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I am naked around the house as much as possible, but that is becoming limited these days as our daughter is getting older and our conservative upbringing and ideas of modesty are causing me to be clothed more around her. The cover up was causing me to go a little crazy though, I needed to be naked somewhere. I was doing stupid things, going naked in places that if I was caught I could get in trouble. All that said, the wife and kids were out of town this weekend, so I took the opportunity to go to a clothing optional resort nearby and try it out for a little while.
I had two main concerns going in, one of which had been eased by reading other posts on this forum. I was afraid of getting an erection. I was afraid that the anxiousness associated with my first experience being nude publicly would cause this to occur and I would be self concious about perceived size. A quick check of the situation about five minutes before I arrived confirmed that fear. I was anxious and so were the boys.
However, after a quick tour with the owner and checking in for the day I was feeling pretty relaxed. Less worried about a first experience and more pleased with the opportunity to do something that I knew I wanted to do. Without nervousness or hesitation I parked the car and used it as my locker. With people walking around both clothed and nude and stripped off right there and headed for the pool. And I am happy to report the boys were hanging loose, so fear number two turned out to be a non factor.
As for the visit itself, it was so so. I went alone, and while the people were friendly and said hello, most kept to themselves. There were probably 30 to 40 people around the pool and that was it. No one was in the lodge or hot tub, so the pool and lounge deck where the only choices for socializing.
All in all is was a good experience. Like most who post about their first time, my nervousness was gone very quickly. Now I just need to convince my wife that it is a good idea for her to try it. Duecer, teenage boys get spontaneous erections very often and anywhere they happen to be. The next time he gets an erection in your presence, be casual about it. If someone does notice, he should stay cool as if nothing is going on. And as one poster already suggested, make sure your daughter does not make fun of him if when she sees him with an erection.
Thirteen year old boys can be very sensitive about those comments. She will almost surely spot your son with an erection one day at the resort.
If your wife knows how likely and normal erections are for a young teenage boy, she can take it in stride when it does occur and not make your son feel bad about an uncontrollable body function. Nudity Shame voyeur nudity. Centuries of oppressive thought have convinced many people that the body is a shameful, worthless object that should be hidden. The human body is one of the most elegant, masterful and valuable things on earth.
There are few things in existence which compare to it on an artistic, technical, or philosophical level. Celebrate the human body! Remember that you will be around many other people who will also be nude. You may be momentarily embarrassed at first — this is normal — but as you spend more time nude, you will realize that if everyone is nude, no one has cause for nudity-related embarrassment.
Besides, what is there to be embarrassed about? They are there, too, for the same reasons as you. Human sexual behavior involving achievement of sexual arousal through viewing the sexual activities of others or through watching others disrobe. To some extent voyeurism is widespread; various types of sexual display are a normal part of sexual attraction and mating behavior in most animals, including humans, but voyeurism is considered a deviant behavior when observation ceases to be merely one factor in sexual attraction and becomes the sole or primary source of gratification.
The risk of being caught is an additional element in the excitement of the voyeur. The following was written by a young member of the Federation of Canadian Naturists. It is used with their permission. You probably know people who have vacationed at nude beaches, who skinny-dip in their backyard pool or who lounge around the house nude. Besides improved self-esteem, the sun relieves stress, provides you with Vitamin D, a tan with SPF 4 protection and helps clear acne. Here are the 5 steps to a more naked you:.
Get to know your body. The feature, of course, is about body acceptance. But this time the way to overcome the problem is stated very clearly. Earlier in the week a cookout at our house had turned into an impromptu nude swim session in our pool. I made friends with a girl in high school that year named Veronica, and I later came to find out that she and her mother were both nudists.
Veronica of course stripped down naked and dove in, but I was a bit more apprehensive. After getting out of the water, I heard Veronica giggle and she said to me that I looked good naked. I decided to stay nude for the rest of the day, had dinner with them naked, and that experience ultimately opened my eyes to what a wonderful lifestyle nudism is. I saw her walking round the house in her undies and also a couple of times going into her room with nothing on after shed had a shower.
