Excited to say that my project Imperfection Part 2 will be resuming soon. Last year was full of surprises good and bad, so I've been gradually working to edit these images and getting the message out to reach young women especially women of color because we are told everyday how we should look, and I want girls to embrace their natural features, and everything God has given them. Shout out to all the women and men that have created positive images for our black women. You all inspire me everyday. #blackgirlsarebeautifulbaby #africanwomenarebeautiful
It's December already and I have made it thru 9 months of pregnancy. This experience has been and still is one-of-a-kind along with many ups and downs. Becoming a mother is a big deal and I'm still in shock that I'm having a little human of my own.
I never realized how many changes a pregnant woman can go through until I experienced it on my own. I've had morning sickness, heartburn, and fatigue in my first trimester. And let me tell you it was the worst! The only part I really enjoyed was being asleep or really eating...literally in the moment. That was it!! I really had no weird cravings, but I will say some things changed. I usually drink water or juice room temperature, and since I've been pregnant that drink better be ice cold! That was a major change to me personally because I will drink some hot pop in a second. (laughs)
Photo by Jim Lewis
My second trimester, I regained my energy, but started getting this disgusting after taste right after eating something (this has continued to the third trimester). This after taste is so annoying I have to chew gum or constantly eat something just to put a new taste in my mouth.
As I'm in my third trimester, I'm back to feeling sleepy and a lot more aches and pelvic pains. Every week I'm experiencing something new. I've also been told by the doctor that I have acid reflux which is just great. Since September I was convinced that I had a peanut stuck in my throat from eating some M&M's and that's when this acid reflux started. So for the rest of this pregnancy after I eat food I feel like something is stuck in my esophagus.
The doctor prescribed some medication for the acid reflux, but I never went to pick up the prescription because personally I just don't want my baby to have any over the counter drugs while in the womb. Which is just a personal decision for me. I can deal with being uncomfortable until he's born.
Note: To all the mothers who had a beautiful time with pregnancy and hardly had any symptoms I hope you have bad kids. Just kidding! Seriously I am!
A special thanks to my mother for encouraging me to have a maternity shoot to create an everlasting memory because she wasn't able to do so when she was pregnant with me. I'm so glad I decided to go on with the shoot and have Jim Lewis (photographer) and Janelle Leah (makeup artist) create magic and make me feel as beautiful and comfortable as one could be at 8 months.
During my pregnancy, I've realized how important it is to create memories with family and friends. Unfortunately, two days before my baby shower my father passed away and it has been by far the most devastating news I have ever felt. It's so hard to accept and know that he is gone and that he won't be able to meet my son, but I know in spirit he will be there.
Rest in Peace to my dad Errol Wilson