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Our Maternity Photos + A Third Trimester Update

We are officially 3 weeks away from our due date! Honestly, time is flying by. I know most everyone tells you the last few weeks crawl due to anticipation, but I'm not experiencing that. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that the holidays are also around this time, and that we are still working on getting our new home furnished and ready for our parents to visit long term. I'm so busy with work (holiday season), buying and wrapping gifts for everyone, decorating the house, getting little man's nursery organized, ordering the last of what I need for postpartum and what we are still missing for this little peanut etc. that life.is.busy. I never want to forget this time, so it's helpful for me to write out all that I am feeling and experiencing, and while I'm at it - maybe it'll help you too. So here's a little update on the homestretch! HOW I'M FEELING PHYSICALLY I honestly feel really good! I was prepared for the worst after hearing everyone else's 3rd trimester stories, but like I've mentioned with other pregnancy topics, you really can't (and shouldn't) compare your story to others, because each pregnancy is so unique and different. I also strongly believe that mindset and staying active has so much to do with how you feel in these last few weeks. I've always been a regimented person, and sticking to a routine is what's keeping me sane. I'm still waking up at 6 AM daily, starting my day with a workout - yes, even at 37 weeks - although my workouts look a lot different, I'm proud of myself for staying committed to moving every day. I do a 20 minute Peloton walk on the treadmill, followed by 30-40 min of weights, and Shane and I take a walk in the afternoons with the dog 3ish times a week as well. I'm also still riding the Peloton if I'm not walking (about 2-3 times a week). I'm hoping that by staying active, my body will be more prepared for labor. We will see! EMOTIONS I feel fairly level headed. To be honest, I think everyone around me would say I've been super "normal" in the emotions department this entire pregnancy. Of course, I have my days here and there. I think it's fair to say that most of those days have been triggered by things that are out of my control, like Covid. I miss my family tremendously, and have truly let myself mourn the loss of the idea in my head of what I always thought pregnancy would look like. For example, having my family around for the milestone moments like the gender reveal, the baby shower, putting together the nursery and shopping for baby items together. Just writing this out bring tears to my eyes because it feels so unfair. I'm constantly reminding myself to focus on the things I can control, versus what I can't control, and to be grateful for a healthy growing little boy. I'm a firm believer in that everything happens for a reason, and God chose this timing for our family for a much greater purpose than we can physically see today. If you are going through this same season, just know your feelings are valid and that you are not alone. On the other end of the spectrum, I am so excited to meet our son. We talk about what he will look like and his personality daily, and it's been so fun to imagine life with him earthside. Our bodies are capable of so much, and I feel so grateful for such a huge blessing during a year like this. He has given us so much to look forward too, and the love we feel for him is already exponential. SLEEP Sleep is something I've struggled with most of my pregnancy. Around 32 weeks I started getting this intense itchy feeling all over my body at night which was really keeping me up. We were worried about Cholestasis so I went in to get tested, and thankfully did not have it. The doctor thought that the itchiness was most likely due to hormones as they are at their peak around this time and suggested Benadryl at night, and Allegra during the day to help with the symptoms. Well, the Benadryl has provided the best sleep I've had all pregnancy, and for the most part doesn't make me drowsy the next morning (I only take half the dosage). As of this week, I am starting to feel more tired later in the day but that's all part of the game. I can really only sleep comfortably on my right side with a king size pillow in between my legs so that's where I land for the most of the night. The belly sort of makes moving from side to side a whole project, and don't even get me started on getting up from the bed - haha! THE BELLY Baby has definitely dropped! I'm not 100% sure exactly what week this happened, but I want to say I started noticing it most around 33 weeks. My weight gain slowed way down in the 3rd trimester, but I can tell when baby boy is growing because there's a noticeable difference in my belly size and the scale reflects the gain too. He is also head down now! It's incredible being able to feel where his body parts are as he gets bigger. The kicks are a lot less frequent now that he has less room, and his movements tend to feel more like wiggles at this point. He likes to shove his butt right into my ribs and shifts from side to side daily. Sometimes I feel like I need to stretch my arms above my head to get him to shimmy down some because the rib situation is rather uncomfortable and cramped. My appetite also seems to be the biggest it's been to date these last few weeks, although, I tend to feel full fairly fast since there is less room so I eat lots of smaller meals throughout the day. I think the most noticeable difference for me now that he's in position is the amount of pressure I feel, especially if we are walking or I'm doing leg day. I also still have the lower back pain almost daily, but with a giant belly and a 6 lb baby down low inside of it - I guess that's to be expected. CRAVINGS I really haven't had a ton of cravings. I talked about this in my first trimester recap, but I experienced more aversions than anything. I will say, I still want fruit nonstop and as of late - I could eat 3 bowls of wheat bran cereal with blueberries a day and be perfectly happy. I'm definitely indulging in sweets more than I've ever let myself in the past, but overall - I've been fairly balanced with fueling my body, but also letting myself enjoy this time a little. SIGNS OF LABOR I've been keeping my eyes peeled for early labor signs. I noticed I started feeling lower back pain that feels more like the back pain you get right before your period (vs the back pain from weight - it feels different) last week. It comes in waves throughout the day, and as experts say, that's typically a sign that your body is preparing itself. I've had a little cramping here and there as well, which the OB said is normal around this timeframe and again - is a sign your body is preparing for what's to come. Other than that, there have been several days recently where I feel what I think* are Braxton Hicks contractions - they tend to take my breathe away for a second and then go away. We both feel like he will be here early, but then again, what do we know!? As excited as we are to meet him, I am hoping my body will start the process naturally when it's ready. I think that's pretty much everything there is to report right now. I am planning on trying to take a little time off in January to be present with him and my family, and to adjust to our new life. The only caveat to this job is that it doesn't come with paid time off, or any type of maternity leave, which gives me a little bit of anxiety as I would love to not feel the pressure to work. But, we will figure it out as we go and I feel confident that my gut will lead me in the right direction when the time comes. Is there anything I left out that you'd like to know about!? Planning to write another post on what's in my hospital bag soon - stay tuned. Photography: Anchor & Veil Dress c/o: Sexy Mama Maternity SHOP THE POST: JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.

