Friday, June 15, 2012

Like sneaking a peek at your Christmas presents

Since almost the day we found out we were pregnant, the number one thing people ask is "how long until you find out what you're going to have?"  When we tell them we don't want to find out, they seem so deflated and some try to convince us to change our minds.  Won't happen, though.  I have always loved surprises, and to me, finding out whether we are having a boy or girl would be like sneaking a peek at my Christmas presents or birthday presents.  In my opinion, it would take a big part of the anticipation and fun out of the whole process.  So, I'll take the surprise, please!  And in the meantime, for all my friends who are worrying their sweet minds over yellow clothing, hello, there are lots of colors besides pink and blue.  How about some green, my favorite color? Or purple, or orange, or teal or any other color in the spectrum?  :)

17 weeks today!  Yahoo!  And, while I've gotten a little bit of a bump, not really enough to say "wow, you're pregnant" instead of "hmm, you're kind of fat."  I know every pregnancy is different, but I would like that nice reassuring round belly.  It's hard to believe still that there is a baby in there!  I was standing in the bathroom looking at my belly in the mirror the other night and complaining to my husband that I was worried there must be something wrong because how could a baby be in that small belly?  And, he had to remind me the baby is only the size of an avocado.  Good point!  I mean, I had a grapefruit sized fybroid hanging off my uterus back in 2007 and had no clue.  So, an avocado is a piece of cake!

I ventured into maternity clothing over the last couple of weeks.  My husband surprised me with a cute maxi dress from mother.hood.  Very sweet of him, but that dress is ginormous on me.  I have worn it, but I feel like I am swimming in it.  I think it will work well for third trimester, but I'll need a sweater over it then!  :)

I also ordered a couple of stretchy t-shirts from g.a.p maternity and a denim skirt, khaki capris, and a sun dress from o.l.d. n.a.v.y maternity. Everything fits pretty good and is cute except for the denim skirt, which was a size 2 and was huge on me.  So, I called up customer service to exchange for a 1, and the woman on the line was all, "Oh my gosh.  You're tiny!  I've never worn anything that size in my life."  I had no idea what to say, so I just chuckled.  I mean, sizing is totally irrelevant nowadays.  I am convinced they keep putting smaller size tags on bigger clothes.  This size 2 skirt was more like what I think an 8 probably is.  And, I am willing to bet that a piece of clothing from 1950 marked as a size 6 would be today's typical 2.  

Anyway, I digress.  17 weeks and just a couple more weeks before we get to see our baby via ultrasound again.  I can't wait!  Time goes by so slow between those doctor visits.  This next ultrasound will be the big one where people usually find out the sex of their baby.  I think they also do a lot of measuring everything to make sure everything is ok.  I pray that all is well!  Every day I pray for a healthy, beautiful, and Holy child.  A little saint!

Oh, one last thing.  I was at the eye doctor yesterday because lately, I have been squinting to see the road signs when I'm driving.  My RX hasn't changed in probably 8 years, so I figured, well, I'm getting older.  Come to find out, it is common for pregnant women's RX to change.  Mine went up .25 on each eye.  But, the good news is that he said it will likely go back to normal after I'm finished breastfeeding, and that the change in RX is hormone related.  Isn't that weird?!  He also said it can fluctuate, so if I find that things start getting blurry again, just come back, and he will give me sample lenses so I don't have to keep buying loads of new contacts that end up not being useful to me.  

Oh, wait, one other thing.  The eye doctor and his wife are also pregnant after about 4.5 years of trying (but they did IVF).  We got to chatting all about pregnancy stuff, and he told me about this store near where we live that is like a TJ m.a.xx for baby stuff.  So, I am going to by there and check it out today.  He said they get new stuff in all the time. Fun! Fun!  Can't wait!  We haven't bought anything for the baby yet.  If I can get a good deal on some stuff, well, then, right on!  


  1. I'll be 28 weeks tomorrow and I can't get over how people keep trying to encourage us to find out what we're having. We don't want to. The worst bout was a gentleman friend of ours trying to convince us because he said it would make it harder for everyone to buy for us. He just wouldn't get the point that this pregnancy wasn't about other people, but about our family unit growing. So awkward! Good luck on your big ultrasound! We made it a point to tell both the tech and doctor we had to see up front that we didn't want to know so that it didn't accidentally slip.

    A note about the generational size differences you mentioned above. I'm a historical reenactor and wear a lot of 1940's (and some 1950's) clothes either actual vintage or made off a vintage pattern. Sizes today are nothing like back in the day. I normally wear between an 8-12 in today's sizes. That equates to between a 16-20 based on your body's measurements back in the 40s or 50s. So, when they say Marilyn Monroe was a size 12, that means she was probably closer to a today's size 4-6, I would guess. But, since I don't know her body measurments, I can't tell for sure. Totally random and off topic, but you were mentioning it above so I thought maybe you might find it interesting.

  2. I felt the same way about not finding out! I'm so glad we didn't. That moment when my doctor said, "It's a girl!" was absolutely wonderful and more than worth the wait. And for what it's worth, we painted the nursery green. :)

  3. I'm going to ignore all of this talk about sizes, because if a size 12 today = a size 20 in the 50s, I'm glad I live today :)...but maybe that whole Clydesdale thing is right?

    Anyway...prayers that all goes well with your u/s - and I agree, like sneaking a peak at your Christmas presents!

  4. I've never worn a size 2 or a size 6! No matter what they were at one point. But I agree that the sizes are probably changing some.

    Not many people wait to find out the gender, but I think it's fun that you're waiting. I used to hate it when people found out and ruined the surprise, but now I'm used to it. I still like seeing some people wait, though.

  5. You are SOOO patient about waiting to find out if it's a boy or girl! I couldn't wait. :-)
    Plus, I SO, TOTALLY know about clothing sizes. Can't everyone just pick a standard size chart? I *know* I'm not a "size 2" but a size 14 instead (hello, Mau.rices!) :-)