Friday, September 12, 2008

Maternity shirts

I stopped by the mall after school today to see if I could find a few more cheap maternity t-shirts to get me through the next 3 months. I used to like more form-fitted clothes...now, the looser the better. I'm not into showing off the bump, something about it just seems weird to me. I don't want anything clingy, tight, bright, striped, polka-dotted...you get the idea.

After a couple quiet weeks, the kid is back squirming in full force, kicking the computer as I write. I have the beginnings of a true basketball under my shirt. While I can still wear a few looser pre-preg pants with the bella band (oh, and an aside here...I did break down and wear a pair of maternity jeans to school one day this week, because I actually think I like them...they're fairly tight but stretchy everywhere but the tummy, so my ass doesn't look baggy and frumpy), none of my t-shirts works (hence the mall trip). With a properly worn cardigan or unbuttoned shirt over a t-shirt, I can still manage to not look really pregnant. Why is this such a goal? I don't know...and it's not a goal per se, it's just that all things being equal, I'd rather not draw attention to my belly. Then people start to say stupid stuff and I have to smile and try not to be rude (too often not something I'm terribly successful at).

My friend Caroline had her baby girl Thursday, 11 days after her 8/30 due date. Very exciting...we are going to see them Saturday. She insists she wants visitors while still in the hopsital...I'm pretty sure I will want people to stay away!

I should probably go run today. It's raining. I think I'll take the day off. One day off a week is OK, and I rarely even do that. Plus I just ate way too many chocolate covered pretzels (OK, dipped in peanut butter) and I can't run after that. Yesterday I was lifting (legs) and I know at the gym I'm starting to look more pregnant (lack of clothing options), but I kind of don't care there. It's different, maybe because there I want to stand out a little, to be noticed for not sitting on my ass and getting fat while pregnant. (Yeah, I realize the chocolate covered pretzels dipped in peanut butter don't help my case here...but I'm only up 11-12 pounds at 26 weeks, and I'm starting to think I have this in the bag...14 more weeks, 14 more pounds max, right? And 25 pounds is pretty ideal, though I wouldn't mind 20.) And the gym makes me feel GOOD. Aside from my gut/basketball, everything else has really stayed the same...legs, arms, butt, face, boobs (I guess they will change still, but I can hope!)...

7 comments:

Mama Simmons said...

Sounds like you're doing great! I think my weight gain was similar at around 26 weeks... baby has gone through a couple of growth spurts so I'll gain 2 lbs one week and then none the next... but I think I'm gonna be closer to 28-30 lbs up when it's all said and done. I've kinda stopped weighing myself b/c I'm just about to hit 150 and really DON'T want to see that number on the scale!!!!

*aron* said...

you are doing awesome! only 14 more weeks to go :) one of my best friends due date was wed and still no baby... we are waiting "patiently" :)

N.D. said...

Haha, I am on the same page as you! And I need more workout shirts. I don't want ANY attention drawn to my figure at this point, and I'd rather just hide it and keep it as small as possible!! And hopefully be on the same weight gain as you! I haven't been on the scale unless it has been after a long run, and haven't done it this week! I think I will stop weighing myself also once the numbers are in the 140s (i'm short!)

The Chapples said...

Then there's me (of course I am tall and 140 is thin for me) = I have hit the 160s and it's an odd, odd thing. I've only gained 20 pounds, but surpassing that 160 mark was a shock! I think it's important to look at the big picture vs. worrying too much about the scale. The weight WILL come off, probably faster for all of us than the usual woman because we're all active!

Clare said...

yeah, 140 was thin for me at 5'8" (started out 146) and i'm going to hit 160 any day now...hasn't happened yet but i am preparing myself. it's 170 i'm DREADING and hoping to avoid...of course like everything else i'm sure it's the anticipation that is worse than the event would ever be.

The Chapples said...

Exactly. I'm 5'9'', started at 142. When I saw the 160 flash across the scale, I was shocked, but it quickly turned into, "Well, of COURSE it's in the 160s now!" I don't know if I'll hit 170, but if I do, no biggie. It's just baby, increased blood volume, breasts getting bigger, etc. All that will go away in 6 weeks!

Heather said...

I wouldn't worry too much about weight gain beyond eating healthfully and exercising.

It really will fall off. I didn't believe anyone, but it did.
I gained 44 and 36 dropped off before 2 weeks was over.