On this day last year I looked like this:
At the time I felt puffy, heavy and slightly fed-up. I was close to 40 weeks pregnant and was happy to spend my time at home - day by day I internalised and became more focused on the imminent birth of my baby. That's Daniel's birthday present on the table...tomorrow is his birthday.
At the time I looked in the mirror and found it difficult to see any semblance of myself. I was sad about my stretch marks (Daniel says: "they're sexy, like tiger stripes") and I found it hard to believe that I would return to my 'light' self.
Why am I grateful?
Because now I look at that photo and see a beautiful, beaming pregnant woman so close to experiencing a joyous birth.
So thank you Daniel for capturing this moment so that in retrospect I can see the beauty that I was blind to.