october, you're my favorite!

I knew that having a summer pregnancy was publicly dreaded. And honestly, I thought having a summer pregnancy was considered miserable simply because of the heat. Pregnant women have a higher body temperature as it is (with all the extra blood running through their bodies), so the summer heat only adds to it, right? Yes. But... it's so much more than that.

The heat does so much more than just make you sweat. It makes you swell more. Swollen feet, ankles, and even your face. I would wake up in the morning and the only good thing I could see in the mirror was that my lips were super plump. Paired with a fat nose and another chin, though, plump lips don't do much for cuteness.

Yes, I'm that shallow.

Then there's the thirst. It could not be quenched. No matter how much water I would drink!

And... not to get too TMI here... but the body heat paired with the extra body weight. It just had this awesome way of making you feel disgusting. All the time.

OH! And let's not forget the sleepless nights. The temperature in our house couldn't stay cool enough for me to sleep through the night without waking up too hot 2-5 times a night. Even with a fan blowing right in my face.

Anyway... that's a really long way to introduce this week's gratituesday. Which is about how much I love October. Autumn... harvest... pumpkins... the golden glow of the sun accompanied by a sweet, cool breeze (instead of sweltering heat).

October... you are my favorite. Since you got here, I can walk without feeling the extra jiggle in my feet. I can sleep through the night waking only to use the bathroom. I can breathe when I walk up the stairs in my house. I can participate in outdoor activities without complaining.

I have always been a fan of the fall. I write about it annually... the campfires, football, and beautiful fall foliage in the mountains. But this year, I appreciate it even more. I wish it would stay as long as summer does... you know... 3-4 months instead of just barely 2.

This week I am grateful for the breath of fresh air that is October. What are you grateful for?

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Liz Cook

Liz Cook is a wedding, birth, and motherhood photographer based in Central Virginia. Her intuition and creative perspective allow her to connect both professionally and personally with her subjects, and thus, her portfolio is saturated with authentic emotion. Whether she's sharing her story with fellow entrepreneurs or enjoying quality time with her husband and two daughters, Liz is both present and passionate about capturing and celebrating life. Her work has been featured by O "Oprah" Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Glitter Guide, Essence Magazine, domino, Rue Magazine, among others.