Black Jeans and 31 Weeks

black + black + denim

black + black + denim

black + black + denim

black + black + denim

black + black + denim

black + black + denim

black + black + denim

I have now reached that point in my pregnancy where I just feel huge.

This isn’t helped by the lady in the checkout line who, a few weeks ago, said, “You look like you’re about ready to pop!”

Or the person who sympathetically told me, “That last week is the worst – good luck.” (At that point I was 27 weeks along).

And the items in my closet that still fit me are shrinking by the day.

I’ve always been super hesitant to buy anything during the third trimester because it feels like a waste to buy something you’ll only be able to wear for 12 weeks or so, but when there was a Black Friday sale, I bought these jeans (which, even with the sale and a gift card I’d been hoarding, still seemed ridiculously expensive).

And the moment they came and I tried them on, the price tag seemed totally reasonable for something that made me feel like an actual human being again. I’ve worn them ALL the time since then and they were worth every penny, since they’re by far my favorite pair of pants in my closet and look good with the five shirts that still fit me.

I’m also wearing these shoes, which I came thiiiiis close to returning, on constant rotation. You know those magical shoes that match with everything? These are those shoes. I even wore them to church this week, and I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve worn flats to church in the past decade.

I took everything out of my closet that doesn’t fit me while I’m pregnant and packed it away in the basement because it was so depressing to see it all when I got dressed, and I’m anxiously awaiaitng the moment when I can bring them all back up for the regular rotation.

I’m trying not to think about how long nine (and, frankly, based on my past pregnancies, more like ten) weeks still is.

(I’m also trying not to remember how, every time when I get my pre-pregnancy clothing out with great excitement, I rediscover that my wardrobe is actually pretty boring and that it’s not way more fun to get dressed than it was when I was pregnant).

black + black + denim

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  • Reply Kristy D December 20, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    I ordered those flats after I saw your post about them on Instagram and I'm excited to try them out! And you make pregnant look adorable!!

  • Reply Paige Flamm December 21, 2016 at 3:58 am

    Those jeans are so flattering! I splurged on one maternity pair my last pregnancy, and it was the best decision ever, though at the time, I thought I was insane!

  • Reply Lauren December 21, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Well you look great, so there's that. 🙂 I'm 24 weeks in WA and finally broke down and asked for maternity sweaters for Christmas because I severely overestimated how long my non-maternity sweaters are. I'm 5'9"- I should have known! I also bought all-new maternity pants since I had to start wearing them so early (low, low baby). I splurged (on sale with a coupon splurged) on a J Crew pair and got 3 others from ThredUp and H&M. Life is too short to feel bad about your butt in ill-fitting pants.

  • Reply Jenn December 25, 2016 at 3:47 am

    You look so great! OK, I love those flats, but tell me – how comfortable are they? I hate when flats pinch my toes or ruby ankle. I love the straps and I really want them if they are comfy!

    • Reply Janssen December 25, 2016 at 3:52 am

      I feel like I have a little bit of weird feet – I remember a pair of Payless shoes that I bought years ago that EVERYONE was raving about how comfortable they were and same with an Old Navy pair about two years ago, and for me, they were not very comfortable – certainly not something I could wear for hours and hours. So I'm not sure I'm the best benchmark.

      That said, after the first wear, I've had zero problems with these shoes. The first time, they felt a little stiff around the toes, but I've never had trouble with them rubbing my ankles (which is one of the biggest problems for me with most shoes), and since then I can wear them all day without trouble and many days in a row. I'm kind of afraid I'm going to wear them out too quickly because I'm wearing them almost every day right now!

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