Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Last Minute Maternity Photo Fun

Yesterday, a lady came up to me in Whole Body and asked the (at this point) dreaded question, "Aw, when are you due?" I took a deep breath, smiled, and responded, "Last weekend." This time I was prepared for the worst possible response that would send my blood pressure through the roof. To my pleasant surprise, this woman was a smart woman (and I'm guessing a momma who'd been there before) who replied, "Well, you look great. Hang in there!" Then she politely smiled and walked away. How wonderful it would be if everyone had the common sense she had! I can't tell you how hard it is to listen to people say things like, "Oh, you're still pregnant?" or "Wow, you're never having that baby, haha!" or (my personal favorite), "Why haven't you had him yet??" (Like I have a magic wand I can use?!?)

One of my favorite poses, Pinterest-inspired!

I've felt great for months now, and I really have nothing to complain about. I'm not swollen, I haven't had indigestion, I sleep well at night, I don't have any stretch marks (at this point...thanks, Mom!), I haven't gained a ton of weight, my blood pressure is awesome. . .I could go on and on. However, there's this part of me that is sooooooo ready to meet this little munchkin (as Adam calls him). :) When I'm really excited about something, I have a hard time being patient and waiting for it to come. The week before we have a trip planned, it always feels like the days drag on for months. As holidays approach, I feel like they're never going to get here. When our due date came and went, it was like someone canceled Christmas! So, needless to say, at 40 weeks and 3 days I am on pins and needles waiting for William.

I hope he's a book lover like his Momma!

Last Friday night, my dear friend Jennifer McCann came to my house to take some maternity pictures and explore all the settings on her camera. Jenn and I became close friends during our teaching years together in Nashville. She is the most incredible reading specialist...I mean literacy coach....I mean instructional coach (they change her title every year!) I've ever seen, and I aspire to be half as awesome as she is one day. In addition to rocking it out in the classroom, Jenn has a love for photography. She has what I call a "fancy" camera and a love for capturing the world around her. She is so talented at everything she does, photography included!

This was one of my favorites!

We had a blast as she crawled around on the floor to try different angles (no really. . .just like a caterpillar!) and tested every setting on her camera. She's used to taking pictures of her two young, energetic children, so she enjoyed having subjects who stayed put for more than 30 seconds.  I was thrilled to be her guinea pig! (Adam was a total trooper too. . .maybe he secretly LOVED smiling for an hour straight?!?)

I'm pretty sure he wanted to kill me at this point. . .

Laughter is good for the soul, and even better for the pregnant soul, and that's just what we did through the entire evening. One final shot I really wanted to get was in our Preds gear. Reluctantly, Adam pulled on his jersey, and I sprang right into mine. :) I am a little bit of a bigger fan than he is, and I tend to get a bit carried away at times with things that I'm super excited about, so he really had the patience of Job at this point! We forgot to get a shot from the back- our jerseys have "Birdwell" on them. Oh, well...we'll do that with the next kid. ;)

I can't wait to take William to his first game!

Now you've seen for yourself the hidden talent my friend Jenn possesses. I'd love to see her dapple in it as a second career some day. I look forward to sharing my birthing story with you in the coming week! In the meantime, I'll keep eating eggplant, go for some more acupuncture, and work on William's Halloween costume (which I might share if it turns out well)!

I'm sure this is exactly what we'll look like leaving the house when it's really "go time"! ;)


  1. The one with the suitcase outside the door is such a cute idea!

  2. Thanks, Sara! It was totally Jenn's idea. She also wanted to take one of us in the car, but it got too dark.

  3. I'll be stealing that idea for future shoots! :)