Week 20 Bumpdate - Halfway!

How Far Along? 20 weeks - halfway there!

Musings on the Weekly Photo: 
I finally got it together and have a pic NOT taken in the bathroom at work - win!

Sex: Lots of pink and bows going on over here - can't wait to meet our sweet baby GIRL.

Weight Gain: Up 11 pounds total.

Maternity Clothes: Still loving my maternity jeans and my maxi skirts (not maternity) - anything with an elastic waist is a friend of mine. No maternity tops yet, except for my beloved Liz Lange tanks from Target. Weekend outfits are much more flexible, but I'm getting a little tired of rotating the same handful of clothes for work every day. Fall (and leggings and tunics and ponchos) can't get here soon enough!

Baby's the size of... : A banana and a paper airplane (Brian liked that one). I feel like a banana is a big jump from a mango, but good to know the little one is movin' on up in there.

Nursery: September kicks off our plans for the nursery. We've met with a few contractors on the closet updates and are going to PBK either Sunday or Monday to order our crib and check out the rockers. I have a rug picked out, we just need to measure the room and pick a size, and Brian is ALL ABOUT painting the room. I woke up around 12:30 on Saturday night/Sunday morning and he was watching YouTube videos on how to paint correctly. We've painted a handful of rooms in our house but apparently this one needs to be perfect, which is adorable. I'm picking up paint samples during lunch today and am loving the look (online) of "Grey Owl" by Benjamin Moore.
Movement: Definitely feeling little "swooshes" this week and it's been the best feeling. I was thinking I felt movement a few weeks ago but whatever that was is definitely different from this feeling. No jabs or kicks yet, but when I get really still at my desk during the day or when I lay down in the evenings, I can feel her. Not gonna lie - I feel more of a "Oh hey, little one! Glad to know we're still good in there!" over the super sappy "That's my baby moving!" but whatever gives me peace of mind, right?

Symptoms: This has honestly been a pretty good week. An occasional cramp/ache here and there. My lower back has been a little sore, but I think it's just tossing and turning, trying to get comfortable at night, and sitting at my desk for too long during the day, so I'm making it a point to get up and move every hour or so. We were busy busy on Saturday morning and when I finally sat down I noticed that my feet were a little swollen but I elevated for a bit and we were good. Lots of tears, all of the time.

Brian: Is getting really excited to do all of the "dad duties" in the next few weeks. The painting research is pretty darn cute, and he's been all about cooking dinner the last few nights so I can relax.

Sleep: I'm waking up for bathroom breaks during the night a couple of times and it's getting harder to fall back to sleep afterwards. And even after a good night's sleep, I still feel tired when I wake up, so the struggle is real here.

Workouts: Major slacker - two long walks with Molly, and that's it. I'm looking into pregnancy fitness classes in my area because I feel so much better when I'm doing SOMETHING, and it seems like it would be nice to do it with a group of women who are also feeling your aches and pains. I love my walks and the weather is supposed to cool down starting tomorrow, so I'd love to get back on that routine as well. And let's be honest, if I keep indulging my cravings like I have been, this body's gotta move to some extent.

Cravings: Cinnamon toast. Lemonade. BLTs. Sweet potato fries with sriracha mayo. Cream cheese and pepper jelly on crackers. Chick-fil-a anything. Orange juice. Cravings that I had and satisfied? Macaroni and cheese, biscuits and gravy - amen.

Aversions: The smell of marinara sauce, eggs.

New Symptoms: The achey/heavy feeling in my lower abdomen is new and weird, and since I'm starting to show more my stomach feels... heavier? I noticed that for the first time this morning. And getting out of breath easier - not helping with the "gained two pounds" and "no exercise" trend. And when I cough/sneeze, I feel quick little stabby pains in my lower stomach area, so that's fun. This one is new - I'm always emotional in general and have been hyper-emotional this pregnancy. But in the last week or so, I find myself randomly missing Brian and Molly during the day (even though I saw them that morning and will see them after work). It's that weird homesick feeling in your stomach, and it almost brings me to tears (things like thinking of Molly being home alone by herself all day). Crazy, right? Yes.

Annoyances: Traffic. People who can't drive. The guy who cut me off in the grocery store line on Sunday with a basket more full than mine was. Being hot. Anything that fits too snug. A messy house.