One day I was in my room and Jess knocked on the door. She came in to the room and she was naked! I wanted to know why she liked it so much though, and she said it was just feeling free and being comfortable, which I said was cool, and she said I should try it sometime. Anyway, pretty soon I got used to Jess being nude at home. At first she used to get dressed whenever people came round but after a bit she stopped doing that.
That meant that my friends when they came round sometimes saw her naked. At first I was a little bit embarrassed that they had seen her like that but that soon stopped. We used to talk a lot about going nude and stuff like that and Jess asked me a few times if I wanted to try it for myself. I started going out of the shower without a towel around me and sometimes I would go back to my room and lie on my bed reading a magazine or whatever without getting dressed.
My first real time of going nude was in the winter. It snowed a lot and our whole back garden was covered with snow. Jess challenged me to a snowball fight and of course I agreed. I went to get my coat and scarf and gloves and things, and I saw that Jess just stayed standing there by the back door, with nothing on of course. I was just standing enjoying what it felt like when this cold, wet snowball hit me on the bum! We finished up by lying down and making naked snow angels, which was amazing to feel the snow against all my skin, and pretty funny to see two angels with bum prints in the middle!
The next time was during the Easter holidays. He said it was and so the next morning she came downstairs with nothing on, just like she does at home. It was a really nice day and so Jess went out to sit on the patio. She seemed very happy to be able to go nude outside in the sun and was enjoying it.
That was when I decided that I would like to go nude, too. I told Jess that I had decided that I wanted to go nude and she said that was really great, so I went inside and took my clothes off. I went back out into the garden and sat down with Jess. It felt really good to be nude, actually.
It was really awesome being able to feel the breeze and stuff on my bare skin. We talked for quite a while, mostly about going nude and I said now I could understand why Jess liked it. We stayed out in the garden sunbathing and talking all afternoon, then went back up to the house. After that I started going nude more and more. Let me introduce myself first, before presenting you my evolution to nudism.
My name is Didier. I was born in a family, in which the idea of nudism itself is considered as a pervert thing. I have also never seen my parents, or any member of my family, naked. So, why did I become interested in nudism? Everything began in , in the summer. I was then just I was at home, my parents were away, and I watched a report on TV, featuring a nudist couple, being married in the nude in the south of France.
I still remember some quite funny things in this TV programme: The husband was wearing only a hat and a butterfly-node, and the spouse only a wedding voile. This TV report interested me, and for the first time, I thought about going nude… The next night, I then tried to sleep nude for the first time in my life.
I did not sleep a lot during that night! I was cold, and wondered what could happen if my parents came into by bedroom and remarked that I was nude. But anyway, I found it quite good, because I felt unusually free I usually slept in pyjamas until then. The day after, my parents were away again, and I tried to remain nude the whole day. As the weather was hot, it was a excellent day. I did all the usual stuff in the nude, and this was extremely plesant.
The evening, when my parents came back, I was quite sad to have to wear my shorts and T-shirt again. But as I still feared the potential reaction of my parents, I did not sleep in the nude every night. But from then on, when the weather was hot enough, I tried to remain nude as long as possible when my parents were away. Approximately one year later, I had abandonned my pyjamas, and I was slepping naked more and more often.
One morning, my mother, who came every morning to awake me, discovered my pyjamas, and that I was slepping nude. But surprisingly, she did not have a very negative reaction. The life continued so, sleeping nude, and remaining nude at home whenever possible. Two years later in , I wanted to try to be nude outside for the first time. I had the chance that there were little woods near the building where we were living.
With the other children, we were used some years before to go playing in these woods. One day not particularily hot… , I went out, into these woods. I went back to the place where I played in the past, and I took all my clothes off.
During 1 hour, I walked in the woods, caring that nobody neither came nor could see me. The feeling of freedom was remarkable… I tried to renew this experience once or twice, but not more, as it was too dangerous: I did it a couple of times, but quickly stopped as, although I recognised it was more comfortable, I could not prevent my penis to erect at any time, and my erections were clearly seeable.
I was naturally not comfortable with this, and abandonned the idea for years. During the summer , I made an important step: I revealed to my mother, that I wanted to stay nude at home. One day, while she had gone away for a few moments, I went into the bathroom to take a bath, but before, I wrote a little message explaining that, when I would go out of the bath, I would remain nude because I felt better like this.
