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Back to school, the first week: Success!

7 Sep

 So, I thought I’d have more time to blog now that the kids are back in school, but it just hasn’t worked out that way. I’ve been on a mega cleaning kick, maybe I’m nesting early?

The kids first week of school has come and gone, and it went well for both of them. Here they are before heading out in the morning.Image


We hit a few speed bumps on T’s first 2 days, regarding transportation now that he’s going to school out of town. He hasn’t been assigned to a bus yet, and since this is due to the school’s fuck up, they’re paying for him to be cabbed there and back. Fine with me, except for when his cab driver on the first day of school is not only late getting to our house, butalso  fucking 100 years old and brain dead. I actually stood in my driveway arguing with him for 15 minutes about how to get to the school. Then he argued with dispatch because they were telling him the same thing I was. Eventually he got it through his head that I was right (of course I was, I always am. Clearly Mr. Cabbie doesn’t know me), and off they went. I did call the school though, and complain about the driver that was sent, and requested a call when T signed in. He didn’t start his first day of school until 10:30. Jesus Christ.

Then the second day, the cab came 15 minutes early. Thank god I didn’t decide to sleep in an extra 15 minutes.

Since then, everything’s been smooth sailing. It’s Friday already, and I’m 25 weeks today! I’m coming up on my third trimester way too quickly. Also, this little one seems to take great pleasure in kicking me in the crotch, and I’m like buddy, you’re gonna be doing enough damage down there in 3 1/2 months, lets ease up on my nether-regions, mmm’kay? I managed to yoga him out of his feet down position this morning after a full day of vaginal kickboxing classes. Hallelujah.

M and I are getting to work on the nursery this weekend. I lit a fire under his ass the other day by telling him I want it finished before we hit December. He’s going to finish mudding and sanding, then he’ll primer, and we’ll both paint. I’m refinishing a dresser, and we’re going to set up the crib. Ok, M is going to set up the crib. I’m going to take pictures and laugh at him when he can’t figure it out.

Also, I’m hopefully going to find reasonably priced maternity jeans that don’t make my ass look saggy. Shudder. Wish me luck! If I find some, I’ll try to throw together a fall outfit post. I’m so excited for chunky sweaters, jeans, and boots!

Until next week!


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!