Tuesday, December 21, 2010

30 weeks

With only 10 weeks left until my due date, I realize I should probably be panicking about how little we have done at this point. The holiday season has been so busy this year it pretty much obliterated any productivity I was making toward getting ready for Bubba. I can't even settle on a paint shade for his room, and that's usually my wheelhouse.

It never escapes me how little I've been able to document this pregnancy. I won't lie, it's been incredibly hard this time around -- mostly for reasons completely independent of my expanding midsection. Besides the horrible ongoing morning sickness, which I'm chalking up to my body's reaction to the male hormones, I've also thrown out my back twice and had a raging case of poison ivy. It led to a lovely secondary rash that spread throughout my entire body and required numerous trips to a skin specialist and nearly hospitalization. I still have large scars all over my legs and probably always will.

So dealing with health issues, an overbooked work schedule, trying to juggle Allison's growing committments at school, Jerry's new responsibilities at work and life in general, time seems to slip away before I can blink sometimes.

And because I know so many families are in the same boat, that's one of the reasons I love my job so much. I love helping them freeze time for just a second. To capture a special moment that will remind them about where they were that year.

It made me realize I wanted that for us. I wanted at least one photo of us as a family during what will very likely be my last pregnancy.

So I made time.

I asked a good friend and photographer to take some photos for us while we were vising my family for Thanksgiving. It was bitterly cold and windy out, but Jerry and Allison knew how important it was to me. So not only did they make the most of it, but we had fun, too. Watery eyes, runny noses and all.

In the end, Scott gave us a bunch of great images I love, but one really captured us exactly. It's already hanging on our wall and if nothing else, I will always have this to remember my baby Bubba before I got to hold him in my arms.


Hannah B said...

Love it! It is so important to capture these moments! It's something that means a lot to me. Even though Aaron and I don't have kids yet we try to take pictures to capture memories so that someday our kids can look back and see what mommy and daddy were like before they were around.

meghan said...

"And because I know so many families are in the same boat, that's one of the reasons I love my job so much. I love helping them freeze time for just a second. To capture a special moment that will remind them about where they were that year."

Ack, Kelly! Tear! You pop back in so randomly these days and remind me why I enjoyed reading your blog so much all these years.

-Meghan Waldeck

Keri said...

Love the picture! You have a gorgeous family.

The Plainsman said...

Cool Photo, glad you had the foresight to have them taken by another professional. But who is that pretty older girl on your husband's shoulder?

Wishing you Kelly, Jerry, Alli, Toby and "Bubba" a very Merry Chrismas and a Happy New Year!

Ps., Sorry to read about the PI - but it not the type of ivy we use here to make holiday wreathes! (lol!) - Maybe some of those scar & stretch mark vanishing creams might work?)

Emily said...

Gorgeous picture. You have such a beautiful family. I've been reading your blog since the Xanga days, and have loved watching your family grow and change. Happy holidays!

Kristin said...

This made me cry. You have such a beautiful soul and a beautiful family.

Anonymous said...

That is the most amazing family photo I have ever seen. Truly genius. The diagonal line from Allie on Jerry's shoulders to Bubba in your round belly is gorgeous. And you can trace a circle around the four that welds you together. Truly the image is stunning. My hat is off to Scott. Pure genius.

Blessing on all of you.


Chelsea said...

Beautiful photo! I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well!! Keep us updated! And hope the holidays have been well :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats Kelly, love the picture, a forever treasure. I'm about to get my photography business up and running, just a part-time venture, have to keep insurance on the family. Love your creativity, can't wait to see newborn photos of "Bubba". I don't listen to Jerry anymore (only because I need Rock music), but I love to read your writing. Here's to you and your family, hope you have a blessed and Happy New Year!!


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jsi said...

Beautiful! Merry Christmas and praying peace, love, grace and joy into your New Year