What I Miss: Always missing a glass of wine, but I think the craving might be getting a bit better to handle? Let's just wait for this to be replaced with all of the fall beers though, and we'll be back on the right track. Also miss not getting out of breath as easy - that's quite the tricky mental game you play, pregnancy!

Best Moment This Week: I feel like it's just been a really good week. We made a couple of trips to Buy Buy Baby to try and narrow down our stroller/car seat choices. Feeling baby girl move has been fantastic, and seeing how excited Brian is for when he'll be able to feel her moving around is the sweetest. I started calling around to childcare options and making appointments for tours, so that feels like a check off of my (seemingly endless) list, thank goodness. And we completed our baby registries! It was a nice way to wrap up the first half of this pregnancy, though I feel like the second half is going to fly by!

Looking Forward To: We have friends and their little one coming to stay with us Friday and Saturday while they're in town for a wedding, so that'll be fun. Our PBK visit this weekend to order the furniture (and there's a Chick-fil-a in the same mall, so that's a win!) and Brian starting to work on painting the nursery. Things are starting to come together - very exciting.

Five on Friday!

Happy Friday, friends! 

{one} Pregnancy Brain 
My newest "pregnancy is so fun and surprising" discovery this week? That "pregnancy brain" is REAL. So far this week, I've driven to the train to pick up Brian... on the day that he drove his own car to work; left the house for work in my rubber flip flops instead of work-appropriate shoes (and didn't notice until I got to my desk - thank goodness for my backup drawer!); was rinsing the conditioner out of my hair in the shower... as I realized that I never shampooed it first. 

{two} Baby Registry 
We're basically done with our baby registry, save for one last trip to Buy Buy Baby tomorrow morning to do a walk-around the store and see if we're missing anything big, and to make the final decision on our carseat and stroller. Right now, we're between the Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30 + UPPAbaby Cruz or Baby Jogger City Select, or the Britax B-35 Elite + Baby Jogger City Select. We've "test driven" them multiple times and have read tons of reviews, but we're the first in our group of friends to have a baby, so we don't really have anyone with firsthand experience. Any insight on these options, ladies? 

The registry as a whole STRESSED ME OUT because how in the heck do I know what my baby needs/wants/will like? And once you start researching, reading reviews, and getting opinions, it jumbles everything up that much more. It's been so fun but also so overwhelming!

{three} FALL
I don't know if it's this pregnancy making my already low tolerance of the heat THAT much worse, or just my love of fall in general, but I am SO OVER SUMMER and ready for the cool, crisp weather that fall brings! Not to forget, all of the pumpkin candles, sweaters + leggings, and two of my three favorite holidays! 

{four} Stranger Things
Brian and I have officially jumped on the "Stranger Things" bandwagon... and haven't looked back. We watched four episodes in two days, and are planning to finish Season 1 tonight! I'm so not a sci-fi fan, but it's not TOO sci-fi. It's a good storyline and cast, and while there are a few science-y elements, there hasn't been anything that's made me roll my eyes too hard... yet. It reminds me of The Goonies in a way, although that's a movie that I'll watch any time I come across it on TV, so that may not be saying much. Long story short, if you're looking for a new entertaining show to watch, give this a shot!

{five} Busy Busy!
Tonight and tomorrow are going to be a continuation of all things busy in our world. Brian's grandmother is celebrating her 90th birthday this weekend, so lots of family is coming in from out of town for her party. We're all having a casual dinner tonight, then (as I mentioned) Brian and I are heading home to bingewatch Stranger Things. Tomorrow morning, we have our last few registry errands to run, and I'm making time for a much-needed mani/pedi, too. The birthday girl's party is later in the afternoon, so that will go into the evening (always fun to see everyone). And Sunday brings the highly anticipated day of painting color samples in the nursery! 
I'm planning on that being our semi-relaxing day, and am totally making Stephanie's biscuits for breakfast, and something in the crockpot for supper. Temps will be in the 70s, so I'll light my new Sea Salt Pumpkin candle (heavenly!) and pretend that it's already September.

Last but not least, Happy Birthday to our DeeDee,
and Happy National Dog Day to my Molly girl!

Week 19 Bumpdate

Call me slacker mom-to-be but I missed the 18 week update - whoops! Life has been busy with my parents in town, and after being off of work for a week, I just didn't find the time to blog. So, we're back with 19 weeks - time is flying, y'all!

