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Prenatal Massage and a Girl’s Night Out! On my anniversary :)

If you’ve followed my blog for the 3 years that I have been posting–you are probably over the annual flashback to our wedding…but I just love these pictures!

J and I had the date for our anniversary last weekend, but yesterday was our 5th anniversary.  We typically celebrate with champagne, cheese and crackers, and a screening of “So I Married an Ax Murderer”.  AHHH….he gets me 🙂  Nothing better than snuggling with my love on the couch while we recite the lines to the movie and snicker like two kids.

Yesterday, I was a busy girl and did not get to watch our favorite movie. Instead, I had my first ever prenatal massage and it was a thing of beauty.  My girlfriend Cheryl, who is thoughtful beyond words, bought a gift certificate for me on my birthday in January and I am just now getting around to using it. I kept waiting to feel “better” but I decided a few weeks ago that now was as good a time as any!

Massages are usually not my thing–I have had the good, the bad, and the ugly and very rarely am able to relax.  The massage yesterday blew my mind. My whole body seemed to let go of months of stress and I caught myself almost falling alseep to the sweet smell of lavender scented oil while nestled into the covers on the table and lying on my side to allow the masseuse to work without squoooshing  baby Elmo.

Groggy and grateful, I emptied my wallet out tipping this amazing woman. I also scheduled another visit in a few weeks. I deserve it 🙂

J and I had a nice outdoor lunch at one of our favorite spots–and then picked Mo up. He was happy and excited after a good day at school and telling me that his friend had an “accident” today but that he “used the big boy potty”. Each day that the little squirt comes home wearing the clothes he left in is a victory! It is so cute to hear him exclaim about the accomplishment.

One of my neighborhood friends is moving away in a few weeks, so J agreed to watch Morgan while I went to her farewell dinner at a local sushi spot last night.  There were about ten of us girls dressed up and enjoying the evening. So much fun! Two of us are pregnant right now so we got to gab about baby stuff most of the night and it felt great to share that.  I wore a strapless black top and my trusty Paige jeans and actually felt like a hot mama 🙂

I am grateful to be friends with such an incredible group of ladies. It has been one of the best parts about our living in our neighborhood. Good times !

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It happened over the last few weeks…

I have officially begun to burst out of my earlier purchased maternity clothing.  What started as a creeping of fabric at the waist has become a full on buddha belly hanging out of my pajamas or my jeans and it ain’t pretty.  The tees and tanks that I wore on our trip to Turks and Caicos in December are too tight and too short to wear outside of the house now and tents are looking like an option….

I experienced a bit of sadness knowing that 2 out of 4 pairs of maternity jeans are now too tight for wear. Demi panels are crushed under the weight of growing baby elmo and only the stuff that boasts of “secret fit belly” and “no panel” will work.  I am still happily rocking my beloved Paige Premium maternity jeans–I just have to add a band for support above the no-panel waist.   Tunics are optimal at this point unless I want slices of  baby elmo belly to be visible to casual bystanders.

Ahhh ladies…we have entered 30 weeks. I have ten weeks left to carry this child and stubbornness argues that I don’t want to shop anymore…while pride demands that the bump be covered and self esteem be preserved.

Some things I am loving:

Lilac Maternity clothes which can be worn after pregnancy as well–thanks to shirring and clever wrap design.

Slip on shoes

Scarves, earrings…anything that fits predictably day to day

Maxi Dresses. Soon the weather will be warm enough to shed the cardigans and enjoy these comfy tents to their fullest!

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Quest for Maternity Clothing Continues

If you know me…you know that I love to shop and I can often obsess about finding just the right….(insert item of clothing here).

Maternity clothing has had it’s share of challenges and pleasant/unpleasant surprises. I have finally committed to a coat…since the weather does not seem to be letting up here in our normally hot arid climate. I found a cute olive trench at Tar*get that I am looking forward to on chilly days! It’s been a frustrating search as I don’t want to invest a ton of cash in something that I will only wear for the season…but the fit and fabric are nice and it flatters better than bulging out of my current winter coat!

Jeans have been another horror story and I have to say–spend your money, you will be much happier! I ordered a “bargain” pair from Old N*avy that are so cheap and horrific that I barely wear them anywhere except at home or to the park on weekends when I am sure to be covered in dirt from the little guy.

I finally invested in a pair of Paige Premium Denim from their maternity line. I was swayed by the fact that the McKinley style offers an adjustable tab waist that can be worn after the baby is born as one regains their shape.  The price is frightening…but as jeans are the mainstay of my stay at home wardrobe and these can be worn after pregnancy I considered them an investment piece.  I spend very little on tops–other than the Isabella Oliver that I bought for going out/special occasions so it wasn’t as cringe worthy as it could have been.

With spring, I hope to add a few dresses–I don’t really feel the urge wear them during our wet nasty winter and tights are a lost cause when you have a toddler–especially given that maternity tights are quite pricey. I have a few non-maternity sweater dresses that I am able to wear over leggings/with tall boots that I have trotted out for lunches with friends and those will last until spring.

Tops: as I  mentioned above, most days you will find me in a gap maternity tee–I wash them over and over until they disintegrate. I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of the big cardigan trend…leaving more buttons open as the belly expands.  I’ve also given up on the quest for a classic collared shirt. Sadly, I waited too long for a sale on these pricey and popular items and now the only sizes available are an XS or an XL.

If we had maternity shops here it might be easier–as is, I spend hours online combing through store inventories for the pieces that I want. I have found that price does not equal quality and that some items are almost worthless…ie the Old N*avy cable knit sweaters that I bought for $15.  Cute while new, but only good for a maximum of four wears before they look so ragged and sad that I would not wear them to the grocery store.  Gap, on the other hand makes a nice sweater for 35.00 that has held up to multiple washes.

While pregnant–most women want the maximum mileage out of their wardrobe. Things that can be washed and worn weekly are a must if you don’t want to buy a ton of clothes…dry cleaning doesn’t work in the toddler mom world either! I will be ever so glad to get back to my regular clothing!

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