Sunday, November 2, 2008

New Threads...

So, at 32 weeks pregnant, I finally broke down and bought some new maternity clothes. This was the FIRST purchase I made and I am so so so glad that I finally did. Now, don't get the wrong idea. I wasn't one of those blessed women that just got along ok in her pre pregnancy clothing for the last 8 months. No no. My best friend Valerie was just kind enough to give me 2 huge bin fulls of all her Maternity clothing for the last few years since she was done having babies. We were roughly the same size, so it worked out great. But - Val was never pregnant during the winter, so all of her biggest clothes were summer clothes. Not that it should really matter in AZ, but I just needed some pants, lol.

Anyway - Josh and I picked up some cute tops at Target, and then some of those "secret fit" jeans from Motherhood Maternity. I wish I hadn't resisted a Maternity store for so long. These jeans are AWESOME! The band goes all the way up to my rib cage, but it it is a really lightweight stretchy fabric that somehow holds up without making me feel like I'm wearing a girdle.

During our United Way campaign at the office, I donated $50.00 for a "Jean Pass" for the months of November and December. Now I'll actually be comfortable in jeans at work! Hooray! I'm just glad to get some relief - I've been miserable having to constantly pull my pants up as they slip off my belly. Plus, none of my shirts seemed to be long enough, so if the pants slipped down, my poor stretch marked skin was left exposed to the world. Not a pretty site!

Speaking of stretchmarks, as we were checking out at Motherhood Maternity I noticed this skin oil meant to help with itchy skin. Since my skin just literally started getting itchy in the last couple days, I decided to pick up a little sample size bottle. I even said to the clerk "Perfect - my skin just started itching!" Her reply? "Oh - definitely use that, then! And don't scratch your skin... that is what causes stretch marks!!!"


I didn't realize that my incessant ass, thigh, calf, belly scratching is what had caused all these claw marks. *sigh* I just assumed it was my stretching skin that caused stretch marks.

The one downside to all this walking around malls today? A stroll through Macy's has me longing to be back to my normal size! There are so many adorable sweaters that I want! Good thing I registered for a jogging stroller. I'm going to need all the help I can getting back in shape after Mike gets here.

And just for fun - a picture of my "Baby Daddy" and Mike's Grandpa showcasing their crib construction skills (and this crib is freaking MASSIVE!)


  1. Crib is beautiful!

    Congrats on getting that Jean Pass, that was a great idea.

    Stretch marks are genetic. Not from scratching. Maybe she meant the stretching causes the scratching. My favorite lotion was Palmer's Cocoa Butter. It kept my skin from getting dry and it smells like chocolate.

    8 weeks!

  2. I forgot about all the tubs of lotions I tried- mostly cocoa butter types. Palmer's is good, but a lot more expensive than some of the other brands that work just as well for relieving some of the itching. At first this was a nice ritual- my belly, arms, and legs were always itchy. After awhile, it became just another thing I had to do.

    I wonder if your salesclerk has every been pregnant- it's pretty ridiculous to think that scratching causes stretchmarks. A more logical explanation is the rapid growth of a baby under your skin, but who am I to impose logic?

    I bought you a couple key items at Carter's a couple of weeks ago, but I think I lost the bag in the parking lot as I have been unable to find them- how maddening! I also bought myself a new pair of scrub pants at the time which are also MIA. If they don't show up I will have to re-buy, and hope that some lucky soul who needed such items happened upon them. See you Saturday!

  3. Vicki - I too enjoy the cocoa butter lotion. Once I realized that it was doing absolutely nothing to stop the stretchmarks, however, I gave up.

    I can only imagine that my stomach is going to look even more ridiculous after there isn't a baby keeping everything extended. Hooray for flabby stretchmarked skin! Woo hoo!

  4. Liz -

    My dear, sweet, logical Liz. I thought perhaps I was missing something. And you are right to wonder if this chick has ever been pregnant. Something tells me NO!!

    Your ritual makes the idea of going crazy with the lotion tonight sound like a good idea. I would always do it after the shower, and then I'd be upset and feel sticky when I went to bed. Oh - and I smelled like chocolate which was great for me, but a little overwhelming for Josh, lol.

    I'm sorry to hear about the Carter's bag running off. Do you think there is a chance someone in the parking lot at Carter's might have turned it back in to them? I actually bought ALL of Shannon's gifts at Carter's - I had just found out I was pregnant when I was shopping for you, but I was still keeping it a secret. I spent hours in there just looking at baby clothes. Can't believe I only have a few short weeks until I'll have my own baby to dress up in sweet miniature sized clothing.

    I can't wait to see you on Saturday! Hooray!