Wednesday, May 21, 2014

maternity photo shoot

I didn't realize how absolutely massive I am until looking at these pictures. Nothing says sexy like a swollen face and cankles. (But seriously, don't look at my ankles, none of my shoes fit and I had to JAM those puppies in there which was quite uncomfortable.) I pretty much only wear sandals which is problematic when I haven't been able to reach my toes for a month so they're looking horrific as well. My midwife thinks I'm in the beginning stages of preeclampsia since I'm having lots of crazy water retention, edema, dizzy spells etc so I've been taking it real easy and trying to keep it under control, that way it doesn't progress to something more serious.So that's why my face and hands and feet are so swollen (in case you were wondering), well that and the fact that I'm about to have a baby.

I know with pregnancy comes weight gain but for the love of - can it please find it's way out of my face so that annoying double chin can go away? Also can people please stop commenting on how big I am. I mean, who seriously says the word "huge" to a woman who's 9-months pregnant? 

Josh is a real champ though. Every time I get depressed about the way I look he covers my stomach and says, "Shh shh little baby (fetus not me), mama doesn't mean to call you fat." Then he reminds me that the bulge out of my belly is our child and I'm telling her she's too big which is horribly offensive. That always makes me smile and I forget that I'm a blimp and focus on the fact that I have a full-term baby inside of me. I'm growing a child which is such a sacred and beautiful experience. Even though it hasn't been easy I feel so lucky to be given my miracle baby. This little one who wasn't at all planned but just couldn't wait any longer to meet us. I'm getting so anxious to meet her and I get a wave of excitement when I try to picture her little face and wonder what she'll be like.

Any way. Back to the pictures. Josh and my lovely friend Rachelle from Elle Portraits took our maternity pictures at this breathtaking park in Seattle, Gas Works Park, that overlooked the bay and whole downtown skyline. It seemed very appropriate since our little baby will be a Seattleite just like her papa. Rachelle did a great job and I'm so happy with how they turned out. And seriously, thank you Rachelle for posing us so we didn't awkwardly stand there and not know what to do.

My Favorite Pictures from the Shoot:











I'll get another bump update on here before baby girl arrives. And just in case any one was wondering why I haven't been posting as much, it's because Josh and I are both working full-time, and whenever I'm not working I just want to sleep and not even worry about taking pictures. Plus we're still techinmoving in (2 months later). Baby girl's nursery is quite a disaster still, hopefully she'll hold off for a couple more weeks until our place is finally put together and feels like our home.

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    1. Thank you Ashley, we're super happy with them!
      xo

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  2. So beautiful, Lauren! I mean, YOU are reeeaallyyy beautiful! Keep up the good Mommy work! You've got this! We love you!

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    1. Aw thank you so much Aunt Christy, I love you guys too! I can't believe how close this is getting!
      xo

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  3. Lauren, you look beautiful! When I was in the hospital about ready to deliver with Whitney, I had two different un-related people ask me if I was having twins! Seriously?! I think you look perfect! What a great baby bump and great husband to help you remember how awesome you are!

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    1. Haha oh my goodness, you poor woman! I feel like so many people don't realize how big you're actually supposed to get when you're pregnant. I bet you looked fabulous and you still do!
      xo

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  4. I really like your pictures and I loved reading another one of your posts! It always is a pleasure :) Enjoy the last weeks of pregnancy - you really do look beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much Caro you're so sweet! It felt good writing another post, I'm looking forward to having some more time to work on my blog and get it going again in the near future.
      xo

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  5. You have a beautiful bump, and you are beautiful!! That's what husbands are for, to keep us positive and make us laugh when we feel huge! You are seriously SO CLOSE. and when you touch your toes for the first time after the babe comes... It is beautiful :) hang in there girl, you're doing great!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I know I'm so close I can feel it! I keep thinking how nice it'll be to be free to move and bend as I please, to not use my entire body when I switch positions or have to reach and grab something. Thanks for your encouragement you're so sweet!!
      xo

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  6. oh gosh whatever you look so beautiful! give yourself 6 months after you have the baby and if you put in a little effort, you will easily be back to your old body. but don't expect it to go away over night- you are going to have a baby! something that monumental is bound to make a lasting mark on your body, but it's so so worth it! :) love you!

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    1. Ahh thanks Kerri! I'm totally going to do those videos you told me about and hopefully everything will settle back to normal in my body real soon. So many people tell me how they lost it within weeks and I just know I won't be that lucky, I'll actually have to work for it. But little missy will definitely be worth it so all is well! Love ya too, let's catch up soon!
      xo

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  7. So cute!!! I feel your pain when people say they think you're huge.....I had a guy ask me when I was 6 months pregnant if I was due at the end of the month...I said no. He then asked "are you having twins"....answer was again no. I said I was due end of July and he dropped his mouth. It was seriously really offensive to me and I took it really hard for a while til my husband made me feel better. Men especially shouldn't ask because they don't really know/realize how big women get when they're pregnant. Not that women get fat when they're pregnant, but the fact that they are carrying a human inside of them, let alone an 7-9 lb. human once they're towards the end of their pregnancy is a lot. You can't really hide that you're pregnant at the end and there really is nowhere for baby to go but out, especially if you're short. You look gorgeous and you must be so anxious to meet her in just a couple of weeks!

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  8. So cute!!! I feel your pain when people say they think you're huge.....I had a guy ask me when I was 6 months pregnant if I was due at the end of the month...I said no. He then asked "are you having twins"....answer was again no. I said I was due end of July and he dropped his mouth. It was seriously really offensive to me and I took it really hard for a while til my husband made me feel better. Men especially shouldn't ask because they don't really know/realize how big women get when they're pregnant. Not that women get fat when they're pregnant, but the fact that they are carrying a human inside of them, let alone an 7-9 lb. human once they're towards the end of their pregnancy is a lot. You can't really hide that you're pregnant at the end and there really is nowhere for baby to go but out, especially if you're short. You look gorgeous and you must be so anxious to meet her in just a couple of weeks!

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  9. You look so beautiful! you have the baby and if you put in a little effort, you will easily be back to your old body.
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