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January 30th, 2014 · Print Print

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{last February}

As many of you guys know, I’ve spent the last few weeks debating long and hard over whether or not it made sense for me to go to New York Fashion Week at seven months pregnant.

Which sounds, insane, right? Like, seriously? In the middle of the worst winter we’ve had in decades, I’m going to fly for three hours to go to a city that’s filled with snow, when I could just chill out in Houston and look at the photos on Style.com?

I’m going to put myself through the torture of watching skinny 14-year-old models when I’m carrying a permanent bowling ball around my waist?

I’m going to try to dress for FASHION WEEK in MATERNITY CLOTHES?

So, I thought long and hard about it, and I decided that no, I wouldn’t go. I’ll just sit out this season. I’ve been to the last eight consecutive seasons, but this one I’ll just… miss. In my head, I settled it.

Only… I didn’t cancel my hotel reservation. And as the show invites came in, I couldn’t quite bear to decline them. So the invites kept piling up, and eventually the reminders started piling up, and it all came down to this morning, when I had to make a decision.

Go. Or don’t go.

So I started declining the invitations, and emailing my various contacts to say that I’m sitting this season out.

And you know what?

It felt awful. I was sitting there fighting back tears and wishing I could go, awful.

And I was so sad and disappointed about my decision to not go, that I started to think, “if it feels this bad, why do I think this is the right decision?”

Because, you know what? I love Fashion Week. It’s exhausting and overwhelming and totally insane, but it’s one of my favorite weeks of the year.

And missing it just feels… wrong.

So I changed my mind. My hotel is already booked, and I grabbed a quick plane ticket on miles, and now, suddenly, I’m going to February Fashion Week! Yes, at seven months pregnant. Yes, in the snow and freezing cold. Yes, maybe it’s crazy, and maybe I’ll regret it, but right now… it feels like the right decision. I’m going to keep a very light schedule, so I don’t get totally overwhelmed, and concentrate mostly on shows at Lincoln Center instead of running all over the city. I’m only going for a few days. I’ll drink lots of water and wear a jacket and do all those sensible things to make sure me and the baby are safe and sound.

But… I’m going.

And I am So. Damn. Excited.


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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Marissa at Style Cusp // Jan 30, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    yay- so exciting! I toyed back and forth for awhile myself (even though I’m not 7 months pregnant) and just knew I’d have major FOMO if I didn’t get my booty to NYC. Maybe we’ll bump into eachother.. xo

  • 2 Katherine // Jan 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    You will not regret it. I always knew you should go. It’s your one chance (well, maybe there will be 2-3) to go pregnant! It’s a chance to have a new and different look. Also, everyone is going to be looking at you and thinking of how awesome you look and are given that you’re pregnant. You’re going to get all sorts of attention and admiration that’s different from ever before. I can’t believe you almost didn’t go!

    What’s more is the baby himself. Once you have him you might be less inclined to travel. It’s always hard to leave your kid at home, especially when you’re still breastfeeding. And also hard to travel with him (e.g. if your parents wanted to take him when you got to fashion week.) Traveling pregnant is actually a lot easier!

    No, you definitely had to go! I was always assuming you would, and I’m happy you came around.

    By the way, don’t take this comment to mean you’re a bad mom to leave your kid for days at a time. I still did it multiple times in the first year of Alexander’s life! It was just easier to do pregnant than afterward.

  • 3 I Showed Up In Boots // Jan 30, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    You go girl! I think this will be a great experience for you and your baby. And, if you decide to skip out last minute, you can always send those invitations my way;)

    http://ishowedupinboots.com

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  • 5 Marisa // Jan 31, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    As someone who would LOVEEEEEE to attend Fashion Week but never has (yet!) had the opportunity, I’m thrilled to hear you’re going. Remember that there are people out there who wish they could go, so you are very blessed to be an attendee. :) Good luck in the cold!

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