Tonight, I decided it was time to purchase a few maternity things, primarily a pair of maternity jeans (aka stretchy pants) and a few long undershirts. Since I've only gained 4 pounds so far, I haven't completely outgrown my clothes. But, the waistline in my current jeans is becoming a tad snug and I figured I might as well take the plunge.
If you are curious about why I care so much about stretchy pants...here's my story. When my sister was born and Mom was still in the hospital, I was home with Dad. He tried to get me dressed for preschool, but I kept taking my pants off. After a couple of spankings and lots of reasoning attempts, I finally gave up and wore the clothes he had selected...though I was NOT happy (mind you, I wasn't even 3 years old yet)! I went to the nursery for the day, then he picked me up to take me to the hospital with him. When I got there, I told Mom that Dad was mean to me and made me wear "baby pants" to the nursery. In my mind, any pants with elastic bands were for babies...which I did not consider myself any longer! Dad felt bad and asked my Aunt Kay to make me some "real" jeans without elastic. She did...and I wore them proudly. Since then, now almost 33 years later, I have NEVER worn stretchy pants (other than for the 2 months I worked at the hospital as a CNA and had no choice)! I HATE elastic bands and prefer to tuck in my shirts. Needless to say, this is all about to change with today being the first step!
Luckily, I don't actually NEED to wear the pants yet...but I know the time is coming. Until then, they will grace my closet and be "in waiting" for the moment when I have absolutely no other options! Unfortunately (but for the best reason in the world), I think the moment is coming sooner rather than later!
Our next visit to Nashville is September 17. I'm hoping we find out the sexes of the babies, but know that it may or may not be possible. I also finish all exogenous hormones on September 14, which is AMAZING if you consider how much of the past 2 years that I have needed them! So now, we wait...