How Far Along? 19 weeks, 3 days

Musings on the Weekly Photo: 

It took me a minute to realize that my shirt was not playing games, and that is, in fact, a bump.

Sex: If you follow me on Instagram then you might already know, but for those of you that don't... 


We are so over the moon excited to have a sweet baby girl on the way. Full disclosure, I was totally convinced that this little one was a boy. Convinced to the point that when we opened the envelope results from our genetic testing and the "It's a Girl!" option was circled, I wasn't sure how to react. But by the time we sat down to dinner that night, I had my girl name lists out and was dreaming of pink and bows... and I haven't slowed down since. We do have a name picked out but I'm leaning towards keeping that quiet for now. It's amazing to be able to refer to the baby as "she" instead of "it" and Brian and I have been calling her by her name all week at home, which just makes my heart so full and happy. I can't wait to meet this little girl and to see what amazing things her life has in store for her! She is already so very, very loved and adored.

Weight Gain: Up 9 pounds total.

Maternity Clothes: I made the jump to maternity jeans... and I'm not looking back. My mom snagged a skinny dark denim pair at Target and I picked up a pair at Old Navy, marked way way down. They're both full panel (all of the praise hands for the comfort that these two pairs of jeans are...) so I'm hoping that between these and leggings, I won't need to invest in too many more pairs of pants (aside from work pants). Still wearing normal tops, although flowy feels better than snug right now (I think because I haven't officially "popped" yet), and my Target tanks are still making the rounds. Loving my GapBody long sleeve tees with maxi skirts, especially now that the weather is cooling down a bit. It's fun dressing this growing bump, and I'm totally embracing it! Still can't wait to get home at the end of the day and jump into something even more comfy, though.

Baby's the size of... : This week SHE is the size of a mango! Or a hedgehog, or Gameboy - take your pick. Loving the mango, though - from frozen mango to mango salsa, I can't get enough this pregnancy!

Nursery: We have appointments lined up for a few contractors to give estimates on redoing the closet, which is VERY exciting. We're stopping by a PBK to take one final look at the crib and rocker, then are making moves with those too, and Sunday (our first free weekend day in weeks) we're finally testing paint samples. September will bring lots of changes here, and I can't wait to start to see my ideas coming into shape, especially now that we have touches of sweet pink to add.
Movement: I think that I feel her every now and then... but I'm not totally sure. Sometimes I feel what is like my stomach growling, but different, and other time little rumbles that start and stop. What the heck am I feeling for ladies?! During our 19 week ultrasound, she was moving CONSTANTLY, and the tech told me that once I can really determine her movement, that she'll be the baby who never stops. I can't WAIT for that! We definitely have a little soccer playing dancer in there though - so active!

Symptoms: Restless legs are really flaring up at night, and I've started to swell a tiny bit if I'm on my feet for too long. Tiredness is getting better, although I'm always ready for bed. 

Brian: Still amazing. I've been super emotional this week while my family was here (and when they left), he's been so comforting and supportive. We've also been working on the registry which is fun! And I can't stop smiling at the thought of him with a little girl. We were watching the women's golf events during the Olympics and he said multiple times how that will be our girl someday. Too cute.

Sleep: Still great. I'm a back sleeper and am trying to teach myself to sleep on my side as much as possible, but it doesn't seem to be interfering with my sleep! Up once a night for a bathroom break and I'm constantly hot, but aside from that, I can't complain.

Workouts: No specific workouts, but tons of walking while out and about with my parents sightseeing and playing tourist for a few days. Does a solid hour of dancing at a wedding count, too? I vote yes.

Cravings: Nothing too crazy this week. Cheddar cheese with fruit. Breakfast casserole and homemade biscuits (on the menu for Saturday morning). Wanting a Chick-fil-a sandwich like nobody's business. Frozen grapes and cold oranges. Homemade mac and cheese. 

Aversions: The smell of cigarette smoke. Chicken breast that's not cooked so much it's nearly burnt. 

New Symptoms: My stomach is crazy itchy, and the restless legs are out of control.

Annoyances: The heat was driving me nuts, but it's finally cooled down. Any clothes that are too snug. A messy house - I'm constantly going behind Brian and Molly to pick up messes and sweeping/vacuuming like crazy.

What I Miss: All together now - WINE! 

