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Surreality

Yesterday I received an epic text message:

Yes, that is correct Christine is currently in the delivery room waiting to finally meet her little man, Lennon.

These last 9 months have been a roller coaster of surreality for her and for me.

Let me tell you the story from the beginning…

Christine and Seth had invited Brian and I for dinner over to their house, Seth being the fabulous cook that he is spoiled us with tender steaks, steamed asparagus, and a number of other delicious dishes. In hindsight their master plan was to “sweeten my mood” for the big news. After dinner Brian and I were about to bid our farewells for the night, when something, a freak thing inside of me lead me to ask “so, what’s the next big thing in life?” my question was followed by sheer silence and a few weird facial expressions from Christine and Seth. After a few more seconds of silence, I opened my big mouth again exclaiming “you are pregnant aren’t you, you have to go to the doctor”.

Seriously Christine and Seth had not implied anything, but I think that that surreal bond that Christine and I have, made me have the feeling and say the words.

After the news had been revealed, I must admit that I was in shock, denial, and more shock. Not only I was worried about what would have happened with the dynamic of the business, but I felt I was going to lose my best friend. No, I felt that I was going to lose a limb.

Through the pregnancy Christine and I traveled numerous times and she handled herself INCREDIBLY; honestly I am still smitten with how professionally and responsibly she took it all on.  We even traveled to China together! It’s been an incredible journey and yesterday wrapped up the end of an era, and the beginning of a new one. It’s surreal.

Through the nine months we worked hard on maintaining the dynamic of the business, meeting both of our needs. We shared more ourselves with each other than we ever had before, and trust me, we regularly share A LOT.

So ultimately, with the wisdom that only hindsight could have procured, I can say that all my worries were simply because I did not know what was to come.

Now that I know that our business is well taken care of, and that most importantly, our friendship ain’t going anywhere, I am a better, happier and slightly wiser girl.

It took me a few months to adjust, but I’ve realized just HOW blessed I have been to participate in this amazing journey.

Yesterday, after the surreal news that the baby was coming the following day, we even worked a smidgen.

Yesterday, Christine let me choose his “coming home” outfits, and while she was folding away, I teared up.

Tomorrow I will have the honor of being in the room WHILE the little man is born. Utterly Surreal.

The day began with the above text message and it ended with this one:

C, you know that I love you, but you may not know how much it means to me to be next to you through this whole process. Thank you for this honor. really.

Love A.L.W.A.Y.S.

-V

And now, I thought I’d share the quirky beautiful way she documented the growing bump with a collage of her self portraits:

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April 6, 2011 - 2:22 am steph anne - Omg, how exciting and I absolutely love the pictures she took! So gorgeous & creative!

April 6, 2011 - 6:15 am Kate/MagnoliaRouge - Awww what a beautiful post!! You are both so very lucky to have each other!! Best of luck for everything to come xo

April 6, 2011 - 7:10 am Nicole Schmitz - Great story! I LOVE how she documented her pregnancy... that is the most beautiful thing!!

April 6, 2011 - 8:15 am Christina - Beautiful self portraits! Congrats!

April 6, 2011 - 8:58 am Kelsey - How beautiful and exciting! Congrats!

April 6, 2011 - 9:00 am Chanda Terry - OMG! You guys are amazing! I am literally crying over hear after reading this! Its a very special and tender moment and I am glad that you have the opportunity to share it together! Congratulations! Its going to be very fun from this point on :)

April 6, 2011 - 9:04 am Laura Gordon - Your friendship with one another is so beautiful, God has surely blessed you girls with many things! How exciting for Christine :) I will be sure to pray for a safe delivery of her baby boy!!!

April 6, 2011 - 9:12 am bananas. - k now i'm tearing up!!! what a beautiful post to your best friend. congratulations to you both! wishing you, your friendship, your business and your newest adventures all the best! xoxo...m

April 6, 2011 - 9:12 am Andrea Dozier - That is so funny that you "knew" she was already pregnant! Babies can make things a little more challenging, but they also bring an importance & inspiration to what we do that takes us away from them. Have fun snuggling that precious baby boy today!!! :D

April 6, 2011 - 9:13 am Adeline - That is the sweetest thing I have read in such a long time!!! Congrats to you all! <3

April 6, 2011 - 9:17 am Rosemary Hayes - Awe such a sweet friendship. I remember having those same feelings when my bestie got married. It really is scary to think of losing someone you care so much about, even if it's just your time with them.

