Third Trimester Struggles

SO here we are. Just about 36 weeks along and in the "home stretch". My body is continually growing, I can't breathe, and not peeing myself when I sneeze has become quite the sport. I did a post very similar to this earlier on in pregnancy, talking about all the things that the pregnancy books don't talk about. While I gave up reading those type of books much past 20 weeks, I'm not too sure what they would say about the last month of pregnancy but I would imagine it wouldn't include a lot of these!

1. Dealing with the question, "When are you due?"
I might just start lying. Because the real answer is, ANY DAY! I could go tomorrow, I could go in a week, I could go another month and a half.....I. don't. know. And the truth is, whenever my baby and body is ready! Sure my "estimated due date" is June 9 but between my chiropractor knowing how low baby's head is in my pelvis, to my husband noticing my belly changes, to the little lady at El Campesino's telling me "definitely boy", everyone suspects I'll go early. OF COURSE I would love for that to happen, BUT! I just want a healthy baby to come when he/she is ready. Now if I'm still pregnant past June 9, we might be whistling a different tune :) 

2. Dealing with your maternity clothes getting too tight
Can we just seriously talk about this? When your maternity clothes are getting tight, we have a problem. Sure, maybe I put my maternity jeans in the dryer on accident once or twice, but those bad boys should be built to last! Especially for how much I paid for them! If you see me walking around with my belly hanging out soon, just know that shirt used to fit and I refuse to accept that it doesn't anymore. And I also refuse to spend any more money on maternity clothes with this little of time left! The episode of Friends with Rachel wearing that tank top comes to mind...let me see if I can find that image...
 

Ahhh yes. There it is! 

Ahhh yes. There it is! 

3. Jealousy of your spouse
This one I didn't see coming. And I feel bad for even admitting it but let's face it- it's real. My husband works his tail off. Once he finishes up his Mon-Fri career, he then DJs all weekend from bars around the area to weddings & special events. While I know he is working, I also know he enjoys it. He gets to dress up super nice, head out, play music, socialize with all sorts of people, and enjoy some cocktails. MAN do I miss being able to dress in a way that I felt snazzy, or beautiful, or sexy. NOT TO MENTION being able to sip on a cocktail! I stay home. Every weekend. In my half fitting clothes trying to focus my attention on anything but my sexy dressed husband sipping bourbon and talking about anything but pregnancy.

4. Shaving
This one's a real treat. I will admit, there are times (mainly winter) where I don't focus on shaving as much. But knowing you're going to have a baby possibly any day now, you tend to want to keep all the areas cleanly cut. You would think someone would have invented a contraption for 9 month pregnant women to shave themselves with. Fairly certain Edward Scissorhands could do a better job. That is all. 

5. The aches and pains
Sure you're toting around an extra 20-30 pounds in your front mid section with a baby's head lodged in your pelvis, of course you're going to be uncomfortable right? Well, you see, the thing is- these aches and pains that I'm specifically talking about COME OUTTA NO WHERE and they bring you down to the ground. I could be in the grocery store squeezing every avocado to see which one would make the best guac and BAM! Lightning sharp pain that from middle of my belly, down & out. Whewwwww. I'm all about pain and "waves" during labor. LABOR! You know, when you know you're going to meet your baby very soon? These pains are just down right unfair and mean. And so, so random.

And lastly, number 6. The emotions.
This one I will admit is probably in a few books somewhere. But it's worth mentioning. I have been nesting like a mad woman over the past week and when I'm done at the end of each day, I'm so physically and emotionally exhausted. Trying to think of every possible thing you "need" to get done before baby takes a huge toll emotionally. Knowing that you are are about to meet the face that you've been dreaming about for the past 9 months causes some crazy emotions too! And knowing that these are the last few weeks that you will be able to keep your baby as safe as you ever could is a pretty scary feeling. So know it's ok to lose your shit, it's ok to fall apart, and it's ok to cry when you're alone. You've been growing a human life inside of your body and you are about to welcome it into this world. If that doesn't give you a free pass to do whatever you want, I'm not sure what does! Don't be sorry and don't feel bad. Know that it's ok to tell people no. Set boundaries for yourself. And most importantly, trust yourself and your body. Know that everything that is happening (both physically & emotionally!) is preparing you to meet your precious baby anytime now. And that should be all you need. <3

 

 

Dallas & Landrie | Portait Session

This past Saturday I got to photograph the cutest kids!! Dallas who is 4, and baby Landrie, 4 months. I cannot say enough sweet things about these two! Dallas is one of the most photogenic kids & Landrie is one super happy baby! I have been photographing for this sweet family since January and when Lindsay had Landrie in her belly! I was also honored to take Landrie's Fresh 48 session at just a day old! <3 I am so blessed to have met this super sweet & loving family!

