Well, we made it. Baby 2 is officially full term. These past couple of weeks have been a strange mix of waiting, sorting, dealing with boredom, frustration, nights and nights of cramps and contractions and then nothing happening, and all the while trying to make the most of enjoying some peace and quiet by myself and with Pip. I think I must be the only person ever to be waiting for work to release my P60 and for my pension provider to send my documents for the last tax year so I can finalise my annual return!
In the midst of this, I made a last minute decision to get some maternity photos taken. I had already booked a newborn shoot to capture baby 2 once (s)he is here but had prevaricated over booking any photos of myself pre-baby. I guess I suddenly realised that pregnancy is such a privilege, a fleeting time in my life which I might perhaps not either choose or be lucky enough to experience again; that I am never going to be as young again as I am now, or that unique combination of curves, vulnerability but powerful body that I have now, and perhaps, just perhaps, it would be nice to capture that whilst I had the chance.
Thankfully, after a lot of deliberation, Polly of Little Kin, the photographer that I had chosen to take our newborn photos also takes amazing maternity photos and we were able to find a time that we were both free last week. I spent quite a bit of time thinking about the type of photo that I liked and Polly and I discussed over email and through Pinterest look and feel, and then, I headed down to Richmond Park where I happily put myself in Polly’s hands and trusted that she would take some beautiful photos. Polly has blogged some of her favourite images on her blog today, and I’ve picked out some here, if you’d like to see…
It was such a peaceful experience, particularly lying in the sunshine in the long grass, the sun on my face, feeling this little one kicking away, savouring the last minutes of peace and quiet before life changes and we become a family of four. I am so pleased with the photos, thank you Polly.