pieces that I absolutely love, and may just purchase. Note that not all of it is maternity wear. I have a pretty sizeable belly for my frame, and am still able to comfortably fit flowy dresses, which makes me sooo-ooo-ooo happy.

Loved By Heidi Klum Under Belly Super Stretch Slim Leg Maternity Jeans – $39.98… I love them, I love them, I love them! And they’re UNDER BELLY!

I actually just used this picture as an example. I recently purchased a very similar skirt for under $20 at Urban Planet. It is comfy, cute, and matches just about every top I own. I’m in love!

This is a non-maternity dress for $39. The only tricky thing with strictly online stores is getting the sizing right, since you’ll want to go up a size or two to accomodate growth. If I had this in my closet right now, I would be living in it!

I’m a little obsessed with maxi dresses. This one is $29.94 at Old Navy.

A few of my maternity dress tips:

BELLA BANDS. I can’t recommend them enough! For that “in-between” time where you can kind of fit your old clothes, but you’re not big enough for maternity yet, Bella Bands are a saviour. They enable you to leave your pants unbuttoned and unzipped, but cover it all and help hold them up. I put mine on UNDER my shorts/pants/whatever, pull them up, and then fold the band over the button and zipper.

Buy bigger sizes of what you’d normally wear. No one ever said you had to wave goodbye to your sense of style just because you’ve got a bun in the oven. Up until the later months when either A) You have to buy at least a few maternity pieces, or B) You live in yoga pants, you should be able to get away with just buying a size or two up. I’m generally a 6, or a medium, in dresses… I’ve just bumped it up to an 8-10, or a large, and they fit perfectly.

There really is no need to buy maternity shirts when you can purchase longer tanks and empire waist tops. Tanks are great for layering, and you can find them as cheap as $3. I love layering mine with flowy, open cardigans or vests. For a more polished look, you could try an open blazer. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination… As long as your belly is covered, you’re good to go!

Do you have any tips for dressing for pregnancy without spending hundreds of dollars on maternity clothes? Please share!

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14 weeks!

26 Jun

I’m a little upset with myself for not making time to post sooner than this, but the end of last week was super busy, and it’s hard to blog on days I’m babysitting. At least I’m still managing to uphold my commitment.

Saturday was B’s birthday. She decided on a pool party/sleepover. Relatively low key, which is nice, but it was a scorcher that day, and pregnant + hot = Not so fun. Our backyard has practically zero shade, thanks to our awning that used to be attached to the side of the house coming crashing down on our heads last winter (our fault, since we forgot to roll it up BEFORE it snowed… D’OH!). But all in all, Bailey and her friends had a fantastic time, so I was happy. And exhausted. No rest for the wicked though, as Sunday saw the Rose Parade in town. At least it wasn’t hot. That was nice.

I am 14 weeks pregnant now… Officially in my second trimester! Yay! The nausea hasn’t completely made itself scarce yet though… I sure hope it’s not going to stick around until little Jaxson makes his appearance. I was hoping my food aversions/ridiculous pickiness would go away too, but alas, I still only ever want to eat completely unnattainable foods. From my childhood. In England. They don’t even exist here! Seriously contemplating getting some relatives to send over care packages. Hubby was giving me the side eye last night when I came to bed with a cheese and onion (raw) sandwich. I don’t care, it was delicious. And besides, yesterday he was chewing Thrills gum, who’s slogan is “It still tastes like soap!”. He made me try a piece. It does. Barf.

On the bright side… I felt Jaxson move yesterday!!!

I think. I’m 98% it was him. It was definitely not gas, and unless my intestines or whatever decided to suddenly punch me, I would say it was a nudge from my little one. Mike has his hand on my belly constantly while we’re lying down, and on Sunday he swore he felt a kick… but I didn’t feel anything. And believe me, I’m hyper-aware of this stuff right now. I told him there’s no way, since I didn’t feel anything, and looking back, that was kinda mean of me. I should have just let him be happy and bask in the glow of his sons ‘kick’. Oops. Bad wifey.

T’s ADHD meds (Concerta) seem to be doing absolutely nothing for him after only 5 short months. Since I feel he really only needs them for school, as I have the opportunity and time to be one on one with him here at home, I’m taking him off them for the summer at the doctors OK. Why should I be putting $100 a month medication into T’s system if it’s not helping him? He’s been accepted into a school that caters specifically to children with behavioural disorders starting next year which I’m touring on Thursday, so I think I’ll keep him off meds until he starts, and go from there. It just saddens me so much, he was doing so well for a few months, and now it seems we’re back to square one, he’s aggressive and disruptive, can’t focus, is putting himself at risk of getting hurt… I broke down and cried after the report from his school yesterday. 2 more days. Only 2 more days and then he’s my sweet boy all summer. School is so frustrating for him.

I decided I’m adding some pilates and a little extra cardio to my current pregnancy workout regime of yoga. Wrapping this up now to fit one more quick routine before I’m off to the school to pick T up, I’ll be back in a day or two (depending on how interesting my life is these next few days).

Intro to me!

21 Jun

My name’s Jenn. I’m engaged to the man of my dreams, M, and together we are raising my 6 year old son, T, and his 9 year old daughter, B. Just about 10 weeks ago, we discovered that after a year of trying, we are finally expecting another child, which is the whole inspiration for this blog. A place where I can be frank and honest about my thoughts, feelings, symptoms, cravings, and all the other trappings of pregnancy.

As of today, I am 13 weeks, 6 days pregnant, although you wouldn’t guess from looking at me. That doesn’t mean I’m not showing at all… the complete opposite, in fact.  Thinking back to being pregnant with T, I’d say I look now what I looked like then at about 20 weeks. There’s definitely only one in there, and that one is likely a boy, according to the ultrasound we just had done on Sunday. I know there’s a chance it could be wrong, but for simplicities sake, I’m going to refer to the baby as a boy. I just hate when people refer to unborn babies as “it”, and typing “the baby” again and again is too much effort for me these days. So far I don’t think I’ve felt him move, but I am impatiently waiting. I almost forget what it’s like to sleep, food is my best friend (I am relatively healthy, so there. No one ever got fat off of watermelon and grapes), my sex drive is almost non-existent (poor hubs), and we’re only on the second day of summer and the heat already has me wanting to kick puppies. I love puppies. Oh, also, my boobs feel like they weigh 100lbs each, but the lovely lady who measured me at La Senza says they haven’t grown. Hmph.

In case you were wondering what I look like:

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That’ll have to do for now.