Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pregnancy, Weight Loss and Wardrobe Malfunctions

Can I just say how much I hate maternity clothes?

It is so hard to find maternity clothes that actually fit well. Especially when your baby bump isn't that big! And we won't even talk about trying to find clothes that look good and are comfortable at the same time!

I am one of those lucky people who don't really show for quite a while. I have a long torso, so I don't really "pop out" that much (ie. I just start looking pudgy). However now that I am 18 weeks pregnant it is very apparent that there is a little something growing in my midsection. My baby bump has gotten to the point where I can no longer wear my regular clothes. Not even if I try for the rubber band trick.

Time to break out the maternity clothes, right? No problem, I've been through this twice already, so I have my stash ready to go. Except this time when I got out my clothes I discovered something...

None of my maternity pants fit me! What the ?!?!

Then it hit me... in the 3 years since I was last pregnant I have lost over 25 pounds. Hooray for me, right?! Only my maternity stash is mostly useless, since the pants hang off me. Now what am I supposed to do?

To make matters worse, the maternity shirt collection that I used to share (ie. the ones not purchased by me) is not longer available for me to wear (don't ask). So basically I have about 7-10 shirts and absolutely no pants to wear. Great!

I admit that I was pretty close to having a meltdown over this dilemma. Maternity clothes are not exactly cheap and I don't exactly have the funding to go buy a whole new maternity wardrobe. I admit had visions of myself wearing a muumuu and hiding out for the next five months.

Luckily that didn't come to pass! One by one my awesome, generous friends came forward to help me. My friend Melinda let me go through what was left of her maternity clothes and keep whatever I wanted, since she can't have any more kids. When my friend Andrea found out I had bought 1 pair of maternity pants and that's all I had, without hesitation she loaned me all of her maternity pants and skirts. Then my friend Karyn brought over 2 huge (we are talking 73 quart) storage containers full of maternity clothes and said I could borrow anything that fit me.

Aren't my friends the best ever?!

I was thinking about how lucky I am to have friends like these when I passed by a road sign today. I have often passed by this sign as I ride my bicycle or drive around my town. Today I just had to stop and take a picture:

Serendipity is a propensity for making fortunate discoveries while looking for something unrelated. I think moments of serendipity are all around us if we only look for them. While searching for a solution to my maternity clothing dilemma I found out something completely different. I discovered I am truly loved and have the most kind and generous friends a woman could want!

Wordish Wednesday

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  1. Kind and generous friends are SUCH a blessing, and you are so darling.

    Happy WW! :)))

  2. WAIT a TIC! You're pregnant? Did I know this? When are you due? I'm so sorry I missed this memo!! Congratulations!!

  3. Sooo glad to hear of a happy ending. If we lived close I would let you go through my stuff. :) Hope you have a great week.

    xo, Alysha

  4. You do have wonderful friends! But I almost fell out of my chair when I saw 73 gallon tub of maternity clothes????? WOW! I had like 4 pairs of pants and some shirts!

  5. I didn't even know yo were pregnant! Congratulations!!!

    Great friends are truly a blessing. I am so glad they helped you out in your time of need.

    I had the same situation with my third pregnancy. I started out much thinner and all my pregnancy clothes were too big. Thankfully, my friends were there for me too.

  6. Yay for nice friends! I'm quite happy to be past the maternity clothes stage of my life.

    By the way, congrats on your pregnancy!

  7. how cool is that. it's great when things just seem to fall into place

  8. Please stop by and link up at my blog too.

  9. I believe that I totally missed your pregnancy announcement so Congrats!

  10. That is a really great message!! And love the sign too. I actually started collecting signs a couple years ago. I've never seen anything like it. Thanks for sharing and happy WW!

  11. I LOVE that sign! I would have stopped for a picture, too. :)

    I was the kind of person who popped out and looked 4-6 months pregnant before I had even taken a pregnancy test. It was that fast. Yay for good friends!

  12. Aww. What a great friend!
    I actually like maternity clothes these days. So much better than they used to be. I actually enjoyed being pregnant and wearing my maternity clothes this last time. I miss being pregnant. I'm a freak. ;)

  13. ok - how did i miss the fact that you're pregnant!?!?!?! congrats by the way - you look adorable - love that rubber band lol. i went all the way back to may looking for the big reveal lol. love day 170 photo - feet up in the bath. i wonder if that thermometer pic from when u had a fever was actally pregnancy???

    anyhoo - congrats - model some of your new preloved clothes for us plse!!!

  14. congratulations on the new little one and your good fortune.

  15. So great to have such generous friends. M clothes here are also very expensive.. we do try to share if possible.
    Congrads on your pregnancy.

  16. Wow how exciting I didn't realize you were pregnant!! Congrats!!