Official Documentation- Bebes on Board!


Here's a confession:

I've always felt really uncomfortable
looking at people's maternity pictures.

Something about the belly showing
with ribbons wrapping around inverted belly-buttons
and fluffy layers of tuille draped over lady parts
always left me feeling... a little weird.

So when people asked who/what/when
I was going to do for ours maternity pics,
I kinda shrugged it off
as "not really my thing."

However, after going through
this amazing miracle of growing a human (or two) 
inside of my body,
I kinda softened up on the concept
and realized that, yes, it is a special time
and I will want to remember in the years to come.

Plus, the idea that the talented Liz Denfeld could distract
the awkwardness typically associated
with maternity pictures
with the gorgeous surroundings
of Notting Hill really helped.

{Warning: There are quite a few here, apologies.}

























When I look at these pictures,
I can't help but smile.

I was released from the hospital 
the evening before
after a pre-eclampsia scare 
that left me with puffy eyes and swollen legs...
and as much as part of me cringes
looking at myself looking so... well, pregnant,
the other part of me is actually pretty proud
of all that my body is doing.

Having a face that looks like I've been crying
and two chubby legs
in exchange for being 8.5 months pregnant
with two healthy girls
growing well inside me?

It's an easy swap.

It's amazing that God made our bodies to pull this feat off...
and I'm thankful for Liz 
for snapping up this special time in our life.



*all images by Liz Denfeld. 

112 comments:

  1. You look so stunning! And thank you for not doing anything creepy/awkward in your pics. These are timeless and not embarassing, etc. The setting and the colors are lovely and, hell, you are almost done yet you still have a chin! Go YOU for doing so well!

    XO

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    1. Ha! In these pictures, I have a few chins. ;) But yes, I'm holding my head up high and am glad we got them done. xx

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  2. These are ADORABLE! They're like engagement-photo-style maternity photos. Obviously I love your classic kissing picture, but the cropped one of your belly and the one with you laughing at Tyler in the flower stall are also front runners for my favorite.

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  3. These are amazing! So glad you changed your mind :) you look great! Best wishes in the last few weeks!

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  4. You look fabulous! I'm jealous of how great you look- and I'm only carrying one! Hope you're feeling well!

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  5. Agreed that you look gorgeous and fabulous! Seriously I'd never know you were having twins. And your eyes look smiley and happy! Congrats!

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    1. haha... bless you! I'm going to take "smiley & happy" and run with it. :)

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  6. I love the one of just you about half way down against the white pillars with your head cut off. (Does that sound weird?!) Anyway, it's gorgeous! They all are! You guys just look so happy :)

    Do people believe you when you tell them you're carrying twins? You look really small!

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    1. It's my favorite, too!

      Well, in England people just ignore the fact that you are pregnant, so who knows! No belly rubbing by strangers or anything for me... which I kinda like and kinda feel like I miss out on?

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  7. You are so gorgeous Lauren! I'm so glad that you changed your mind and got maternity photos taken...I'm sure you'll want to remember this time when it's passed :) xoxo

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  8. Gorgeous photos of a gorgeous family!

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  9. These are so very beautiful! You are a lovely expectant couple and Liz did an amazing job. Thank you for sharing them on your blog!

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  10. These are so so gorgeous Lauren- you look seriously radiant!!! And I swear we're living parallel lives...I just emailed a photographer asking if she had time to do some pictures for me and I, like you, have never wanted them before. And, I was at the hospital today with a pre-eclampsia scare of my own...very glad to hear you're OK:) xo

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  11. GORGEOUS!! I love them all. Seriously I can't believe you have two babies in there. I'm going to be twice that size at 8.5 months, I can already tell and I have only one baby cookin'.

    But I have been struggling with the whole changing body thing and I'm trying to get myself thinking about it differently, just like you mentioned. It's amazing what our bodies can do. (Although I'm still confused as to why my face has to be puffy and my butt has to get bigger, but whatever.)

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  12. You look gorgeous! Liz did such an amazing job with the pictures, so tasteful. Can't wait to hear the news of your two little babes!

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  13. This are so well done! I can totally relate to feeling uncomfortable looking at some maternity photos haha, but these are great. Tasteful, classy, and you and your husband are so sweet together! Congratulations!

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  14. Lauren - these are so precious! You guys look SO genuinely thrilled! I'm reading this in class and am basically squealing inside my head... those background colors and your precious bump & the very obvious adoration between the two of you. I cannot wait to see you welcome your bebes into the world (and hopefully we get to hear their names when they do!) ... Congrats again!

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  15. Aw! These are gorgeous!! I agree that some maternity shots aren't exactly my cup of tea (or something I would want to share / look at for years to come.... ) but these are beautiful!

    I think Liz captured your excitement perfectly and you both look so in love  My favorite is the fourth photo with your head tipped slightly back, laughing - the perfect candid shot!