Best Moment This Week: Without a doubt, seeing our baby girl on the ultrasound and getting to follow along through the anatomy scan to hear that she's healthy as can be. It was amazing to have my parents here with us for the last week and a half too. They can drive me crazy but there's nothing like having mom and dad around, and seeing their excitement about having a granddaughter was just the best. And our gender reveal! And choosing things for the registry! It's just been a really sweet, blessed time around here, and I'm so very thankful for every minute of it.

Looking Forward To: Celebrating Brian's grandmother's 90th birthday on Saturday, and relaxing around the house on Sunday!

Texts with Jan, Vol. 1

Jan: What's the name of that fancy restaurant downtown?

Me: Well, there's kind of a few... Have we been there?

Jan: Jessica Simpson has. 

*hours later*

Jan: Cheeves! That's the restaurant.

Sidenote: Cheeves is a nice restaurant in my hometown... not a restaurant in Boston, as I immediately assumed.

Gotta love her...

Week 17 Bumpdate

How Far Along? 17 weeks, 3 days

Musings on the Weekly Photo: 

The bump comes and goes throughout the day, but it's definitely coming along. And I swear, my next picture won't be in the prison-like bathroom at my office...

Sex: Can't wait to confirm next Thursday! 

Weight Gain: Up 9 pounds total.

Maternity Clothes: I've purchased a couple more things, but am returning a lot of what I already have. The Old Navy jeans are going back - they literally fall off of me, like I could fit my toddler niece inside of my pants with me, they're so big. Most of my regular tops are still working fine, especially anything flowy, but any bottoms with buttons are being nixed one by one. Yesterday was my first "These pants fit last week and now the button and button hole are 4 inches apart!" moment, which sent me into a panic. Loving dresses and maxi skirts, but still can't wait to change immediately into pajamas at the end of the day. 

Fruit/Toy/Pastry of the Week: Pomegranate/video game controller

Nursery: September kicks off putting all of my plans into action for this sweet room!
Movement: I keep trying to convince myself that every little twinge I feel is baby, but I'm not totally convinced yet.

Symptoms: Super tired. I wore myself out over the weekend and am definitely feeling it - it's like I ran a marathon and my whole body is just... tired and achey. Swollen feet on Sunday night - THAT was attractive. We had tickets to Pearl Jam and after walking all over hell and back throughout the evening, I went to slide my feet back into my Jacks at one point, and they would barely go on - pregnancy is sexy stuff, I tell you! Stuffy nose at night. Dry skin (my coconut body butter from Trader Joe's is everything right now). Moody. On the brightside, the bump is feeling more prevalent! The left side of my stomach is more firm in the mornings then comes and goes throughout the day, and the bump is definitely there by the time I get home from work.

Brian: Being awesome. I wasn't feeling great while we were at the wedding over the weekend, and he did everything he could to make me feel better. Last night he knew how tired I was and didn't hesitate to go to the grocery store after work, help with the laundry, and help cook supper. They seem like silly little things, but he works full-time too and I know he's tired at the end of the day too, so it means a lot to have him step-up without hesitation. He's also dealing well with his hormonal pregnant wife, like yesterday morning when I whipped my pants across the bedroom in a rage and he calmly stepped over them, then greeted me with a kiss good morning when I went downstairs smiling approximately 2 minutes later (these mood swings are NO JOKE). I'm anxious by nature and he's sooo not, so just having him there to calm me down is saving my sanity. It's also been pretty fun to bounce around the baby's potential name, and guess which Olympic sport Baby King would be best at (poor thing will not be an Olympian if it's athletic genes come from Mama's side...).

Sleep: So so. When I sleep, I sleep hard. Still getting up during the night for a bathroom trip at least once, but I fall back to sleep pretty easily.

Workouts: Really just didn't happen this week. I've felt so off and tired, and we were busy. I can tell when I miss my workouts though - I feel a lot more worn down and less energetic, so I definitely need to work them back in ASAP.

Cravings: Root beer. Eggplant pizza. Fajita burritos with queso. Starbucks Turkey Bacon breakfast sandwiches. Still on a soup kick (give me anything creamy tomato!). Nachos and tacos. V8. Soft pretzels with mustard. Can't get enough ice water. Annie's fruit snacks. Baked macaroni and cheese (my parents are coming up this weekend and I'm hoping I can convince my dad to make it for his grandchild). Still on a Claussen pickle kick - the colder and crunchier, the better! Grilled cheese - still haven't had one. I seriously wish I could say I'm craving good, healthy stuff but I'm just not. I do try and get in smoothies when they sound good, and always make a vegetable with dinner, but they are just NOT appetizing.

