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Along side my husband of over a decade, I photograph people in love with each other and in love with their lives. We're based in Paducah Kentucky but gladly will go anywhere you want to take us! We are so glad you've stopped by to follow our most recent adventures! Grab your favorite drink and snack and get cozy... there's plenty to see!

The Third Trimester

May 15, 2015

Between my last trimester recap and today’s recap of the third trimester, I had a baby! I definitely intended to blog about my third trimester before Graeme’s arrival but life got hectic and oh yea, I gave birth a little earlier than his due day and I had to prepare for that, so, yea. Sorry about the delay! I imagine those with children completely understand where I’m coming from when I say, I’m sorry my life completely revolves around my newborn and photography and blogging has to come second from now on. It’s just the way it is and I don’t feel bad about that at all.

Another thing I don’t feel bad about, but did when it was happening, is my weight gain. LORD, you guys have no idea how hard it was for me to see those numbers on the scale… to not recognize myself in the mirror… to attempt but fail to fit into all my awesome maternity clothing I’d only bought a month before… to even take pictures of myself to document my pregnancy. It.Was.HARD. But I did it anyway, and I’m so glad I did! I know I’ll cherish these pictures because pregnancy is beautiful, even when it’s not pretty.

Now, only 6 weeks postpartum, I’ve already lost 39 pounds! I still have a ways to go (30 pounds, OK now you can do the math) but I am starting to feel more like myself. Oh yea, AND the swelling is gone! That’s the main thing I don’t miss about being pregnant!

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Weeks 27, 28, and 29

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Weeks 30 and 32

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Weeks 34, 36, and 39

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Second and last 4D picture of our little guy from our second 4D ultrasound appointment. I thought he looked totally different than from first 4D ultrasound appointment. Now that he’s here, he definitely looks more like himself here for sure. Working from my desk (or anywhere for that matter) was starting to become uncomfortable. I started going to the chiropractor around the beginning of my third trimester, with plans to continue even after Graeme’s birth, but for financial reasons (insurance didn’t cover cent) stopped half way through. I was primarily going to prepare my body for natural child birth. Turns out, I didn’t need the preparation…

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For several weeks, I ate raisin bran cereal every morning for breakfast. For obvious reasons. Wink wink. When my breast pump came in the mail I was more than a little excited! Insurance covered every penny of it too, which made it all the more awesome. I still love this thing – use it every morning and throughout every wedding day. At our second baby shower, our close friends Nikki and Andy gifted us with Graeme first and only camo outfit. Adorable! But sadly, he was never able to wear it… being a 9-6 baby means you don’t get to wear the cute newborn size clothes 🙁

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The loot from our second baby shower! I had so much fun going through and putting away everything!! Our little guy is so blessed and so loved!! Prior to pregnancy, it wasn’t unusual for me to bake blueberry muffins for breakfast and have them eaten by bedtime the same day. You can only imagine how fast they went during my third trimester! YUM! During most of my pregnancy, up until the giant belly would no longer allow it, I stretched nightly. Another natural birth preparation technique. Oh well. It was relaxing at least.

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Another stable in my pantry during pregnancy: pita bread and humus. Every single lunch. No exaggeration. Anndd this is what I looked like on any given day. During the week I wore sweat pants, a t shirt, and a fuzzy comfy jacket. Hair a mess. No make up. A huge perk of working from home! Food again… this time a desert that I made frequently because 1) it’s delicious, 2) it’s simple, 3) it’s cheap, and 4) it takes less than 5 mins to make.

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Snow! In case you’ve been living in a cave… near the equator… you would know that most of the US got more snow than normal. Western Kentucky was no exception! I think this pic was taken right before one of the few date nights I was felt like doing. Look how handsome my husband is!!! I prayed every day for Graeme to look and be like his daddy. So far so good! After every baby shower it would separate and wash Graeme’s new clothes. This picture depicts what Aly would be doing while I was separating his clothes (before washing, of course). She’s always love laying in laundry. After the clothes were washed, it was time to fold and organize! So many clothes, you guys!

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A few times a week I’d make myself a Green Monster smoothy. I need to start making a pitcher of it so I can drink it once or twice a day. It’s so good and SO good for you! Graeme was never on the left, very rarely in the middle, and almost always on the right side of my abdomen. It’s not AS uncomfortable as it looks. My feet. My ankles. Oh my poor lower extremities! This picture was taken before I’d even gotten out of bed that morning. No, I didn’t have pre-eclampsia. They tested me every week.

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Speaking of testing me for pre-eclampsia… this was right before they “checked” me and said I was 1 cm dilated! Progress! More progress – decluttering the whole house! Our master bath really really needed it :/ The eve of turning 39 weeks, four days before my c-section, Neil and I went on our last date before becoming parents. We saw Matthew West in concert! It was awesome but my feet and ankles paid the price. Oy. Officially the last picture of my swollen pregnancy feet! I do NOT miss those!

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