I know some of you are probably broiling hot right now and will hate me for this, but um, it's really cold here right now. It feels like fall. It is in the mid-50s outside and we sleep with a box fan in our bedroom window to pull the cold air in so when we woke up this morning we were both downright chilly.
(Don't hate me too much, though. It'll be in the 80s again tomorrow and in the 90s the day after that.)
HOWEVER. The sudden onset of the cold weather plus all the back-to-school posts plus the appearance of a noticeable belly bump have made me realize that eek, time is moving, rather quickly!
Pregnancy is definitely one of those times that moves both fast and slowly at the same time. It feels like I've been pregnant for years, you know? And that the days before each appointment drag on interminably. Especially in the first trimester it felt like it would be forever before I hit 12 weeks. But at the same time here I am at 19 weeks, almost halfway through, and it is amazing how the weeks just keep mounting up. And I know from reading blogs of other pregnant women that everyone else's pregnancy seems to pass in the blink of an eye. But it's different when it's yours.
But the changing of the seasons makes it feel so real. I got pregnant in spring. It's summer now. I'm due in winter. Only one more season between where we are now and where we will be when the baby comes. And waking up to weather that makes me want to put on a sweater makes me realize exactly how close we are to that season.
And also, I haven't worn any maternity clothing yet. My jeans don't fit--even with the hair elastic holding the button closed, they are uncomfortably tight--and I do own a pair of maternity jeans that I bought shortly after I got pregnant on clearance at Old Navy for $7--but it's summer and it's hot so I've just been living in A-line skirts and looser-fitting dresses. My plan has always been to stick with this until fall and then get myself into some maternity clothes. Which means that I should actually think about BUYING some maternity clothes, because they aren't going to just magically show up in my closet one day. So, it's time to hit up Craigslist, Freecycle, Goodwill, consignment shops, and the Target and Old Navy clearance racks.
Oh and also for my baby shower my sister gave me an incredibly generous gift card to Motherhood Maternity/Pea in the Pod (they seem to be the same store now), so I can buy a couple of nice things new. I am torn--should I invest in some decent fall/winter basics that I wear a lot, or should I look for those used/cheap and save the gift card in case some sort of special occasion comes up for which I will need a nice maternity dress?
But in the meantime--19 weeks, maternity clothes, back to school, cold weather--and suddenly things are really starting to feel like they're happening fast. Which is kind of great. I've always loved fall and this year I have even more of a reason to love it than usual. Seriously, I'm thisclose to lighting a fire in the fireplace right now.
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