March 3, 2011
Hi! Last week I posted about getting pregnancy photos taken by our friend Photographer Will Robb. The photos are ready now and I wanted to share some here! These were taken when I was 31 weeks. I have 100+ more photos but the ones above are my favorites:)
Andy and I both enjoyed the photo shoot. Will and his wife, Sue came over to our apartment with all the equipment, and set up a shop here. Obviously I'm not a professional model so I usually get pretty nervous in front of camera, but I really felt at home while he was taking the pictures. The shoot lasted for about 5 hours, but the time flew!
I love how the photos came out and it is really nice to have something to remember this time in my life.
So, I've been reading a book called "Making children mind without loosing yours" by Dr. Kevin Leman for the second time. The book was passed down from my grandmother-in-law to my mother-in-law to me. I read it when I was about 18 weeks, and now I'm getting close to the end of the pregnancy, I decided to read it again. So whenever I take a long bath, I take the book with me and read it in the bath.
I've noticed that I have a different feeling reading this book for the second time now. For instance, in the beginning of the book, Leman talks about how his doctor gave him advice about leaving the baby with a baby sitter for a couple of hours every week in order to take his wife on a date without the baby. He discusses how this system worked worked well for both he and his wife, and (amazingly) the baby in the long run. He writes that it was really hard for him at first, but it helped a lot in order to maintain a strong love relationship between he and his wife. This, in turn, helped both of them to become stronger parents. Quality time alone as a couple leads to quality time together as parents.
Leman wonders what would have happened if he did not take the advice given him and instead restricted his entire life around a little baby... He strongly holds that if he had done this that the baby would not have grown up to be as responsible and disciplined as she is now.
When I first read this, I was thinking, "leaving a baby for a few hours? This won't be hard for me! I want to go out and take a break sometime and I can have my mom come over to watch the baby". But now when I re-read the same thing, I wonder if I can actually do this. I feel so attached to the baby already and leaving the baby just for a few hours sounds like a real big deal. It's strange how my feelings and attitude have changed over the past couple of months. I feel the baby move and I'm looking forward to her coming every day.
Anyway, although it may be hard for me, I want to try to leave the baby for a few hours each week to go out with Andy. I plan to make a conscious effort to do this even if it feels scary. Perhaps starting on my birthday, which is 10 days after my estimated due date. It will be hard I am sure, but I think it will help my whole family in the long run.
Any opinion? If you are a parent, do you find it hard to leave your baby to someone else?
P.S. Last day to enter the cut out dress giveaway! The winner will be picked and announced tomorrow:)