Since I started blogging a year ago I've had some unforgettable moments. I think this post will be one of the most memorable I've ever had the privilege to write.
Pregnancy is a miraculous time in life. There are those who would feel a woman is somehow less feminine, attractive or desirable during these months. I've always found women beautiful when they're pregnant, and I think amongst all the health concerns, visits to the doctor and shopping trips for clothes and accessories it's important to remember that a woman doesn't just lose these qualities during maternity. I believe the beauty of motherhood should be celebrated.
So when I discovered Leah was documenting these moments in her sister Joy’s life I knew I wanted to feature it. I’ve known Leah since last year, she's proven herself to be one of the kindest people I’ve ever met and quickly grew to become one of my most trusted friends. I collaborated with these two women and Joy’s husband Nelson, and they've allowed me to feature some of their story. Joy's words follow...
"My husband and I waited for over a year to get pregnant. We consulted our doctors who gave us until November of last year. They said, if nothing happens, we may need to do something else... We kept trying and then we found out we're having a baby, ironically, last November. It was also Thanksgiving Day. The best Thanksgiving thus far..."
"I can say that it has been a great emotional ride since I found out that I'm with child. The very first time I learned about it, I was very happy and thankful. Thankful that God has heard our prayers cause we have been wanting a baby for quite some time. My husband and I are not that young anymore, hence, it has proved to be a challenge. Every single day has become a learning experience for us. As my little one developed and grew, I've tremendously became more aware of my body. The aches and pains I've had and been having are all a vital part of this pregnancy process."
"The first time I heard the baby's heart beat was a milestone. I cried... It's like an affirmation of life in my womb... That he is truly there. Another unforgettable moment was when I first felt movement. It was a feeling unlike any other. Now, I still feel such a magical connection with my baby every time I feel him move. His movements have become stronger and more distinct. Sometimes, I'd joke with my husband that this little fellow can be a future football star or perhaps even a wrestler!"
"I'm very excited to be a mom. Yet, no matter how much preparation my husband and I do such as attending child birth preparation classes, baby care classes, reading books and watching videos on how to rear a baby/child etc... etc.. There's nothing that would really prepare us for whatever lies ahead. We still are hopeful and with much love in our hearts, we'll just take one day at a time and try to be the best parents for this child. I'm truly happy and contented. I can't wait to meet my little one and hold him in my arms.."
"Whatever I'm feeling... Whether it be ache, pains or a tickle... I know that everything has its purpose and meaning. I have loved this little one even before I ever met him and I know in my heart that I will love him more once he's born and forever..."
Joy: words can't express how it feels to be able to bring this to my readers. I'm deeply grateful to you and Nelson for this opportunity, I've enjoyed working with you on this.
Leah: as always your heart shines through in your photographs. Thank you so much for allowing me to use these images, they're gorgeous. I'm proud to call you my friend.
*All photos taken by Leah Taas. Images may not be redisplayed on another website without due permission.