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At the beginning of week 11, I had to upsize my jeans by one size. My lower belly has always had a pooch, but the pooch is definitely expanding now. It feels bigger, and looks a little bigger. But no maternity wear just yet. I did pick up my first piece of maternity clothing, though. I found a cute, short-sleeved striped top at Goodwill for $7 that will be perfect once the weather warms up some, and the timing should coincide nicely with my belly popping.
A newfound hobby I am enjoying is scouring baby consignment shops and thrift stores for gently used baby clothes. On a recent trip to visit my friend Rebecca in Santa Barbara, she took me to a couple of places and I was able to pick up an adorable pajama bodysuit and a really nice newborn-sized sweater for just $4 each, and some brand new baby wash cloths for 25 cents a piece. I don’t normally have the patience to go through thrift stores for stuff for myself, but looking for nice baby clothes is fun, and getting them at bargain prices is even more fun. I also like the idea of recycling as much as I can as opposed to spending more money for new stuff that the baby will grow out of quickly.
Although I feel it’s a bit early, and I also have quite a bit of baby stuff stashed in storage (hoarded from years of editing baby gear stories), I have started a registry at the urging of my longtime friend Rachael. Even though there’s still several months to go, she’s anxious to start shopping. The registry isn’t quite finished yet, but I’ve already chosen the crib, bedding, highchair and glider rocker/ottoman, plus essentials like bodysuits.
Next up: A blood test and ultrasound for part one of the Sequential Screen, a screening test to help identify the likelihood (or not) of Down Syndrome, trisomy 18 (often lethal) and some cardiac defects. It is nerve-wracking, and also optional, but I’ve decided to have the screening and make decisions on pursuing further diagnostic testing, like Amnio, once the screening results are in.