what's been cookin'

If a space full of belly isn't your thing, this is definitely not the post for you. Even though I have been horribly disconnected since arriving back to the United States of "first-world" living, we have tried to make some time to continue our journey of belly shots.

Starting with a sunny cold day at the end of December.

{circa 36 weeks}
Then on to our tranquil New Year's Eve spent with my sweetheart and dear friend Claire. The dress I'm wearing is Black Halo, designed by my cousin's talented wife Laurel. A Pea in the Pod contacted them to transform a couple of their designs for maternity wear, and here I am, lucky recipient of this gorgeous dress, just in time!

{circa 37 weeks}
In other news, baby turned and is positioned head down and happily (I assume) in my pelvis. The birth center here extended my due date by two days to January 22. (Could be any day now!) Belly has dropped, contrary to how high it may still appear.

{circa 38 weeks}
S and I aim for hour-long, mildly hilly walks just about every day, though I'm getting more and more tired. Today's was a short walk to the coffee shop to steal some wifi time, the fruits of which are this blog entry and me browsing through this past month's photos.

{a summery 39 weeks : heather, can you look at me instead of your belly?}
After much apartment hunting, wearing ourselves down and actually applying for one apartment, we decided to stay at my aunt's house. Admittedly there have been times here I felt rather crazy and a little dumb for moving so late in pregnancy with nary a plan. Purposely making this time of transition even more transitive. But truly I feel entirely lucky to be here. The care we receive from the birth center is more attuned to what I wanted (and imagined for my birthing process), and of course the care from my family. You can't really argue against the benefits of a loving, supportive environment.

Thank you.

31 comments:

Fritzi Marie said...

Dearie,

YOU look amazing and so beautiful. I'll be thinking of you and sending all sorts of happy thoughts and wishes.

love love love,
Kitty

Kerry said...

Heather you look wonderful; healthy, happy and bursting with baby! Will be thinking of you and wishing all the best for a fabulous birth experience just the way you want it :)

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Heather- you look gorgeous- I particularly love the photo of you all in white- you could have it made into a painting- beautiful- your NY's dress is lovely- glad you posted and that all is going well! All the best- Ren

Robin said...

Oh happy belly! You look wonderful and I am so glad you have made a decision regarding where to live, you don't need the added stress. Happy New Year!

Claire Kiefer said...

I love how perfectly round your belly looks in that first picture! And you looked so beautiful on New Years Eve. That mirror picture in all white is so lovely . . . I'm amazed at how you've totally maintained your body while growing a human in your tummy. Can't wait for his arrival! I will be visiting him as soon as he comes. :)

lovedfromthestart said...

That black dress is lovely! Best of luck for the rest of your pregnancy... hope everything goes well and can't wait to see the new baby!

Jen said...

Love the photos! You look amazing! I can't believe he'll be here so soon. :)
Wish I could have spent more time with you in December, but I am planning another trip out in April so hopefully I'll get to meet the little one then. : ) Miss you.
Lots of love

Hollie said...

Heather! You are SO cute. I can't believe its already January!

LatteLisa said...

Heather, that was a wonderful reading and you look so beautiful. I'm so loving that black dress on you!

I know everything about how exhausting it can be to look for a home! So, I'm glad to hear that you'll stay at your auntie and have your family around when the baby arrives.

Wishing you all the best :-)

Di said...

The bump is blooming! Good luck for the imminent birth and I am glad that you have "found" your nest for the time being!

georgia~gigi said...

Oh Heather, I've missed you! Look at your beautiful belly, it has grown alot :)
You look so stinkin cute!
Almost time, wow, it went fast!!!!
much love
gi gi

dotblogg said...

have a happy 2011 year:)) you look very nice with this belly:)))
hugs
Just

Lady Grey said...

WOW! You are sooooo close! You look beautiful.
oxo

Gracie said...

This is so exciting! And you are looking amazing! I can't wait for you both to welcome your little one into the world.

Take care of yourself!

aiz kim said...

oh you are one beautiful preggie. Family is always the best support team during these times!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

You look so great and happy!

Ooh and your friend works for Black Halo? love the dress on you and their dresses are so chic and timeless!

Jen said...

You are sooo close and that is amazing and exciting! Can't wait to hear all about the arrival of your little one!

Miles Of Style said...

you look beautiful and happy! congratulations and wishing you the best of health through out your pregnancy dearie.

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

How beautiful pregnant you look!
Can't wait to see the baby;-)
Warmly hope all is well with you.xx

thenextarrow said...

you look beautiful! man, time is flying. it feels like yesterday you were mentioning that you had a very small bun in the oven :) so glad you're healthy + happy, my dear!

xo Alison

DolceDreams said...

How beautiful you are! I have shots with an even bigger tummy ... amazing what we women can do! ALL of the best to you in this beautiful process of creation, I am looking forward to seeing his little face in pictures soon!
Nathalie

gracey said...

Goodness! you're glowing! and the tummy angel, too! <3

Stacey said...

You're so radiant! I love the pics and i can tell already that you're going to be an AMAZING mom! Let the count down begin:-). XX

OneCraftyFox said...

Hello beautiful mommy!! Heather, you carry pregnancy so well :) It's amazing to watch your belly grow with life... and love.

I am getting so excited for baby's arrival!

Lots of Love,
Diana

creativitaeblog.com said...

You look beautiful, happy and healthy! Welcome home chica! I'll email you soon, you're probably having the baby as I type! :D

((hugs))

Aimee

She Wore It Well said...

love the photos, so precious

Anna Walker said...

YOU LOOK GORGEOUS! That black dress is fabulous as well! Can't wait to see pictures of your little one! :)

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Raquel London said...

Heather you look so beautiful! Thanks for sharing such a nice post, you sound really positive and happy. I look forward to your next post, hopefully with pictures of a sparkly new little person. wish you all the best in the next few days! love to the both of you

this free bird said...

Heather you are looking fab and happy and I love you in the white number!! So happy baby is head down and readying for arrival (hehe). Take care and no worries on not having a "plan" - what is that anyway? Nothing ever works out as "planned" and being in a supportive environment is what is most important.

Love and hugs and positive thoughts and prayers to you, S, and baby. I think of you often :)

xoxo,
Carrie

a whole lotta love said...

Wow! I love pregnancy photos. You are glowing. That dress is very lovely too! Looks like baby will be coming very soon :)

Love,
Adrienne

Signe said...

You - my deares Heather - look lovelier than ever!

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