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Here’s to 8 Years!

Posted by: Maggie

Well baby, today is our eighth wedding anniversary and we’re still driving each other crazy leaving the trash can full to overflowing (me) and leaving dirty clothes on the bathroom floor (you). Luckily, we each do enough for each other to outweigh the little annoyances. Like how you’re the best Daddy ever with all the diaper changes for George and the hours of playing with Eleanor. And I…well, I’m sure I do something useful around here. Despite our good qualities, I’m pretty sure there is no other person who would put up with either of us, so I think we’re in it for the long haul. We really don’t have any other options! So, see you on the couch in 60 years!

Love you more than ice cream (and that’s saying something)!

image from my maternity session with Modern Love Photography

Here’s a little anniversary walk down memory lane:

Our Fifth Anniversary

Our Sixth Anniversary

Our Seventh Anniversary

My Maternity Portraits & the Third Trimester in Review

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Well, since my due date is just ten days away I figure it’s about time for an update! I also want to show off my Maternity Portraits!

Earlier this month, we packed our bags for a road trip from L.A. to the Bay Area to have my friend Denise of Modern Love Photography shoot my Maternity Portraits. As a photographer, I’m very, very picky about who I trust to photograph me, especially for something like Maternity Portraits which takes some serious skills to pose and flatter a woman. Having seen some of Denise’s recent Maternity work, I knew she was the photographer for me.

I was so right! Not only did I have a great time with Denise and her team, but I am IN LOVE with my images! They are really just so gorgeous. I feel so, so beautiful at a time when I’m feeling far more uncomfortable than attractive.

Which leads me to my third trimester review. This trimester has actually been the best for me. I think that I’m finally used to my new pace of life. Before getting pregnant I was used to working ALL THE TIME. I woke up early and stayed up late. But there’s nothing like growing a person to slow you down. Even if I wanted to work as much as I did, I just don’t have the physical stamina for it.

My body is working super hard to grow a new little person, which makes me feel like I just had a workout, when in fact I just sat on the couch watching Grey’s Anatomy. I’ve given up feeling like I have to do everything and Josh has taken over more of the household stuff which is nice. I’m sleeping late and napping in the afternoons. It’s actually pretty nice. So the upside is that I’ve finally found a little more balance in my life, although as you can see from the infrequency of posts here, that I am dropping a little more than I’d like to.

Cue nude photos:

On the upside, I finally got the energy to start nesting over the last month or so. I was a little afraid that it wouldn’t happen. I was ready for Eleanor months in advance, but with this pregnancy I just haven’t had the urge to prepare. I suppose I’m so busy with my business and Eleanor that I just haven’t had the time to think about it.  But I finally got to work and as of about a week ago we are completely prepared. Or as prepared as we can be. We’ve got a bassinet in our bedroom, and the crib set-up in Eleanor’s room. All of our baby gear and clothes are out and cleaned and put away.

And overall I’ve just been feeling better. Mostly less aches and pains. My body has gotten a little more used to the extra weight, so I’m not as physically miserable even though I feel more physically awkward than ever. I can barely reach my feet with this stomach in the way, so I have to wear slip-ons because I can’t tie the shoe laces on my converse. But I’m actually generally feeling okay.

But I am having heartburn all the time, especially when I lie down to sleep at night. I’m going through TUMS like they’re candy. And there’s also the having to get up to pee all night. My record so far is four times in one night, but on average it’s twice a night.

The baby is still kicking up a storm. Although he’s so big now and there’s very little room, it’s more like he’s kneeing and elbowing me all the time. But he’s sleeping more like a newborn now, so there are longer periods where I get a little break from all the activity.

We’re finally getting used to the idea that a new little person will be moving in with us. It’s taken a little longer for it to feel real for Josh since he doesn’t have a moving baby in his belly. But now he talks to the baby every night before we go to sleep.

We think we’ve chosen the name, but we’re keeping it to ourselves. For some reason when people ask you what you’re naming the baby they take it as an invitation to offer their negative opinion of that name as if you were asking their advice, or asking them to convince you that you don’t really like that name after all.

So you’ll all have to wait to find out what Baby Boy Keegan Gross will be called! But hopefully you won’t be waiting very much longer! It’s just 10 days to the due date and I’m hoping he’ll be just like his big sister and show up a week early!

Playing Catch-up

Posted by: Maggie

I want to start posting about Eleanor’s birthday extravaganza, but I realize that I’m a bit behind in posting about what we’ve been up to lately. So I’m going to do a relatively quick run-down of what’s been going on over the last month followed by a couple in-depth posts (including a long-overdue pregnancy update) before I get to the birthday fun!

I actually have to look at me calendar to see what we’ve been doing. I usually go through my Lightroom Catalog at my dated photo folders, but I was so busy that there are zero personal photos from Halloween through Thanksgiving. All I have is client work for the month!

Elora Star is born!

The month started with my best friend since high school, Betsy, having her baby girl, Elora! Well, technically she had her October 27th, but I got to meet her and shoot her newborn portraits a week later.

(You can see more at Maggie Keegan Gross Photography.)

PartnerCon and Meeting Meola!

A few days later I headed to San Diego with my friend and fellow photographer, Renee, to attend PartnerCon, a photography conference. I had won my admission when I took Christa Meola’s Online Boudoir Photography Workshop over the summer. I had a great time with Renee and I learned sooooo much! I came away feeling inspired to keep shooting what I love, and fantastic ideas about how to run my business better, from workflow suggestions to studio management tools to ways to take better care of my clients.  It was exactly what I needed right now, and the reason that I decided not to shoot sessions in December, just to keep the month for business planning and organization.

The best part of the conference by far was finally getting to meet my photography idol and unofficial mentor, Christa Meola! By chance, the very first morning, she sat down right next to Renee and asked to see my schedule. I introduced myself and she immediately jumped up to give me a hug! We had been emailing since I got her book last Christmas, and taking her workshop over the summer. It was so wonderful to get to meet her and spend a little time talking with her a few times during the conference. She is truly what has inspired me most in my photography business over the last year. I feel so lucky to have her in my corner, offering me guidance and inspiration!

Work, Work, Work

The rest of the month flew by, I shot a baby shower and a whole bunch of Holiday Mini Sessions (you can check out all the posts over at Maggie Keegan Gross Photography, some are up and more are to come)!

AND that brings us up to Thanksgiving! That post to come!

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