Hi Balanced Beauties!
Happy New Year and Hello 2020! We are ready for you.
Just about four weeks left until our little girl arrives and we couldn’t be more ecstatic. As we march through these final weeks, I can now understand how other people say that the symptoms of the first trimester would rear their head again in the third! These symptoms are no joke; I’m back to feeling sick, tired and very uncomfortable all over again. But we got this! No matter what the day brings, somehow, someway, all it takes is one kick or movement to leave me smiling and happy. Thank heaven for little girls <3 In this post, I’ll be sharing a pregnancy update along with my most recent maternity photoshoot details.
. P R E G N A N C Y | U P D A T E .
3rd Trimester, woof! The beginning of the third trimester continued with sickness (throwing up, MAJOR heartburn, you know, the good stuff). I was so sick throughout the duration of my early pregnancy, but these hard times have allowed me to find some solace knowing that this will be a great preparation/introduction to motherhood. At least that’s what I’m telling myself! I know what it’s like to have zero control over my life; between getting sick while driving in my car and having to pull over on the side of the road, walking in a store, at someones house or simply right before I am going to leave the house for something important. I’ve had absolutely zero control and life has changed very quickly/drastically for me during this pregnancy. As I’m sure the momma’s out there can attest to, I’m sure that feeling persists throughout the early adjustment stages of motherhood. However, I feel truly blessed and grateful for this experience, every single part of it!
One of the major things that I’ve noticed throughout this pregnancy is that there is so much information and details that people don’t share via social platforms or in public. This, combined with hearing success stories of “easy” pregnancies, left me to assume that carrying a child would be a seamless adjustment. Although each pregnancy journey is different, there are a lot of things that I’ve experienced for myself where I couldn’t help but think that these are the things people don’t warn you about or share openly! I don’t pride myself of being an overly sharing person from a personal standpoint, so I guess I am partially guilty of this too. However, there have been struggles along this journey that nobody seems to talk about. So here’s my attempt to give you a glimpse into some of them!
From my standpoint, the first trimester was filled with a lot of worrying, self-reassurance and unknowns. To double down on the emotions of being a first time mother, let’s add in throwing up 5 or 6 times a day! Needless to say, it was a MAJOR adjustment period. Things started to normalize in the second trimester; however, it was during this time that my body started to drastically change. My belly was stretching and growing so quick, I couldn’t fit into my bras and mostly all of my pre-pregnancy my clothes were a sudden afterthought. During the second trimester is where I encountered many people seeing me for the first time or for the first time in a while.
One thing you’ll notice when seeing someone for the first time as a pregnant woman is that no reaction is the same. There are some people who don’t stop complimenting your glow, how great you look, or what a beautiful mother you are becoming. On the flip side, I don’t hear too many women share about the other social interactions; the ones that lead off with describing what has drastically changed on my body or face. Things like; “your face looks so full”, “you look so full”, “you were always so skinny, so this is crazy to see you like this”. Public Service Announcement, yes I am pregnant, I would be a little concerned if these changes weren’t occurring in my pregnancy journey!
Now it’s important to note that these comments were far and few between. Most of my social encounters, whether it be with friends, family or someone I haven’t seen in a while were very pleasant and joyful. My reason for sharing is to uplift and reach out to any mom or mom to be who is feeling unsure of their appearance or who have experienced some sort of not so uplifting commentary. These comments had me questioning my own appearance on occasion, I would get so dissapointed in myself. I want to remind you, as I remind myself, that this is all temporary and NECESSARY. Our bodies are working to create a huge MIRACLE.
I’ve learned to look at pregnancy as kind of like having a super power. We first create life and then grow it inside of us for months on end. Anyone who has negative comments about your pregnancy or post pregnancy, truly is out of touch with how beautiful the experience is. Our bodies were designed to do this, and are meant to uniquely change in order to carry a baby safely throughout the duration of pregnancy. Be proud of the changes your body makes to bring you a love so much deeper than anything you’ll ever know! Most importantly, embrace the positive and uplifting comments you hear from people in your life and be proud of your body for allowing this process to happen.
. M A T E R N I T Y . P H O T O S .
Christian and I chose to do our maternity photos in the comfort of our own home. We had parts of our engagement shoot in our home, and wanted to continue the next special stage of our lives in the same place. We took some photos in Baby Reeds nursery, in our bedroom and in the family room. These photos were so much fun to take, and something we will truly cherish forever. I would highly suggest capturing your baby belly and this very special time in your life. I am so excited to frame these and show them to our daughter one day. Here are some of our maternity photos below. Enjoy and Happy New Year <3
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