Ok I’m really hoping this post doesn’t come across as “Look at me! Look at me!” cause that’s not my intention at all. Have you seen the movie the Family Stone? Skip the next few lines if you haven’t and don’t want me to ruin it for you. There’s this wonderful scene at the end where Sarah Jessica Parker’s character gives all the children a photograph of their mother (Diane Keaton) when she was pregnant in her youth. The family breaks down in tears (and so does the audience) because their mother is dying of cancer. She says to one of her son’s “That’s me and you kid.” It is the most precious and tender scene. Yes, even Brant bawled when he saw it (which isn’t hard for him to do). And it’s a good testament to how invaluable photography is. Anyway, when I saw that movie and scene years ago, I knew I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to have maternity photos taken. If you think about it, it really is a special and unique time in a woman’s life that usually while we are in the thick of it, we can’t wait to be out of it. But when the years go by, we look back at that time with fondness. I’m due with my baby boy in just a month from now. So, I asked my friend Sarah to come out and take them for me. She brought along her friend (and now my new friend) Erin who was wanting to practice her photography. Honestly, I am not such a diva that I need two photographers, it just ended up that way! haha. So photos are by Sarah, and Erin, and edited by me. It’s a team effort. There is no role on this earth more important to me than being a mother. It is the biggest blessing of my life. I am so so glad I have these photos forever and ever of me being a mother to my sweet Claire, and to my child whom I have not met yet.
I think the big photo below is probably one of my favorite photos ever ever ever ever!!!! One day I will miss so much those little tiny arms around my neck. I cherish this little one so much!
I love the look on Claire’s face in the big one on the left. I also love how she sweetly is talking to me while listening to my belly, and how in the bottom one she wanted me to “hold her like a baby”.
I can’t wait to have him here in just mere weeks!
Where can I even begin to express my gratitude? A few things stand out to me this year to have thanks for. First of all, is my beautiful family. I am so lucky to have the supportive, loving, kind, sweet, and tender husband that I do. Plus, he makes me laugh every day. I could not be more thankful for my sweet daughter. She truly is an angel from heaven. She has the sweetest nature of any child I have ever seen in my life. I am so thankful for this wonderful pregnancy. It has been a joy, been easy, and uncomplicated thus far. I can’t wait to have a baby boy to cuddle in my arms! I am so thankful to be a mother. It is such a divine thing and brings me immense joy every day. I am so thankful for such a supportive family. They cheer me on through all the ups, and help me get through the downs. I am so thankful for my faith, because of the peace and guidance that it brings me. I have so much gratitude for the basics. We have a roof over our heads, a warm place to sleep, and bellies full of delicious and healthy food. Not everyone gets to have those. I am so thankful for photography, and great friends who take great photos like Sarah. Because of her willingness to share her talent, and because of the invention of photography, I will forever and ever have these images to cherish of this very special and unique time in my life. I will keep my message short today (cause trust me, I could go on, and on, and on, and on, and on some more!). I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and cherish in your hearts what you have to be thankful for.
Me at 32 and a half weeks. Photos taken by Sarah Knight in the comfort of my home. Take note: this will probably be the only time you will ever see my belly! I am a little shy to share them with the world, but I celebrate this extra plump stage in my life.