Hi! This is my first post, hopefully of many to come. I am the Angela in Angela Anderson Photography (momma studio to Feather Whimsy Portraits) and I am pregnant! It was my idea a few months ago to begin hosting some fabulous women on the Feather Whimsy blog to post about their new/current lives as mommas and it only seems fair if I do the same! I am not going to lie: I am fairly nervous. I consider myself a pretty private person and doing blog posts all about myself is a bit intimidating. And then to follow Alice and Lauren, well that is a daunting fate. I cannot promise to be as charming and lovely as the former but I am happy to try and share my experience in only the way I personally can.I know that I have so enjoyed reading Alice and Lauren’s posts each week and if I can entertain and inform new mommas than I am happy to do so!
So…a little about myself. I am a photographer, of course. I have been working in photography for over 12 years. It is nearing 8 years as the business we are now (see: Angela Anderson Photography). If you follow the Feather Whimsy blog aside from the wonderful feather mommy bloggers we also post a lot of children and family portraiture. Some done by me and a lot done by my associate, Amy Campbell. Amy recently had a baby herself! Well I say recently and he is a year old next month! I still recall the day when Amy called me to tell me she was pregnant and how overjoyed I was for her. I squealed aloud. I knew Amy would be an incredible mom and she definitely proved me right. I am completely infatuated with her little baby boy, Ethan. Check out their family photos that I took just recently: Click Here. I mean, HOW CUTE is Ethan? There will be more discussion on Ethan later.
But more about, eek, me. I am married to one of those men your mom always told you to marry but you always wondered if they really existed (think white knight). Trust me, I went through some bad apples and some just plain weirdos. How I found Gary I will never know and I do not need to know. Because I cannot think too much about it just in case I find out that I have merely been dreaming this whole time.So Gary and I met just about ten years ago. In a bar. Well truth be told it we were set up by someone. Neither of us were wanting to meet the other, mainly because Gary had sold almost everything he owned in order to move to NYC and I was in the throes of applying for a Fulbright Scholarship to translate French and Spanish poetry into English (and was planning to live in Paris and Barcelona). We were not looking for any ties to Kentucky or a person. Well as that wonderful quote says Life is what happens while you are making other plans. And thank goodness it does. We became engaged on a whirlwind trip to Paris three months after we met and married within a year.
Here are two recent photos of us that Amy Campbell took (we did a vow renewal/an excuse for me to wear an incredible Vera Wang gown)
In the pictures above I am two months pregnant! So when Gary and I decided that we wanted to have a child we thought it would take awhile. You always hear months, maybe even a year or two. We took months talking about it and planning and thinking and then we decided in April, let’s get going! Well how about one try? I cannot tell you how shocked I was. I remember when I first had a feeling it was happening. I was standing with my parents looking at some old photographs and I had a very strange wave of nausea. I instantly thought: Oh my God I am already pregnant. So I ran to take a test and wouldn’t you know it: negative. I had been so certain that I had resigned myself to say, well we will give it another try (and clearly just keep trying). I knew I had tested early but I was convinced. Fast forward to a week later and I was a few days late on that time of the month festivities and I thought – what the heck, I will try the test again. And sure enough I waited the three minutes and looked over at the sink and just about passed out. I could not believe it. How could it have happened so quickly. Really, really how could it have happened after just one shot. I will admit I walked around in a daze. Gary was on a film location (he is a director and cinematographer, by the way) and I knew I could not text him this information. So I had to sit around the house waiting hours for him to come home. Pacing around wondering how I would tell him. I thought of every elaborate plan I could and in the end I simply couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t even concentrate, leave the house or my goodness even speak for that matter. So when I heard Gary come up the stairs this is the ridiculous thing I came up with:
Can you believe that? It has to be the dorkiest idea ever. I just typed the words out and clicked every emoticon I could find. And handed him the phone. I mean I couldn’t even speak I was so overwhelmed. This was going to have to do.
So I have been taking photos here and there – nothing like the awesome photo series of Lauren (which have all been done by me, by the way) but I will share a few. I am way behind. I meant to start posting about a month ago and I am already 18 weeks along (almost half way there!!). I don’t have anything super recent but I will try to put up something soon. I only took photos every couple of weeks because I was not as fortunate as Lauren and I didn’t get that sweet, cute little growing bump. I stayed pretty flat until about a week ago (well that is, if I didn’t have a big meal)! So hopefully in the next photo I will be able to show you a little bump action.