A few weeks ago, when it was kinda-sorta-almost Spring for a day, we had the lovely Alexandra Daprato take some maternity photos of our growing family! I met Alex, the owner of tiny marvels photography, through a local moms group and we've bonded over the usual girly stuff in addition to pregnancy commiseration. I know the mommy circuit on the internet gets a bad rap at times for judgy-mc-judgyness, but it also should be mentioned that we have something other generations of moms have never had access to before: an instant online mom village. So it shouldn't have surprised me when my new friend said "yes" to photos even though she's about to welcome her first into the world any day now! Which reminded me, if I put myself out there, an online mom-village can turn very quickly into a real one; we just can't be afraid to ask and make the connections.
Anyway! I'm so so happy I did ask. We didn't have any professional photos taken when I was pregnant with June; which now looking at these I completely regret (let this be a lesson new moms; take all the opportunities for the pictures!!) I can't remember why exactly, but it probably most certainly had something to do with me being self-conscious in my pregnant state.... and I know two years doesn't necessarily make a girl wiser, but I feel like I've grown tremendously in that department because Despite being an uncomfortable and hormonal pregnant lady, I am very, very proud and grateful for this time. And also, I think now I know how fleeting this time really is (did I just say that out loud?! Because there have definitely been moments over the past nine months when I'm convinced that I'll go on being pregnant forever...) so who cares really if you think you have a double chin? 20 years from now I'm going to be so happy to have this moment in time to look back on .
We got together at Watson's Mill in Manotick which is a beautiful spot (that's also possibly haunted by star crossed lovers?! i tried not to think about that) by the river. June and I had some solo pics done beforehand at our house so she wasn't feeling the outdoor shoot as much (I should have brought snacks. How am I a mom of a toddler and I forgot to bring snacks?!) but the ducks kept her happy and occupied enough to get a couple family shots of this time. Mostly I can't believe we're almost a family of four. Nine months feels like forever but seriously life just doesn't slow down; which I am equal parts grateful for but also just want to stop the clock already. motherhood, why you gotta pull me in so many different directions?! Here's a few of my faves from our morning at the mill!
looking for the ducks! ^^^
Thanks again to Tiny Marvels!! you're good at what you do and we love these pictures so much!