Monday, February 15, 2010




I have the lamest predicament ever.
I have a tried-and-true theory that everybody looks better with a tan/some color. You can't argue with me on this one, because I am pretty set in stone on it. On our family vacations we used to have competitions who got the darkest. As a girl, you also have to wear barely, if any, makeup at all, when you have a tan. Which is a double perk.

On the same note, let me tell you how many times someone in my family has had skin cancer cut off of them.

SO
I have discovered the wonderful world of spray tan. No damage to your skin, and a great tan. Perfect! Right? Well...the very first day you do it, you are an orange little weirdo. THEN once you take your first shower after the spray, you look waaaay more normal.

What's my predicament, you ask?

I could go into labor any day now, and I
a) don't want to look like a puffy, white, blonde monster in my birthing pictures
b) REALLY don't want to look like this poor girl below



So, just leave it be, huh?
Not worth the risk of possibly going into labor the same night I spray tan?

I'd love for the timing to be just right and Ruby come out and think "man, my mom's a hottie"
But I'd hate for her to come out and see this image and think "NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"


17 comments:

humblelearning said...

WHERE did you find this picture?!

Heather said...

Okay, Jessica, first you are absolutely beautiful just the way you are! No denying that. It is a fact. Also, the majority of the world only thinks 'tanner is more beautiful' the same way the majority of the world thinks 80-90% of the foods in supermarkets are healthy for us. It's an adopted/learned/influenced mindset. You are a beautiful, loving, confident woman...be confident in that, tan or no tan.

H.

jessica kiehn said...

haha, shannon. i googled "fake tan orange". Google did a GREAT job and finding exactly what I needed.

heather...thanks darlin:)

Inside the Christi Identity. said...

i agree. beautiful. just the way u r. tan or no tan. u n ruby can tan together all summer long! praise Yahweh!!! woot woot!!! :)

Jennifer said...

Get the tan. And this is coming from someone very pale. get the tan...

also, no pictures from the birth (however sweet and miraculous it will be) where we can see your knees? alright darling?

jk to all the above.

Leslie McDaniel said...

TAN! Trust me, you don't want to be be Pale Paula in your birthing photos. TAN! Besides, the odds of her coming the one night you tan are pretty slim. I wouldn't even be worried about that yet. You're not "full term" until this weekend right?

You could always just shower real quick if you start having contractions. I did.

Also, how is you using this girl as a make fun/haha example any different than the girl on my blog? Heehee!

jessica kiehn said...

hahaha! your comments are all cracking me up.

Leslie, if I take a shower the same night I spray tan, like if i go into labor that same night, then I will be MRS. STRIPES of white and orange. Too dangerous!!!

and jennifer, you're getting the full monty pics, just for that comment!

Anonymous said...

where do you go to get a spray tan that actually stays on, i can't find a place and am looking?
you can always do the self tanning in the bottle...if you get the good stuff, you won't look orange...let me know if you want the name of the stuff in the bottle, that does work.
-Rashelle

Anonymous said...

Jessica,
I wouldn't focus on tanning. Really it's about the gift you are being blessed with. Rather than focusing on yourself. If we look to the Lord then we are not so worried or concerned about our outward apperance. You may end up in labor for 48 hours...after that all you will care about is getting the baby out!

Juli said...

i think you'd be beautiful no matter what you did. Me? i'm a pasty Irish girl who CANT get a tan. ever. SOOOOO i'm pretty all for the pasty white folk :) -- but i do think tan (if not over done) is super beautiful and i always get jealous (i live by the beach...i definitely know tan-jealousy!). BUUUT i only get red. Just be careful.

You are already gorgeous. So i say, do what makes you happy!

jessica kiehn said...

Who is Anonymous? sign your names!!

Leslie McDaniel said...

Jessica, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look nice in your labor photos. They are photos you will look at the rest of your life. Just because you would rather not look washed up and hung to dry, doesn't mean you obviously don't know it's about Ruby and not you.

Anonymous said...

Jessica- Have you ever had a spray tan before? Even after the shower some people look splotchy. AND sometimes the spray still rubs onto things. Even if you didnt go into labor until a couple days after, you may still look funny. Not trying to discourage you from feeling beautiful during labor, I just keep imagining you trying to nurse and your babys little face turning orange from rubbing on your skin. lol I think you should just add some bronzer and smile. That would be more than enough to make wonderful labor pics. Hope youre still feeling great! -Sylvia

Norma Jean said...

Hi Jessica, just wanted to add that you are beautiful both inside and out. It is the light and love in your eyes that people are drawn to. And, Ruby will know your voice and smell and heart beat first. And, there is no greater beauty than a woman who has just given birth no matter the skin color, makeup, hair, etc. Love you sweetheart! NJ

Molly Carman said...

I've never seen labor picks that looked super beautiful, tan or no tan. I mean, we're talking about women panting and sweating and all that for HOURS, you know?
I think your best bet is to focus on lighting instead of skin tone. Having lamps or candles instead of overhead lights can have the double effect of being more calming, and making pictures turn out softer.

jessica kiehn said...

haha! i'm not trying to be like some sex machine, everyone!
just wanted to look nice for the pictures for the rest of our lives. but thank you for all the advice!

Molly Carman said...

One of my earliest memories is Meg waking me up and saying, "I think Mom is in labor because it's the middle of the night and she's curling her hair." And she was. Gotta look good for the new baby!

