Whew! Blog posts take a tad longer to finish these days with a newborn around; ESPECIALLY when I work with so many amazing families, mom and dad's to be, kiddos, and sweet little babes throughout the year. These sessions have taken on an entirely new and wonderful meaning to me now. Before I was pregnant, my goal was simply to provide my clients with pretty, happy photos that they could share with friends and family. Now that Winnie is here, I can actually FEEL what these parents are feeling! I feel how your heart could literally burst with the amount of love you have for your tiny humans. I feel how fast time is already going and how these photos serve as a snapshot of your precious memories. I strive to bring out all the love in my sessions and feel very honored to be welcomed into so many families' beautiful seasons of life. I hope the happiness in these images brings you the same amount of happy it brings me.
Enjoy my best of 2017 - Family, Newborn, and Maternity edition!
IT'S OFFICIAL! Here I sit, just one day short of 40 weeks pregnant. Talk about surreal. I could sum up the last few weeks as a bit of a mental roller coaster ride such as this:
Week 38: "Man oh man, everyone says time really drags at the end but I think it's actually snuck up on me! This baby can just take alllll the time it needs and that is A-okay."
Week 39: "OMG. Sh*t just got real. Only ONE week left! Is that a contraction? Did my water just break?!? I'm positive this baby is Coming. Any. Second!"
Week 40: "Welp, I've accepted my fate. I'm going past my due date. 41 weeks pregnant here I come." <----- CURRENT MOOD and listen, I'm cool with it! If that is the way things end up going, that is how God planned it!
I really haven't come in contact with many cliche situations that pregnant women say can get on your nerves during pregnancy. For example: People touching your stomach (I welcome it actually), asking if you're further along than you really are, etc. etc. BUT! I will say in this last week I've gotten a *tad* bit too much of the sympathetic side head tilt, half frown, half smile "Aw, you poor thing. I can't believe you're still pregnant" look and I just want to yell back, "Uh, I'm actually okay with it people! You're the one acting like I should have had this baby by now, not me." I'm a firm believer that a big part of how you feel during pregnancy is having a positive mental mindset and I truly and honestly feel good. So if you're not going to join me there, get off my rainbow! *End Rant*
Back to what this post was originally intended for.. Oh yes. Working for myself has been one of the most rewarding things I've ever done in my life. Don't get me wrong; It by all means comes with it's pros and cons and I am definitely guilty of too often straddling the line of letting work creep a bit too much into my personal life. HOWEVER! That will not be the case over these next few months. I may be my own boss but like every hardworking mom-to-be, I will take and more importantly, deserve, a maternity leave. So if there has ever been a time that I am checking the heck out, it is now friends. Luckily, this falls in line semi-nicely with a photographer's "slower season" over winter anyway but I just wanted to put it out there that I am majorly cheesing over the thought of spending alllll the QT with my new babe, my amazing husband, our wonderful families and friends, and enjoying the holiday season! *Seriously, cue the Christmas music!!*
I SO greatly appreciate my clients for being understanding of me taking the time to soak up this period of my life that, as I've been told, goes way too fast! PLEASE KNOW that I am not going anywhere. I am not closing up shop or going out of business but I AM going to take the time to be 1000% present and soak up every second of being a first time mom. I'll be sprinkling in some work here and there that I haven't gotten to share with you guys but other than that, you can plan on seeing lots of Instagram squares filled with our new little person and new little family.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has celebrated with us over these last nine months and has shared genuine excitement for our little one's nearing arrival!