Laundry & Stretch Marks (aka Week 30)

Here we are… Week 30 is complete and we’re inching our way through week 31. Not a whole lot is new – we’ve been busy attending birth classes, searching for doulas, attending doctor appointments, getting tests done, researching baby equipment, etc. It already feels like a full time job and she’s not even here yet!

Ben & I splurged a bit and got a sneak peek of our little girl using 3d ultrasound a few weeks ago. Ben has a short video clip posted on his website. It was an amazing experience – it felt very surreal to me. I think it started to sink in a little more when we saw her on the screen… there really is a little person in there. The massive responsibility of it all started to hit me.

Lately, I’ve spent quite a bit of time washing tiny clothes. We’ve gotten a great supply of hand me downs from friends, family, co-workers – as well as a few purchases of our own – all of which we decided to freshly launder for C before putting away. I’ve determined that I have yet to get the laundry thing down. I enjoy it much more when I’m washing 16 pairs of tiny little socks than washing my own clothes, but even though I dilligently read labels, I always seem to mess it up. The most recent laundry error was adding a dark maroon Christmas dress with a white lace collar in with a batch of mixed colors. Given the combination of the two colors on the dress, and the fact that washing on cold was an approved laundering method, I would have thought that throwing it in a load of mixed colors would do little damage. All in all, the co-inhabitants of the washing machine did fairly well – given that the whole load of laundry could have come out pink, I felt fortunate when I saw that the only victims of the attack of the maroon dress were the white lace collar and a pair of white and green christmas pants. Still, I felt badly about the dark pink stains on the new attire. I think my error was actually letting the clothes sit in the washer too long before transitioning to the dryer – giving time for the dyes to bleed out on to the surrounding garments. I’ll get it down eventually, I guess. Luckily C won’t be too discerning yet. :)

If you hadn’t guessed it from the title of this blog, I also have the first signs of pregnancy battle scars – the ever dreaded stretch marks. I have this awesome lotion I’ve been using to help prevent them, but as I’ve read time and time again, lotions don’t really do much to help prevent – they just help keep your skin soft as the dark tell tale signs of pregnancy plan their attack. Right now they’re not too bad. Just a few on the lower part of my ever growing belly. I’m hopeful that their satisfied with the mark they’ve left thus far, but we do still have 10 more weeks to go, so I wouldn’t be surprised if more decide to join the party later on. In the meantime, I’ll continue using my lotion and enjoy my soft (if slightly stretched) skin!

Not much else happening – just a whole lot of planning and organizing going on… two things I love and am thoroughly enjoying! More updates to come later…

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2 Responses to “Laundry & Stretch Marks (aka Week 30)”


  1. 1 Laura September 5, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Oh, I was the one who learned the lesson of the pinks. Even when all the pinks and reds were together, they still bled into each other. I learned quickly that cold is best… I pretty much wash everything in cold.

    I don’t mean to scare you, but wait until you have more than one kid… for me, they all added their own stretch marks. I have a freaking roadmap on my belly. But all of them are worth it!!!

  2. 2 Auntie A September 15, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    “But all of them worth it” so very true wouldn’t trade one stretch mark for my two girls.


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