38 Week Thoughts + Maternity Session Sneak Peek

As I’m sitting here writing, Aria is curled up right under my lungs and kicking the crap out of my rib cage. I’m just shy of 38 weeks and I’m having all sorts of feelings about my pregnancy coming to an end. On one hand, I’ll be so glad when I don’t have to sleep on my side or struggle to put my shoes on. On the other, I’ll miss going to sleep holding my belly and feeling her wiggle all around.

I’ve said this over and over, but when I found out I was pregnant I’d planned on writing so many blog posts and taking all the cutie belly pics and now that we’re almost at the end I regret not posting as much. It’s crazy to think that nine months have already gone by. I think my favorite thing about the whole process so far though is seeing my body change (or not change, in some ways). I almost feel guilty talking about how little weight I’ve gained or the fact that I haven’t gotten any stretch marks, but what I’ve come to realize is it’s SO important to embrace that your pregnancy journey is special in it’s own way and that there’s no sense in comparing your pregnancy to someone else’s.

I find myself constantly justifying my lack of weight gain by explaining how sick I was during the first trimester. I lost a good 10-12 pounds in those first few months and was so nauseous I couldn’t really eat anything. That definitely had a lot to do with the weight loss, but I also completely cut out caffeine (soda is my weakness) when I found out I was pregnant and drank nothing but water for a good three months. Pregnant or not, cutting out sugary drinks will help you shed pounds regardless. So I try to see that (and my lack of stretch marks) as a blessing.

There are things, though, that I have struggled with during my pregnancy that I haven’t openly shared yet. Very few people know this, but I feel like it’s important to talk about in case anyone else is experiencing something similar. I was put on an antidepressant very early on and when I say the change was like night + day, I’m not exaggerating one bit. Throughout the first few months of my pregnancy, there would be days I couldn’t get out of bed because I would be sobbing uncontrollably. Over what? Your guess is as good as mine. But it was becoming a very serious issue. I couldn’t go 24 hours without feeling helpless and miserable. I cried constantly. We couldn’t figure out what triggered these feelings, but because I’ve struggled with depression before, my doctor suggested we go ahead and get me on a medication that was safe to take throughout my whole pregnancy. It’s changed my whole demeanor and I am able to handle the stress/anxiety of being pregnant and everything that goes along with it much better than I did in the beginning. Just wanted to share in case any other expecting mamas are struggling- it’s okay to tell someone and it’s okay to get help. Your health (mental + physical) is just as important as your little one’s!

Getting close to my due date has made me realize that I’ve been blessed in more ways than I count when it comes to my pregnancy and I am so thankful for that. I’m hoping to have a little down time before baby gets here (jokes on me, right) because I have so much more I want to share! Blogging has always been a big stress reliever for me and I think sharing bits and pieces here and there is a great way to document everything so Aria can look back on it all one day. So I’m just going to use that as my motivation to share more :)

K, now onto the fun stuff. Here’s a sneak peek of our maternity session with the fabulous Krissy Edenfield. I went non-traditional and opted for royal blue with just a pop of pink and I LOVED the way the pictures turned out! I can’t wait to get these printed and framed!!

Style Notes

I don’t think there’s a single store near me that sells maternity clothes, so I had get creative when looking for a dress. I actually found my dress in the plus-size section at Cheeky Bliss in Statesboro. I loved the way it fit my belly, but after baby I’m definitely going to have to have it taken in a bit. It worked so well for this shoot though and I just loved the all-over shimmer. Chad’s suit is from Belk- jacket linked here and pants linked here. We got this a while ago for another event, but as soon as I started planning our photos, I knew that’s what I wanted him to wear. We went with a basic white dress shirt underneath and a blue + pink tie.

Side note: He has a really hard time finding dress shirts that fit him comfortably, but I found this one at Belk and he seemed to be pretty happy with it!

Looking back, I realize now that I was putting way too much effort on myself to make sure these pictures came out perfectly. I think they ended up turning out so great because one, our photographer was amazing and two, I just kind of let go and had fun with it. Not everything has to be like something out of a Hallmark movie, right Chad? ;)

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