December 1st… December 1st is the day that I start to wear maternity clothes.
Yeah, I totally picked a date. It’s like Type-A personality at it’s very worst. Or maybe at its very best. I guess it all depends on how you look at it.
But I’m pretty sure “at it’s worst”is the more accurate choice.
It’s not that I have something against maternity clothes and that I’m holding out for as long as possible due to my dislike of them. To the contrary, maternity clothes have come a long way and are actually quite stylish and classy. And I’m also fairly certain that they are THE most comfortable clothes on the entire planet, next to leggings and over-sized sweatshirts.
I think I just need time to embrace the belly. This happened during my pregnancy with Brady too… On one hand, I thoroughly enjoy the ‘eating for two’. But on the other hand, my body starts to feel a bit unfamiliar. And since this is my second, I’m popping a whole lot faster this time. It’s like the watermelon seed has been fertilized with Extra-Extra Miracle Grow. I’m pretty sure that at 4 months pregnant, I’m already as big as I was at 6 months pregnant with Brady.
Plus maternity clothes are expensive, so I’ve been holding out as long as possible to stretch my maternity wardrobe. (Ha! Get it? Stretch… My belly is growing, so I’m literally stretching my wardrobe!).
Sorry, it’s been three nights of no sleep…
Up to this point, I’ve just worn loose, flowy tops. (And my jeans still fit, so I haven’t been tempted to take out my maternity ones). But I’m kind of tired of wearing the same four tops that still fit. 😉 So it’s time to move to a new wardrobe that shows off the baby bump.
I have to tell you though… There’s nothing like being preggo around the holidays. There’s already excitement in the air. It’s something to be especially thankful for. And it’s a reason to say ‘yes’ to that second piece of pie.
So it’s a win-win.
Thanksgiving this year was especially delicious and sweet. The turkey was beyond huge and the side dishes were limitless. I was super tired (thanks to the pregnancy and being the mom to a toddler) but also super thankful. We ate, and laughed, and went into a food-induced trance, all the while making time for a family walk around my parent’s town. It’s a tradition I enjoy almost as much as our tradition to bake gingerbread cookies the night before.
One thing that really struck me on Thanksgiving though was just how fast this year has flown. In some ways, it’s hard for me to comprehend that I’m already 4 months pregnant… and organizing maternity clothes… and celebrating my toddler’s second birthday… and now looking forward to Christmas.
Wow, time flies when you’re having fun!
I definitely am looking forward to enjoying each and every day in December and making this holiday season count. And it has also reminded me to embrace every day of this pregnancy too! 🙂
One thing we Type A peeps have no problem with is embracing the journey. We live for the expectation. But I am realizing that being pregnant while being a mom sometimes gets me sidetracked a bit. I lose focus of the big picture and of what really counts.
I definitely want to enjoy this pregnancy journey and to flaunt this baby bump as long I can. 🙂 But I also want to enjoy every single day of this holiday season with my toddler who is amazed at Christmas lights, and jingling bells, and mommy’s growing tummy.
Once again, I am brought back to the realization that it’s the simple things in life that count. We aren’t promised tomorrow, so we should live today. We should hold those we love close and treasure them in the moment.
It’s one thing to wait a few more days before wearing maternity clothes. 😉 But I definitely don’t want to ever wait to show love. And to show those I love that they come first. Because everything else is just stuff. 🙂