One of my favorite things growing up was to go through my baby book with my mom once every few years. She'd bring it down from the highest shelf in the closet and I'd fidget impatiently until we would sit on the bed together to flip slowly through the pages. She would share stories and memories about her pregnancy and my birth. It was magical to hear her tell me about what my own life was like before I could remember it.
What made it particularly special was that there still was an aura of mystery surrounding my earliest days. There were just enough mementos and pictures to piece together the events and tell the story, but not every detail was laid out in front of me. I had to rely on my mom to tell me. I loved that sense of mystery. I still do.
Maternity photographs have become increasingly popular and, I admit, I find them adorable. I worry, however, that we 'over-document' our lives. Would I feel the same sense of mystery if my mom had a million pictures of her pregnancy? I'm not so sure.
What do you think? Would you get maternity photographs or have you already gotten them? Did you have any rituals with your mom or dad about the story of your earliest days? Here are a few maternity pictures that I have found to be beautiful and inspiring.
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