**I’ve got a killer deal for you from thredUP today, don’t miss it… but first, a story:)***
Did I ever tell you about how I found out I was pregnant with Brooke? I probably did back then but that was a long time ago;) I think I was already around 9ish weeks when my chest began hurting like crazy, I was having some weird migraines (hormonal changes!) and I noticed a few other signs. I had struggled with missing my periods for years before this and so I didn’t take missing a few periods as a sign that I could be pregnant plus I was on birth control. This is what made me think that I should take a pregnancy test. I was driving to the gym to meet my sister for a workout when I pulled over to Shopko to buy one of their cheap little tests and then I went straight to their restroom. Within minutes of even thinking pregnancy could be a possibility—> I found out I was pregnant. I sobbed for a solid 20 minutes in that bathroom I was so happy. It was like my whole brain went straight into mama mode. I had this overwhelming feeling come over my entire body that this little person was going to be my world. I had no idea what my road was going to be like up ahead of me over the next few years but I knew this baby of mine was going to make me the happiest. I went back home to tell my husband at the time, called my mom and then went STRAIGHT to the gym where I found my sister on the elliptical. I dragged her to the changing rooms in the locker room and told her I was pregnant and then we sat on the bench hugging and crying together. It made for one of the top 5 most special moments of my life.
Fast forward through months of pregnant running, teaching high school (where I would take a nap under my desk every day after school because pregnancy sure is tiring.. and so are teenagers;) and dreaming of what my little girl would be like. We had to move to California right before I was due and I jumped on a plane (my doctors okayed it that morning because I still had two weeks to go and I wasn’t showing any signs of going into labor) and when I got off the plane I started to have some small contractions. We didn’t have an apartment and were staying with people we had never met before. I didn’t have a doctor and all of our stuff was in the moving POD but 1.5 days later Brookie arrived. I felt fully content for the first time in my life when they first placed her on my chest. Goodness gracious, that time of living in California would have been crazy rough without her (between being extremely lonely and my marriage exploding) but I had my little sidekick that brought so much light into my world. I look at that time with Brooke during her first year of life fondly even though there was a lot of heartache in other areas of my life.
And she continues to be my light each day. The older she gets the more I realize how perfect the timing of Brooke coming into my life was. We have a whole life of adventure ahead of us. I have a feeling we will spend a lot of miles out on the trails together too:)
Call me silly but one of the 300 things I was excited for when I first found out Brooke was a girl was how stinkin’ cute little girls clothing is and I’m pretty sure (okay, I’m positive) I started buying her clothes the day I found out she was a girl. I have realized over the last 3ish years that kid clothing can be super pricey. These little ones grow like crazy. The clothes that we buy for them don’t fit for very long.
This is where thredUP comes in and it saves us big bucks on adorable kids clothes for Brooke (along with a ton of my workout tops lately… all of the ones in this post are from thredUP and I got them for super cheap). They are the best place to go for women’s and kids’ high-quality secondhand fashion—> they have everything from Madewell to Zara to Joie and everything is up to 90% off the original retail price. I LOVE the Kids Gap and Crew Cuts (J. Crew for kids) that they offer and I get a lot of Brooke’s stuff from there. In 2014, thredUP customers saved $62.5 million by shopping thredUP instead of retail! I love that I can find my favorite brands for Brooke for a fraction of the retail price.
I just jump online to their store, choose exactly what I want (they have so much merchandise and it is so easy to search according to brand/size/color). They deliver right to me in tissue paper with an enjoy sticker:)
I ordered a bunch of the Gap Fit tanks from thredUP because I am obsessed with the material on their workout tanks and this way I can get them WAY cheaper. Also, Brooke in this little hoodie is my favorite! PS a girl can never have too many workout outfits right? Please agree with me.
Her little face though and that little dress:)
I also found a lot of items at thredUP that have never been worn (they still have the tags on them like the adorable swimsuit below that Brooke will be wearing all summer) but they are still discounted big time!
And another favorite outfit from thredUP that Brooke is obsessed with because of all of the detailing on the cardigan. I was so excited to see what great condition everything was in… everything really does look brand new and I’m not breaking the bank on things that she will grow out of quickly anyways. ThredUP fits really nicely into our budget!
So, how do you feel about Brooke taking over Hungry Runner Girl as soon as she can type? Between her new running skills, sense of humor and love for sweets I think it would be quite an easy transition.
PS I can’t even begin to tell you how excited she was when she saw that she got a running tank from thredUP (this one was from Target and also brand new with tags for just a few dollars)!
The first 100 readers will get 40% off their entire order at thredUP! Go HERE and use the code HRG40 (first time shoppers and discount up to $50).
Parents reading—> I’d love to hear your stories! How was your pregnancy? Delivery? Give us as many or as little details as you would like:)
Do your kiddos/nieces/nephews/friends’ kids show any interest in running?
Speaking of summer… (the swimsuit above made me long for it) what are you most looking forward to about summer?
What are some of your money saving tips? Do you keep a pretty strict budget or is it always changing?