August 24, 2011

My Kind of Maternity Pictures

First off, I've never understood the "maternity picture" thing.  Of course I've never understood the getting pregnant thing either, but that's my own issue.  I get the fact that its a magical time in your life that only lasts a few months so you want to capture it.  What I don't get is the fact that almost every maternity picture I see looks awkward and/or creepy.  And I know there are those out there with great pictures where the mom-to-be looks comfortable and the dad isn't doing something totally weird, but for every good one I've seen 4 bad ones.  Still family members seem to want to see pictures of me all fat and round and since they threatened to fly out and visit if they didn't get them I figured I'd comply.

So rather than just take the "I'm standing here , here's my big ol' stomach" against the wall picture that looks more like a mug shot, I drug the husband out to the barn and took some there.  Tell me what you think.

First the "good" ones. 
Is Dexter sniffing his brother-to-be or the treat I have in my left hand? You decide :)
The relatives got a huge kick of the second one and I admit it is super cute.  But if I'm being honest with myself I know Dexter is only going for the treat.

And some out-takes... its hard to get a horse to cooperate when he knows dinner is on the other side of the fence.

Yes, I get it, you're tall.

A good head rub makes it all worth it, plus all the treats.
So, overall I think not too bad.  I still look big and uncomfortable, but no akward husband (by the way, he has no interest in being in the photos... I've asked) or weird bare belly.  Just me doing what I do, hanging out with my horse.  They do still looked posed, but what can you do.... we were posing.

I thought about hopping on for a picture but thought that might be pushing it.  Don't need to stir up any controversy this far into it.  Maybe I'll take one of those later just for myself.


  1. Great pictures. I especially love the first one.
    The second one is cute - but more of a what is this? look to it.

  2. I agree with Barbra, the first is fantastic. Dexter's looking good. Have you been able to keep up the longe/long line work?
    I was talking to my farrier the other day, and his wife (who is due on the 1st of Sept.) is still riding! He was surprised she'd restrained herself to flatwork, and opted out of the jumping. That's dedication. Maybe a little stupidity too, but every horse/rider/mother-to-be is different, and their situations are all different too.

  3. We are still lunging... no long line work. With the heat this summer I didn't get to work with him as much as I wanted but he is keeping muscle and still learning something new ever few weeks so I'm good with that. This weekend we hopped over a jump for the first time.

    I stopped riding when it got uncomfortable, I'd post and feel pain in my stomach so decided that was the official sign to stay grounded. But if you are comfortable, confident and you doctor doesn't see any complications I say go for it. I still hop on every now and then to walk around.