Ahhh… there’s nothing like being 8 months pregnant and trying to find the “perfect” outfit to wear to a function.
In my most recent case, last Thursday night at my Nana’s 88th birthday party.
I actually got time that afternoon to shower… dry and straighten my hair… put some make-up on… and for all you Moms out there who have little ones, we ALL know what a luxury it is to take a shower in peace and not have to worry about rushing rushing rushing – I can thank my husband for taking over the “kid duty”!
When all the finishing touches were done on my hair and face… I found myself in my closet trying on about 10 pairs of maternity pants, all which fit last week, not fitting this week! I must have put on about 15 tops… some showed too much belly – and were really meant for the 2nd trimester!… but nonetheless, I kept moving on, knowing the “perfect” outfit had to be among this sea of clothes!
And then my Ah-ha! moment!
Black leggings… a long black sweater dress… a striped blouse… and Ugg’s… I must say, I felt good… and I “thought” I looked pretty damn good – after all, I AM about 30 pounds heavier than I was at this time last year!
And… for the record, I DID get the husband approval and my 2 1/2 year old son even told me I looked “pretty” (which just about smudged my eye make-up as the tears of joy came and “what a big boy he is now” came floating across my mind!).
And so… as I made my way around the party… laughing and chatting and eating and playing with the kids and having a great time… I came across my Nana (the birthday girl!) talking with my father. Now… my Nana is KNOWN for not filtering anything that she says – let me definitely add that in NOW!… But, my father looks over at me and says to my Nana, “Can you believe this girl? Look at her belly, it’s getting to be that time!”
To which my Nana responded, “Put that belly away. I hate how you girls dress nowadays. You look stupid in all these tight fitted clothes showing off your belly.”
Ok… awkward moment… maybe 10 seconds of silence in waiting for the “I’m just kidding… you look great…”
So I replied, “Well Nana… I like my outfit. This is what feels good and comfortable. And to be honest with you, when you were pregnant, everyone wore clothes that made them look 50 pounds heavier than they really were!”
And she replied back, “Not me… I wore nice fitted suits that made me look pregnant. Not sexy!”
(Yes… I’m sure she was on the cutting edge of fashion 60 years ago… and Liz Lange is just catching on now!)
But… my point in all of this is… WHY DO PEOPLE FEEL THEY CAN COMMENT ON WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE AND WHAT YOU WEAR WHILE YOU’RE PREGNANT!?
I want to wear clothes that make me feel good… look good… even sexy! I spend time caring about what I look like… and like to spend money on things that I know I will get good use out of!
I guess a funny side note would be… I loved my outfit so much, I wore it again to 2 more functions that we had this past weekend! 🙂
(My mom and Jane told me I looked wonderful that night! Thanks girls!)