We’re almost halfway through this pregnancy now, baby and I, and I finally have a bit of a bump. Huzzah, I’m showing – finally! My co-workers look at me and comment on how big I am already (?!) and other acquaintances tell me that I’m *so* teeny-tiny.
I’m going to lump their comments together and assume that I’m average for a woman during her first pregnancy. Either that or I’m just abnormal. 😛
With the elation of finally having a bump, however, I’m struggling a bit. You see, regular clothes don’t fit, haven’t for awhile and have hit the point of altogether uncomfortable. There’s only so long that I can handle the whole ‘hair-tie holding your pants shut’ thing. And yet, maternity clothes shopping. Yowzah. You never realize how much an entire wardrobe costs until you have to buy an entire wardrobe ALL at once.
And we’re facing a long New England winter, so I’m facing the tough reality of…
…more layers, which = more clothes…
…and a winter coat that fits over my growing tummy (and, ahem, boobs)…
I mean, yeah, I’m elated that I won’t have to deal with being large and swollen during the longest, hottest months of summer, but a good part of me looks at the price tags on clothes and thinks about how much cheaper it would be to buy half a dozen sun dresses and just be done with it already! Instead, I’m looking at shirts, sweaters, jeans, leggings, dresses, winter coats and even winter boots that are sensible and appropriate for pregnancy (i.e., no heels).
Yeah…the budget for maternity clothes alone isn’t pretty.
And that’s why I have great plans to hit our local consignment shops and one of the Motherhood outlets over the next couple weeks. Because people, a woman needs clothes that make her feel halfway decent while pregnant, but not while paying an arm and a leg (not when her body is working hard to grow a human being and all of it’s appendages!).
Mommy readers – did you get sticker shock over clothes shopping while pregnant? Did you have a budget for your maternity wardrobe?