pregnant is the new skinny

by Mary Jane

Pregnant woman

…Or atleast that’s what my shirt says…

I know, I know, this blog has been ALL work and NO play!!! Well…there have been some very fun unfoldments in the Strong family this summer. I can barely contain myself. I am ready to scream it from the rooftops! It’s just too good not to share.

We are so grateful that we have held this perfect little idea so close to us (and family and friends), protecting it, cherishing it – but NOW…it’s something that needs to be shared…because let’s face it – babies make people happy! And happiness MUST be shared…it’s a rule.

I’m going to be a MOM! Can you believe it? A mom. It still feels very surreal. I still remember when my mom had my little brother. I was 7. It was “predicted” that our little Gabriel was going to be a girl – in fact – they were 99% sure. So, I spent 9 months day-dreaming of a little sister, name Molly Beth, that I could play dress up with. When a little boy was delivered, I quite frankly wanted to send him back. What about the flowered wall paper we put up? What about the pink dresses and Mary Janes? I don’t think I talked to my mom for 2 weeks. But, I couldn’t imagine life without him now. He is our families baby and always will be.

I am grateful I got to play “mom” as a young girl – I was an expert diaper changer, clothes changer, bottle feeder, etc. I’m just hoping it all comes back to me. My mom assures me that it will. And I believe her.

Maybe I’ll get the little girl I always dreamed about as a kid. Maybe I won’t. Either way – I’ll be happy. We are going to be surprised on the sex (since they seem to be wrong a lot anyway), but I have a small inclination that it’s going to be a boy (and so does Mark). On March 5th, 2010 – I can’t wait to hear Mark exclaim, “IT’S A ——- !” Really, it couldn’t have been better timing. I have had the most amazing pregnancy. I shot weddings the entire way through and just felt great. I have one more wedding on November 15th AND I can’t wait to start shooting weddings again at the end of April. I will be so ready!

Looking forward to this new journey with the absolute love of my life (he is going to be the best dad!). I have a feeling that my concept of love is going to grow more than I ever dreamed. And I’m most grateful that God is loving us unconditionally and guiding us the entire way.

My cup runneth over. I couldn’t ask for more.

Here I am at 4 months…

5 months…(and wearing my new preggo jeans…the best invention EVER!)

5 1/2 months

5 1/2 months – me and the Nanny-to-be!

Here are some photos of Mark and I as babies – we kinda look alike – I wonder if this is any indication of what’s to come?!?!?! LOL.


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