The past few weeks have been filled with sleepless nights of feedings every 2 hours, diaper changes, burping, swaddling, doctor's visits, watching him sleep, worrying, admiring his little fingers and toes, waiting for his belly button to heal, sponge baths, watching him grow, more worrying...
Who knew such a hectic existence could be so gratifying and filled with love?
As a photographer, motherhood has been bittersweet. I want to capture everything with my camera yet I fear the time spent behind it will mean I'm not fully present and enjoying each unique and fleeting moment with my child. Yet how can I vividly reminisce about those moments later if I haven't photographed them?
Baby bump - 33 weeks, Copyright Qiana Mestrich
After getting laid off from work late June, I'd planned to document the last few weeks of my pregnancy. I was inspired by this photo (above, taken with my Nikon D200) of my bump at 33 weeks where my belly button had finally begun to pop out.