She revealed herself as being more open-minded than what I could think… So, I spent nearly one month naked, only swearing when my father was at home, and even, only when I stayed with my parents… The remaining time, I stayed naked in my bedroom.
I had to share my room with 3 roommates, so I was prevented to sleep nude during one year, except during the week-end and holidays, when I came back home. It was the last time I ever wore something to sleep. The year after, I had my owm room, so I went on again sleeping nude.
As this was not far from home 50 km , I went there on my bicycle. The first time, there were no nudists as the little lakes and beaches were overcrowded it was the August week-end.
But the next time, there was nobody… I stopped, installed myself in a little isolated grass area, and got nude. For the first time in my life, I was nude in public, with other people who could see me. I enjoyed 2 wonderful hours. Many people could see me, but noone had a negative reaction, as nudism was pretty weel tolerated in this area except during the week-ends in the middle of the summer. But I also discovered, for the first time, that nudism could also be associated to sexual perversion… Lots of homosexuals are used to meet around these lakes, and do not hesitate to try to have sex with any nude guy they see… I had to reject them quite often, and I had generally no problem, but I finally stopped to go there when I met my girlfriend and future wife , to avoid further problems.
I did not go there again… In , I settled in Grenoble, to enter an engineering school. I began to stay nude here more and more often, only swearing for going out in class or to ride on my bike , or to fetch something in the common fridge on the balcony 1 for 4 rooms.
When my neighbours were all away, I even could go out on the balcony in the nude. I never had the courage to tell my neighbours that I was a nudist, not knowing what their reactions could be: The third year in Grenoble, I had moved into a larger room, at the 6th floor, whithout direct neighbours, so I remained more and more nude.
I even began to do the cooking in the common kitchen in the nude when there were nobody , or walk between my room and the showers in the nude. Always fearing to be discovered… In April , on a very little climbing road with no traffic, I even tried once to ride on by bike in the buff, during roughly 10 km. There is, not far from here, on the coast of Leman Lake, a little public beach, where nudism is allowed.
A few months before, I decided once again that I would not wear underwear anylonger. I packed all my underwear in a bag, and stored them in an inaccessible place except one slip for absolute necessity cases.
As my penis is now much more quieter, there is no problem at all, and I now never wear underwear, under any kind of clothes, including jeans which I wear most of the time. My girlfriend does the same, and does never wear panties either; though she is still not really converted to nudism, she appreciates the comfort of not wearing any.
So goes my nudist life, slowly but surely. The next steps will be: First, the completion of the conversion of my girlfriend who will be my wife then to nudism; I know she will do it, as she is not opposed to this idea, but it will clearly take a lot of time until she is as comfortable with nakedness than I am… Afterwards, spend holidays in nudist resorts. I hope that this will become the truth next year. My first nude beach experience happened today at Haulover Beach. When I first got there, I was not sure where I was supposed to go since there were no signs to indicate the direction to the beach but lucky for me, there were some people who were just getting out of their cars and I followed along until i find the route on where to go.
When I saw the sign that mentions that you might find nude sunbathers from this point, I knew I was in the right place. I have been considering going to a nude beach for a very long time so i have been reading up on various forums like this one that deals with social nudity and talking to people via email who have experience in this area on what to do and not to do at a nudist setting. I wanted to make sure that I had an idea of what was acceptable and not acceptable behavior and what to bring as far as suntan lotion, a towel to sit on, etc.
I have that habit of researching anything when it is new to me. I was told by someone that since I was going as a single male, I should try to not separate myself from people. It could make people believe that I went there for the wrong reason. So I found an empty space that was surrounded by people on all sides so that I would be among other nudists.
Once I was amongst everyone, I set down the towel that I had brought with me and the other items that I have brought with me and began to get undressed. I thought I would become a lot more self conscious of the fact that I was getting completed naked in front of total strangers but I did not and get out of my clothes very quickly.
No hesitation or wondering if this was a good idea or not. Once I was undressed, I headed towards the water in full view of everyone yet despite my nudity, I did not feel the slightest bit embarrassed about my state. I do not know if this is typical of first time nudists but it seemed almost no different then when I get undressed every morning to take a shower.
