Pregnant? Me? Yes, yes indeed I am. 15 weeks and 2 days, to be exact. We are ecstatic #4 will be joining our family on our around October 19, 2011. (A good 2 months after Louise from Running on Anthro, and just a week and change after Jan from The Girliest Boy Mom has her baby girl!! I’m so excited for both of these fantastic ladies!!)
Anyway, it has been a helluva long road this time around, getting a little bambino to stay put in there. I had two miscarriages last year, both in the first trimester. The latter one was a complicated miscarriage complete with a placental tear, emergency D&C, weeks of antibiotics (I had to swallow 16 antibiotics a day!! Yes, 16. ugh) and it took me quite a while to get myself “back” so to speak. So needless to say, we are relieved and thrilled to be expecting and to be this far along. Looking forward to an ultrasound on May 16, and I have begrudgingly agreed to find out the sex of the baby. I’ve never known the gender ahead of time, and I’ve really loved the anticipation factor. But since this is our 4th and final, and it’s taken so long to get here, (and MacGyver is ADAMANT)…I relinquished control. Plus, if it’s a girl, my six-year-old son will need a good six months to get over it….
Please know I really did want to tell you all sooner…yet felt it was necessary to wait. I’m just overly cautious from previous experience. However, it’s come to the point where I’m pretty sure you can tell things are changing in the mid-section. To me it has become blatantly obvious that I’m in full incubation mode. 3/4 of my wardrobe now does not fit. Yeah, it’s awesome……NOT! But I’ve been there, done that 3 times already, and know this too shall pass. It’s a beautiful reunion in my closet, the day I can slide my pencil skirts over the rump again with ease. You’ll probably hear my salutations from every nook and cranny of the world.
Wearing: Skirt-Talbots Amelie, Shirt-Anthropologie, Belt-J.Crew Lilac Skinny, Cardi-J.Crew Jackie, Shoes- Anthropologie Scarlet and Crimson Wedges
In the above outfit, by dinner time I had to undo the zipper of the skirt about 3 inches. But with my cardigan on, no one ever knew. Double yay for cardis. (see #3 below).
So how does one hide or dress to hide a mid-sectional burgeoning? Whether it be due to a little bun in the oven, a fantastic 7-day cruise, surgery (ahem…tummy tuck?), or the dreaded monthly female bloat…Never fear, I’m here to lay it all down for ya.
1. Face Forward- If you find yourself in a situation where you’ll be grinning for the camera in full-body glory, face the camera. No side shots. One or both arms at the waist, with hands pointing towards the belly button, is the way to go. It creates a slimming illusion.
2. Belt Placement- Crucial to maintaining your cover is the magical power of a belt. As your girth begins to expand, the level at which the belt resides should rise proportionally.
3. Cardigans Are Your Best Friends- If you don’t already love cardigans, I would suggest pricking fingers and becoming blood sisters with them. They might even have super powers, they’re that awesome. Besides offering an extra layer of warmth and added layer of color or pattern, they disguise middle region expansion by skimming the side perimeters. Belt over them, under them, or leave them unbuttoned…you can’t go wrong.
4. Empire-Waisted Dresses Get the Thumbs Up – Remember, you’re belly isn’t the only burgeoning beast on your bod. The Twin Sisters up top…. they’ve also been busy. Empire seams will highlight your newly impressive endowments and detract from the changes happening in the belly zone. (p.s. I jumped for joy when word hit that Maxi dresses were totally IN this season. Hello, prego wardrobe staple!)
5. Skirts with Elastic Waists- How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. You can wear them well into a pregnancy, much longer than fitted zip and button closure skirts, therefore keeping the news to yourself longer. And they’re just plain comfy.
Wearing: Blouse-Anthropologie Amplified Stripes, Pants-AE, Belt-Anthropologie Snakebite, Cardigan-J.Crew Ethereal, Necklace-Anthropologie, Shoes-Kenneth Cole (super old)
These pants are normally two sizes too big for me….and today I totally popped a secondary button off of them. Awesome. Granted, it was at the end of the day, after 3 meals, snacks, and beverages went down the gullet, all piled on top of the bambino (who is now the size of an apple.) Just keepin’ it real, peeps!
Sorry for the ugly mud in the street and on the sidewalk in this picture. We got sprinklers put in, and today a mountain of topsoil is being deposited on my driveway in preparation for the sod arriving on Monday. Can I even tell you how sickened I am at the mere thought of PAYING for dirt? And sod? I’m just calculating how many Anthro items I could buy with that money, and it makes me feel slightly nauseous.
Hope you’re money is going towards something much more fun, this weekend.