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Meet Southern Mother Kayla G. of Atlanta Georgia in Her Beautiful Maternity Photos
Motherhood means having a tiny piece of your heart that you can physically hold and snuggle every day that always needs you. It means giving up aspects of your life for a tiny little person and loving every minute of it.
In your own words, tell us about being pregnant, the mother you have become while carrying new life, and how it’s changed you.
Pregnancy has been wonderful to me, I have honestly felt so powerful and so important growing a tiny human. I feel my brain changing, I can no longer justify speeding or pulling out onto a road with a small gap because my brain knows its unsafe.
Did you find out the gender of your baby? Is there a name picked out yet?
Yes & yes!
Baby’s Name (First & Middle)
What are your must-have pregnancy items?
My snoogle pillow, my belly band, a pants button extender, some good sleep bras, and slide on shoes.
How did you find out you were expecting?
My husband and I were counting down the days until we could test. We were out of town for a family members wedding and the dress I was wearing had gotten a little tighter in the hips since the last time I had worn it a few weeks prior. After the wedding we ran to Walmart and grabbed some cheap tests and a bottle of wine just in case and boom, there were those little pink lines. (The wine was then gifted to a family member.)
How did you tell the father?
I called him into the bathroom and practically shoved the test in his face.
How has pregnancy changed you as a woman?
Pregnancy has made me more okay with my body changing as it needs to. I stopped obsessing about the number on the scale or on the tag of my clothes and just learned to love that my body is capable of doing something so special.
What are some of your most cherished memories of your childhood and do you plan on passing down any southern traditions?
Some of my best memories were the simple days outside in the yard, growing gardens, shooting bb guns, and playing in the mud. We plan on teaching Evan the importance of using whats around him to have fun instead of relying on technology.
What most surprised you about pregnancy?
How much my body is able to change and support this little life.
What has been your greatest challenge in being pregnant?
This dang Georgia heat! In my third trimester I was put on a heat restriction and it was very difficult to follow working with really busy kids during the summertime.
What is your greatest joyful memory of being pregnant?
I have so many it’s hard to choose. Finding out he was a boy, seeing his little face on a 3d ultrasound, feeling him kick for the first time (and everytime after that), and watching him roll around in my belly.
What advice do you wish you had known before getting pregnant?
Enjoy every step of the process no matter what.
What would you tell someone who just found out they were pregnant?
First off CONGRATS!! Morning sickness won’t last forever even though it seems like the end of the world in the beginning, you eventually get used to it. Stretch marks will fade, they are not a blemish, they are proof of the strength of your body. Stop looking at the scale, your body will gain as much as it needs to in order grow that little squishy. Buy a snoogle!! And invest in some good sleep bras, but not too early as you will probably change sizes multiple times before the end.
Can you share with our mommies where you purchased the items you wore for your maternity session?
My dress was from PinkBlush Maternity and my ballet flats were from Target!
Did you have any pregnancy cravings or aversions?
I craved watermelon in the winter and so much pasta. I absolutely hated meat in my first trimester and could not stand the smell of Tabasco, which stinks because my husband puts it on practically everything.
Do you have any favorite maternity items you couldn’t live without?
I couldn’t live without my snoogle pregnancy pillow. That thing has saved my back, my hips, and my husband from my extra heavy pregnancy snuggles.
If you could give your child one piece of advice what would it be?
Be kind to everyone no matter how kind they are to you. You never know what people are going through behind the scenes and you may just be the person who can turn their day around or help them in ways you could never understand just by being kind.
Navy Striped Floral Print Ruffle Off Shoulder Maternity Maxi Dress
An off shoulder maternity maxi dress featuring a striped and floral print, a cinched elastic neckline and waistline, and a cute ruffle trim. This style was created to be worn before, during, and after pregnancy.
Hannah is AMAZING. I accompanied my brother and sister in law on their maternity shoot with Hannah and I could tell how much thought she puts into her shoots. We hired her as soon as we found out we were pregnant. She was always great about communication and even when life was super crazy for everyone and the weather was getting in the way she still gave us her all at our photo shoot. Our pictures turned about beyond amazing. I have never felt more beautiful – Kayla G.
MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER:
I’m Hannah, an Atlanta-based portrait, wedding, and lifestyle photographer. I love Jesus and puppy videos, and I take photos to support my donut habit. Just kidding (kind of). I actually take photos because I also really love people. I believe that every person has been uniquely and wonderfully made. The best part about photography to me is meeting you – incredible clients, hearing your stories, and helping the best I can to share and to treasure them. I live in Atlanta with my super sweet hubby, Ryan (who’s also my second shooter!), my terribly sassy cat, Sammie, and my derpy golden retriever puppy, Peaches.