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A Pregnancy Journal: Eight Months

Holy moly we’re almost at the finish line…

This gorgeous silhouette shoot was done by up-and-coming photographer Isabelle Ratane, who I met in Monaco this spring. She’s been here in the States shooting for Move LifeStyle in Los Angeles and New York for the past two months and this was an impromptu maternity session we shot. I absolutely love how moody and classic these photos are!

I can’t wait to meet this tiny person who gleefully kicks and hammers and punches and dances his little heart out inside me. I’ve been looking at newborn photos of Finn and remembering that awe-inspiring, sleep-deprived, wondrous phase of life. I wonder how similar these two boys will look and how different their personalities will be. I wonder if I will feel calmer than last time. I wonder if, in the middle-of-the-night fog, I will be able to appreciate just how short this phase is, and remember that I will survive it.

Prenatal yoga has been my sanity-saver this time, same as the last time. Patti Lewis holds an incredibly supportive class at Larchmont YogaWorks that begins with everyone sharing how far along they are, and their pregnancy experiences that week. This class is one of the parts of pregnancy I missed most because of the truly supportive feminine environment I find there. I wish I could find a similarly relaxed and supportive group for non-pregnant women in LA.

I think Finn can sense that things are changing, as I’m waking up to find he’s quietly making his way into our bed every night. (Thank goodness we decided to invest in a king size bed last month!) We’re almost to the end of one journey and about to embark on another. It’s going to be quite an adjustment for every member of this little family, I think. Wish us luck.

Photography by: Isabelle Ratane

Autumn Reeser's Pregnancy Journal

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Autumn Reeser

Autumn is an actress + artist living in Los Angeles with her toddler sons, Finn + Dash. She is constantly inspired by today’s modern woman.

  • Natalie
    Amazing photos. Really. You have my mental support :) and of course I wish youu luck !
    • Autumn Reeser
      Thank you so much, Natalie:)
  • Jamie-lee Foster
    Wow these photos are mind blowing! Im currently starting month 4 in my pregnancy and am trying to embrace a changing body/moods with balancing work,friends,hubby and time for myself. Your pregnancy journey the 1st and this time reminds me that you can only do what you can do & to stop beating yourself up for not being a ble to fit it all in. So many blessings to u and your family :)
    • Autumn Reeser
      Aww, congrats on your pregnancy, Jamie-Lee!
      PS: take naps. ;)
  • http://www.LynnChen.com/ Lynn Chen
    most stunning photos EVER!
    • Autumn Reeser
      Thanks, Lynn! Isabelle is so creative & talented; had a great time shooting with her:)
  • Kim Convy
    Beautiful and elegant. Pure art.
  • Lang-a-Rang
    Your pregnancy photos are absolutely gorgeous! I am currently expecting my first (a little boy) and I love following your blog to see the bond you’ve formed with your son and little one.
  • Anya Zhukova
    Beautiful photo set, you look wonderful, Autumn) Can’t wait to see another addition to your lovely family. Actually I’m rewatching The O.C. season 4 right now and I think Taylor would also be a great mother :)
  • Tianna Thomason
    Absolutely beautiful photos! :)
  • Autumn Reeser
    Details are coming soon — just photographed the finished room today! Can’t wait to share it with you:)
  • Tamara Buerkle
    Autumn I’m so thankful for your wonderful and inspiring spirit. You brighten my day every time I get a chance to catch up and read about your next move in life. You’re very much appreciated!
  • Steph Noelle
    Wow Autumn. You look amazing. These photos are captivating and unique. They are exactly the kind of photos I would like to have when I am pregnant with my second. I’m wondering where you got your beautiful flowing top that you’re wearing. I’d kill to have one! Thanks.
    • Autumn Reeser
      Awww, thank you Steph! My friend Elizabeth helped me make that dress — it’s just white jersey on top and sheer fabric on the bottom.


Move LifeStyle is an e-zine for the modern working woman created by Autumn Reeser, Jenn Wong and Ashley Fauset.