Thursday, 7 August 2008
Clothes I have Loved and Lost:Part Five: From Here To Maternity
Farewell the 1980's and my single and pre-children life.
I married in February 1989 and by September 1991 I was a mum.
This dress sums that transition up. When a big/depressing/happy/sad change happens in my life I turn to clothes for comfort. Although I was delighted to be pregnant, I was after all married, had a house and plans for children it all happened sooner than I expected. I was 25.
As soon as my baby bump began to grow I looked for a dress I would love. In the Spring of that year Dorothy Perkins, )one of the few High Street stores to have a maternity range then), had this dress. I fell in love with the colours. I forgot about its tent-like qualities and could imagine myself sat serenely awaiting the birth of my first child. And it happened.
I went on maternity leave at the end of July 1991 and for the next six weeks I pottered around the house, went for gentle walks in the sunshine and read a book a day. I loved every minute of that pregnancy.
I wore this dress almost everyday. For two reasons. I loved it and we didn't have much money for clothes. I would wash it every evening and it would be dry the next day.
This picture was taken after my husband had just got in from work and we had some friends round.
Six days later, on my husband's 26th birthday I went into labour and Sam was born the next day weighing 6 pounds 10 ounces. Today he is pushing 17 and 6ft tall.
My second pregnancy was spent during the winter months but six years later I was pregnant in the summer again and I wore the dress then.
My fourth pregnancy was a winter one. I can't remember what I did with the dress.
Here's picture of me and Sam now!