    I wish you both the best of luck with the babies - with twins, there will definitely never be a dull moment!

    --
    Katie

    P.S. This is my first blog comment!

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  16. I've always felt uncomfortable by pregnancy photos too but these are gorgeous! You two couldnt look cuter and that dress is perfect. You have a banging bod at 8.5 months pregnant! I hope eventually I look that good in a side shot!! the pics are too cute.

    http://itsthelittlethingsblog.blogspot.com

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  17. these are such beautiful, classy maternity pictures!

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  18. 4th picture down is my FAVE!!!! You two {four} are SO SO cute ;)

    -Emily

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  19. Lauren, you have by far the best maternity pictures (for starters, they're in noting hill so you clearly already had a leg up on all of the other mommas to be out there.) and please don't mention eclampsia this close to the American airing of Sybil's death from it. I'm still trying to recover. Can't wait to see photos of your two girls!

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  20. These are beautiful, and the girls will love looking at them someday! You look awesome in that black dress! I love them all!

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  21. These are insanely gorgeous, Lauren! Ditto Jess Boyd - best maternity photos I've ever seen!

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  22. Such cute pics! And I adore your dress!

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  23. I totally agree with what you said above regarding maternity shots and that is probably why I did not get any done. I totally didn't get why I would want a record of being pregnant, which I now regret. You TOTALLY did the right thing and these are such wonderful pictures. So many nice comments above and all of them true. Congratulations!!

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  24. Well Lauren, you sure do make being 8.5 months pregnant with twins look fantastic!

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  25. You look beautiful. And I agree...you're going to want to remember this time of anticipation. So special.

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  26. You're definitely going to be glad you had these photos taken! Liz did such a great job - you & Tyler look fantastic! :)

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  27. The ones of you two in the streets are so cute!!!

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  28. So pretty! And truly classy. P.S. I love your dress and coat!

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  29. You look beautiful and so happy! I've really enjoyed following your journey and can't wait to see those two beautiful babies!

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  30. Your pictures are great! Notting Hill was a great choice! My favorite is the one with you in front of the globe with your hand on you belly and the other on the globe. Also the Artisan Road one. Who am I kidding though, they are all gorgeous! :) Congratulations! :)

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  31. These are amazing!!! You look fabulous and you should be so proud. I love the turquoise wall photos and the one with the globe. These are totally classy and don't make me cringe at all .You will cherish these forever. Liz is the best!

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  32. you look gorgeous!! and, notting hill is such an amazing backdrop. these really don't even look like "maternity" pictures. it looks like y'all are just out having a fun day and you happen to be pregnant, hehe. amazing pics!

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  33. Seriously you could not get any more adorable. Plus the fact that you are able to put tights on, that's a feat even when not pregnant!

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  34. My Mother's intuition tells me that these girls want to come out and be in the photo shoot. I think they are arriving very soooon! You BOTH are glowing!
    pve

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  35. Beautiful pics! You look fabulous, and Notting Hill is the ideal setting. I'm very glad to hear that you and the babies are okay... sorry you had such a scare.

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  36. Oh Lauren. These are simply breathtaking. You are stunning mommy. I am so glad you shared them with us all out here in the blog world. I'll be praying for a very healthy and easy delivery. These two little girls are beyond blessed to have you all as parents. Take care of yourself in these final days!

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  37. Stunning photos! You look amazing! By far the best maternity pics I have seen :) Love the one with the globe.

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  38. They are GORGEOUS! You nailed it and look so pretty.

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  39. Simply exquisite, Lauren. I've just recently found your charming blog and I'm enjoying reading all of your older posts. I've even got my daughter hooked on your wonderful blog. Congratulations and best wishes to you and hubby as you start a whole new exciting chapter in your lives.

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  40. You two look so gorgeous!!! These pictures are all great; so classy!
    I have also never been a fan of these half naked pictures of ribbons and bows around the bellies-- I have always felt a bit embarrassed when looking at it... (personally).

    But those pictures are a hit! And you still look so slim (except the belly of course, haha). Wonderful idea to shoot the pics in your beautiful neighborhood of Notting Hill!

    Not long to go, it seems - wishing you all the best,

    Svenjaxx

    Happybluebird

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  41. Lauren, these pictures are WONDERFUL!!!!!Having a baby (or two), it's the most wonderful miracle, and you have to feel blessed!
    Then you look wonderful, so...you'll be a very beautiful parents!!!

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  42. Your maternity photos turned out great (well done Liz) and you look fabulous, Lauren!

    So glad to hear that you weren't admitted for preeclampsia - I imagine it was all a bit scary!

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  43. Lovely photos. You look great and you are right it is important to have some wonderful pictures to look back upon.
    Wishing you all the best.

