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20 Weeks and Changing…

As I sit on my couch polishing off todays chocolate milkshake (my new daily craving) while watching “Saving Mr Banks” (if you haven’t seen it – do yourselves a favor), I can’t help but take a moment to appreciate that these endulgent moments may soon become few and far between.

I wish I had Guppy here to share these types of moments (not my milkshake though), but he is currently in India playing in the IPL and has been for the last 5-6 weeks. That means a lot of late nights or early mornings for old preggars over here! Most games have started at 2.30am and I’m not that good at going to bed early so there have been some long days lately!!

From India, Guppy goes to England to play in the Champions Trophy for the Blackcaps, which will be an awesome tournament and I’m hoping to go over there and do some baby shopping. Oh, and watch some cricket!!

 

When he left there was no bump and now there is a little something poking out, I think there might actually be something in there (according to my pregnancy app it is a zucchini!) – and I can’t wait to see his reaction.

 

I’m going between moments of excitement and desperation to meet this baby – to sheer and utter panic. Oh and the odd bit of embarrassment.

 

Like, last week. One of my favorite things to do is MC events, and I MC’d an Event called the Beacon Awards. A big night for the 970 people who attend. A big night for this Mumma-to-be ; I had to find something “black tie” to fit this growing belly and wear high heels for 4 hours with swollen feet. The joys. I actually loved it, but finding something to wear was interesting!

 

After finding the perfect, sparkly, “loose on the stomach” gown, I decided the time had come to invest in some new bras for my new chest area. And oooohhhh she was a humiliator.

 

“Maternity bras” – what even are they? And why does it seem so hard to find nice, sexy ones? Can anyone help a pregnant sister out and help something a little fancy? Any suggestions ladies?

 

I really had to put my big girl pants on to walk into the store to ask to have a bra fitted. I felt like I was 13 years old again, I went all red and awkward when the lady knocked on my dressing room door and asked if she could come in. “Uhhh I guess so”. Why was I so embarrassed? Maybe embarrassed is the wrong word, maybe uncomfortable is what I mean.

 

Growing a baby is such an amazing thing. But this body of mine, doesn’t really feel like it belongs to me at the moment. And I guess if I think about it, it really doesn’t. It belongs to baby Guppy. And it would appear that baby Guppy is getting comfy ‘cause things are starting to change.

 

Unfortunately the lady at the store seriously lacked any form of tactfullness when it came to discussing my baby bump. It took every bit of strength I had to drive to the store in the first place, then find a carpark, find some coins and walk in to the store. I wanted to leave, I wanted to cry (hormones!), I thought about leaving – I was just too tired to do anything about it, haha!

 

Next step is probably having to look at maternity (there’s that word again!!) clothes. Where is the best place you Mumma’s out there have found? And do I have to stop wearing jeans soon? I may not have a choice if this chocolate milkshake fad continues!

 

I hope everyone has had a great week. Thank you for taking the time to read the blog. I loved all your comments from blog one!

Talk soon,

 

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  • So I found that I was able to wear my jeans for nearly my whole pregnancy thanks to a hair tie; tied to the button hole and the around the button; add a long singlet and loose too and no-one knew lol. (They might actually make belts or something for the purpose) there was also a brand “hot milk” with beautiful maternity bras. Xx

  • I am currently eating maternity jeans, from jeans west, so comfy and great after bubs as well! I am on baby no. 3 and I have found if you don’t need to wear a bra then buy maternity singlet tops! Farmers have a fantastic range, I have maternity bras for going out or days when washing isn’t important! Enjoy everything and find that person to have a cry on their shoulder as anything can and probably will make you want to cry xx

  • Hotmilk maternity bras are the best!! And beautiful too. Also check out rock your bump, I can see you wearing their maternity clothes they are super cool.

    • Hi Laura! Congratulations! I work for a Maternity store in Christchurch called Bundle Boutique! We have some gorgeous clothes that make you still feel beautiful and sexy during pregnancy – including some amazing jeans that will see you through! We stock an Australian brand called Ripe, and also do Mavi maternity jeans! We also stick gorgeous HotMilk bras which are anything but dowdy! If you are ever in town we would love to help you out! We are only a small place but super friendly and we love helping new mums as we are all mums ourselves! http://www.bundleboutique.co.nz
      Best wishes for your beautiful growing bump! X

    • Thank you so much for recommending us Clair We would be more than happy to help you out at Rock Your Bump if we had anything that caught your eye. Feel free to pop me an email x

  • Hi Laura, congrats on the half way mark!! Look at Hotmilk for lingerie, it’s a little more sexy and no, you don’t have to stop wearing Jeans so soon, I wore them up until 8 months and I had a happy, healthly 11lb 8oz baby naturally at full term, so it can be done. Depending on what you like Just Jeans do an excellent maternity range but not sure what it looks like this season. I’m sure you’ll find a lot shopping in England too.
    It’s so lovely to be able to follow your journey into parenthood, we love your commentary at the cricket (we are cricket mad here), we think you’re pretty awesome. So thank you for sharing your experience with us all. Looking forward to your future posts. It would be no surprise that Martin will be ecstatic to see you and your “Gump Bump” when you head to England. All the very best, take care.