This kind of surprised me since I thought I was going to have a harder time getting undressed in front of people. I also had a fear of getting an erection since this sometimes happens whether i want it or not but thank goodness that this never happened.
Once I was in the water, It was great to be able to just talk to people and get to know them. I got to speak to quite a few people who were on vacation or were local people who came to Haulover Beach all the time. They all seemed so friendly and cheerful and did not seem to care that both themselves and myself were naked.
I really had a great time today and only wished it could have lasted longer. It started raining heavily and when lightening struck across the sky, they closed the park and everyone was asked to leave. I really wanted to stay longer since I was having so much fun and the feel of the water on my skin was great. I really hated having to put my clothes back on after experiencing going nude in a public place for the first time. I also hated the fact that I had to wear clothes that were soaked with water from the rain.
I definitely am planning to visit again hopefully when the weather is nicer and I can stay for a longer time. None of my fears about what might happened ever came to pass and I am so looking forward to the next time. Thanks everyone for taking the time to read about my first experience. First let me say what a great site. Hopefully the day when public nudity becomes more acceptable is drawing nearer!
Always being one to challenge the establishment I saw nudity as an extension of the political and social attitudes I held. More people were prepared to be nude in public as a form of protest and I increasingly came to think of clothes as another form of oppression. At the time clothing was also a signifier of class. I stumbled across a naturist beach one day and it was a sort of life changing moment.
There was also no distinction of class, there were people from many different backgrounds but no social barriers. There were men and women, singles and couples, gay and straight, and you felt you could talk to anyone. The one obvious missing group was younger people.
I have also shaved all body hair as it feels so much nicer and affords a more even tan. There are some positive changes from my early days, there are more younger people from the missing age group at beaches these days. More non naturists seem more tolerant of naturists, and the net has become a great forum to exchange ideas. Sadly however it seems to be taking ages for attitudes to change, there are still too many who see us as perverts or link nudity with sex.
Things are slowly changing though and it is nice to see sites like this helping to change attitudes. Keep up the good work. Any comments are welcome. I was a nudist home, it was easy because I live alone and I did not show my body to anyone. I started my tan on deck in my boxers. Then, the Tan Lines, I decided to bask in my old bikini briefs to diminish, but began to think about the view from the neighbors. I have a privacy shield, and only then decided I could even get rid of the letter and TAN naked.
I fell in love with the feeling naked in the outdoors, but was forced on my deck. I needed to wander the room. There are no nude beaches around here and I certainly did not want to get busted as an exhibitionist and must register as sex offenders. As for the spacing of children — my mother wanted my sister and I to be as close as she was to her sister. We were about the same years apart as they were, but it never worked out that way. They will work out their own relationship.
I had four children in four years, three months, eight days…. I had three boys and a girl, with girl being number 2 child. I am so glad I did it that way. They are all grown and rang in age from 26 to 30 almost I agree, I was set up to have babies, I already had the crib which finally tanked after baby 4, when we moved.
I had the playpen, which again tanked after baby 4. I had plenty of boy clothes. So, yes, it is easier in my opinion. I did not have that much time off from my job, since I worked full time outside the home, and it was just too much work for me…lol. I hope you are able to do the vacation thing better than I was…lol.
My grown daughters are almost exactly 3 years apart, and we felt like the spacing was good for us. They have a great relationship and it warms our hearts.
Unisex baby clothing was much more common in those days before routine sonograms, so they could wear hand-me-downs from either sex in most cases, and I was happy to receive them. I totally agree about the temptations parents get to spend on their babies. I know a couple of new parents who have just enrolled their child in a weekly music class — that child is five months old.
Oh, and it took me two years to get pregnant the first time, but about 15 seconds to get pregnant the second time. Funny how that works! All of the free play dates, reading time at the library, other baby events, etc. I really missed not being able to meet other moms, have play dates, etc. Also, I paid to have my kids take swimming lessons that were scheduled in the early evening after work. So, there might be a reason that parents are paying for activities for their kids.
