Sunday, March 25, 2007

Shopping Sprees

I have done a Lot of shopping in the last few days. I tried to put it all in perspective for JP by explaining how much he would have to buy if suddenly nothing in his wardrobe fit. He was pretty sure he wouldn't need much, and he didn't think that explained why I bought 3 new pairs of shoes, but he trusts in my fiscal responsibility and doesn't really care when I come home with an unusually large number of shopping bags. And I have found some great stuff! I got a really cute khaki colored suit, several "work shirts", a pair of jean capris, a pair of khaki pants, a jean skirt, a couple cute casual tops, and two dresses. I had great success at Gap Maternity- I'm so glad I live by Michigan Avenue where I can shop in the store rather than online. The big Marshall Field's on State Street (I refuse to call it Macy's) also has a large Mimi and Motherhood Maternity section- Mimi was having a great sale and I found some shirts that didn't look "cheap" at Motherhood (but were cheap). I'm quite pleased with my purchases- I feel much more cute and much less squishy/lumpy. I shudder to look at my online credit card statement, but I know that I never have time to shop during the quarter. JP and I start the long drive down to Texas immediately after my last final, so there isn't time for me to buy anything before work begins. It's hard to believe I'll be in Austin two months from today! I have enough items to get me started and then I can pick up a few more in Texas.

In an additional effort to take charge of my increasingly unfamiliar body, I've been going to the gym. I walk on the treadmill with a steep incline and do some arm and leg weights. It feels really good to be doing something proactive- since I can't control my middle, I've decided to make sure my legs and arms look good for summer!

In other baby news, I still haven't felt the little guy kick. I don't know if I'm particularly not in tune with my body or if he's just really lazy, but I haven't been able to detect any movement. Everything looked great in the ultrasound last week, so I'm not worried about it- I just really want to feel his presence. I need constant proof of things, and those ultrasound pictures are only going to hold me over for so long.


  1. Trust me, there will be more shopping expeditions. You will get seriously sick of wearing the same five outfit variations! :)

    My poor husband has seen five or six new pairs of shoes appear this trimester, but he's a sport. He has computers, I have clothes.

    You may be feeling him move, but not know it yet; that was how it was for me. The honest to god kicks are distinctive, though, and there's no mistaking them.

  2. First, congratulations on "we're having a boy." That's neat!

    Maternity wear is so much cuter these days! Long gone are those Little House on the Prarie dresses!

    For me, the first quickening felt like a butterfly moving near my ribcage, very light rubbing almost. That was with the 1st pregnancy with the twins so the movement was quite high.

    I'm embarrassed to say that I don't recall feeling the quickening with pregnancy #2. Shame on me.

    You're so close, it's so exciting!

  3. All those maternity clothes are totally worth it. I bought the bare minimum I needed to get by, and waited as long as I possibly could before my old clothes really stopped fitting, and I would have been much happier if I had just bitten the bullet and gone shopping! I definitely had the squishy lump thing going on for far too long. On the arm weights, also a very good idea -- not just to tone up for summer, but because carrying around a newborn all day gets heavy if you're a weakling like me! I did lift some light weights, but I wish I had built up my arm strength a little more before and during pregnancy.

  4. P.S. - having just gone through it, I'm having fun following along with your pregnancy from a safe distance!

  5. My hubby is a bit of a scrooge. But damnit, I'm not having any of that weird lump action. Good for you for shopping!