  • Jeanswest do pretty good maternity jeans. I had to bite the bullet last week and go grab some. They have 2 kinds – ones that are ‘normal’ looking that have just a bit of elastic added either side to allow for your belly.
    They also have ones with a full belly band that goes up to under your bra…they look UTTERLY ridiculous… but don’t knock these till you try them. They’re so comfy.
    I did have to get them tailored slightly into proper skinny jeans… the bottoms were very “mum jean” like haha. 🙂

  • I found the best jeans and tops were from Jeanswest maternity section and bras from Bendon Heidi Klum (Bendon Outlet shop is good for these ones) or from Farmers especially as I went up 3 bra sizes, so another piece of advise maybe only buy one bra now and then some closer to the time as, like me, they just keep getting bigger! Exciting times! xoxo

  • I (like you) love my jeans, but I would certainly recommend buying some good quality maternity (that word!) jeans. You will already be a little uncomfy as baby continues to grow so no need to try and squeeze into jeans that are not meant for the growing belly and expanding hips. In NZ I found the Jeans West jeans great although not all stores stock the full range so online is a good option. I believe Just Jeans also do them. Have a look and also consider whether you want an under or over the bump style (yes there’s options)! I did have a colleague from the UK who said that most high st stores there have maternity ranges so maybe get yourself some jeans in the meantime then go crazy for mum and bun when you get to the UK!

  • Definitely Jeans West for maternity jeans, as comfy as trackies and they look like normal jeans with a top over them (covering the massive stretchy panel haha) – bonus! They do super comfy maternity singlets too. It’s exciting when the bump is more discernible and you feel pregnant rather than like you’ve had a few too many pies. Yum, go the chocolate milkshakes!

    Also second Hot Milk for pretty maternity and nursing bras, better than some of the beige monstrosities around

    Take care, its neat reading about your Guppy bump journey, my wee girl is 9 months old already, the weeks fly 🙂

  • Loved today’s bright and breezy blog ..The young brigade will know where to get preggy jeans, but for me in the seventies I would not part with my jeans to begin with, I hooked a piece of elastic across button to button hole and as I grew out a put and elasticized gusset in ..you are lucky now Laura there are some fab clothing lines that cater for bumps Shineon and Gus something or rather lol…I had all my babies in the summer loose sun frocks were the go …keep up the good work remember to rest that’s when baby grows. .oh the bras….I refused to wear maternity bras …ugly things I borrowed a couple of pairs for when I was feeding …just move up a size xx

  • Love reading your blog, too old to give advice on your clothes, but do know that you will enjoy this time, especially when you two get some time together. Good luck

  • Hi Laura and little Guppy, I’m a huge fan of cricket,big guppy, and of course you Laura, I’m a bit too old to give advice but love reading about your progress through your pregnancy. Loving the IPL. That perfect catch.

  • Katie says:
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    Hi Laura! Congratulations! I work for a Maternity store in Christchurch called Bundle Boutique! We have some gorgeous clothes that make you still feel beautiful and sexy during pregnancy – including some amazing jeans that will see you through! We stock an Australian brand called Ripe, and also do Mavi maternity jeans! We also stick gorgeous HotMilk bras which are anything but dowdy! If you are ever in town we would love to help you out! We are only a small place but super friendly and we love helping new mums as we are all mums ourselves! http://www.bundleboutique.co.nz
    Best wishes for your beautiful growing bump! X

  • Hi Laura,
    Congratulations!!!! So happy for you.
    I’m at 26 weeks now, my bump has definitely grown a lot in 5 weeks! I ended up at Avocado & Egg maternity in Newmarket to shop for all the basics, bras, singlets, jeans, tops, tights. They have everything, even nice frocks!!
    Wishing you all the best

  • Hi Laura. Congrats! Jeanswestis a good place to try for jeans otherwise I found nz is pretty limited. Have a look on instagram @ notsomumsy she has amazing style! I lived in topshop & asos maternity. Baethelabel is a new Aussie label which is expensive but looks awesome. Good luck!

  • I would try and avoid buying maternity bras this early on as you boobs still have more growing and you probably won’t use these maternity bras when your breastfeeding cause they will be to small. Just stock up on the size you are in regular bras cause you will be bigger again soon. At least then you can have nice frilly bras before you get to experience the joys of milk soaked bras and singlets.
    For dedicated maternity clothes try the big brands. ASOS, TopShop, and the Iconic stock a huge range options, also Bohoo and Cotton on do great bits. The cotton on maternity singlets are brilliant.
    When you are in England look out for the Sleepyhead Enfant terrible it is great for helping newborns sleep. All the very best Laura you will be an awesome mum and don’t be afraid of the birth or baby guppy it’s what your body is made to do. P.S I miss hearing you referee Matt end Jerry on Radio Hauraki.

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