April 6, 2011 - 9:18 am Jenelle Sewell - This is absolutely adorable! I love the documentation of this little life growing. Congratulations!

April 6, 2011 - 9:24 am Joey Kennedy - So awesome! Im so happy, that is the power of Facebook and blogging! Really beautiful and I want to be a god-father : )

April 6, 2011 - 9:25 am raye law - So happy for you Christine. There are many, many happy days ahead for both of you. raye xo

April 6, 2011 - 9:38 am KellyM - ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL <3 Congratulations Christine, We can't wait to see photos of your precious baby!

April 6, 2011 - 10:16 am Christina Jorge - A love story. Beautifully written. Can't wait for the next chapter. xo

April 6, 2011 - 10:45 am Nichole Burnett - Awe! How exciting for the both of you! I love the way Christine documented her baby belly! So pretty!!

April 6, 2011 - 11:32 am Krysta - Girls...you have put tears in my eyes this morning. The bond you two share is something so incredibly special and I am so happy to call you two my friends. I cannot wait to meet this little blessing!! Krysta xo

April 6, 2011 - 11:45 am sharon elizabeth photography - ahhh. this is so precious!!!! what amazing friends yall are!

April 6, 2011 - 12:42 pm Andrea Bright - AMAZING. i love it

April 6, 2011 - 1:17 pm jenny - so exciting! can't wait to see the baby pictures of the little man!

April 6, 2011 - 2:29 pm Chelsea Patricia - Just beautiful. I need to call my best friend today :) And those self-portraits are gorgeous. Truly.

April 6, 2011 - 2:45 pm imthiaz houseman - Okay, so the story is so cute and the photos... OMG! How creative. LOVE IT! :)

April 6, 2011 - 2:59 pm Lisa Kyle - Friendship.....nothing better!

April 6, 2011 - 4:09 pm Sarah - I can't believe d-day is here! :) I love the story of how your freindship was only made stronger by C's big news. I can't wait to see Lennon's photo debut on SBP.

April 6, 2011 - 4:58 pm amanda thorson - this is so exciting!

April 6, 2011 - 5:42 pm Jack and Ruby Photography - So very exciting! And that you get to experience that with your best friend... absolutely amazing! Will be thinking of her and baby in the coming hours!

April 6, 2011 - 7:21 pm Michelle - This was such a sweet post!! :) I can't wait to meet Lennon!!

April 6, 2011 - 11:03 pm Jade - *Sigh*... this special bond that the two of you share will be made that much stronger with this new little one. All this love is just... so lovely!

May 3, 2011 - 4:48 am Heidi - Love the pictures. Personally I've been to scared to 'jinx' the pregancy to document it so well. But perhaps the rest should be documented.... PS Hope the delivery went well! good luck, Heidi, just started week 16.

July 25, 2011 - 12:44 am Jenn - Love! So touching! Love the border on the pics, do tell where to find.

July 25, 2011 - 1:51 am admin - thanks jenn, we traced that border ;)

August 4, 2011 - 11:38 pm sarah - Love these pregnancy pics....but how in the world did she find a dress that would fit her the whole way through?

August 12, 2011 - 11:22 pm Liz Garland - So beautiful!!! Congratulations and Best Wishes.

September 18, 2011 - 1:56 pm Sarah - This is truly beautiful. A beautiful girl and a beautiful pregnancy!

October 29, 2011 - 2:53 pm Ruthie - Where did you get you dress? Would love to do this.

October 30, 2011 - 9:26 am Jenna Bergendahl - Where is that dress from? I love it!! Any advice on finding one similar to it would be sooo appreciated. Thanks!

