My Maternity Photos with Carlos Barron

Photos by Carlos Barron

Happy Monday everyone! I’m so excited to finally share my maternity photoshoot session that I shot with my friend Carlos Barron here on my blog! Being that this is probably my last pregnancy, I wanted to get some photos done that I could look back on some day and I just love how these turned out!

I don’t enjoy being pregnant at all… but there is something amazing about how a woman’s body can grow another human in it for 9-10 months. It’s so beautiful and amazing, and even though I feel miserable right now (haha) I know I will cherish these photos for years to come. These photos make it seem like pregnancy is this glamorous thing but I can promise you it’s not. I feel pretty in these photos but the majority of this pregnancy has been spent in sweats, sick… and with no makeup on. I have terrible stretch marks from my first pregnancy and who knows how much worse they’ll be once I’m done with this pregnancy. I envy those women who look down at their “tiger stripes” and love them. I’m not there yet but maybe one day I will be. I love being a mother and, most days, I feel like I’m killing it (haha)! Seriously, it’s the best thing in the world. Exhausting but so rewarding. The amount of love I feel everyday when I look at Aria is inexplicable and I can’t imagine my life any other way. Let’s just say I’m much better at being a mom than I am at being pregnant.

Everyone’s journey is different and it’s so hard to keep yourself from comparing yours to another’s. When I hear other women talk about how much they love being pregnant it makes me wonder why I didn’t like it or why it wasn’t as easy for me. All I can do is try to focus on my own life and know that I’m doing the best I can. Giving myself grace is definitely something I’m learning to do more often especially in my third trimester. My brain wants to “go go go” but my body physically can’t. It’s okay if I can’t do it all and reminding myself that this is all temporary has helped me a lot too.

I probably rambled a bit there but I just want other women to know that if you’re feeling alone, discouraged and/or are comparing yourselves to other women that seem to be killing it at pregnancy…. you aren’t alone at all. I’m there and I’ve been there. Reach out and talk to me if you need to! Throughout this pregnancy I’ve talked to so many different girls via instagram about the hardships of pregnancy and it’s one of the few things that kept me sane. Community can be life changing so don’t be afraid to reach out to someone even if you don’t know them that well. Plus, you never know what new friends you could make through the process.

Thanks so much for stopping by to read today! I hope y’all enjoyed this post and these photos as much as I did. It’s so fun having a space to share these things with friends and family. I hope y’all have a great week!

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