Baby Update + Maternity Photos

• 16 July 2010






















A few of you requested a baby update...here it goes:

Around 26.5 weeks I went in for an additional ultrasound and during the procedure they discovered the umbilical cord was wrapped around my baby's neck 2 times. Needless to say I was extremely worried. So, for the past 3 weeks I've visited a high-risk pregnancy office for thrice weekly non-stress tests, which is an ironic term for something so stressful if you ask me. The good news is that so far the baby looks great and I am feeling more calm about the situation. They are even reducing my stress tests to twice weekly instead. The bad news is that I'm so worried about everything that I'm starting to have contractions...even while lying down during these NST's. So now I'm working on "taking it easy", whatever that means. Never a dull moment as a mother I tell ya!

On a lighter note, I asked Justin Hackworth to take some maternity photos for me this year. I've never had professional images taken while pregnant, and thought it would be a great idea; that is, until it came down to the wire. I started creating excuses in my mind as to why I should cancel--I felt too big, I didn't have a cute dress from Anthropologie to wear, I didn't like my hair (silly me...a haircut fixed that right up!) and let's be honest, everything feels overwhelming when you are in that third trimester. But, I did it anyway...and I am so very glad we made it happen. These images Justin shot are priceless and there is no doubt in my mind I will be more than grateful for these images down the road, as they document an important part of my personal history as a mother. As an added bonus I scheduled the session to take place when my husband was out-of-town so I could surprise him...I highly recommend this scenario :)

You can take a peek here if you'd like.

38 comments:

Abby said...

Very beautiful pictures Steph.

The Good Report said...

just gorgeous!

Where The Wilds Things Are said...

You look amazing! Thanks for sharing the link. I hope the contractions stop, and the rest of your pregnancy goes well.

brooke rane said...

stephanie, the photos are beautiful—i'm glad you went thru with it! and i am so glad to hear that things have calmed down a bit with the baby and that you're feeling more relaxed now. can't wait to see the little boy/girl!

Pauper said...

Wow! Absolutely beautiful! They make me wish I'd done this when I was expecting...oh well, maybe next time around!

Sam and Josh said...

Hang in there. Those high risk doctors are awesome. You are beautiful as ever.

Allison said...

You look beautiful! I wish I had some pictures taken during one of my pregnancies now, I think I was trying to avoid the camera a lot. But I would treasure it now that that time of my life is done. Especially ones done this beautifully. Sending warm and healthy wishes your way...

amy smart said...

Stephanie - the photos are gorgeous! So wish I had done something like that - but I just looked so bloated and gross, I never wanted a camera near me. Hindsight, oh well.

I'm so sorry to hear about your stress - I pray that all goes well - hang in there! I had some similar issues with our last little guy and I'm with you, those non-stress tests are anything but non-stressful! Best, best wishes going your way.

Alissa said...

The photos are just lovely! I wish you the best in the rest of the pregnancy!

jora said...

You look so healthy and beautiful! How far along??

kelli said...

But did these pictures show you that you're not so big and just as stunning without an Anthropologie dress? I love them! It's amazing that you went from intimidated to THIS. And how fun to make them a surprise.

I wished we talked more about this baby. Anything off is just awful. But lucky for you to catch this early!

Lesley said...

Absolutely beautiful portraits. You are gorgeous and Justin is amazing.

Emily said...

Beautiful, sweet photos. I'm glad the tests are going well and hope the rest of the pregnancy is uneventful!

kalanicut said...

Totally understand the pre-photo shoot panic. I go through it every time - a complete meltdown. Add pregnancy into that and it might just push me over the edge. :) Way to push through it. It's always worth it in the end.

These are really lovely! Best wishes with the rest of your pregnancy.

katie said...

just visited Hackworth's site and noticed that Patrick at Shep Studio does your hair. oh, how i miss him so. he used to do my hair when i lived there. let's just say my hair hasn't been the same since i moved. ;(
anyway, you look so lovely in the photos. pregnancy is such a beautiful time.
congratulations and take care of yourself!

Petra said...

Sometimes the more prenatal information we get, the scarier it gets. My second out of 4 babies was born (via a normal, natural water birth) with cord wrapped twice around her neck. If I'd know in advance, I would have been panicked too - good that you have that extra monitoring, and of course, you get to feel those treasured kicks for reassurance. I hope you can relax, I'm sure all will be well. The photos are adorable - what a delightful surprise for your husband!

husbandmodo said...

Loved the surprise! I am a lucky man!

carolina postcard said...

Sorry to hear you're going through some stresses, but I send good thoughts your way! Beautiful photo and what a special memory.

Petra said...

he he - 'husbandmodo' - not just an adorable wife, but an adorable couple :D With an adorable French pied-a-terre and soon to be 4 adorable children! Best wishes for the delivery you lucky couple.

LobotoME said...

beautiful pictures and please take good care of yourself....
xo,
j ;)

Joslyn said...

Steph
you look stunning (as always) i wish i had done this with the girlies...what a great idea.

I'm sending all sorts of good thoughts your way!
xo

liz stanley said...

you look so lovely, i love the one above the best. wishing you the best for the rest of your pregnancy

Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

you are beautiful! the one you posted here is my favorite. hope everything goes smoothly from here on out.

Amy said...

your picture are beautiful Steph!
I'm sending good thoughts your way.
Relax and take care of yourself :)

Rachael said...

What lovely photos--you look so serene and at peace.

Best wishes for the remainder of this pregnancy and delivery!

dandee said...

steph, i'm so happy to hear things are going better for your little one. you've been on my mind a lot these past few weeks.

and those photos! absolutely stunning. you are a classic beauty!

lynne said...

You look so pretty. What a wonderful thing to have recorded, so beautifully!

Lissette said...

Beautiful photos and I wish you and your family all the best!

katiecrackernuts said...

What a lovely idea to get the pics done as a surprise. They're lovely.
You take it easy. Plenty of time to be stressed about your little one once it's in your arms.

AmberLee said...

the pics are totally beautiful. and your do too. you are too cute curled up on that fluffy bed.

so sorry to hear you've had the extra stress. pregnancy brings enough to think about. i send my best and hope you are really able to relax a bit.

Tauni said...

LOVE the maternity shot. You look so beautiful and remarkably at peace despite all of the stress you're experiencing.

Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well!

LĂ­via said...

Hey Steph! I just started a blog and i did a post about your favorite cookies (gone wrong... :( ). I would love if you would visit me there, i really love your blog!

Love, Livia

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jen said...

stephanie, i hope everything goes well for the rest of the pregnancy. thank goodness for modern medicine, no? the photographs are stunning, as are you. xoxo

a pina colada said...

awww! For reals, these are amazing. What a wonderful memory. Love those pics and you are beautiful.

modernhaus said...

Oh, very lovely and simple and sweet pictures. I love your hair and what you chose to wear...

Jenn Kirk said...

So happy to hear that you and the baby are doing well! And you wear pregnancy beautifully.

Jenn Kirk said...

And did I just see a comment by a "husbandmodo"? Love it.

paula said...

You are stunning! Hope everything is going well. Must be hard with other little ones to care for.

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