On Tuesday of last week I was called and notified of Emma's scheduled birthday/ my C-section appointment. I sent the date to all my friends and family so they could mark the joyous occasion on their calendars forever. Shouldn't be too hard to remember since it's the day after my birthday! ;) My friend Miriam texted me back saying she really wanted to take maternity pictures for us on Sunday (yesterday) since it had been something we talked about since I took hers last year. We had made this date months ago, but then kind of cancelled it after I was in the hospital for a week last month, since I wasn't sure how things would go or when Emma would be born. Also one of Michael's friends got married in Birmingham on Saturday and he was debating going to that, but decided to stay with me "in case my water broke randomly".
So I told Miriam that pictures were a go! She came over yesterday at 1:30 with her camera bag (she has a Canon T3i) and goodies for baby Emma. I thought about getting pictures taken during sunset, until she reminded me that it has rained every evening for the past handful of days. And it did rain from 5pm on last night. Michael even felt some sprinkles at Noon while he was outside installing Emmy's carseat bases into our cars, but they went away for us. Phew! We both went through disappointing "fat" moments, throwing clothes around the bedroom, upset that certain tops and pants or dresses didn't fit right at the time or look good on us, both vowing to start eating healthier next week after Emma is born. The box of donuts I bought that morning wasn't helping, but they were delicious! And we've been going out to eat a bit more in a semi-frantic/ romantic "this is the last time it will be just us, then we'll be asking to be seated for a party of 3!" :)
We took pictures on a dock in one of the neighborhoods behind us, then changed outfits for pictures on the trail near our house, and a few in Emma's room with Sasha. Miriam was such a trooper and pushed through her bad allergies. She said it was due to all of the rain and being around oak trees made it worse, so of course there were 100 oak trees on the trail we were on. But the pictures turned out so great and I'm really glad we have those now! She took a total of about 240 and I've narrowed down to my 29 favorites: