With Annalyn, I remember wanting to capture all the excitement and impatience we were feeling waiting for our first born. I waited until I had a pretty huge 34 week belly and could barely get my rings on due to the swelling and water retention. And exactly 3 weeks later, she was born. I love looking back at those pictures and remembering the suspense, struggles, and wonder of those last 3 weeks. Even the swollen fingers/ankles, chubby cheeks, and love handles can't undo the beauty in those pictures.
I was very hesitant to do any bare belly pics with Annalyn, but Shawna talked me into taking just a few and thank goodness she did. This one below ended up being my absolute favorite - in fact, it's been the lock screen on my phone ever since. It's mostly a picture of our hands, but somehow it feels so intimate to me.
This time around, I again asked my dear friend Shawna to work her camera magic and capture this special time for us. One great thing about a second pregnancy is that I better know what I'm going to want to remember. In this case, I wanted to capture week 27 - the last of my beloved second trimester, in which I feel absolutely amazing. I just love this time when I'm visibly pregnant, no longer hurling, but not yet super uncomfortable and swollen. We even started with the bare belly pics this time, and after some internal debate, I decided to share them.
Pregnancy gives me an amazing confidence that I'd never have otherwise. When I look at these pictures, I don't obsess about love handles, extra pounds, or even that little pooch between my bra and armpit (ladies, you know what I'm talking about). I don't care that I'm sleep deprived and my hair's not perfect - in fact, I decided to pull it back because more days than not, that's how I wear it right now. This whole session was photographed in our living room, about as casual and comfortable as you can imagine.