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Carla Pregnant -  Photographer Phillip Toledano

Then, look who showed up …

"In January, photographer Phillip Toledano released a new photo book called The Reluctant Father, which follows Toledano’s honest journey through the beginning stages of fatherhood. At the age of 40, Toledano was thrown into the role, one that he didn’t necessarily plan or desire to be in. His daughter Loulou, born on July 19, 2010, would slowly change his life, but for those first 18 months, he didn’t feel as though he could connect emotionally with the young child. “Everything Loulou did was utterly incomprehesible,” he states. “Take eating, for instance. It was like watching a wildlife documentary. She’d savage the nipple (rubber, or Carla) with a crazed animal ferocity, and then slip into a deep opiate slumber, mouth agape.”

Look through these photos, and you may be able to understand what Toledano was going through at the time. As a parent, we all experience frustrating times, but in the end, we can only marvel at the beautiful life form we’ve somehow created.

“I’m not debating the genius of children,” he told Slate. “I’m just saying I didn’t really enjoy the experience initially, and of course now I’m a fully paid-up cult member.”

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"I want to apologize to Loulou. One day, she’ll see these photographs, and read these words. I want her to know that even though I found the beginning of her life quite bewildering, I’m so glad she’s here now.

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40 weeks and a mirror -

Talented photographer Sophie Starzenski documented her pregnancy by taking  self-portraits through a mirror. 

Rejoice in Life - Kristy Mitchell

Rejoice in Life - Kristy Mitchell

Gestation

Gestation

Britain’s Royal Pregnancy - working on that heir and a spare - it’s confirmed

Britain’s Royal Pregnancy - working on that heir and a spare - it’s confirmed

The Proud Big Brother Report

The Proud Big Brother Report

cycle continues

cycle continues

Expecting

Expecting

Pregnancy - Art by Zhang Xiaohong

Pregnancy - Art by Zhang Xiaohong

Procreation

Procreation

Sunset Full of Love, Hope, and Promise

Sunset Full of Love, Hope, and Promise

GESTATION
Evolve, A Woman’s Journey, by Patrick Stull
GESTATION
Evolve, A Woman’s Journeyby Patrick Stull
Say what?

Say what?

Earthy Mother

Earthy Mother

Life Forms in Black and White ~ by Belphanaque

Life Forms in Black and White ~ by Belphanaque