I have always been incredibly terrified of being pregnant. I was afraid that I was going to ruin my body and I would never be the same again. Quite the opposite happened. I loved every moment of it. I loved my growing belly and seeing how it changed from week to week. I loved knowing that I was creating another life and was so looking forward to meeting her. It is worth noting that I delivered on January 19, 2017 at 36 weeks and 3 days. She was 6lbs, 1 oz. of pure amazingness! I had just had my maternity pictures done two weeks before she decided to enter the world. I was never a very uptight person and that has carried over to the mother I am (so far)! I never thought you could love a person so much after the first moment seeing them. It truly is a miracle. I could not imagine life without her.
How did you find out you were expecting?
I took a pregnancy test. Nothing out of the ordinary.
How did you tell the father?
Originally, I wanted to wait to tell him on Father’s Day; however, I was considered high risk in the beginning of my pregnancy and decided it would be best to tell him sooner rather than later. I ended up telling him while we were sitting on the couch watching t.v. after dinner the day after I found out I was pregnant. Nothing special, no organized surprise or cutesie gift. I just told him, “So…I’m pregnant”.
Did you find out the gender of your baby? Is there a name picked out yet?
We had a little family-only gender reveal party after my 20 week ultrasound. A friend from work used to own a bakery and made us cupcakes. I had my heart set on a girl and that is what we ended up having! Since high school, I had always loved the name Aurora. I thought it was beautiful, love that it means the dawn in Latin since sunrise is my favorite time of day. For a middle name I always wanted to use my grandmother’s middle name, Rose. My mother passed away in December 2015 and I wanted to somehow honor her as well (which was a large part of why I wanted a girl). My mom’s middle name is Ellen and we decided to use the middle name Roselle as a combination of both their middle names.
How has pregnancy changed you as a woman?
I think it’s helped me make more aware of my body and it’s ability to create and sustain life. Before pregnancy, I had never thought too deeply about what it was capable of creating. I also think that it has made me a little less selfish. Knowing that I am creating life and that everything I do or put into my body goes directly to this tiny human really made me think how important my decisions are for another life.
What advice do you wish you had known before getting pregnant (even if it’s something gross)?
I wish someone would have told me how easily you get a bloody nose (I got one almost every morning) Also, how much vaginal discharge you have. Seriously! Who knew?! Obviously every woman that has ever been pregnant.
What is one thing you find beautiful about being pregnant?
Feeling the baby move and knowing that I am growing a person. I love to feel the baby move or even get the hiccups. So amazing!
What would you tell someone who just found out they were pregnant?
I would tell them to enjoy every moment. Take lots of pictures. Enjoy having the baby in your belly; in the grand scheme of things, they will not be in there for long and you will miss it when baby is out.
What has been the hardest part of pregnancy?
Overall, I had a really easy pregnancy. The beginning was a little rocky since I had a history of ectopic pregnancy and had to have a fallopian tube removed. I had to have my blood checked every week and go to the doctor every other week until the egg was implanted in my uterus. After that, it was pretty much smooth sailing.
Did you have any pregnancy cravings or aversions?
I had no aversions. My cravings depended on the day. Some days I wanted a quesadilla, some a donut, some orange juice, it was just completely random. I always wanted Oreos. I would just limit myself to serving size – which is two cookies – so that I wouldn’t over eat.
What are your beauty must-haves while pregnant?
Honestly, my skin was better than it had been in years. Pregnancy did wonders for me. So I would have to say tinted moisturizer was my must. Oh, and under-eye brightener. I wasn’t used to having to get up un the middle of the night to pee.
Do you have any favorite maternity items you couldn’t live without?
I could not have lived without my maternity pillow. I had a full body one that wrapped around my entire body. I large U-shaped pillow. It was heaven. It took up half the bed…but totally worth it! Although my husband would beg to differ. And my dogs too (they shared the bed with us-don’t judge).
Can you share with our mommies where you purchased the items you wore for your maternity session?
The dress is Jill Stuart from Rent the Runway (order a size up otherwise it wont zip up). The bracelet was a gift. She chose elephants because they are strong. The rose gold represents my daughter, the gold represents me, and the star in the middle represents my mom watching over us. It was one of the most thoughtful and sweet gifts that I have ever received. Definitely made me cry (which doesn’t happen often).
Words about your photographer?
I met Chrissy through a friend from work and decided to book her at first for three sessions -maternity, newborn, and maternity boudoir. After seeing a friend’s fresh 48 hospital session, I decided to add on one more shoot (I’m a little picture obsessed). I really wanted to do this photo shoot to capture my time and my body being pregnant. As I’ve said I think it’s beautiful and amazing and I wanted to celebrate my body and how I looked. I also wanted my daughter to have these pictures and be able to look back and see her mother when she was carrying her. Chrissy was fabulous to work with. My husband and I can be awkward in front of the camera and she helped talk us through it and get some beautiful photos.
My name is Chrissy and I am a lifestyle photographer located in North County San Diego. I specialize in family photography, beginning with maternity sessions to family sessions and everything in between. My passion is motherhood and connections we share with those we love. Photographing that connection for other mothers has been a dream come true.