At the end of this month I’ll be going to Salt Lake Comic Con’s Fan Experience (FanX for short). This is their second time putting on this particular show, but it’s earlier than it was last year.
Last year the show was April 17-19, and the first event I attended Dan Farr and associates. I had a great time meeting celebrities and buying merch. I cosplayed every day even. But I was also not pregnant at the time.
In September I went to Salt Lake Comic Con right after I found out I was pregnant. Being only about 8 weeks pregnant, things went pretty smoothly. I made sure to stay hydrated and keep me and baby fed. I also sat down whenever I needed to.
Come January 29-31, I’ll be 6 months pregnant, meaning I’ll need to take a different approach to things.
Since there is a lack of seating on the exhibit floor and none when you are standing in line for photo ops, the floor is the place to sit. I’ve already realized that sitting on the floor is not so easy, even at 5 months pregnant. I learned this the hard way when I got on the floor to wrap presents. Getting down isn’t the hard part, it’s getting back up that presents a problem.
Sure I could stand the whole time, but from past experience, it’s easier said than done. Everything that you want to go to is always on the opposite ends from each other, so you end up doing a lot of walking. Sitting down for even a minute brings relief when you most need it. I’ll either need to buck up and stand, or make sure I have someone with my at all times who can help me get up off the floor. Thank goodness I’m going with a lot of family this time!
I also usually make cosplays to wear each day of the convention. For September I made a costume for each day for Sean and I, and even another for my younger brother when he joined us the last day. I love making costumes, and sewing in general, but it puts a lot of stress on me to get it all done in time.
For FanX this year, I’m only making two costumes for Sean and I. Sean’s side of the family are just as much into all things geek and nerdy, so we attend these cons together. We decided to do a group this time. Since Carrie Fisher, of Star Wars fame(she plays Princess Leia), is going to be there, each girl in our family is going to be a different version of Leia, and our significant others will be the respective Han Solo to match the outfit. Padme Amidala would have worked better for me and my pregnant belly, but I knew I could find a Leia outfit that would work.
My first thought was if I was more confident(and a few pounds lighter), I’d love to rock a pregnant slave Leia costume. Alas, I know that nobody wants to see my stretch marks, so I scratched that off my list. I went through each costume and decided that her classic white dress from A New Hope would be the easiest, and the most comfortable.
And Sean is going to be Han Solo.
While I knew that I could make Leia’s dress from following tutorials online. I wanted to make this easier on me. I found and won this pattern off of ebay.
Seems fairly simple though I might make some changes to be more of my liking. I’ve yet to buy the fabric for either Leia or Han though, but I’m going to make sure I get to that quickly.
I don’t have any other plans for cosplays. At least, nothing to make. I plan to wear my Gryffindor robes that I’ve already made on one day. Another day I will wear my Tardis dress from Hot Topic. I’m going for simple and comfortable this year. I don’t plan on wearing any wigs, not even for Leia. My mother in law mentioned I could probably borrow a Leia knit hat or she may make me one herself. I will also wear comfortable shoes.
My other preparation for FanX is to make sure we leave early enough to park underneath the Salt Palace. For September we were able to park every day down there. It was great to be able to run down to our car to drop anything we needed to off. I figure this year with it being in January, a lot more people will try to park underneath, so leaving early is essential to getting a spot. It does help though that they limited the amount of tickets sold for the event.
I’ll keep you posted on any other preparations we make. And of course, I’m going to do tutorials for my Leia and Han costumes that I will share with you all, so stay tuned!