Monday, February 15, 2010




I have the lamest predicament ever.
I have a tried-and-true theory that everybody looks better with a tan/some color. You can't argue with me on this one, because I am pretty set in stone on it. On our family vacations we used to have competitions who got the darkest. As a girl, you also have to wear barely, if any, makeup at all, when you have a tan. Which is a double perk.

On the same note, let me tell you how many times someone in my family has had skin cancer cut off of them.

SO
I have discovered the wonderful world of spray tan. No damage to your skin, and a great tan. Perfect! Right? Well...the very first day you do it, you are an orange little weirdo. THEN once you take your first shower after the spray, you look waaaay more normal.

What's my predicament, you ask?

I could go into labor any day now, and I
a) don't want to look like a puffy, white, blonde monster in my birthing pictures
b) REALLY don't want to look like this poor girl below



So, just leave it be, huh?
Not worth the risk of possibly going into labor the same night I spray tan?

I'd love for the timing to be just right and Ruby come out and think "man, my mom's a hottie"
But I'd hate for her to come out and see this image and think "NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"


17 comments:

humblelearning said...

WHERE did you find this picture?!

Heather said...

Okay, Jessica, first you are absolutely beautiful just the way you are! No denying that. It is a fact. Also, the majority of the world only thinks 'tanner is more beautiful' the same way the majority of the world thinks 80-90% of the foods in supermarkets are healthy for us. It's an adopted/learned/influenced mindset. You are a beautiful, loving, confident woman...be confident in that, tan or no tan.

H.

jessica kiehn said...

haha, shannon. i googled "fake tan orange". Google did a GREAT job and finding exactly what I needed.

heather...thanks darlin:)

Inside the Christi Identity. said...

i agree. beautiful. just the way u r. tan or no tan. u n ruby can tan together all summer long! praise Yahweh!!! woot woot!!! :)

Jennifer said...

Get the tan. And this is coming from someone very pale. get the tan...

also, no pictures from the birth (however sweet and miraculous it will be) where we can see your knees? alright darling?

jk to all the above.

Leslie McDaniel said...

TAN! Trust me, you don't want to be be Pale Paula in your birthing photos. TAN! Besides, the odds of her coming the one night you tan are pretty slim. I wouldn't even be worried about that yet. You're not "full term" until this weekend right?

You could always just shower real quick if you start having contractions. I did.

Also, how is you using this girl as a make fun/haha example any different than the girl on my blog? Heehee!

jessica kiehn said...

hahaha! your comments are all cracking me up.

Leslie, if I take a shower the same night I spray tan, like if i go into labor that same night, then I will be MRS. STRIPES of white and orange. Too dangerous!!!

and jennifer, you're getting the full monty pics, just for that comment!

Anonymous said...

where do you go to get a spray tan that actually stays on, i can't find a place and am looking?
you can always do the self tanning in the bottle...if you get the good stuff, you won't look orange...let me know if you want the name of the stuff in the bottle, that does work.
-Rashelle

Anonymous said...

Jessica,
I wouldn't focus on tanning. Really it's about the gift you are being blessed with. Rather than focusing on yourself. If we look to the Lord then we are not so worried or concerned about our outward apperance. You may end up in labor for 48 hours...after that all you will care about is getting the baby out!

Juli said...

i think you'd be beautiful no matter what you did. Me? i'm a pasty Irish girl who CANT get a tan. ever. SOOOOO i'm pretty all for the pasty white folk :) -- but i do think tan (if not over done) is super beautiful and i always get jealous (i live by the beach...i definitely know tan-jealousy!). BUUUT i only get red. Just be careful.

You are already gorgeous. So i say, do what makes you happy!

jessica kiehn said...

Who is Anonymous? sign your names!!

Leslie McDaniel said...

Jessica, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look nice in your labor photos. They are photos you will look at the rest of your life. Just because you would rather not look washed up and hung to dry, doesn't mean you obviously don't know it's about Ruby and not you.

Anonymous said...

Jessica- Have you ever had a spray tan before? Even after the shower some people look splotchy. AND sometimes the spray still rubs onto things. Even if you didnt go into labor until a couple days after, you may still look funny. Not trying to discourage you from feeling beautiful during labor, I just keep imagining you trying to nurse and your babys little face turning orange from rubbing on your skin. lol I think you should just add some bronzer and smile. That would be more than enough to make wonderful labor pics. Hope youre still feeling great! -Sylvia

Norma Jean said...

Hi Jessica, just wanted to add that you are beautiful both inside and out. It is the light and love in your eyes that people are drawn to. And, Ruby will know your voice and smell and heart beat first. And, there is no greater beauty than a woman who has just given birth no matter the skin color, makeup, hair, etc. Love you sweetheart! NJ

Molly Carman said...

I've never seen labor picks that looked super beautiful, tan or no tan. I mean, we're talking about women panting and sweating and all that for HOURS, you know?
I think your best bet is to focus on lighting instead of skin tone. Having lamps or candles instead of overhead lights can have the double effect of being more calming, and making pictures turn out softer.

jessica kiehn said...

haha! i'm not trying to be like some sex machine, everyone!
just wanted to look nice for the pictures for the rest of our lives. but thank you for all the advice!

Molly Carman said...

One of my earliest memories is Meg waking me up and saying, "I think Mom is in labor because it's the middle of the night and she's curling her hair." And she was. Gotta look good for the new baby!