When it comes to big events – whether it is a wedding, vacation or a reunion with friends – I would typically begin my ‘window shopping’ a couple months in advance to get an idea of what I’m leaning towards. From there, I would narrow down my search by color, style, pattern, etc. and allow plenty time for shipping (I’m a huge online shopper) as well as time to replace anything if for whatever reason something just doesn’t work.
This plan of action has worked sooo well for me literally forever, but this time around, I couldn’t follow this same process and I was so lost on what I would wear for an upcoming wedding.
Being pregnant is awesome, but it also means I need to learn what works for my body all over again. I also don’t have the benefit of shopping too early for an event anymore because predicting how big I will be is really hard. I seriously thought I would be so much bigger at this point. I’ve seen so many women wearing tight bandage dresses and looking amazing with their bump, but my bump hasn’t really been growing the way I expected it to. That is literally a whole separate discussion, but to stay on topic, I’m 5 months into my pregnancy and still in an ‘awkward’ bump stage – it’s like ehhhhh is she pregnant orrrr maybe she just needs to hit the gym orrrr maybe she just needs to not wear that outfit? Lol!
Anyways, I tried on several dresses I already have but haven’t worn. Many I didn’t feel comfortable with how my tummy/ bump looked and if I did feel comfortable with it, I wasn’t comfortable with how my boobs looked. Although they aren’t huge, they are certainly bigger than what they were and so all my low cut or side cut dresses fit muchhhh differently. Don’t get me wrong, I love that part of this journey 🙂 , but not so much for a wedding event! Y’all, it was one heck of a frustrating try on session. Two nights before our trip I decided to run to the mall and check out a few stores which I’m so happy I did. There wasn’t a huge selection, which is why I prefer online shopping, but there were some good options. After sharing pics with my sisters and my husband and going through major back forth in my head I finally accepted the fact that my bump is my bump and I just need to embrace it regardless of what people I don’t know think of my look. What’s important is baby is healthy and my body is where it needs to be to ensure that. I felt much better about wearing a dress and looking back at pics, I’m so happy this is the dress I went with!