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Maternity Gown for Baby Shower, Photo Shoot, Wedding-Mustard Yellow Maternity Dress-Maternity Photography-Long Fitted Dress-CHANTAL DRESS

PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR READY TO SHIP DRESSES https://www.etsy.com/shop/maternityphotoprops?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=22940585 (find the gown style you like, click on the photo and choose the dress color and size from the drop down box) >>> CHANTAL GOWN >>> This beautiful gown is made of very soft and stretchy jersey knit fabric. Perfect for your Maternity Photo Shoot, Baby Shower, Modeling Photo Session, Senior Photo Session or other special event. TOP of the dress is made of double layers of jersey fabric and it has a straight neckline. SLEEVES - off shoulder cap SKIRT of the dress is made of jersey knit fabric with knit lining for coverage LENGTH of the jersey fitted skirt - 58" from under the bust to the floor CHIFFON TRAIN - available in 3 sizes/length: 58", 85" and 108" ===================================================================== YOU LOVE THE DRESS BUT ** want flattering criss cross sweetheart neckline? See our ADD ON option https://www.etsy.com/listing/508816976/add-on-criss-cross-sweetheart-neckline?ref=shop_home_active_5 ** want on shoulder sleeves? See our ADD ON option https://www.etsy.com/listing/474982358/add-on-shoulder-sleeve-to-off-shoulder?ref=shop_home_active_4 **want long sleeves? See our ADD ON option https://www.etsy.com/listing/558348619/add-on-long-sleeves-to-short-sleeves?ref=shop_home_active_1 ** need your dress as soon as possible? We offer a Rush Order Upgrade https://www.etsy.com/listing/478702635/rush-order?ref=shop_home_active_1 ** not pregnant? Just write "Not pregnant" in "Note to seller" box during check out and we will customize your dress. ======================================================================= ~~~~~ SIZING ~~~~~ The sizing is based on your current bra band line or under bust measurement. So basically you want to measure around directly below the bust in inches and find your corresponding size. It is stretchy fabric and if you are right on the border line between two sizes, you may order smaller size. If you are a DD+ please add this information in a note to seller during checkout. XXXS 27-28 inches under bust XXS 28-30 inches under bust XS 30-31 inches under the bust S 31-32 inches under the bust M 33-34 inches under the bust L 34-35 inches under the bust XL 36-37 inches under the bust XXL 38-39 inches under the bust XXXL 40-43 inches under the bust ~~~~~ CARE ~~~~~ Dry clean is the best. You may also HAND wash in cold water and lay flat to dry. ~~~~~ PRODUCTION TIME ~~~~~ I ship my orders 7 business days after the purchase (I don't ship on Saturday and Sunday). If you need your order SOONER, please send me a message and I will let you know if I have your material in stock and if I have time to get your order ready to ship sooner. Below is a link to rush order upgrade: https://www.etsy.com/listing/478702635/rush-order?ref=shop_home_active_1 ~~~~~ DOMESTIC SHIPPING within USA ~~~~~ I ship all my orders via USPS Priority Mail with a travel time of 1-3 days. Overnight shipping is available. Contact me prior to placing your order for the cost. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DELAYS CAUSED BY USPS. After your package is dropped off at the post office and scanned (proof that the package reached the post office), it is out of my control. ORDERS WILL NOT BE REFUNDED DUE TO DELIVERY DELAY. You will receive e-mail from Etsy on the day your order is shipped. All of the orders I send out include a tracking number and a delivery confirmation. This is all included in the cost of the shipping when you order from my shop. ~~~~~ INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ~~~~~ I ship via United States Postal Service First Class Mail. There is NO delivery confirmation included on International packages, so there will be no way to track your package once it has been shipped and I cannot be held responsible for any lost packages. Therefore, I cannot issue any refunds for lost packages. If you would like to have a delivery confirmation, you would have to upgrade your shipping to Express Mail International. E-mail me prior to making a purchase, for a quote on your shipping cost. International buyers are responsible for duty/customs fees, if any apply. Contact your local customs office to see if and how this applies to you. ~~~~~ RETURNS and EXCHANGES ~~~~~ All of the gowns are handmade individually and production process begins once order is placed. We do not accept returns (every dress is handmade, made to order) or cancellations, but please contact me if you have any problems with your order. Customer Satisfaction is my number one priority, therefore I can accept exchanges. We will gladly assist you with an exchange only for different style, size or color( buyer is responsible for exchange shipping cost) and we do not charge restocking fee for exchange. Please contact me within 3 DAYS OF RECEIVING YOUR ITEM. The items must be in their original condition, and can not be worn, altered, washed, or damaged in any way (makeup marks, deodorant marks, pet hair,perfume and/or lotion smells e.t.c.). If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value. The items have to be sent back in packaging that will will not allow damage to the items you return. You may always pick up a priority box at your local Post Office for free. ~~~~~ PHOTOGRAPHERS ~~~~~ Medium is the most common size. Please convo me for a special discount in exchange for photos of my work in action! ~~~~~PAYMENT ~~~~~ I accept PayPal and all major credit cards. 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