“... almost magical...”
Here are some thoughts that I had while looking through my album.
Wow, it seems so long ago that I was pregnant, but looking at these images brings it all back, in a wonderful way. I'm reminded of how amazing, almost magical, that time was.
Pregnancy is such a unique part of a woman's life, at least it was for me. Ed did an astounding job of capturing the experience of pregnancy in a way that I love to go back to. His work is so much more than a documentation of physical changes.
He tells a story with the images; he brings out the emotions (and we all know there are a lot of those during pregnancy). As I look back through my album I remember not only the hectic preparation, childbirth classes, discussion about names, etc, but also the almost indescribable sense of quiet, growth, introspection, and hope.
I felt beautiful in front of Ed's camera - even weeks before I delivered when my waist hadn't been seen in months. Of course I do love being able to see the physical changes as my pregnancy progressed. How the gentle curves appeared and gradually filled out, 'til it seemed there couldn't possibly be any room left. But there was always more .
Every time I look at this album I'm amazed all over again at the human body, my body, and how strong, flexible, and perfectly adapted it is to bring a new life into the world.
I look at the pictures and somewhere inside a voice says, "Wow, look what I did!" It's easy to forget that when you're changing diaper number 1,429, or trying to keep up with a toddler who just figured out how to open childproof latches.
Ed's images do so much to capture the wonder, the feelings, and the experience of pregnancy in a way I can revisit whenever I want or need to remember.
Thank you Ed, for your gorgeous images, for making me feel beautiful, and for the cherished memories that come rushing back every time I open my pregnancy album.