Ugh! I really don't think I look this puffy in real life! At least I am really really hoping I don't. I know there have been a lot of belly pictures lately, but somehow I've gotten terribly behind in posting them. I'm actually 26 weeks at the moment and want to get all caught up here. A little bit of the exhaustion I felt in the first trimester is creeping back in, and added with all the extra craziness of the holidays, I am le tired! Is it just me, or are there fewer hours in each day come December?
I promised I'd post a bit about maternity clothes, and I have to say I'm pretty obsessed with the skinny maternity jeans I got from Old Navy- definitely a huge win. The belly panel seems a lot more comfortable than the one on my Gap jeans, and the fit is more flattering too. I've been living in them on the weekends. For work I've been rotating three pairs of maternity pants. I was wearing the BellaBand with a lot of my pre-pregnancy work pants for awhile, but about a month ago that option went out the window. I've been doing a lot of laundry, but am really trying to avoid having to buy any more pairs!
I really like these from the Gap: And these from A Pea in the Pod: Even though they're kind of scary looking at first, I found that I really prefer the full panel to the half panel or adjustable waistband pants. You can fold them over if you want to, but it's nice not to have something cutting into the middle of your belly.
For shirts, I've been able to make a lot of my pre-pregnancy stuff work, but I do really love how comfortable thesetops from the Gap are:When I bought them I got a size up and I thought they were way too big at first. That didn't last long :) The ruched sides are key in giving some sort of waist definition above the huge belly. I could live in these, and with a big necklace or a scarf I can dress them up enough for work. I picked up a few other tops and sweaters on (huge) sale at Old Navy as well.
Long tank tops (non-maternity) from J. Crew and Ann Taylor Loft work well with pre-pregnancy sweaters and cardigans too. I bought five or six of them on sale at the end of the summer. My best maternity wardrobe move so far was taking this coat in to have the buttons moved over. They're supposed to be more off to the side, but the few extra inches allow me to keep wearing this coat instead of wasting money on an official maternity one or giving in to wearing my husband's coats. That about does it for maternity clothes at this point. I'm still wearing the same old yoga pants and pajamas, although I can see why maternity versions exist. Basically I can still make them work, but stuff designed for maternity fits so much better and is SO much more comfortable.
On another note, I'm really looking forward to my first visit with the midwife practice I'm transferring to on Wednesday. I have a whole list of questions that I want to ask, mostly regarding the differences between giving birth at the hospital with a midwife provider and using the birth center (next door to the hospital). Any suggestions for questions to ask would definitely be appreciated!