I’ve always heard that little piece of life advice, you have to dress for the job you want to have, which is meant to mean if you want to be a professional some day you have to dress like a professional now, and not that you should walk around in a space suit, hoping that someday you’ll be an astronaut (I stole that from some movie, but I can’t remember which).
Anyway, in that same vein, I went maternity clothes shopping after my 2nd trimester ultrasound, hoping that by buying clothes meant for pregnant women I would actually look pregnant, and not just fat. And by golly, wouldn’t you know, IT WORKED!
On Friday I went to school in my super comfy low rise pants and maternity T-shirt and pretty much EVERYONE commented on how “all of the sudden” I just look pregnant. I think it helped that my stomach has done some “popping” this week, but still, I’m definitely attributing it to the clothes. If I were dressing in my regular tops, I’d just look like I were bursting from the seams, and not like I have a baby in my belly.
So all in all, I’m quite pleased. I bought an embarrassing amount of clothes (all from Old Navy, and mostly from the clearance rack) but I was careful to think about the following 5 months and my ever expanding belly. I bought some pants (all low rise with stretchy waists and drawstrings, so I can keep wearing them) and tops (again all with “room to move” in the belly and boobs area). I also got some yoga pants, as I desperately needed those and some tank tops to wear under shirts that are too low cut for work (and with these giant ta-ta’s most shirts are). I got so much in fact, that I signed up for an Old Navy Visa and got their 10% discount. That discount, along with everything that was on clearance, made for quite a good deal. I could barely get it all home on public transport.
When I got home I went through all my hanging clothes and got rid of two garbage bags full. For the first time in my life I gave away things I really love, assuming I’d NEVER look good in them again. Many of these were tops I only wore on my best days anyway, and I figure my best days after pregnancy will not be anything like my best days before. I’ve heard that even if (should I be saying when?!) you get back down to your pre-pregnancy weight, your body is just shaped differently. Plus, a lot of them show a lot of cleavage and I can’t imagine my boobs will be coming out of this whole ordeal unscathed. 🙂
While I was at work on Friday having everyone notice the sudden appearance of my baby belly, our new cleaning woman was transforming our house. I have to say, it was the best money I’ve ever spent. And now we’re trying really hard to keep it as sparkling as she left it, which is refreshing. We also have a guest this week (the student of my cousin’s yoga studio in Chicago) and that helps us keep things picked up. Our room is still a mess (I told her not to go in there because it wasn’t picked up enough) and that is my project for tomorrow.
I can work on our bedroom tomorrow because this weekend I have a strange lull in my work load. I will be working ahead in my grad school work, but I don’t really need to be (though I definitely SHOULD do). As for work, I don’t have much going on as the 5th graders are away next week at outdoor ed. (thank god we had our big rain storm this past week and not the one coming up). So I can get a ton of grading done next week, when all my mixed classes only have 6th graders, and some have very few 6th graders.
I guess that is all I have to report for now. I have to say, life is pretty darn good. If you had told me in my first trimester that I’d feel happy, content and calm during the second trimester I would have starting bawling with relief. I’m so glad I started Zo.loft, I’m so glad I started yoga, I’m so glad I got a cleaning woman. I’m so glad Mi.Vida is supporting me 100%. And I’m so glad I can already feel this baby doing somersaults inside of me. I really am having a great time. Despite being totally broke (I over drafted for the 5th time this year, only I don’t really have any extra money in savings to move over… uh oh!) and stressed out about money, and still feeling very ambivalent about work, I have nothing I’d change about my current situation. I really am that happy. Thank you SSRI’s and the 2nd trimester!
BUENAS NOTICIAS – I’m going over to my folks tonight for my mothers belated birthday dinner. I LOVE when my parents cook dinner!