With our first babies, it’s all baby showers and weekly bump photos, fancy anti-nausea candies and naps. Moms with three, four or more children know how difficult it is to record and celebrate the milestones. Documenting these moments is difficult when your toddlers are bouncing all over you.
But Mandy Moore, “37+ weeks” pregnant with her second child, showed that she was going to push through all the mayhem and make sure to take some maternity photos before her new bundle of joy arrives.
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In this week’s Instagram post, Mandy shouts out her photographer. “…Seriously —I brought some clothes from my closet, changed in the back of my car and we dodged a bunch of guys practicing frisbee at a park by my house to grab these shots… oh all in 90-degree heat lol)…With a toddler and a husband on the road, it’s been a challenge to find time to mark this season of my life but baby boy is more than worth it.”
The photos she took at the end of her pregnancies were stunning.
The first photo was a floor-length, long-sleeved accordion-style gown. It was black and white. She is in a park-like setting with her long, wavy hair down, and her face not looking 90 degrees. Her second photo was shot in a tree. Her supermodel glam look is complemented by a pale blue dress and a riveting supermodel face. The last photo shows her in capris and sweatpants with her belly showing through a cozy sweater. She is standing inside her home (presumably).
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Among her millions of followers, some commenters noted how much they loved the photos as well as her honest explanation of the situation. “Ok ok, I’d do maternity shots like this,” one said. Another joked “…and you climbed a tree!” Another nodded to her taking the time to create beautiful images despite the heat and stress — “Maternity, but make it art.” Yet another added a comment with the hashtag #DoitAll, commending her outfit changes and tree ambitions.
Mothers all over the globe praised her for her work-life balance earlier in the summer, when she prioritised her family’s health and growing family over the remaining shows in 2022. She cited long bus rides and insufficient sleep as the reasons she had to quit and return home. Taylor Goldsmith, Taylor’s husband, is also a mother to their son August. Only a few weeks remain for those who have been following her pregnancy from her June announcement.