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!
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