January 5, 2012 - 10:29 am Sam Barnes - Hey there! I've loved this post and her collage for so long! I wanted to create something similar for my family and myself, but I'm having trouble finding just the right clothing to really pull this ethereal simplicity off. Any advice from either of you? This is so magnificent.

February 5, 2012 - 2:20 pm Kiani - Where did you get that dress you are wearing in your bely bump pictures? It looks beautiful!

February 6, 2012 - 4:44 pm christah cato - Hi, I saw your post of the maternity photos done month by month! I must know where she got her white-ish dress from! I'm pregnant and a photographer and really want to document my pregnancy like this. Thanks for your reply! Christah

February 7, 2012 - 9:28 am admin - I got it at H&M, $5, unbeatable ;)

February 21, 2012 - 2:13 pm rebecca - Where did you get this dress??? Beautiful photos!

February 23, 2012 - 12:44 pm admin - H&m

March 6, 2012 - 2:12 pm Kimberly Solis - Love this idea! What program was used to make the collage of self portraits? I would like to do something similar but don't know how to compile my pictures into one collage. Thanks!

March 6, 2012 - 6:34 pm admin - just photoshop :)

March 21, 2012 - 4:12 pm keri stevenson - Hi, Was it a girl??? You carried high... I love seeing the way a woman carries her baby.Both of mine were way low...boys! Your pictures are wonderful, pregnancy agrees with you! If more people looked as happy and healthy pregnant there would way more in the world! Congratulation,Keri

March 21, 2012 - 4:52 pm admin - it was a boy :D :)

June 28, 2012 - 1:44 am Ashley P - Where did she get that dress? I love the series & the dress!

June 28, 2012 - 7:13 pm Nicole Duechle - what a great idea, very cute pictures :)

June 30, 2012 - 1:25 pm christah cato - Hi! I'm newly pregnant and a photographer...Ive been desperetly searching for a dress like the one that you did the calender documentation with your friends maternity ones? Can you find out where she got it or who makes it!? thank you!

July 29, 2012 - 12:06 am Ashley P - I adore her pregnancy photos! May I ask where she found her awesome white dress? When I get pregnant again I would love to do a series too. I'll put my own spin on it but the dress is to die for. Thanks & congrats!

August 26, 2012 - 2:34 pm Liz - Your pics are adorable! Hope you have a wonderful bundle of joy! I love the idea of taking photos in the same dress!! So beautiful.

September 17, 2012 - 7:32 pm Dana - HI! Love the simplicity of these pics! Wondering how you made the sign? Did you buy stickers from somewhere? Looking to do something similar for my pregnancy

September 18, 2012 - 10:31 am eloise - j'adore, wahou super idée et en plus vous êtes superbe !

September 24, 2012 - 2:07 pm Nancy - hi christine, hi vania... i love this post and this idea!!! i really hope u dont mind, that i took this pic-collage of yours christine with me - to this post: http://samtundsahne.blogspot.de/2012/09/diy-fang-die-zeit-in-bildern-ein-denn.html i wanted to show my readers this gorgeous idea!! and to introduce to them your lovely blog!!! if you mind, please let me know, and i will remove the pic asap!! christine (I´m not sure, if u -still- understand german :) ) your so gorgeous on that pic´s... and your son is a cuteeee - as seen at the recent pic´s) lots of love and congratulations to your wonderfull blog and business... i l.o.v.e your photographs!!! nancy - from germany

December 4, 2012 - 1:47 pm Bobbi Schmidt - Can you tell me how you made the sign that shows how many weeks you are? Super Cute! Thanks!!

December 12, 2012 - 12:15 pm Kristin - Hi, how did you make those monthly signs for your pictures? I only found belly stickers but I really like the idea of the same outfit and then hanging a sign for every week. I'm curious how you made this, is there a how-to on your website? Thanks!

December 24, 2012 - 4:09 pm Kim - I want the countdown sign!! Where can I get one??

March 1, 2014 - 11:01 pm Kahlie - So cute

August 16, 2014 - 3:38 pm Tiffany - Beautiful! I have to ask where is the white dress from?!

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