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  44. you look so beautiful and happy! i love all of these and it's so true - what's important is that everyone is healthy! xoxo

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  45. Oh Lauren, you are so beautiful. I just had to look through the photos again because I realised I hadn't looked at Tyler once!! (who looks very handsome by the way!) But you are the epitome of maternal beauty! Gosh if I looked that good pregnant it would have been magazine covers with Hello! Stunning. xx

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  46. it makes me SO happy that I could help capture this amazing time for you guys! and it makes even happier that you love the photos! you look amazing and you guys made my job sooo easy. you're the sweetest, most fun and in-love couple! so excited for you both :)

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  47. You look amazing, Lauren! Beyond it, in fact. Liz took some AWESOME photos of you two! You're simply glowing...pregnancy at it's finest my dear. Dear Lord in heaven...I hope I look half this good with child someday!! xo

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  48. Fabulous & tasteful pictures. Love that you included the great Nottinghill area that you live. Happy weekend.

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  49. These are adorable! Seriously.. ahh! I'm so excited for you!

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  50. i love these SO SO much. I think you look absolutely BEAUTIFUL (Tyler, you look stunning as well..) but you look radiant lauren, truly. Liz did a wonderful job as usual.

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    1. These are all gorgeous! So hard to pick a favorite! I feel the same way about pregnancy photos that is why I didn't tke by professional ones...but these photos are the first to make me regret that!

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  51. Absolutely beautiful! I love them. I was trying to pick my favourite, and I still can't decide! Those are going to be a great keepsake!

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  52. you look so so good Lauren! i love these maternity photos so much.

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  53. I LOVE these pictures! I agree with you, no belly shots, no bows! And so glad you live now and not during the time of Lady Sybil! You've made it so long with twins! Can't wait to see pictures of the cutest family of four!! Congratulations!

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  54. And how funny to take a picture in front of a blue door in Notting Hill. Too bad Hugh Grant didn't walk out!

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  55. you (and your girls) are SO beautiful. what a miracle you're experiencing!

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  56. These are so cute and you look beautiful!! I'm almost 7 months pregnant and I too have weird feelings about maternity shots. These are very good... might change my mind :)

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  57. You are so freaking adorable! You barely even look pregnant in the photo at the flower stand. Great photos. Some maternity photos are strange, but these are gorgeous. It looks like you had so much fun! Good luck with the rest of the pregnancy!

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  58. Gorgeous!! I love all of the pictures. I can't believe you've got two babies in there! You look so little.

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  59. You look great!! Thanks for sharing these! You guys look so cute!

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  60. Just precious! Liz did an AMAZING job! The ones on the street are my fav :) I have mine pictures set for early March, and I'm glad I talked myself into doing it because documenting this part of my life (like you said) no matter what your body looks like/is going through is beautiful, and I want to remember it. Now, I'm going to pin these :)

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  61. Just found your blog from Liz's. She did a fabulous job on your pictures!
    You look gorgeous and so happy.

    Happy Friday!
    xo
    Alisha and Brandon {the blog}

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  62. my dear, twin pregnancy looks good on you! seriously you look so freaking good! i love these maternity photos so much.

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  63. Absolutely beautiful pictures! She did a great job and you two look so HAPPY! And you, my dear, look absolutely beautiful!

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  64. YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL!!! WHAT FAB PHOTOS!!

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  65. aw, so happy for you! i definitely know what you mean by feeling kind of funny about maternity pics. i suppose i will go through the same transformation when my time comes!

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  66. these are so gorgeous! You guys look so unbelievably happy :)

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  67. These are so gorgeous and adorable. Hands down best maternity photos I've ever seen! Love it!!

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  68. These are amazing, and you look fabulous! I totally agree about maternity pics. Great for those who like that, but I don't think it would be my style. However, if I could have pictures like these--sign me up! (Esp. if they could be taken in London!)

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  69. i normally don't like pregnancy photos but these are amazing! you look great and i love your outfit. you are going to be so happy to have these and be able show them to your girls. :) and if i could look as great as you do when pregnant, i will be happy.

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  70. Oh, don't worry! No puffy eyes or chubby legs stand out these pictures... just a happy couple and a beautiful pregnant belly :)
    xoxo, The Brazilian Way of Life
    www.camilagcarneiro.blogspot.com.br

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  71. Every picture had me saying how phenomenal you look! Seriously, it's amazing what the body is capable of doing and you just make pregnancy look so beautiful. Great, great pictures!

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  72. These photos are seriously gorgeous. You are so beautiful! Liz, you did such a fantastic job on these.

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  73. Beautiful!!!! She did an amazing job. Doesn't hurt that the subjects are so friggin good looking. Did you stock up on bourbon yet? ; )

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  74. You are stunning! Thees are beautiful photos. What a wonderful keepsake to show your girls how good you looked carrying them around!!!