Sitting around the house listening to music together is fine, but sometimes what people are looking for is community. Also, I should mention that it was hard for me to meet other working moms, which I found to be frustrating and isolating. I have no problem with that. I just think music appreciation class for a five month old is unnecessary.
Thank you so much for providing us with all the details, from why you decided to have kids close together to the fertility struggles or lack of.
When I saw the title of this article I had a million questions and I feel like you answered all of them. Looking forward to hearing more updates!
While we do have more mouths to feed, we simply plant a bigger garden and use the next size bigger pot when cooking. More kids means more little garden helpers too! This is wonderful news! I heard the podcast episode when you made the announcement and kept checking in to see when you did the big reveal. This is the first bookmark. I am glad to read your fertility journey. I am going through the same thing now and trying to not think I waited too long to have one.
I have also taken Clomid and will continue testing. We have 2 kiddos that are 26 months apart. Would love to hear your creative solutions! Our 2 are spaced about the same and it has worked out well. We also have 2 girls, and for now they really do get along. The nicest thing is having them at the same schools for periods of time. One drop off and one pickup is the best! Your pregnancy frugality sounds right on! I wish you lived close to here…we had a hurricane last week and everyone has the urge to purge now.
There are so many free baby and toddler items on the curbs right now! I have two girls with the same age gap born in the same months as yours too and for our family it is perfect! And the ability to share clothes is a bonus! As the mother of 3 children born within 3 minutes of each other yes, triplets , my children wore plenty of hand-me-downs from their cousins!
Some of the clothes I bought fit right away; others were put away for later. We have a fairly large house with plenty of room for storage. My children had plenty of outfits that cost no more than 50 cents, probably less! I feel like our journeys have been similar in many ways — struggled with our first, then got pregnant nearly immediately with number two. What you say about having babies closer together being more frugal is spot on. I have two older boys closer in age 3.
We basically had to re-buy everything all over again, and it can be tricky to find activities that interest a teen and a toddler at the same time. My older two were able to and still can hand down everything. Best of luck to you, and best wishes for an easy second pregnancy!
Our girls have the exact age spacing! My toddler is end of March and my newborn is mid June. So happy to hear your news though — I actually teared up! It crazy to think I discovered your blog before you were revealed to the world!
I can your age gap affecting your personal view of parenthood timing. We might actually push it a little more, like to 5 or even 6 years, as an aunt of mine had her kids that far apart and my cousins still are close now plus it also was easier on my aunt and uncle, especially since the older cousin could help out with his baby sister since he was old enough to do so. There is no right or wrong way to have more than one kid, just like people can stop at 1 kid or no kids. Just being there for your kid s is what counts!
By the time I was in third or fourth grade, my 2. We were interested in the same fads, and just generally enjoyed a lot of the same things. Congrats to the Frugalwoods Family! In our case, our girls were shaped totally different—while they were both 9 plus pounds at birth, the first was tall and lean and the second was our little Buddha baby. One was born in summer, the other winter. One has narrow feet, the other requires a wide shoe.
One grows really fast, skipping sizes even—while the other grows slower and needs those sizes her sister skipped over! You get the picture. One frugal win that does work very well with our two daughters is sharing a bedroom. My son and daughter are 2 years 5 months apart my youngest turns 1 this week!
I just accept that sometimes strangers will tell me I have a cute baby boy. It works even for kids who are not normally strong-willed.
I thought it was important to have a book that depicted breastfeeding since I knew I would be spending a LOT of time doing that in front of him. Thank you so much for these book recommendations! Clearly I am obsessed with parenting books, so I will be checking these out!! I have twin girls, and everyone new always tries to guess which is a boy and which is a girl.
They seem to think one must be, or any baby wearing blue or pants must be a boy. My son has some pink pajamas and sleepsacks that he got as hand-me-downs. And who says boys cant wear pink! The only food I could handle in my first trimester was watermelon and bagels with cream cheese.
At least it was cheap! I tried to buy the ingredients to put it together and eat at home. Congrats on your pregnancy! Our 2 daughters are 17 months apart and people sometimes ask if they are twins. They share many of the same friends and interests. Simply put, tacos are awesome. And fairly frugal since you can make them out of very inexpensive cuts of meat and basic vegetables. My 2 are 2y8m in age difference and its a great age gap. They can do quite a few activities together and older one constantly shows younger one how to do things and younger one who is also 22months old like babywood 1 is now able to learn these skills.
