My littlest was born in November. The year she was born I just wore my maternity coat all winter.
The next year I was back to work, working full time at one job that wasn’t in my field and part time in another to try that was to maintain my hours of practice . Little girl was sick all the time and I was exhausted and battling post-partum depression.
I bought myself (off the sale rack because we have never been able to afford this sort of thing, not even when I was working two jobs to pay for childcare) a beautiful wool and cashmere coat that fit perfectly and was so nice and cuddly warm. It was the previous year’s model, but I didn’t care. I loved that coat. My weight had stabilized at 150 lbs and I was going to have that coat for years.
The next year, Little Girl had weaned. I was still 150 lbs but my pant size had dropped and my bra size had plummeted. 32H down to a 32D. Pant size 14 or 16 down to a 10 or 12. The wonderful coat fit like a tent. I think I may have cried a little.
At this point the PPD was better. I wasn’t working two jobs. Little Girl was healthier, but our bank account wasn’t. I bought a plain wool coat from a thrift store as a fall coat for $7 (I just found the tag in the pocket) and used the money from selling the wonderful coat to also buy a parka. The fall coat was wool blend with something not warm and was a little snug, but it would do.
Which brings us to this year. I still weigh 150 lbs. I have gone down another pant size. I’m halfway between a 32d and 32c… I think I really need a 30D, but I can find no such thing. Last years thrift store coat isn’t a tent, but it is a bit too roomy. I could fit two bulky sweaters or four or five thinner ones under it. I’m starting to watch the thrift stores again, in case I can find something that fits better.
My point here isn’t about buying a coat. (Although, if you see a good sale on blue, tailored pea coats, let me know) I weighed the same 150 lbs when I was a size 14 – 16 as I do as a size 8. So, tell me again how the scale is an accurate measurement of anything?