Pregnancy: Week 18
I’m at that awkward stage in pregnancy where I don’t have a proper bump yet but if I try to wear normal clothes I look like I’ve been at the biscuit tin a bit too often recently! Luckily I kept my maternity clothes from last time around, and a few of my friends have passed on their old maternity jeans so I have no shortage of comfy jeans with elasticated waists! In fact I’ve been living in them since I was 11 weeks pregnant.
Maternity tops are a different story though. Little Man was born in October, so I had a bump at the complete opposite end of the year to this time around. I do have lots of nice maternity tops that I kept from last time – but they are mainly short-sleeved, light summer wear.
So I decided this week that I’d treat myself to one or two nice new maternity tops – or better still day dresses – to get me through the next few months. I decided that somewhere like Dundrum Town Centre would be ideal with its range of stores – I’d surely find something. Wrong!
What has happened in the past four years? I thought there was a baby boom on? Store after store, it was the same thing. Marks and Spencer’s don’t carry a maternity line any more. Next have relegated their entire maternity selection to a single rail hidden away at the back of the men’s department! Mamas and Papas is a small store in Dundrum that doesn’t stock their full range.
After 90 frustrating minutes with nothing to show for my efforts, I gave up. I’ve since tried the Pavilions in Swords, which is where I bought most of my maternity wear last time, only to be told in Next there that they no longer keep a range in store, but they could order anything I wanted from their catalog for me. Not exactly what I wanted – after all I could just order if online myself. So I think that’s what I’m going to do. I’ve already been looking at Asos.com but I haven’t ordered anything yet. Any suggestions for other sites to try would be very welcome! As would suggestions for a few bricks and mortar stores in Dublin that still stock maternity wear.
At least Halloween costumes come in one size fits all!
Find my complete pregnancy journal here.