I found it really hard for the first 18months when they both needed me constantly. A huge YES to the coffee machine! My son will be 3 years and 3 months, which I feel is still a close enough age gap for them to have things in common. It will only fit for a couple of weeks, anyway. I wish you a wonderful, smooth pregnancy and birth! My two girls were almost exactly 2 years apart and have very different personalities so it was frequently not easy.
I congratulate you on this joyful occasion and whatever the result on the personalities this is what you want and what you want to spend your dollars on when needed. I wish you all the very best in your latest endeavor — it will be fun and exciting however you both decide to pursue the future. I am so happy for you and happy for Babywoods as well! My sister and I are about the age difference that your girls will be and it gave us both a much happier childhood.
Now in our 60s we share so many memories and laughter as we recall those funny little sisters whose biggest goal was to be high school girls and wear poodle skirts! Our first two were very close in age and Are best friends. We found the first 3 months to be the most difficult, when I needed the most help, and then, having a second just made things seem easier and definitely lots more fun.
Fun was multiplied instead of added. As a dad of three girls a 7-year old and twin 5-year-olds , I can attest that having kids close together does bring some serious benefits.
In addition, sharing clothes, toys, and the gear you need to raise kids is a bonus. We had 6 children in 13 years and have been a strong adherent to The Tightwad Gazette method.
Love the FrugalFreedom lifestyle…keeps us creative and content! It really is a wonderful life even while there were 4 teenagers in the house at the same time. Enjoy these happy days. Throw in those cool words, girlfriend! I am a firm believer that anything over 2 years is to much time between children.
At this length of time they will be closer and have a much stronger bond. That applies for boys and girls alike. My grandkids are about the same amount apart as yours. A boy and girl. They are so close! You will be thrilled at the closeness you will observe over the years. What great news to hear that you will be welcoming your second daughter. Your family photo is lovely.
What an adorable little girl Babywoods is. As a dog person as well I enjoy seeing pictures of your greyhound as well.
I am a mom of six children in 12 years so mine were about years apart. It worked out well. Kids are the closest as far as relationships go but they all get along well. Hope that you are feeling well with your pregnancy. Hearing about the cost of giving birth is an eye-opener.
The NHS provides all care free at the point of use and while it is not perfect, it is wonderful. I have 12 years between baby number one and two. I had fertility problems. So pleased to hear your good news and send best wishes for the future!
How exciting for you! Our friends just found out that they are having a second boy, and I immediately thought how great it is that they can use all the hand-me-downs from their older son. Frugality for the win! Congrats to the Frugalwoods! I had to laugh at people commenting on your dress at the conference, when I saw it I thought that either you were pregnant or this frugality has gone a little too far if you were wearing that dress to give a talk: Our daughters are 3 years apart now ages 7 and My book recommendation is Magic: The book advocates counting and then consequences.
It helps us A LOT with daughter 2 who likes to challenge the rules. Thank you so much for the book recommendation!! I started at 2 years and 3 months, and it only took a few weeks using that method. We had a daughter first and now have a son.
They are 2 years and 10 months apart, and we think the spacing has been great. Our daughter loves her little dude. You might find you need a few things to fill in gaps because your daughters will have slightly different seasons. I love that you talk openly about being frugal with kids.
We are going the frugal route, but sometimes I feel like a moocher when grabbing hand me downs. But in addition to the money saved, I love the time saved from not having to run to the store all the time for kid stuff! I am also pregnant and due in February — with number 5. How fun to watch you go through it at the same time! I am also highly in favor of closely spaced kids, they will have so much fun together. My others are about two years apart, and now a 2.
I agree with your many strategies. This weekend, a friend having her fourth girl who has one boy and I one girl and pregnant with fourth boy are swapping most of our saved clothes. Baby clothes are available free or cheap in abundance, as are many baby items. Congrats on the pregnancy! Finally we have learned from trial and error on the first baby what works in terms of formula brand diapers and the best stores to shop for baby oil, powder, etc.
