Melissa was the most gorgeous expecting mother. It was so much fun shooting her studio maternity photos. She is just the cutest and most sweet person!
hair and styling by whitney richardson
makeup by amanda frost
Sick of me yet?
Oh man what a great week and a half it's been into the second trimester!!! I feel so much better about life that it's not even funny, not even a little bit. Even though that first tri was rough, I still can't complain compared to most women.
Can I be honest? In a way I'm totally tired of talking about pregnancy and babies. But then I find myself always talking about it? How is that possible? Is that what motherhood is like? Totally exhausting, totally consuming and yet all you end up doing it continuously obsessing over your babies?
Things at home couldn't be better. I wonder if I'll miss the Mr. acting on my every request and whim, making me breakfast in the am, and making sure baby and I are well taken care of in every way. It's selfish and I know it and yet I seem to enjoy it before the time comes where mine and his needs come second rate. Sometimes I don't think it's wrong to be selfish in our relationship with each other, treating each other as if we are the only thing that exists on the planet. It has made us strong and ready for this. The last 11 years have been all working up to this moment and in any other time in our lives we would have not been prepared quite as well as now to be parents in fact we probably wouldn't have made through together. We are centered, partied out, and ready to start the next chapter in our lives.
The weeks have flown by and dragged on at the same time. How is that even possible? I have a feeling that although this change will bring happiness, contentment and meaning to life, there will be a lot more work and exhaustion to go with it. So for now I work hard on enjoying life with just the two of us.
As far as changes to my body there are somethings I welcome and others I have nothing but negative thoughts. My growing bump seems to be comforting knowing that baby is progressing well. Some days however are less than stellar when I feel like I'm totally overweight and look like a bloated pile of dog $*&%. It helps to have a partner that tells you your beautiful because let's be honest who really cares what anybody else thinks about my body besides him?
I've noticed a few cravings such as root beer (strange coming from someone who rarely drinks soda), smore's, and mashed potatoes. Although I've always been a very firm believer in indulging in your cravings at all times as long as you don't over-indulge. I'm not sure about anyone else but I use small bowls like ramekin cups to portion out snacks and indulgences. Most of the time just a small amount is just as satisfying as a large amount.
When I do find the time to write about my pregnancy sometimes it's hard not to be negative about the (very real) downsides of carrying this little babe. That in itself makes me feel bad especially when there are others trying desperately to conceive. This weeks goal is to keep things positive and upbeat. Being grateful for what you do have is key and I don't think it hurts that I've started this week feeling great, more like myself. Hoping all you mamas and soon to be mamas out there are doing good and feeling good! I know this mama is!
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