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26 weeks pregnant
lipstick: Chili Flake by Face Stockholm
earrings: Elisabeth Ashlie
shoes: Alfani via TJ Maxx
I gotta say, I heard of a lot of negative things about Destination Maternity when I started looking around for maternity clothes.
I’ve had a relatively easy time finding pieces I like from there! Most are “A Pea in the Pod” brand (and maybe that’s the difference), but I find myself looking forward to popping in there every once in awhile.
They have a bunch of items on sale right now so I found some great tops for great prices.
I also bit the bullet and bought some high end maternity jeans. Wow. Game-changer. Don’t get me wrong, I still like the jeans I have from Gap (currently on sale!), but they were a little too short to wear with wedges and I couldn’t find anything longer that would work.
I tried on Seven For All Mankind and Hudson while I was at the store a few weeks ago. I left, kept thinking about them, and went back to try them on again. I ended up with the Hudson jeans because I liked the darker panel and that they had a little bit more stretch. I also bought up a size (ignoring the reviews that they stretch out) so I could wear them for the rest of the pregnancy. I did have to get them hemmed, but now they are perfect for all of the shoes I wear on a regular basis.
For years, even before Justin and I started trying to get pregnant, I was always curious about what I would look like pregnant. And I always wondered what kind of clothes I would wear. I really like the adventure of shopping for maternity clothes. It takes time and patience, but it’s so nice to find a top I feel comfortable in.
So often I heard from people to “wait until you absolutely have to to buy maternity clothes” or “wear as much as your regular wardrobe as you can before you start wearing maternity clothes“. So I had this desire to start looking around and trying things on, but I felt like it was “too early”. I would just loop a hair tie through the button hole on my jeans and wear the loosest tops I owned. But I wasn’t really comfortable. And I was so excited to be pregnant after the year of trying that I wanted to show off the bump as soon as I could!
And then my friend told me “buy maternity clothes whenever you want to” and I felt released to do that. And I’m glad I did.
So if you are pregnant and want to buy maternity clothes, just buy them. It’s fun.
So, what is being 26 weeks pregnant like?
Well I’ll tell you.
I’m very aware that I have no abs. Rolling over in the bed takes arm strength and I know it’s just going to get tougher and tougher from here on out.
I can’t get enough apples. I eat 2-3 Gala apples a day. My mom is visiting this weekend and she’s bringing down a bushel of Cortland (MY FAVORITE) apples and I can’t wait to start chowing down. And can’t wait for her to get here too.
I’m over chicken. I’ve tried to do a lot of lean protein (aka chicken) but I’m finding myself avoiding it when I can. I’m bored of it.
I like the aroma of coffee but have no desire to drink it.
Strangers are finally starting to notice that I’m pregnant. I was asked “how far along are you” by a woman at a store and it made my life.
I registered at the hospital.
I purchased furniture for the nursery.
I’m out of breath often.
The baby is moving a lot. It’s more than just kicks and punches now. I feel rolls and entire rotating of his body. It’s really cool, but also a little alien like.
In general, I’ve really enjoyed being pregnant. I’m very, very grateful for an uneventful pregnancy thus far. I’m thankful for boring appointments (in other words, everything is progressing as it should, nothing to be alarmed about).