our new beginning

Today will be the last post for a few weeks. The next post you see, will most likely, be the introduction of our new little bean, boy or girl is still yet to be seen!Many of you know that Ryan and I are expecting our first babe, and the time has finally come. Before I send off for these few weeks away, I wanted to share with you a little bit of our journey through these past 9 months. It has been such a special time, and I can't believe my pregnancy is almost over.

It's funny, but I think of how far back I began thinking of being a mother. From a little girl, I remember having dolls and dressing them, putting them to bed, brushing their hair. I can only think that it was from watching my own mother and hoping I could be just like her when I grow up. As I got older, I dreamt of meeting a handsome man and falling deeply in love. I fantasized about my perfect wedding day, wearing a dress I would make with my own two hands. Walking down the aisle towards my future. About beginning a life with someone so special and so dear to me. And then I remember hoping of starting my own family, creating new life. I remember dreaming of having a beautiful home full of laughter and joy. Most likely some sorrow and tears. But always full of love.

And here I am, on the precipice of this next piece of the puzzle. Not only have I married someone more wonderful and more amazing than any man I could have dreamt of, but we are awaiting the moments until our very own little baby enters this world. There is no way to describe how I feel right now, but I can say it is so much more than I ever imagined. The journey that has gotten us here, has been quite different than I imagined as a child. But every choice I've made good or bad, every challenge I faced, every victory I celebrated is what has brought me to this perfect place. To say 'I wouldn't change a thing' is putting it lightly.

This first photo is from our California trip... which began just days after we found out we were pregnant. It was one of the most special and amazing trips we've had together...

DSC_4673 This is a little compilation of the changes over the past 8 months. It is amazing how we are built for such a special time in life.Belly-1 And lastly, here is one of my favorite images from our maternity session with Jessica Balfour. Not only is she a good friend, but a peer that I respect more than words can say. Thank you for creating such special images for us.IMG_8251