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My Wardrobe Staples

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

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Work Pants
For “professional” days I found 2 pairs of black acetate pants at H&M. The fact that their clothes don’t last forever is a plus (who wants to wear discount maternity stuff more than once?) and I found Europeans to be smarter about adjustable waists than their US counterparts.

Jeans
I managed to avoid spending $150 on decent-fitting jeans (semi-panel) by striking $30 gold at Mimi Maternity. The store has all the appeal of a Dress Barn, so go in with some time and willingness to slog through the chaff and you’ll probably be rewarded. I haven’t bought anything from them online—I’m frankly a bit confused about the whole Maternity Mall brand strategy. I did make a convenience purchase for full-panel jeans at the Gap ($80) in my 3rd trimester once the half-panel no longer covered my bellyfruit.

Khakis
Babystyle had some really nice-fitting khaki pants with a front panel that I wore in trimesters 1-2. They usually have a lot of sale items at good prices, but definitely check their return policy per item when you order—often they are final sale, which poses some risk when ordering from afar.

Black Skirt
In my 1st trimester, I bought a long, knit tube skirt from Eileen Fisher that had the stretch to carry me through 7 mos. I’m going to be eyeing them for postpartum duds when the times comes.

Tops
I had the most luck with Babystyle’s outlet and H&M. Torso length became very important by 20 weeks—the Gap did me right as well when I opted to pay full retail.

T-Shirts/Polo Shirts
I found Target’s to be the best. Better fitting lengthwise and slightly cheaper than Old Navy.

Jean Jacket
Target again.

Sundress
Lilly Pulitzer’s shifts always made me look pregnant anyway—in my 3rd trimester the conceit is paying off.

Yoga Togs
Target makes really comfy black yoga pants. I bought 1 exercise top that I haven’t worn yet—the built-in shelf bra and short torso haven’t looked comfortable enough to try. I highly recommend American Apparel for yoga tops (really long, easily layered), pants and undies. I saw a prototype for a tube dress there that I’m hoping I can squeeze into post-binx.

…the Bites, the Bites, they’re callin’

Sunday, April 3rd, 2005

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Morning routine includes struggling to get out of bed (Snoogle! so comfy!), and feeling Binx get increasingly restless - and hungry. The only solution is lurching out and downing a big bowl of cereal. Elizabeth is wheat- and lactose-intolerant, so the bowl is a combo of granola, Amaranth Flakes and Oaty-Bites, awash in Lactaid.

Then Binx settles down, after a victory dance or two, into his dreams.

It is fascinating that, two months out, Binx has patterns and personality. Of course, we’re somewhat romanticizing, but it’s true to us.

Bradley Kickoff

Saturday, April 2nd, 2005

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At 31 weeks, Todd and I started taking natural childbirth classes called the Bradley Method, whose goals include preparation for drug-free deliveries, pain (fear) management, support by a labor coach (usually referred to as “the husband” in their awkwardly provincial literature) and excellent nutrition. The book we’re reading for the class is Active Birth, which is a nice companion to Ina May’s Guide and chock full of old pictures of laboring hippies “going natural.”

At the end of my 2nd trimester I had a small freakout about having defaulted (without alternative research) to a hospital birth for Binx. In my small depression I daydreamed about delivering in a birthing cabin in Tennessee, and cursed the loss of control I expected to have at the hands of medical practitioners in scrubs who would tie me down on my back and blithely plan my c-section. After some anxious conversations with my midwife, I’m feeling more assured that we’ll be able to opt for the birthing scenario we want depite the hospital setting, and if there are future Binxii maybe we can make the trip to Summertown.

So far, the Bradley class has been a little bit of a retread of my previous readings on natural birth. What I’m finding most useful are the contextual discussions of different labor signs and stages and the methods of relaxation Todd and I can try to employ when B-day comes. I think non-pregnant partners will get a lot out of a forum where their delivery participation is emphasized.

Suggested Reading

Saturday, April 2nd, 2005

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Here are our suggestions for good reads throughout the pregnancy process.

Prenatal
Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health

0-6 Weeks Pregnant
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

2nd-3rd Trimester
Active Birth
Baby Bargains
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer
The Happiest Baby on the Block
The Irreducible Needs of Children
Touchpoints: Birth to 3