Isobel spent most of this week’s shoot behind the camera, so you might notice a few artistic liberties have been taken, such as the camera being shifted off-center a few times. It gives you a sneak peak into our exciting side yard, which I’m sure you’ve all been dying to see. Isobel directed us to pose based on the Lego movie as if I was Emmet and she was WildStyle, which in her mind meant we’d do thumbs up while she posed in a dramatic fashion. I didn’t mention to her that maybe they, as Lego people, couldn’t do thumbs-up based on their cupped-hand anatomy, because I doubt she would have taken that well. Overall she did a pretty great job of taking the photos and an okay job of actually staying in frame.
I am as huge and as barely mobile as ever, and these photos were taken right before my parents took us to the yearly local Rock and Mineral show held at our county fairgrounds, which happens to be only a couple miles from our house. Due to a love of sparkly magic rocks and some recent purchases from the Friends of the Library Book Sale, Isobel has become passionate about rocks and gemstones and has been learning their names and collecting them. My Dad has always been a rock hound so he has encouraged her every time she’s visited Ama and Papa’s house. We plan to visit a local cave this summer, and she is pretty convinced she’ll happen to stumble upon some beautiful crystals on the ground while she’s there. This is guaranteed to happen because Anthony plans on visiting the gift shop first and planting some rose quarts in places she won’t be able to miss it.
So, I wanted to look decent enough to be seen in public but at the same time I’m reaching my limit with what I can comfortably wear that actually covers all of my belly. The last time I went out in public people actually laughed at me for being so huge (they didn’t know I could hear them BUT I TOTALLY COULD) and when I saw my OB even he was taken aback. I asked him to check and see if I had started dilating because I’m paranoid about delivering early and I’ve had a lot of contractions. A friend of mine spent her final month walking around and dilated at a 5, which is basically a ticking time bomb. Turns out I’m not dilated at all and he hasn’t even dropped yet which makes me feel safe.
I settled for wearing my tweedledee pants from the traveling maternity box and a thrifted black cotton cowl-necked tunic that wasn’t maternity but worked well as a comfy top. I figure if I’m going to be this big I should chose a body-skimming silhouette in a single color, or maybe that’s just my excuse for wanting to be comfy and lazy. I also wore one of my thrifted gold-chain necklaces from the 7os to dress it up a bit.
Isobel decided to wear a vintage terry cloth romper that was a favorite and worn heavily by both my older cousin Elizabeth and me. I was worried she’d get cold in just that outfit so I packed a sweater but the rock and mineral show is inevitably humid and hot. I forget every time we go that it’s too early in the year for air conditioning yet there’s an enormous amount of people packed in one area. She is wearing the fancy glitter “slippers” Grandma bought her for Christmas and since she’s been dressing herself more independently lately they are on the wrong feet in these photos but we changed that before leaving the house.
After these photos were taken she decided to be a “fancy lady” like Mama and wear her pink estate sale necklace and bring her thrifted pink kitten purse. She looked fantastic.