Missouri

Sweet and Sunny Documentary Family Maternity Session at Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis

I remember being pregnant with my second baby while parenting a two-year old. It felt impossible to imagine our little family with a whole other person in it. Our little three-some was so sweet and the parent to kid ratio was pretty great. I mean, we could devote so much of our time and attention to our girl. Even when parenting was hard, it felt manageable with one little person. I’m not going to lie; I was scared of what life would be like with two.

When I met this sweet family-of-three-with-one-on-the-way at Missouri Botanical Gardens for their maternity photos, they reminded me so much of that time in my own life. Their daughter, E, was exactly the age my older daughter was when I was pregnant with my second. They were such loving and fun parents to their girl, and really seemed to be soaking up that moment in time. It was like they knew in their bones that life was about to change in this big and irreversible way.

It’s an amazing thing to add another person to your family. To give your child a sibling. To expand the love in your heart in ways you didn’t know you could. You wouldn’t ever really want to go back to the time before those incredible changes. But it’s sure sweet to be able to look back on those moments before you really knew what life would be like as a parent of two. To see the way you were able to focus your love and attention so fully on the child that made you a mom or a dad.

I’m so happy that this family chose to document this part of their journey. Life is different for them now, with a baby brother for E. You can check out what their Fresh 48 session looked like here, and see that their love surely grew. But before you go, take a look at all the fun they had in the precious and fleeting moments they had on that summer day as a family of three with all attention on E.

Family of three sitting by the fountains at MOBOT in St. Louis.
 Fun family of three enjoys a day in St. Louis at the Missouri Botanical Garden before baby comes
 Little girl climbs on sheep sculpture at the botanical gardens in St. Louis, MO.
 Mom and daugter observing the bee boxes during a day trip to MoBot in St. Louis.
 Mom and dad swing their daughter on their walk in St. Louis, MO.
 expecting mama goes for a walk with her husband and daughter on a summer day at Missouri botanical gardens.
 family of three with a mama-to-be going for a summer walk.
 Little girl running down a path with her parents chasing after her.
 Beautiful pregnant mother profile photo
 family feeds the fish at MO Botanical Gardens on a sunny day.
 mom and dad help daughter feed the fish at Missouri Botanical Gardens.
 Pregnant mother lifts daughter over her baby bump to look at fish in the pond.
 mother and daughter look for fish during a photo session in St. Louis
 How big? This big.
 Dad carries wife's purse and giggling daughter upside down.
 Lifestyle photo of a family of three at Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, MO.
 family looks at lily pads at the gorgeous gardens of MOBOT.
 Baby bump surrounded by family and nature at MO Botanical Gardens in St Louis.
 This little girl is so cool she wears her sunglasses inside.
 Cute Little girl roars with laughter as her dad tickles her.
 dad and daughter laughing together during a photography session in St. Louis, MO.
 Mom and daughter play together during a photo shoot.
 family plays the xylophone together during a family photo shoot at MOBOT in St. Louis, MO.
 xylophone fun during a fun and casual photo session with Dana Jacobs Photography.
 blue and purple flower close up detail shot at MoBot in St. Louis, Missouri.
 yellow flower up close detail
 pink flower close up detail summer flowers at Missouri Botanical Gardens.
 pregnant mom enjoys watching daughter build with natural wooden blocks at MOBOT in St. Louis
 pregnant mom and dad enjoy watching daughter build with natural wooden blocks at MOBOT in St. Louis
 mom and daughter play in the sand together during a photo shoot.
 pregnant mom puts her feet in the sandbox while her older daughter plays nearby.
 pregnant mom puts her feet in the sandbox while her older daughter plays nearby.
 mom and daughter play in the sand together during a photo shoot.
 pregnant mom plays in the sandbox with her older daughter before baby comes
 toddler climbs and plays on wooden log during a documentary photo session at Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis.
 toddler climbs and plays on wooden log during a documentary photo session at Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis.
 This mama liked to hold her older daughter in the front resting her on her baby bump.

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