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  75. Oh my goodness! You're such a stunning mama! Maternity sessions are one of my fave types of sessions to shoot (no weird ribbons or bows around the belly here) because it's such a special, joyful time in a couple's life. Your photog did a great job capturing that for you two!

    xo,
    Stephanie

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  76. so adorable! I was like you, but by the time I changed my mind about maternity photos, it was too late! My little guy came two weeks early... REGRET!

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  77. DAMN lady! You look HOT!!!
    you are beaming.....love these so much

    xo the egg out west.

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  78. liz did an amazing job!! you look AMAZING! i totally want something like this someday...nothing too cheesy. and your outfit was perfect! you look fantastic :)

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  79. Paleeeezzzz!!! 8.5 months prego??!!! I looked like this minutes after conception with my twins!!! You look fabulous and your children will love to look at these pictures and listen to the story of their shared womb. ("tell me again about how I was always getting kicked by my sister"....)
    I spent my entire twin pregnancy feeling like a beached whale but then a friend said "aren't you proud and amazed by what your body is accomplishing?!!" BAM! you bet I was.
    Enjoy the last moments of your pregnancy....having two babies to love on is joy on the grandest level!!

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  80. cutest shoot, cutest belly, and cutest momma EVER!

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  81. You look amazing, Lauren!! I feel proud of you for carrying TWINS and working and being thankful AND looking so good.

    Liz, you did an incredible job!

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  82. Wow- these pictures are stunning! You look absolutely wonderful! Happy to hear that everything is going well. :)

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  83. My favorite is the one of the two of you kissing - its just like your other ones, and quite perfect to document this milestone. And holy cats chica, your belly is huge! I say that with love - you can tell you're ready to go any day now! So very exciting! Best of luck on the impending delivery...can't wait to see the babies. :) hugs

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  84. Lauren you look amazing!! I love these photos (also not a huge fan of getting my belly out on camera!) You are glowing!! xx

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  85. One thing is for sure, those girls will have really really great hair. :)

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  86. you look beautiful! and you'll cherish these classy photos :) glad you opted NOT to include weird props like pickles or peanut butter...there are some odd maternity shots out there! xoxo

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  87. You look great! This is my perfect idea of maternity photos. I could not agree more with your previous sentiments. Yours were a perfect blend of "yes we are expecting" with classy.

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  88. Lauren,
    You are beaming and beautiful!!! I am so happy that you had Liz take those photos and that you shared them with us. I guarantee you they will only become more special as the years go by.

    I hope that you are feeling better...and enjoying this quiet time before the girls arrive.

    Big hugs!!!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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  89. Lauren ~ You are truly glowing and could not be any more precious! I love these pictures so much, and you really are making pregnancy look easy, fun, and dare I say glamorous (trips to Italy and Paris!). Those little girls are in for an adventure and I can't wait to see pictures and meet them on my next trip over. They will be here SO SOON! Thinking of you during these last weeks. xoxo

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  90. I can't believe you are already 8.5 months pregnant! You are carrying so well and are so beautiful in these pictures.

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  91. Hey! Great pics! I agree, a lot of maternity photos are creepy and far too personal to share with the public.

    I don't know if you're a regular reader of "A Cup of Jo" but yesterday's "Motherhood Mondays" post has some great comments about being the mother of twins and comments from twins about what their experience was like growing up. Just thought you might like to know! Congratulations by the by!

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  92. You look absolutely AMAZING!!! I'm so glad you did a maternity shoot. You can be very proud - your body is a temple.
    I hope you are ok with your blood pressure - I had pre-eclampsia for the last 6 weeks of my pregnancy and it wasn't fun :(
    x

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  93. Lauren, as I've stated before in previous comments, you really are glowing and look fabulous!! To look this good with twins at 8.5 months-WOW! I just love all of these photos while you're out and about in Notting Hill. They're so refreshing because they're natural which I love vs. many of the typical over-posed pics.

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  94. You are so so so SO beautiful, especially with those little bebes inside!

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  95. these are stunning! and as though the little girls will be here soon--how exciting!

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  96. Lauren you are radiant! Pre-eclampsia schme-eclampsia - you are a beautiful lil prego!

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  97. LBK, I am dying over the pictures of you and TK in the market. I really hope they are getting framed!

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  98. Aw wow you're looking so gorgeous and amazing pregnant! Sorry to hear you had a pre- eclampsia scare! My mum had that with me and I was born 12 weeks early!! You're doing good girl.

    M x

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  99. Oh these pictures are beautiful, you look so happy. Squee for you being so close to having your babies!! Good luck for the rest of your pregnancy! x

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  100. Hello from Texas! I LOVE your blog and just wanted to say that you are one of the most beautiful pregnant ladies I have ever seen! You look stunning in all the photos. And hubby looks cute too! (Don't want to leave him out) I wish for you a smooth delivery and healthy babies!

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