Aversions: Thank God for prenatals because vegetables still don't really appeal to me, aside from lettuce and tomatoes but NOT in a salad (gag). Sweets - we had a lava cake dessert at the rehearsal dinner on Friday and I could barely stomach two bites of it. 

New Symptoms: The feet swelling was new and interesting, as well as my lower stomach firming up. Getting tired more easily/quickly.

Annoyances: Depends on the time of day, ha - my clothes fitting weird, crumbs on the floor, an unmade bed, the heat/humidity... you name it, it probably irks me.

What I Miss: Social drinking. Call me nuts, but after dealing with a rehearsal dinner, wedding and concert this weekend totally sober amidst lots of NON-sober people, all I wanted was a cold glass of white wine or a beer. 

Best Moment This Week: Hearing baby's strong heartbeat on Tuesday morning at my monthly appointment was about the best thing I could hope for. And being with lots of family and friends at the wedding this past weekend - everyone is so excited to meet this little one!

Looking Forward To: My parents coming to town! They fly in on Friday and are here for 12 days, and I can't wait. It's the first time I'll have seen them since I found out I was pregnant, so to say they're excited is an understatement. Also can't wait for The Big Appointment next Thursday!!

Week 16 Bumpdate

How Far Along? 16 weeks, 3 days

Musings on the Weekly Photo: Starting to bump a tiny bit!

Sex: We know! But our lips are sealed until the reveal with our parents on the 18th! 

Weight Gain: Up 7 pounds total.

Maternity Clothes: I've ordered a few pairs of shorts from Gap that were on sale, and... they're heaven. They have the side panel, so allow for just a little bit extra wiggle room. But I just want to wear them all the time they're so comfortable. I texted my SIL about them last night and she agreed-- total game changer. I also ordered two pairs of jeans from Old Navy but am a little nervous they might be TOO roomy. I went a size up in maternity and they're... definitely loose. But I think I'd rather have them to grow into end of summer/into fall versus growing out of them now and panicking that I have nothing to wear. I just can't see spending a ton of money on maternity jeans - are they really worth it? Maybe I'll change my mind once I'm wearing them all of the time.

Fruit/Toy/Pastry of the Week: Dill pickle/action figure (my nephew loved this one)

Nursery: We'll keep the nursery fairly gender neutral since the room will be the nursery for this baby and any future littles, so lots of grey and white, and accent with details for either a baby boy or baby girl!
Movement: None yet. I keep trying to convince myself I'm feeling it but am pretty sure I'll know it when it happens!

Symptoms: Super tired this week, and there's no sign of slowing down. Trying to make sure to take the time to rest if I know I'm going to be busy. Waking up more during the night to go to the bathroom and having a much harder time falling back to sleep. The girls are KILLING me this week, to the point where I can't lay on my stomach. I also kind of feel like my appetite is kicking up. If I don't eat a balanced enough meal, I'm starving an hour later. Super emotional - everything makes me cry. 

Brian: Still glad he's my baby daddy! Opening the envelope with just him to find out the baby's sex was a moment I'll never forget. His reaction was priceless and absolutely goes down as one of my top 5 favorite husband moments ever. He knows I've been tired this week and is picking up the slack for me - cooking dinner, helping with laundry, etc. It sounds small but it's huge to me! We've started really researching for registry items too, and the monitor threw him for a loop. "Why are there so many options?! I don't understand! What's the difference? What makes an $80 monitor different from the $200 monitor?!" Welcome to baby land, my friend. He's also been dealing fairly well with my flash-rage moments. I get really angry about nothing (seriously, like a straw wrapper on the floor of my car), freak out, then immediately start crying. It's insane and I know it and I think he's catching on that my freak out isn't directed at him, he's just the lucky one to receive it, unfortunately.

Sleep: Not so great. I've had a hard time falling asleep, especially with as hot as it's been. Even with the AC blasting in our room, I just can't get comfortable. And if I wake up during the night, I feel wide awake. I need like a solid 2 days to just relax and sleep!

Workouts: Two 3 mile walks, and a nightly walk with Molly.

