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Maternity / Anniversary Session

Maternity / Anniversary Session

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We haven't posted nearly enough on this journal mostly because we've been busy and wonderfully distracted by the news that we are expecting a new addition to the family in early January! There are so many emotions that go along with finding out that you're going to be first time parents:

- What is this dark line on my belly?
- This is the best my skin has ever been, I want to be pregnant forever
- Scratch that last sentiment, I have horrible heart burn.
- Matt: "Why are there pretzels in the freezer?"
- What stroller should we get?
- Stop touching my belly
- No, for the millionth time we aren't sharing names

- What have we done?!
- What will he or she look like?
- Will I be a good mom?
- I think I just peed myself trying to put on shoes...
- Why does it feel like my crotch is being electrocuted every time baby kicks?
- Will my belly button stick out forever?!
- Oh hey, I actually have boobs!

 

There's a lot of crazy things that my body is going through that I did not know about at all. I've been reading a lot, attending prenatal classes and learning useful tips from our midwives about pain management and hypnobirthing (it's the notion that you should think of labour like something that your body experiences to bring a new life into the world and not something you have to ENDURE to get to the prize: a cute, crying, pooping, baby). We'll chat more about that later!

I've also received such wonderful support from family and friends, even those I barely get the chance to see or talk to who have been reaching out to ask how pregnancy is going. This does a lot to boost the morale of a pregnant woman. Sometimes while pregnant you may feel defeated, some women will be exhausted or sick, and when a few days go by without hearing from anyone, you feel completely alone. Thankfully, I've had a wonderful pregnancy, one without any morning sickness, back pain or food aversions. But most importantly, I have Matt. He's been my rock. He makes sure I am eating the healthiest I ever have, makes sure I am working out but not overexerting myself, makes sure I sleep in and get lots of rest because my body needs it and I won't be able to sleep in for much longer (I also attribute my rest / sleep to having such a great pregnancy!) and lastly he makes sure I know that I am doing an amazing job. This kind of emotional support is really important!

I could go on about my pregnancy but I'll save some of that for another post. For now, here are some photographs of us to remember this time. Being a photographer I wanted the images to be about us, about our love and in a natural, storytelling way. Inna Yasinska is a friend and fellow wedding photographer who captures connection beautifully. She hung out with us one evening in late September, when I was 24 weeks pregnant and just starting to show. We are so thankful for her and these incredible photographs of us to remember this time.

Homemade All Natural Belly Butter

Homemade All Natural Belly Butter

BOHEMIAN INSPIRED FILIPINO KAMAYAN BARBECUE DINNER

BOHEMIAN INSPIRED FILIPINO KAMAYAN BARBECUE DINNER