Wishful shopping?

December 12, 2007

in Infertility

I’m not really a shopping kind of person. Shopping is one of the things that stresses me out about the holidays.

But one day a few years ago I actually wanted to shop. I had an urge to buy some clothes for myself. My sister Tami was pregnant with Dominic, and I was feeling sorry for myself. (A little, but not too much — just a residual pang.)

So I went to T.arget. Love T.arget. I found this nice shirt. (Tessa took the photo this morning — I really don’t list like the leaning tower of Pisa.) I liked the color and the stripes. I liked the sleeves that were long enough for my lanky arms. And I liked the fabric — rib knit to keep me warm. I am continually cold in the winter, meaning October through April or any time the temperature is lower than 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

So I bought the shirt and felt really good about it.

Until a few weeks later when I was packing for a trip, and I caught my first glimpse of the label. Seems that while shopping, I wasn’t pay attention to the signage in the store…


And that’s the story of how I came to wear maternity clothes. For no good reason.

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Lavender Luz April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Thanks for the shirt loving, ladies!But I think I’ll keep the tag on for awhile. It’s a strange touchstone for me. Like it gets me close to the whole pregnancy thing.Weird, though, huh?Kami — where to? Sedona?Meghan — I just had a delicious birthday dinner, and maternity pants would be quite nice about now!Niobe — did you buy it?

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niobe April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Ouch. Something like this happened to me recently. I was in a secondhand shop a few weeks ago, thumbing through the clothes and saw a sweater I liked. I looked inside the collar to check the tag, and saw a very similar label.Your shirt is gorgeous, though.

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Meghan April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Definitely just cut out the tag!And the more I bloat, the more maternity pants look attractive

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Kami April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Oh, funny. Still looks good, I say rip out the tag.As for this quote, “meaning October through April or any time the temperature is lower than 80 degrees Fahrenheit.”That’s me too except where I live it is only warm enough from the end of June until mid- August. Yeah, we need to move south.

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Geohde April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Blerch. Cut the tag! The shirt is otherwise divine, if you ask me.J

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Waiting Amy April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

I agree cut the tag out! I have almost done this too, sometimes that stuff is fashionable!Don’t let it keep you from shopping for YOU! You deserve it!

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IdleMindOfBeth April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

ughI love the shirt tho! The colors are gorgeous!I say cut out the tag & try to forget you ever saw it.

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Lavender Luz April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Thanks for the shirt loving, ladies!But I think I’ll keep the tag on for awhile. It’s a strange touchstone for me. Like it gets me close to the whole pregnancy thing.Weird, though, huh?Kami — where to? Sedona?Meghan — I just had a delicious birthday dinner, and maternity pants would be quite nice about now!Niobe — did you buy it?

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niobe April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Ouch. Something like this happened to me recently. I was in a secondhand shop a few weeks ago, thumbing through the clothes and saw a sweater I liked. I looked inside the collar to check the tag, and saw a very similar label.Your shirt is gorgeous, though.

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Meghan April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Definitely just cut out the tag!And the more I bloat, the more maternity pants look attractive

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Kami April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Oh, funny. Still looks good, I say rip out the tag.As for this quote, “meaning October through April or any time the temperature is lower than 80 degrees Fahrenheit.”That’s me too except where I live it is only warm enough from the end of June until mid- August. Yeah, we need to move south.

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Geohde April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Blerch. Cut the tag! The shirt is otherwise divine, if you ask me.J

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Waiting Amy April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

I agree cut the tag out! I have almost done this too, sometimes that stuff is fashionable!Don’t let it keep you from shopping for YOU! You deserve it!

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IdleMindOfBeth April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

ughI love the shirt tho! The colors are gorgeous!I say cut out the tag & try to forget you ever saw it.

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Tiger's mom April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

I loved this story. Wishful shopper plays out all the unexpected ironies of our lives. And the pure joy of being able to laugh about them! Keep writing–you’ve a wonderful talent.Tiger’s Mom

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Ms. Planner April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Love the shirt, maternity or no. And I think it is cool that you are keeping the label in :)

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hope548 April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Sure doesn’t look like a maternity shirt! How perfectly ironic though!

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beagle April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Well it’s really cute so that’s what matters, right? Cut the tag out, I 7 or 8th the motion!In my current state this whole scenario would have brought me to tears, so I’m not minimizing it either!

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Sheri April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

I like the shirt. Maternity clothes have come a long way. Some of the jeans are actually cute and they don’t all have the high elastic, stretchy waistbands. What will they think of next?

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Tiger's mom April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

I loved this story. Wishful shopper plays out all the unexpected ironies of our lives. And the pure joy of being able to laugh about them! Keep writing–you’ve a wonderful talent.Tiger’s Mom

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Ms. Planner April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Love the shirt, maternity or no. And I think it is cool that you are keeping the label in :)

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hope548 April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Sure doesn’t look like a maternity shirt! How perfectly ironic though!

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beagle April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Well it’s really cute so that’s what matters, right? Cut the tag out, I 7 or 8th the motion!In my current state this whole scenario would have brought me to tears, so I’m not minimizing it either!

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Sheri April 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

I like the shirt. Maternity clothes have come a long way. Some of the jeans are actually cute and they don’t all have the high elastic, stretchy waistbands. What will they think of next?

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angie April 7, 2010 at 5:00 am

I love it, so funny. During a yard sale, where I had a bin of old maternity clothes, I had a woman in her fifties buy it all, because she just thought they were nice and roomy. Anyway, here from Blogger Bingo, but glad to have read this one. I needed a good chuckle today. Abrazos.

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Krystal April 7, 2010 at 5:00 am

That is too funny! It IS kind of difficult to navigate the clothes section at Target! There’s no real dividing line. I love the sweater, though! (I also have a problem getting things long enough for my arms!)

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angie April 7, 2010 at 5:00 am

I love it, so funny. During a yard sale, where I had a bin of old maternity clothes, I had a woman in her fifties buy it all, because she just thought they were nice and roomy. Anyway, here from Blogger Bingo, but glad to have read this one. I needed a good chuckle today. Abrazos.

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Krystal April 7, 2010 at 5:00 am

That is too funny! It IS kind of difficult to navigate the clothes section at Target! There’s no real dividing line. I love the sweater, though! (I also have a problem getting things long enough for my arms!)

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