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Maternity Photos!

My mom has one photo of herself when she was pregnant with me. She’s standing next to a pristine white dresser with red knobs. That exact dresser, by the way, is still sitting in the same spot in my bedroom at home. The knobs are faded and I think a couple are missing, but it’s still there; I so wish I lived closer so I could have it in my baby’s room.

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The picture was taken just before she left for the hospital. I love this photo, because I love knowing that I was there, growing in her womb. I love seeing a little glimpse into my room, too. It was Disney/Micky themed—back then ultrasounds were a thing of the future, so they didn’t even have the option of knowing if I would be a boy or a girl.

Unfortunately, there’s only one photo of my mom when she was pregnant with me. That’s not my mom or dad’s fault, it was just the age they lived in. Thirty years ago (okay, 29 years ago), the world didn’t have iPhones with Instagram, fancy digital cameras, or professional photographers around every corner. People took pictures with a film camera and then developed it later, hoping it came out.

When I got pregnant and started seeing a bump emerge I knew I wanted to document the journey. This has been nothing like I’ve ever experienced and I love having the weekly (bumpdate) photos and notes for my daughter to see someday, but I wanted more than that. I was originally going to have a friend take pictures when I went home, but when I told my husband that plan he got a little sad, because he wanted to be in them. So I waited until he came back, which was a great decision; I’m so glad he could be in these with us. Actually, we even got Bella in on the fun.

We took these in our backyard and around our town a few days after he returned, when I was around 35 weeks. Honestly, if I could have a redo I’d do them around 32 weeks when I was still feeling cute and not gigantic (keep that in mind, future pregnant friends!).

I really love them and I’m already excited to get some of our favorites printed and framed. I hope you like them, too!

Photos courtesy of PumpkinCharm Photography

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I actually have a couple more pictures from this shoot to show you, but they’ll have to wait for another post.

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18 Comments

  1. I love the ones of you guys reading! I also think my mom has just on real picture of her pregnant with me and she is standing at the top a staircase so it is not as good as yours that is for sure!

  2. Aww I love them!! I love maternity pictures and newborn photos just so much love in those photos!!!!
    We also had our Bella in our maternity (and newborn) photos and think that just completes them!!!

  3. SO stinking cute! Love the one of you lying on the bench – it's a great bump shot and you both look so happy. Glad you waited to take them with Daddy, and I'm sure "pickles" will be glad you did too.

  4. I LOVE your maternity pics! You look amazing and happy. I wish I had a picture of my mom when she was pregnant with me. I hope that my daughter appreciates all the pictures I took one day! 🙂

  5. These are so great! You look so happy and so beautiful. My favorite is the one of you laughing with your dog. Just lovely.

    And yeah, isn't it amazing the difference 32-35 weeks makes? I did mine at 32 weeks and I could hardly believe how much smaller I was then. Anyway, you look fantastic but I totally understand the difference in feeling.

  6. I love that you have that picture of your mom with you in her belly 🙂
    I love the picture of you guys sitting down where you are laughing its gorgeous! I just saw your Instagram of you in the hospital, good luck mama!

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