My Maternity Portraits & the Third Trimester in Review

Posted by: Maggie

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!

Christmas Dinner 2011

Posted by: Maggie

After lounging around in our PJs for most of the day we got dressed and headed to my Mom’s to meet my brothers and sister for more present opening and Chistmas dinner.

As usual, the place was elegantly decorated for the occasion and there was a variety of delicious appetizers for us to snack on while we opened presents.

After presents we had a delicious dinner, which I guess I didn’t take any photos of. And that was Christmas!

Christmas Morning 2011

Posted by: Maggie

NOTE: It’s the last day of January so I better get these Christmas posts done already! I’m going to stop writing about how terrible I am at blogging while pregnant and just let you all complain about me yourselves. Please do, I deserve it, I am a terrible bogger!

Christmas morning Eleanor woke us up excited to find that Santa had indeed come just like we said he would, and had even eaten the cookies and drank the milk we left out for him! Eleanor very impatiently waited for Josh and I to clean ourselves up a bit, and get my camera ready, before ripping into her gifts.

We didn’t go crazy this year. She barely plays with most of the toys she already has, preferring instead to build castles out of pillows and blankets and couch cushions. So we just got her a few things we thought she would like. Including a box of legos, which I’ve seen her have fun with at school. Unfortunately, she has barely played with them at all at home.

We also got her talking Ferb & Perry dolls (from her current favorite Disney show Phineas & Ferb). We had bought her a Phineas doll at Disneyland as her one souvenir she was allowed, and since then she had complained that she did not have a Ferb or Perry to go with it.

She got some cute pink kids headphones, because she sometimes wants to sit and watch a show on one of our iphones instead of on the tv, and we thought it would be nice if we didn’t have to listen to what she was watching.

She was pretty amazed by them.

And lastly, Santa brought her, the thing she had been telling us Santa was going to bring her,  a DINOSAUR! That is almost as big as she is. It’s pretty cool. Or at least Josh and I think so. Unfortunately, she explained to us, Santa got it wrong! He was supposed to bring her a REAL dinosaur that would crush our house!

Since we’re poor, Josh and I limited our gifts to each other to $30.

I got him this super nifty little wooden earbud holder from the etsy shop Acoustic Design so that his cords don’t get all tangled in his bag while he’s not using them. He got me a 2 year subscription to Vanity Fair! Sorry no photos of me. The ones Josh took were a little too blurry to use.

After present opening we had a special Christmas breakfast of cinnamon buns and chai tea! Delicious!

Christmas dinner with the family up later today!

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