Having done a bit of a comparison over the past 5 months with baby Jack, it’s now my turn, with my nine months of having a baby belly!
It was nice for me to put all these photos together at last, and really be able to see the difference as my bump grew. It also brings back some lovely memories – and the surprises I had along the way, too! When I found out I was expecting, of course I imagined how the next 9 months (I found out almost straight away) would look. And, of course, the reality was quite different!
It was Autumn when I first discovered I was expecting Jack. As per the familiar wisdom that babies, especially first babies, take a good while before they start to show, I didn’t think I would need to start wearing different clothes until we got through the cold months, and were well into the warmer weather of Spring. I thought I would then only need the very roomy clothes for the final months, when it would be summer.
Oh, how I smile at that now!
I started to show almost straight away. By two months, I looked very obviously pregnant. As most of my clothes were fitted at the waist, I had to rethink everything I wore very quickly, as I literally had nothing that would fit!
I also wanted to keep my new state secret for a little while, and enjoy this special secret with just those closest to me, and I also became even more camera shy. I’d always thought I would want to let my bump show straight away, and was surprised at how private a time it felt to me. I think this reflects in my pause in blogging too, even though I love reading other people’s experiences about it all.
I didn’t want to rush out and spend a lot of money on a new winter wardrobe that was just for a few months, and so those long, early weeks were spent in a couple (literally, there were only two!) of very large jumpers, which I thought were doing a great job of hiding my bump, but weren’t especially fun to wear. Any thoughts of looking stylish were now on hold!
Then a couple of weeks before my third trimester was up, I went to our local deli, and as soon as the lady behind the counter saw me, she loudly congratulated me – my secret was clearly out! Those jumpers were clearly not hiding anything anymore…
It was at last time to buy a few things, and I could share our happy news. I shared it with you online too, with the first photo of this post, when I was around four months, and spring had come early to Melbourne. I remember that even though all the blossoms were out, it was still so cold!
It turned out that the kinds of things I wanted, and had just assumed I would get, like cotton smock dresses and empire maxi dresses, were suddenly impossible to find. I also really wanted to stick to things I could wear for a long time, not just when I was pregnant.
Luckily for me, lots of summery things were on sale – it’s one of the great advantages of living in the Southern hemisphere – and I found a few suitable summer dresses on Asos, just buying non-maternity styles a couple of sizes bigger than usual. For once I really appreciated that “you might also like” function as it led to a couple of great finds!
The timing meant I needed four season’s worth of clothes. I went to London for 3 weeks when I was 5 months along, going from a Melbourne spring to a British Autumn, and then to Fiji in October, going from a warm Melbourne spring to a hot and tropical climate – my new wardrobe had a LOT of work to do!
I took another piece of advice I’d often heard about having a baby belly, and didn’t go mad buying loads of things. In the end I got just a few actual maternity pieces (a skirt, a pair of leggings, two plain tops and one dress) and a three light stretchy dresses to wear with a couple of long cardigans, and wore all the possible combinations (many times over!) for those cooler months.
It was the perfect capsule wardrobe, and the perfect introduction to finally really having one!
I got back to Melbourne to find spring was giving way to summer very early, and I was glad to have those summer dresses ready to go.
They say you can’t really imagine what pregnancy will be like until it happens to you, and for me that was definitely true. I remember thinking my bump was huge at 5 months, but when I see the pictures now I clearly had a very long way to go! It was at this point everything sped up, and the difference between that second and third trimester was huge. What I imagined a full term belly would look like actually came at around 6 months – I’d underestimated just how big this baby belly would be!
The summer dresses I bought definitely got a good workout, and I just about lived in them from September onwards, as you can see here.
My biggest memory of being pregnant is of being at the beach, where we went almost every day during the summer. Being in the water felt so amazing! I really appreciated living so close to the beautiful Victorian coast, and am already looking forward to getting back there this summer, with Jack on the outside this time.
I can definitely say I am happy to have followed the advice of not getting carried away with shopping for those 9 months, as already they seem so long ago, and like they were over so quickly, although of course those last weeks did NOT feel so short at all..! I am already looking forward to buying new things with far less restrictions for this coming summer. I also think I now have a much better idea of what I’d like to wear (and do!) should there be a second time!
We took this photo just a couple of days before I gave birth, and I love seeing that bump in its final stages! I makes me almost miss having it. Almost!