Today, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’m posting two thrifted maternity shots, to make up for the gap during the Best Of hiatus. For week 28 I paired a favorite thrifted striped shirt with some dress pants from the traveling maternity box. This time around I only took what I needed from the box and I left most of the professional items for someone else to use as my line of work is extremely casual. I did grab this pair of dressy black pants because they fit well and were comfy enough for every day, yet had I found an occasion to wear something nicer I wouldn’t be completely out of place. The only other things I helped myself to were some jeans and a pair of corduroy pants, a few tops, and a handful of sweaters. I really didn’t need that much this time since I don’t have to dress up for the library five days a week.
Horizontal stripes are maligned for their less-than-slimming nature, but I thought, I am hugely pregnant and I’m going to embrace the shit out of it. Think I’m huge already? Wait until you see me wearing an optical illusion. The shirt itself isn’t maternity but its generous length and long, shell-button lined sleeves are perfection.
I am posing solo in this edition of Thrifted Maternity Closet because both husband and daughter were too busy playing Marvel Lego Superheroes to want to come outside for photos. I love that both get so into playing the game together and Isobel is already better than I am at using a controller. It’s a great bonding activity that develops teamwork skills, hand-eye coordination, and promotes healthy social bonding. It’s also an activity they can enjoy together while Anthony’s movement is restricted during his recovery. His recovery is going by so much faster this time around and he’s already been taking her to the park and on playdates, but gaming together was a godsend when all he could really do was sit, propped up by pillows and attached to a polar cube, in the recliner.
I purchased the cowl a few years ago from a local craft fair that used to be called Handborn but has changed owners and organizers and now goes by Mod Shop. If it sounds familiar it’s because my card-slinging bestie Angela rented a booth there to sell her stationery and I volunteered as booth babe to help. I still get tons of compliments on it and wish the woman who made it was still active on etsy, but she is not. Ditto with the purse made from vintage kimono fabric.
I can’t seem to get up these days without grunting and making other terrible noises, and I’ve sometimes noticed Isobel imitating my grunts and groans when she gets up, too. Being flat on my back renders me in an awkward beetle-like position that makes it very difficult for me to get up. I keep all things in the house that are within arm’s reach quite organized but stuff on the floor I generally consider to be a lost cause. Isobel is very good about handing me things when I need them because at this point bending down is almost more trouble than it’s worth.
Overall, my insomnia has calmed down quite a bit and though I still wake up at least once a night because my back hurts or a I need a drink, or to use the bathroom, or to have another meal, I can usually get back to sleep right away. My insomnia has recovered so well, in fact, I’m usually sleeping enough at night and still able to take a long nap during the day, a special talent, I know.