Well, I have been a little MIA over the past few months, but hopefully this blog will explain that a little bit! I have been busy… very busy… with my greatest life challenge so far. I am about to have our first baby boy! We knew right away that we wanted to be parents and were quickly blessed with getting pregnant. When I say quickly, we were two months in to being newlyweds and got the exciting news. Talk about a shock!
Being pregnant was not quite what I expected… It took me a while to wrap my head around the idea. I was sick… very sick for about 5 months. Then had about 2 months of the “bliss” and now as I round up being 3 weeks from our due date, I have hit the “point” as my doctor told me I would. The point of just being ready to meet this little one and get my body back.
With all of that said, I have been so supported by my amazing husband. Pregnancy hormones and pains are real and he has been by my side through it all. I have been showered with love by friends and family and we are so excited to know that this special little one is already so loved!
As with any new chapter in your life, comes meeting new people and I have had the opportunity to meet some new amazing, creative people. That is what brings me back to my blog! To once again share. These folks have inspired me, pushed me without knowing, and supported me as I transition into becoming a mommy. You will see more on all of these creative amazing people, but today…I share a new friend, creative soul and inspirer… Emily Chidester. I met her along the way and worked with her to do our Maternity Shoot. UGH you guys! I can’t being to express how much I love these and thank her for capturing this time in our lives!!!
We did a few of just me and the babe. I didn’t know if I would love the ones of me staring down at my belly… it seemed very, strange (although I do it all the time). But turns out… I do!
I also loved that she included our “out-takes”. She and the hubs were always making me laugh when I was trying to keep this straight, serious face.
She even made me look a little “sassy” at times. If you know me, especially know me 37 weeks pregnant, I am in full waddle stage and the last thing I feel is sassy… so I just love these next few shots…It gave me a sense of self again!
And then, there is this man…. This man I love. He makes me laugh when I am on an emotional roller coaster. He rubs my feet when they look like swollen muffins. He holds my hand and helps pull me out of seats when I am trying to stand up. He walks slowly with me when I can’t walk fast. He is my comfort, my support, and my strength through all of this.
He was such a trooper, always making us laugh, dancing and helping us enjoy the shoot. I just smile when I look at him!
We went into the woods for a few shots near the end. I believe this is one of my favorites. This is my happy place.
I asked to sit down for a bit… Good idea, good picture, don’t recommend it in a thin dress :) That tree bark hurt – luckily that didn’t come through in the picture.
And finally, she brought out her tilt-shift. I love a good tilt-shift. I love the blur. I love the look it gives… a sense of wonder and movement.
Ladies… if I can tell you anything…do a maternity shoot. Your body is in this crazy, amazing phase. You will want to be able to look back and remember what it felt like to carry that sweet baby!
And Finally – I wanted to share a few things about what I have learned and maternity and clothes. It is hard to find good clothes, like really hard to find. I even thought about starting a line about 5 months in – haha yeah right.
Gap does not know me, but Gap Maternity has been my GO-TO for clothes during this process. I knew the look I wanted for this shoot, and they saved the day with this great wrap dress.
Also…. accessories have become my new best friends. Fun scarfs and especially fun necklaces. I even got into making my own necklaces at this great bead shop here in Charlotte, NC… Beads, Inc. I made the necklace that I am wearing in this shoot there. They are so helpful and it felt so much more special to have a hand made, hand picked item that day!