Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Thoughtful planning on the part of the consignment show invited first time mothers to shop one day in advance of all other shoppers. We had to preregister for this privilege. A few days in advance I received an email inviting the "WADDLERS" us "PREGO" ladies to a special one hour advanced shopping time - it began at 4PM!
Dawn, Linda and I got there on time and boy did it paid off! It was not too crowded, we got to take first pick of everything. As Linda and I were looking at cribs she said, "Michelle look over your shoulder!" There was an ABC news camera pointed right at us. I laughed and totally ruined their b-roll as I was looking straight into the camera. We bought a beautiful solid wood walnut crib by Stork Craft with a Sealy Posturepedic mattress - barely used, no scratches, not even a finger print on it - for $100.00. The woman said it was at her mother in-law's house for when the baby visited and had only been used a hand full of times. A total score! Steve said "I hope our baby is not allergic to nuts!" hahah.
Linda and I then went into the linens section and dug through a box of stuff and found brand new crib sheets name brands like Laura Ashley for the full size crib all marked to about 2 or 3 dollars a piece.
I picked out two wooden brio toys "made in Canada" and a little vibrating chair - it was still in the box for $10.
Dawn picked out some stuff too but was mostly there to shop for summer clothes for her Two year old.
We took all our purchases to the cash and then Linda wouldn't take my money not even for the crib. I burst into tears because I was just over come...this baby is directly attached to my tear ducts lately. I guess it was seeing Linda so excited for our baby and then the reality of baby coming home so soon and it's just so nice to be spoiled by mom.
We then loaded the car and went to the clothes section. Dawn and Linda dove right in. Everything was SO WELL ORGANIZED. Boys clothes on one side and girls clothes on the other sorted by size. They even had maternity isles in the middle.
I poked around but got a little overwhelmed and over heated so I went to sit outside for a bit. I went back in and found the girls whose arms were weighed down with clothes! Linda asked me why I hadn't picked anything out. I said because I only want to buy PINK!
So I picked out two pink outfits and a pink nightie and a yellow and pink nightie, three gender neutral outfits and Dawn found two navy and white sailor rompers for Baby P- all for this summer in size. The clothes are all in fantastic shape barely worn - no stains and all name brand like Gap, Gymboree, Carters etc.
I can't recommend this sale enough if you live in this area. Go early. It was sorted and organized so well. The items were clean and reasonable priced. The volunteers working were friendly and helpful - they even loaded the car for us! By the time we left the sale 4 hours later, again this was the advance shopping day- closed to public - open only to the preregistered first time moms - there were very few items left on the shelves!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Each time the Shipley bros would get together they would line up the Shipley girls to take a photo. This went on for years and years. The likeness found in cousin Jen and I as wee ones was so close there have been mislabels on family photos as to which one was Jen and which one was me.
BOYS!? At a hair appointment Jen and Sue recently conversed about the Shipley girls having houses full of baby boys....just because we had been a brood of girls.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
I am a small breasted woman. For my entire life, I have had the fact that I am small chested brought to my attention by tactless people. Because, I hadn't noticed on my own? My dad used to say; "Michelle you're a pirate's dream... a sunken chest." Ha Ha. Shipley is a soap star on "Young And The Chestless."Ha Ha. Flat as an ironing board. Ha Ha. I have heard them all. At night I would pray and pray for the Boob Fairy to come to my house ...please let me wake up with something ...not a D-cup just enough so that you can distinguish my back from my front.
The boys at school nick named me "LITTLE Shipley" while my sister two and half years my junior was called "BIG Shipley" since she had developed a great wrack by an early age. Clearly unfair. How was it that the Boob Fairy made it to her room and not mine - we reside at the same address!?
I became well used to the ribbing. "Why do you wear a bra at all?" The boys would ask me in high school. "Because most girls my age do," was always my reply. If I showed them they didn't bug me and went along with the jokes eventually they would move onto a new target. It was my M.O.
My mother's friend who was very busty told me her boobs were a curse and I should be happy I don't have them to get in the way. I didn't understand how they could get in the way until, I went off on a soccer tournament with the senior girls team, who was shy a full back and brought me up from the junior team. There, in a hotel room in Virginia, I witnessed one girl helping another wrap a tensor bandage over a sports bra. "What on earth are you guys doing?" I asked. "Holding the girls down - you have no idea how much running hurts with these things." Came her reply, and I didn't.
I began to work as a model and fell into a group of my own kind. Most models are pretty flat chested. Our model's bags came equipped with "falsies" mine were foam pads I could slip into my bra to augment as required. I was stoked when the "push up bra" then the "water bra" came on the market. I could fake some cleavage with one of those and so I came to own several! Later, I progressed to sporting silicone gel falsies- they slip into your bra right under your own boob and add just enough volume, they look real, and move like they are real, and they feel real. These are fine until I get into it a bit and find it hilarious to pull one out to show it off ...
Once, in the 9th grade, I explained to my girl-friend the difference between convex and concave while studying for a science exam by giving her the imagery of our bust lines. She was convex and I was concave. She never forgot again....at her wedding when we were 25 years old she got up to introduce her bridal party to the 150 guests ...when she got to me she said; "I have known Shipley since kindergarten and her boobs were the same size then!" I was MORTIFIED! I waited out the introductions and then excused myself to a bathroom stall to cry. So, clearly, I was NOT over the ribbing. Despite the push up bra and the silicone falsies this lack of boobage continued to be a sore spot for me.
And Then Pregnancy.
The Boob Fairy Arrived! OHMIGAWD! I began to grow a set of hooters! I couldn't keep my hands off them. Seriously...they were beautiful! I told everyone who called to ask how my pregnancy was going how big my boobs were becoming. "No I don't believe you- send pictures" was their reply, but, the proof is in the pudding and my cups were finally FULL!