Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend.
I wanted to give you an update on how my pregnancy is going (those who have no interest in pregnancy or babies – and believe me I sympathize – feel free to click away now!). I’m into into my third trimester now, and though I’d like to say that it’s all flown by so fast, that isn’t exactly correct. I feel very fortunate that I haven’t had any terrible pregnancy symptoms or complications, but I’ve definitely been experiencing my fair share of aches and pains. At times, it feels like the day is crawling by at a snail’s pace, especially when I’m tired and having a difficult day at work. Some updates below.
1. I can no longer fit into most of my pre-pregnancy items. All those loose trapeze dresses that I had from Anthropologie that I was so confident would take through my entire pregnancy (they’re so loose! I have infinite room to grow!) are now too short in the front. I had no idea that my bump would be so big (and it’s still growing) or take up so much clothing space.
The items I bought after I got pregnant, including the Free People dress I’m wearing above (which I love, it’s my favorite item to wear), are all still good. But that’s because I specifically picked them up with stomach room in mind. I just bought a few more inexpensive dresses from Loft and Target that will hopefully take me through the rest of the way.
2. I now have to be careful when parking my car. I’m a very daring parker and absolutely loathe those selfish drivers who take up multiple spaces. I consider myself a bit of a vigilante (yup, lamest superhero ever) because I won’t hesitate to squeeze into a teeny space next to some idiot who wanted to protect their sports car by taking up two spots…especially if it’s the only one left. However, the other day I found myself trapped with my butt and stomach wedged between my car and an M5. Only a very strong desire to avoid public humiliation was able to summon the strength to propel me back into my vehicle, where I promptly drove off to a further spot, defeated. I don’t have great spatial skills and frequently bumped into walls with my shoulders when I wasn’t pregnant, so you can only imagine the difficulties I’m having now.
3. I am so….incredibly…..ITCHY! I was prepared (theoretically) for my skin stretching, for having to use moisturizer each night, but nobody told me I would be so itchy. I itchy all the time, and find myself scratching so often subconsciously that I feel as if I must look like one of those old time pirates suffering from lice. The best part of my day is changing out of my work clothes and into a huge baggy t-shirt dress that I wear at home. It’s an amazing feeling.
My saving graces? The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter (super moisturizing and I love, love the scent) and L’Occitane Extra Gentle bar soap. I hadn’t used bar soap for ages before (I’m a loofah plus body gel type of girl), but I bought the L’Occitane on the recommendation of our midwife, and it’s way more gentle on my skin. It seems to last quite a long time too.
Thanks to all of you for reading along, and also for all of your comments and emails about the pregnancy! I know that quite a few of you are expecting as well, so my best wishes to all of you!