When I took these photographs the day was quite cool, cold even, and very overcast. We were hoping for some rain because aside from one cloudburst in October, we’ve had a record-breaking dry year. No such luck. By the next day the sky had cleared and temperatures were in the late 60s.
The whole family was home and willing to take photos so I got a few shots of us all together. I’m so glad I got to do that, as it’s as close to official maternity family shots as we’ll probably get. I’ve managed to break every tripod I’ve ever owned, so I’m grateful my friend Jenn let me borrow hers on longtime loan. These photos would have been absolutely impossible without it.
Again, we’d much rather Anthony have a job and not be recovering from a major surgery right now, but that’s the hand we were dealt and despite our setbacks we are enjoying our time together immensely. Isobel has such a lovely relationship with Anthony and I know it’s been nurtured by all this time together. Time really is a gift, and it’s a gift I know I’m going to be valuing even more once the baby gets here.
I am so much larger this time around and my back is feeling the strain of it. I have some brand new stretch marks and I may have a small hernia near my belly button which is pretty much out already. Fun stuff. But it’s cool, I still have pants that fit and I can take lots of breaks, so I’m hanging in there. I keep tripping on things or stepping on toys because I just can’t see what’s going on in that giant blind spot known as the ground.
I feel like I’ve sorted more onesies than any one human can possibly go through in one lifetime. Aside from one small set of sleepers my Mom bought him (“I wanted him to have something new!”) we’ve been the fortunate recipients of hand-me-downs from friends and relatives. I don’t think he’ll want for anything until he reaches around 9 months when our bounty of onesies and footie pajamas runs dry. We’ve had more baby clothes than we know what to do with and I’ve already dropped off a trunkful of donations to Goodwill with the overflow we can’t accommodate.
I’ve been working on the nursery a lot these days, just trying to clean it and move the last of Isobel’s stuff over to her room. It’s been a huge operation. My Dad has been working on fixing up the brass bed we bought for Isobel and I’ve been condensing her stuff and trying to finish her room at the same time. We still need a dresser for her but since our budget for this is around $15-$25 I figure I’ll be looking for quite some time. I’ve found exactly one thing Elias’ room while thrifting but have had dismal luck so far. The room is already a lovely shade of blue (here it is when we fixed it up for Isobel) and so we want to do a sky theme this time. I’ve been drooling over these cloud mobiles forever but they are out of our budget.
As for clothes, I’m the only one sporting thrifted goods today. Isobel is wearing her Christmas dress from Grandma and tights she got from relatives. Anthony’s wearing work clothes for his arm and cords from Target. I’m wearing a really large handmade cowl that I found at an estate sale. I am not at all sure it was originally made to be a cowl, but I can’t think of what else it could possibly be. I wear it as a cowl and it is this close to being too large to do so. I’m sporting a necklace by bestie Stef bought me for my birthday (one of my fave presents ever). The sweater and 1970s blouse were from the Catholic thrift store. I wore this same shirt when we went to the pumpkin patch this year and it’s pretty hilarious to compare me now to how I looked in it then. I remember thinking I was so huge, too.
The bag was a thrifted find that I particularly like taking to the library because it easily holds a whole family’s worth of books.
The clogs were from Shoes for Crews and the corduroy pants were courtesy of the traveling maternity box. You’ll notice Isobel’s pose in the photo above? She learned this move, called “making a shape”, in the hippie dance class I enrolled her in last spring. After this she demanded we all “make shapes” for the camera.