I’m not the type of blogger who offers hints on how to get grease out of clothes or details how to create homemade soap. Nope, that’s not me at all. I use Oxy Clean for all stain removals (yes, I know it has chemicals!), and it works. I buy regular, old Dial soap at Wal-Mart.

But, for the past few weeks, I have been encountering a problem that’s required me to do some resourceful thinking.

You see, my pants won’t stay up. I’m serious. It is not uncommon for me to hike up my pants every 20-30 seconds. But, not in a cool, rapper kind of way. It’s more of a dorky, shimmying maneuver that garners stares and confused glances from onlookers.

I’m pretty sure I’m officially showing now at 22 weeks pregnant. For about the past month and a half, I just looked like I was getting fat. Now, I think most people who don’t know me can tell I’m pregnant by looking at me. Eh, some of them might still think I look fat, but oh well.

Up until a few days ago, I could still wear my regular pants. I would wear a long cami or shirt to hide the fact that my bottoms were not buttoned. The problem is, when you don’t button your pants, they are more likely to slip down. Hence, the near constant adjusting and hiking up moves. (Yes, I’ve heard of the BellaBand; no, I have not tried it. I’ve looked at it, and, despite its claims, I’m not convinced it would solve the pants-falling-down problem.)

Annoyed by this situation, I decided it was time for the maternity pants. I started to feel as though there was a conspiracy against me. They don’t stay up either! I guess my pregnant belly is just not big enough yet to support the elasticity of the maternity pants.

This is when I decided action had to be taken. I didn’t want to buy new pants to get me through this in-between stage.

One morning as I was getting ready for work, I applied lotion to my feet and legs before putting on my socks and boots. I discovered many years ago that lotion keeps socks and high boots from that dreadful slouching. As Gru from “Despicable Me” would say, “Light bulb!”

I decided to lotion up my belly, sides and back where my pants sit and see if that kept them from falling down so often. I employed this method straight away, and, while I cannot say it is a cure-all for the pants problem, it has helped. The lotion does, in fact, hold the pants where they are supposed to be – for a little while.

Now, on to solve a real problem of the world – like how to convince my 4-year-old that carrots at home taste just as good, if not better, as the ones at preschool.