We met up at Monroe Falls Lake Park in Cuyahoga Falls, a place I have never been to but was suggested by the mama of these kiddos. This park had so many adorable back drops for photos! I will definitely be shooting there again this fall, for sure. I must find a baby bump to shoot against all those colors!! :) 

And if it starts to rain during your session? Take mama's big umbrella &amp; just be cute! :)

And if it starts to rain during your session? Take mama's big umbrella & just be cute! :)

Seriously kid? Even make drinking out of the fountain adorable! :)

Seriously kid? Even make drinking out of the fountain adorable! :)

Aren't they just the cutest?!? So happy mama has some photos to remember their personalities & quirks at this stage of life! <3

 

 

Monday Inspiration

"Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams" - Unknown

This weekend was a monumental time in my life. Not only did I turn another year older, but I truly had an ah-ha moment. Here I was Friday night, out with all my fabulous girlfriends, sipping on a cocktail, & I just stopped. These women were out celebrating not only my birthday, but they were celebrating ME. They brought thoughtful gifts, they said thoughtful things, but most importantly, they showed up. And it was at that moment I realized, these are my people. 

I know this all sounds a bit dorky & perhaps a bit cliche. But this weekend, and these women, was MUCH needed. I work hard, every single day, to create a life I am proud to live. I work hard, every single day, to create an art that shows women and families, the truest beauty of birth & family photography. And to have people who not only notice that, but believe in it, is such a wonderful feeling.

Aside from my amazing friends, I have been taking part in a group with other creatives in the Akron/Canton community titled The Rising Tide Society. The sole purpose of this organization, is to encourage each other. To build community over competition. How inspiring it has been to connect with so many talented people who are right here in my area! Not only that, but I have been able to connect with other birth and family photographers from all over the U.S. and the amount of appreciation I have for those new found friendships is immeasurable. 

The point of this Monday morning blog, is the quote that I started this off with. Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams. It will light a fire inside of you that will never burn out. It will awaken a part of you that you didn't even know existed. Not only do I get to chase my own dreams, but I have surrounded myself with people that will support & encourage those dreams. 

Take a deep look into your circle and your community. Are you competing or are you supporting? Are they supporting you? If not, make a change. 

Much love,

*B


Favorites Part One: Maternity

The other evening, I was going through and organizing my photos from the past few months. After seeing so many beautiful maternity photos, I was compelled to write a post about them! It was hard not to post all 6 million of them, especially when I had to narrow them down to only five images! 

Each of these photos make me feel something when I look at them. That is why I am so madly in love with photography, especially Motherhood photography. There is just something so overwhelmingly beautiful about a mother and it's a beauty I will never grow tire of!

In no particular, my top five favorite maternity images thus far...

&nbsp;This photo was taken in Savannah, Georgia. This expecting mother's style was so beautiful. I love the simplicity of this studio image and the black&nbsp;and white edit. I feel this is such a powerful image on so many levels.&nbsp;

 This photo was taken in Savannah, Georgia. This expecting mother's style was so beautiful. I love the simplicity of this studio image and the black and white edit. I feel this is such a powerful image on so many levels. 


This image is similar to the one above, but also different to me. This mama's glowing skin tone against all that white just radiates beauty. The dress was made for her expecting belly and I just can't get over how beautiful it turned out!

This image is similar to the one above, but also different to me. This mama's glowing skin tone against all that white just radiates beauty. The dress was made for her expecting belly and I just can't get over how beautiful it turned out!

This photo was a capture in Savannah as well. Those trees, the&nbsp;color of her dress, and that belly! The stars just aligned during this shoot and the&nbsp;beauty that came from it leaves me in absolute awe

This photo was a capture in Savannah as well. Those trees, the color of her dress, and that belly! The stars just aligned during this shoot and the beauty that came from it leaves me in absolute awe

THIS photo is not only beautiful, but it holds special meaning. This is Robyn, the mama from my very first home birth out in Colorado this past June. This image captures the pure and raw beauty of a woman's expecting body. It shows just how low baby boy was and how gorgeous mama was at that very moment. I feel a sense of sexiness and empowerment when I look at this. It really is such an amazing moment and I am so glad I was able to capture it!

THIS photo is not only beautiful, but it holds special meaning. This is Robyn, the mama from my very first home birth out in Colorado this past June. This image captures the pure and raw beauty of a woman's expecting body. It shows just how low baby boy was and how gorgeous mama was at that very moment. I feel a sense of sexiness and empowerment when I look at this. It really is such an amazing moment and I am so glad I was able to capture it!

And lastly, the beautiful Tarae! This photo means so much to me. The colors behind her, that flower crown, and that flowing dress...gah! I also love this because it was taken right around the corner from my house. I love that there are so many beautiful locations to photograph within minutes of where I'm at!     Thanks so much for stopping by &amp; reading today's post! Please be sure to leave a comment letting me know you were here! xoxo

And lastly, the beautiful Tarae! This photo means so much to me. The colors behind her, that flower crown, and that flowing dress...gah! I also love this because it was taken right around the corner from my house. I love that there are so many beautiful locations to photograph within minutes of where I'm at!

 

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