Thursday, July 9, 2009

Anticipation

One day away from my baby's due date. I'm so ready to meet her and see her little hands and feet. I can't wait to stare at her little face. A few months ago I wanted to have some maternity photos done. I found photographer who was building his portfolio at the time and said he'd do it for free. Free is good for me. I thought he did an excellent job. These are unedited shots and I particularly like the first one. It really illustrates how I've felt about horses my whole life. The bond between my mare and I also comes through crystal clear. *sigh* I miss hanging out with my mare.
I keep her at a private barn on the other side of the city and under normal circumstances I only see her once or twice a week. Since I've been pregnant my visits have been even less. My doctor mandated there would be no riding. The other thing is that my mare gets turned out first thing in the morning and doesn't come in until sundown; she's out in a large field with several other mares. At the beginning of my pregnancy I didn't mind going out to catch her but some of the other mares are squirrely. As I lost my cat-like reflexes and ability to maneuver my large body I gave up going into the field. My mare has been on an extended vacation and she told me she was having a ball. After the baby arrives I'll take her out to meet my mare who loves all baby creatures. She nickers to foals and puppies and I imagine she'll be just as matronly to our new baby. I can't wait for the baby to arrive and I can't wait to ride my mare again. All in good time.

5 comments:

Country Girl said...

These are lovely! I lived on horse farms all of my adult life and sometimes I miss it so much that I think I can hear the mares and foals at night, like they used to be, outside my window.
One day away?!!!!

Sarah aka "Elliemae" said...

Yes ma'am, Friday is her due date. This mama is crossing her fingers.
It would be a dream come true to live on a horse farm for me. Sat on a horse at age 4 and I've been smitten ever since. So much for the "phase" my parents thought I'd grow out of.

Amanda said...

Awesome pic of you and your girl. Hope all goes well with bub :-)

Kathie Truitt said...

I have a mare that also loves anything 'baby.' We have to be careful because when there is a baby born at the barn, she'll try to adopt it - her milk will even come in. I love the way your horse is sniffing your belly.
Our dogs do that to our daughter (her baby is due soon). Animals are so in tune with nature. I know your mare knows you're having a baby.

Dawn (Dandy) said...

Those pictures are so sweet!