After finding out we're having a girl, I've required a bit of adjustment. Not at all in a bad way, but I was seriously, utterly, COMPLETELY convinced .m.y. .e.n.t.i.r.e. .l.i.f.e. I would have a boy. The idea setting in more and more with each passing minute . . . and I decided to help myself along last night by finally celebrating.
I went shopping.
Fortunately, there are a gazillion sales happening now. Mostly summer clothing, so I knew a lot of the items I'd buy would be sized 6 months and up. Better than sales, I wanted to see what it was like to venture into the less-traveled section of some of my favorite stores. Really, I hadn't set foot over that blue to pink divide line. And I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the experience.
We had already bought a couple knit caps from The Gap (we found 'em while researching stuff for our registry rant). They were hard to resist -- on sale -- at around $1.00 a piece. In addition, our friends Lindsey and John gave us the super cute leaf set as a gift for watching their little guy last weekend.
The BYOB onesie was a find on the clearance rack yesterday -- $6.99 with an extra 30% off -- not too shabby!
I've written a bit about how I'm not a huge fan of frilly, pastel pink girl clothing. These pieces? They're totally my style. In fact, Lindsey even said she could totally see ME wearing the striped shirt. And get this -- it was from the boy's section. The Gap had several similar styles for girls, but this one was, again, on sale . . . with the extra 30% off!
The green dress -- my favorite -- is from Gymboree. Oh, that store is dangerous. But I was lured in by 70% off signs and found this adorable, boldly patterned frock for $14. It was a milestone. Our first dress purchase.
Yes, Ashley: You're having a GIRL!
Most of the clothes in that store were lightweight and summer-y. And many weren't in our gal's 6 to 12 month summer size (for next year, of course). So, I stopped online and found these shirts, dresses, and even a hat! Pink is surely in abundance. But I love the bright pop next to the other colors.
AVERAGE PRICE PER PIECE OF CLOTHING: $8. And though we don't plan on buying a ton ourselves (we're told we'll get countless gifts of clothing at the baby shower), we love knowing we have a few items that were picked out just by us.
Overall, I'd say the exercise helped me quite a bit -- not only with getting in the girl mood, but also with my feelings about pregnancy.
I had been nervous for a long time about something going wrong. OK. Everything going wrong. Of course, anything can happen at any time. I know that. But now that we're nearly halfway there, my spirits are high and I'm feeling more confident. I'm starting to see this baby as reality. She's really going to be here -- soon!
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