We have received so many items second hand especially clothes and bought the rest second hand from facebook and friends. I think I will just tell people gifts of food we can freeze or future babysitting is all we need.
Most of our furniture is second hand as well and we are trying to cut down on eating out. I love reading your blog! Thank you so much for keeping it going. I find it entertaining as well as informative. We have a tradition among some of our friends of doing subsequent baby showers where the only gifts are frozen meals and diapers. We celebrate the mom and new baby, and nothing unnecessary is purchased.
That is such very exciting news!! And ours are the best of friends. In some ways, that will be inevitable, with so much family time together. Our boys still sleep in the same bed at night, for bedtime efficiency, and to keep each other company, and I think that contributes to sibling closeness, too. Late to the party, but just wanted to offer you my warm congratulations. Also, as someone who struggled with fertility we were not able to have biological children in the end I really appreciate you sharing your own fertility struggles.
It has certainly made me more conscious of what I say to folks about children! And I second the frozen food!! We do this for all of our friends including those with new puppies: As I read through your blog this summer and began seeing pics of an ever growing Babywoods I would think that she needed a sibling. Thank you for your wise, thrifty example.
I have two boys 3 years apart and love being able to reuse everything. What wonderful news, this just makes my day! And as always, Liz, you have taken your life experience and crafted a lovely essay from it that teaches another lesson to your flock.
I love the thought of not using pregnancy as an excuse to spend money—this goes across the board for so many situations when one could try to find an excuse for getting spendy tiredness, stress, guests, lack of time, too much time, etc. A well-balanced life stays balanced, step by step. Thanks for sharing your marvelous news and we will all be eagerly awaiting the debut of Babywoods 2. Finally, have you ever heard of Shade? You can score big-time at church and charity next-to-new sales.
Because members donate stuff for free, prices are usually really low. I remember gathering armloads of name-brand maternity pants from a church rummage sale that I found out about through a neighborhood listserv.
Even cheaper than the goods at nonprofit sales are what you can find at yard and garage sales, especially in the warmer months. Of course, you can always hit up your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Consignment shops, where the donor receives a share of profits, are usually more expensive. On the upside, they usually have greater selection. Circumvent their pretty prices by finding a factory outlet in your area.
Haunt the clearance and sale sections of their websites to find pieces that you love that are also marked down to an affordable price. A lot of people complain that the quality of maternity clothes is low yet the prices are high. One way around this lose-lose proposition is to stick to regular, non-maternity clothing that looks good with a big belly.
Paired with large, extra-large, or plus-size stretchy tops, they look great. BabyCenter members on the boards I visited recommended trying the teen sections of stores, where very long tops are popular. Tall-style knit tops with ruching and V-necklines also help lengthen and flatter the belly.
Leggings or yoga pants with a really long shirt works too. Knit jersey dresses with tights are also a good option. Bring in flair with accessories like scarves, belts, shrugs, or hats. After all, you can wear them for such a short time, and what are the chances that you will be pregnant again in the same season? She bought just a few large-size tops that she paired with non-maternity cardigans and yoga pants. Even though this never worked for basketball-belly me, some women are able to keep wearing their old jeans by using a belly band to hold their unbuttoned pants up under their shirt.
Dresses with an empire waist or with pleating around the belt-line are also very flattering to the pregnant figure. When I need something, I ask. Plus it saves everyone the time and effort involved in shopping, reselling, and donating.
Even though it seemed kind-of a backward way to reaching out to someone, my asking for help has marked the beginning of a new friendship.
How you find clothing for the three trimesters will depend on your personality, budget, style, and even the way you carry a baby. I hope that this list has given you some ideas that will help you savor and enhance this super-special time. A terrific location to find top quality bargains, by the way. His garments will certainly be excellent for lazing the house throughout your maternity, and his button-downs and also blazers will possibly work for the workplace well into your pregnancy.
Used unbuttoned, your very own sweatshirts and also sports jackets should likewise fit into your last trimester. Jessie November 28, , 6: I co-own an online Maternity Consignment Store! We have great prices EUC items and offer shipping! Amber Pagel October 31, , 6: Hi Ladies, We just opened a new online thrift store.
It is another great way to find affordable yet stylish maternity clothing.
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