Real Life Pregnancy with a Toddler… “Maternity Pictures”
I have so many friends who are gorgeous pregnant. They take maternity pictures in fields of flowers and look all majestic… which is awesome. I happen to know that this is just not me. As much as I want to wear the fancy long dress and pretend like I am an angel… I’m just… not.
I’m moody. I’m swollen. I’m tired. I look tired even when I’m not. My hair is usually dirty and there is almost always paint somewhere on my hands and feet. Not to mention this go around I’m carrying a 35lb toddler everywhere and everything just hurts!
I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
As miserable as it can be at times I also love every bit of it. There are so many days that I have to ask myself if this is all just a dream. I get to be a Mom and it’s the greatest gift. Watching Miles change everyday and knowing that he is going to have a little sister soon just overwhelms me. He wants me to hold him more than ever and he copies everything I say and do (so yeah, he may or may not know a few bad words).
I really feel like the luckiest person in the world.
So instead of torturing my sister into trying to capture me looking like an angel (which would have taken hours of editing) I just asked her to capture real life. Ok fine, and I washed my hair for it. I don’t ever want to forget these days. The real ones. Not the fake ones. Because these are the days that count.
I adore these pictures. Obviously not because I look great, but because I know that this is us. This is real… and motherhood has taught me so much about accepting the imperfections and just loving life where we are at, because it’s all we have.
Pictures by Sarah Case.