Cravings/Aversions: Soup! Forget the fact that it's been 90+ degrees for what feels like forever. I'm craving ramen, tomato soup, broccoli and cheddar soup, chicken tortilla soup, vegetable soup... I'm also pounding water to battle all of the sodium from the aforementioned soups (whoops). Grilled cheese. Tacos. Sliced tomato with salt and pepper. Garlicky pickles. Olives. Cheese. Cherries. Spinach Feta Wrap from Starbucks. Still wanting all of the Mexican food but being picky about when I indulge. Can't get enough of my LaCroix mocktails. I had a super random craving this week for a root beer float. We bought the stuff to make them, I had half of mine, and couldn't stomach anymore. Again with the fleeting cravings!

Chick-fil-a. Lord, I need a #1 with a diet lemonade in my life so badly. There are only two CFAs in Massachusetts, and one is near the Pottery Barn Kids store. Brian has already been informed that we'll be going there ASAP.

New Symptoms: Crazy dreams! I woke myself up hysterically laughing a couple of nights ago, and I have no idea what the dream was about. Talk about terrifying... I'm just glad I didn't wake up Brian and Molly. 

Annoyances: The heat, although that's getting better. I've also been struggling to be pretend nice to people. You so know what I mean - when you're in a situation (like work) where you have to be nice and friendly and manage to do it 99% of the time. Well, the last few days have been unbearable. 

What I Miss: Still missing a big glass of ice cold wine. Turkey sandwiches. Really working out without getting tired so quickly. My favorite clothes fitting (I had a fleeting selfish moment of wonder this week - "Will my favorite riding boots still fit this fall? And will I be able to get them on and off?!").

Best Moment This Week: Finding out the sex of our baby, and that all of our genetic testing came back clear. I don't think we could have asked for a better moment than that!

Looking Forward To: The crazy week ahead! My SIL and BIL and their three kiddos got into town last night, so I'll see them after work today and took tomorrow (Thursday) off for a beach day with everyone. Friday afternoon we leave town for a wedding, Saturday is the wedding (yay!) and Sunday night we go to Pearl Jam at Fenway with the SIL/BIL. My next monthly appointment is next Tuesday, and then my parents fly in on Friday the 12th! Couldn't ask for a more exciting next couple of weeks!

Is she pregnant... or are her cheeseburgers showing?

Well y'all, it's happened. I've hit the inevitable stage in my pregnancy where onlookers may catch a glimpse of my stomach area and think "Wow, girlfriend needs to lay off the cheeseburgers!" instead of "Aww she's having a baby!"

Yep. I have the tiniest bump, which really isn't all that visible in most of the clothes I'm wearing these days (that would be lots of flowy, comfy, COOL dresses and such). So in the defense of others, I do look like I just have a really unattractive pooch. For the most part, if I do wear something more form-fitting, I've just been ordering/buying up a size, which has totally worked.

Until now.

I pulled the trigger on two dresses from Nordstrom for the wedding that we have this weekend. They both came in the mail yesterday and I was so excited to try them on. Yea, big fat fail. TO BOTH OF THEM. Color me surprised when my up-sizing trick didn't work. The boob-down area of one looked awesome... but my lovely new lady friends have reached a point where even in a non-padded bra, the dress wouldn't zip. And for the second, it looked good stomach down and shoulders up... but the aforementioned boobs looked like they were trapped and trying to escape, and the band below the boobs was snug enough where it would look flattering any other time, but it just accentuated the questionable stomach area. Not enough to look like a bump, moreso that I had a few too many bagels for breakfast.

Color me panicked because I now have 3 days to find a new dress option, which basically eliminates ordering a dress from anywhere unless I want to pay the crazy 2-day shipping option. I know how I'll be spending my lunch break the next two days - TOTALLY RELAXING, I tell you...

I'd always heard about this weird in between time where most of your normal clothes no longer fit but you're definitely not bumping enough to wear maternity clothes, but I think I kind of assumed I'd just... gloss over that. Yea... not so much. I'm here to tell you that the in-between bump issue is real, and that it's totally normal to wake up in the morning and hate the majority of the clothes in your closet. God bless the gals who somehow managed to wear their normal, regular clothes through most of their pregnancies - peace be with you, and let me know how that feels, as I size-up and pray that the maternity sizing stage gets here ASAP!