Why am I crying this time?

DSC_0555Last weekend, after what felt like ages of scheduling and planning, it was time to take some bump pics with one of my favorite photographers. Memories! A cute dress! Visiting with friends! It was all the good things I wanted to help commemorate what has so far been a charmed pregnancy.

So why was I bawling? Hormones had me feeling super unattractive and just not ready and I shed real, actual, ridiculous tears. Clearly the tears didn’t last and photos came out beautifully, but I have to admit it’s a little bit embarrassing how emotionally worked up I can get these days over what seems to be the littlest stuff.

What else have I cried over in the course of this pregnancy? Some of it is downright funny. Here’s a partial list.

  • The movie “A Monster Calls,” (even though I read the book last summer and knew exactly what was coming)
  • I ran out of club soda
  • The song “It’s Quiet Uptown” from the musical Hamilton
  • I had to park far away from my apartment on grocery shopping day because all the parking spots anywhere near my building were full
  • That viral video of a teen coming out to his southern mom at their kitchen table and the mom being super loving and supportive
  • The first birthday video some young parents I know made for their daughter
  • Not being able to get air in my low tire despite stopping at all three gas stations in town
  • My husband’s incredible kindness and patience

I’m pretty sure I’ll be back to my normal self in a few months time, but until then, you might just have to call me MJ.

crying jordan


The nieces

So my friends have these two nieces.

The nieces posed at dinner

They were the first thing I took a picture of when I pulled out my camera, and right away they wanted to play with it.

I went over the ground rules and handed over my sturdy point-and-shoot. It was fun to see what they shot when I finally got around to pulling the photos off the camera.

Of course they had to capture their Auntie Nikki

and one of their brother with Uncle Cavis

I love how this shows mom & baby's matching big brown eyes.

Interestingly, it seems the girls have already learned some of the most important lessons of photography.

1. Take advantage of hams

2. Don't be afraid to get close to your subject

3. Shooting at an angle can make things more interesting

4. Play with light