This Tuesday I turned 34 weeks and my back is killing me. If I stand too long round ligament pain starts to set in front, making me miserable all around. The baby is measuring large for his age and until a few days ago was sitting breech. My right rib cage really hurt and I kept complaining to the doctor – so he took an ultrasound, and voila!, one mystery solved.
Given all of these discomforts I haven’t done any sewing since finishing my cousin’s wedding dress. None of my projects interests me. I don’t weather pregnancy all that well. My pregnancy complications aren’t life-threatening to myself or the baby, luckily, but they are enough to make for a difficult nine months. Lately I have been a tad depressed and feeling drained of any spark. Things that I normally do no longer interest me.
Though most folks are advising me to rest, sleeping and staring off into space are not working to restore my mood. Today I decided something else needed to happen so I picked up and went shopping. With the birth only five to six weeks away I no longer can get excited about maternity clothes. I am on to thinking about the next stage – nursing.
My past experience with nursing was very fulfilling, though a bit messy. I have an unusual problem in that the banding on any kind of nursing or standard bra causes my milk ducts to clog. Last time I brazened my way about town without a bra and no one said anything, though I did feel a bit self-conscious. I didn’t think through what kind of clothing could best accomodate this situation, and the styles six years ago were different. But experience is the best teacher and this time around I have a plan.
Cami’s and racerback tanks underneath with unstructured loose overblouses on top.
My normal styles leans toward semi-structured but that look really highlights that your boobs aren’t in that perky place they used to be. (Alas my unfettered breasts no longer stand without support. 😉 ) Plus the sewing is more intensive on structured garments and any leakage is impossible to hide if the item fits closer to one’s form. So unstructured it shall be for the next year of nursing. Easy access for the baby and coverage for me.
With these parameters in mind and looking forward to the next stage of life with the baby, on impulse, I stopped by my local Hancock’s. Lo and behold they were having an 89 cent sale on Butterick patterns and Vogue patterns were going for $3.99! Such fun sitting down perusing the catalogs and I want to show you what I came home with.
All simple patterns without a lot of pieces, I am looking forward over the next few days cutting them out and giving them a trial. I’ll keep everyone posted how things go!