Today is my birthday.
My 26th to be exact.
Does that mean I now fall into the age group classified as "late twenties"? or is "mid-twenties" still acceptable?
To be honest I don't really care. I actually haven't even been thinking about my birthday at all this year. Until a few days ago I forgot it actually was my birthday this week. Frankly, I've got a whole lot of other stuff on my mind.
Like fitting into my EMS pants.
It's become a problem...
No really... a big problem. A big belly problem to be exact.
I never thought that 13 weeks I'd already be struggling with my pants and seriously contemplating shopping for maternity clothes. In my mind that's something reserved for women approaching their third trimester, not barely entering their second. During my last shift (less than a week ago) I had a very rude and uncomfortable awakening... my time in these pants were limited. Yikes. If you aren't familiar with EMS pants they sit rather high on the hips and come across right around your belly button, the exact widest part of a pregnant woman. So that means they are the first article of clothing you "grow out of".
Five days later and now I cannot even begin to fasten my pants. Thank God for some of you who suggested a product to me that I promptly ordered on a hunch that it would come in handy very soon and thank God I listen to my hunches. My hunches are good to me. I said hunches not haunches.
Ta-Da! No I am not wearing maternity EMS pants (they don't make those, remember?). That's a Bella-Band across my stomach and let me tell you it is the most comfortable and amazing invention on Earth.
Because, it is a little tube of nylon/spandex that you wear right over your pants. It folds to the height you need and stays in place, completely. I can attest for it after wearing it to work all shift long. Yes, I am wearing my regular EMS pants that I cannot button anymore. Yes, that means I am walking around with my pants unzipped. Yes, I am aware of how unclassy that sounds. But you know what, when you are pregnant you take comfort over class, even this early in the game.
See, don't I look professional? (and tired) Unzipped pants and all.
Oh, and in case you were wondering... just what am I doing for my birthday this year??
Well, I am working a 24 hour shift on the ambulance. I wasn't kidding when I said I really forgot it was my birthday... especially when it came to putting in my availability for shifts this month.