Month 9

UPDATE: Courtland Whaley Cart (otherwise known as The Sesame Seed) was born at 11:56pm on August 10, 2011, weighing 8lbs, 1oz and measuring 19in long. Both mom and baby are doing wonderfully. We can’t wait to share pictures!

If you’re reading this, it means that Ash is in labor.


Here’s wishing her strength and courage during these tough tough hours. All that work and pain is worth it in the end! We look forward to sharing photos of a healthy and happy mama and baby in the coming days!

This means that after 9 months of documentation, the be present Maternity series has reached its climax! It was a hot and humid final month, and I am more grateful than ever that my home is equipped with central air. My ankles, in particular, are sharing their gratitude. Appropriately, the last be present outfit included my favorite be present Organic French Terry bottoms in short-format. The flexible material posed no discomfort for that 9 month belly, and the shorts were especially appreciated when the temperatures reached the triple digits.

The tank I’m wearing is not only appropriate in style and shape for these hot, summer days, but the ‘be present’ name and message on the front of the shirt feels apt for the experience I am currently undertaking. I hope that I remember to be present in the moment as I work to bring my daughter into the world, and despite the pain, really breathe into this journey and hold on to those first moments when I hold her in my arms and welcome her to life on the outside.

I’m almost there. She’s almost here.

You can jump on over to Ash’s personal blog, Blog a la Cart, for more pictures and for her letter to herself in preparation for labor. In the coming weeks, we’ll compile a stop motion video of the series so you can see the progression of these 9 months together. As always, so many thanks to be present and Kate Drew Miller for undertaking this project with Ash.

Renew Ribbed be present Tank in Island Blue and French Terry Resort Short in Graphite by be present


Photos: Courtesy of Kate Drew Miller Photography
Clothes: Courtesy of be present

To follow the more personal side of this series and see lots more photos, visit Ash’s personal blog here. To see all previous monthly posts on Green Eyed Monster, visit here.

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