Baby Must Haves!

When I was pregnant, I was so excited to start my baby registry. I tried to only register for what I felt was needed but a few wants slipped in there too. We didn't know our baby's gender so I think that REALLY helped me from going overboard, as we needed everything to be gender neutral! :)

I have decided to compile a list for some mamas that I wish I would have come across while I was planning for my baby. For me, these are must haves and I wouldn't have survived being a brand new mama without them!

1. Muslin blankets.

 

These things are the best! They are so lightweight but can be doubled up to be warmer. They make great swaddle blankets and are also so nice to just toss in the diaper bag. They fold up pretty small! My baby boy loves them & sleeps with his monkey muslin blanket every night! 

2. LOTS of burp cloths

After my shower, I remember thinking, "there is no way we are going to need this many burp cloths!" and boy was I wrong. I use about 4 a day and it's so nice having a stack of clean cloths while others are in the wash! I have a few "stations" where I keep them, as most days we are all over the house. Definitely invest (or register!) for many as they are so helpful to have!!

3. Bottle Warmer

 

This was a game changer! I did not want to microwave my baby's milk, ever. So I came across Dr. Brown's bottle warmer and I love it! It warms his bottle by steaming it! You can choose your timing (depending how warm you want it) and it's so helpful! I wasn't too keen on spending the $35 or so it cost but I'm so glad I got it.

4. Sleep sack

 

OH MAN is this a MUST! Sweet babies tend to flail in their sleep & constantly wake themselves up. Having a sleep sack (Halo brand is what we have) changed my life. We thankfully had it from day one as it was given to us in the hospital. It swaddles them up so nicely & also keeps them warm without needing loose blankets on them. I need to buy more because our chunky monkey is starting to outgrow his. I recommend the sleep sacks as opposed to the tight swaddles that are out there because it's important for the development to be able to move their legs/hips! You don't want them so tightly wrapped like baby mummies! :)

5. A glider

I always knew I wanted a nice chair/glider in our baby's nursery but I didn't know just how much I would use it. I use it every single night! With my husband working, it's so nice to be able to have a room in the house where Asher and I can go and have our night time feedings. We sit in his nursery as I feed & rock him. I can't wait till he is a bit older & I can read to him in it & put him to bed <3

6. Multiple diaper stations

For me, this is huge. Our house is 3 floors, we only use the main 2 floors but man is it nice not having to go to a specific location when Asher needs changed! We have a diaper set up in our living room with our pack & play & one set up in his room. I did have a small one set up in our bedroom the first few weeks but seeing as his room is right across the hall, I eventually combined those two. This is of course for disposable diapers. We are starting our cloth diapers here this month & will be re-doing our diapering set up to accommodate that! Stay tuned! :)

7. A lightweight stroller/car seat system

 

Yes. Yes. and more yes. I thought my step mom was nuts when she made me test out damn near every stroller system Babies R Us had on display but MAN I am so glad she did! Some of those systems are suuuuuper heavy AND complex!! While safety was my number one concern, I was blessed to find a top rated system in safety but also super lightweight! My GB Lyfe stroller/car seat system has made being a mama so much more enjoyable. It's so cute, lightweight & seriously the easiest thing ever to operate!! 

8. Rock & Play

 

Ok, I know I keep saying this but yes- THIS! This was a last minute purchase (3 days before I gave birth!) and I am so, so thankful we got one! Our friends who had a baby about 4 weeks prior to us told us it was an absolute must! While I went the cheap route (bought one used), I wish I would have just got a new one. The one we have works great but there are a ton of rock & plays out there that have many more features that would have been nice to have. Ours doesn't rock on its own & it doesn't vibrate either. But luckily, we found a toy that vibrates & plays music that we use with it. Both items combined were cheaper than a new rock & play- but like I said, I wish we would have splurged & bought it altogether. Asher sleeps in this right beside me in our room to this day. I love how it is inclined. I know babies are supposed to be flat on their back but it really scared me whenever would still spit up some fluid and be flat on his back. Ash naps, plays, and chills in this thing! He seriously loves it. And they fold up & are super easy to travel with! Cannot recommend this item enough!

So there you have it, mamas! My top items that are must haves for us! I hope this list helped! :)

Third Trimester Struggles

SO here we are. Just about 36 weeks along and in the "home stretch". My body is continually growing, I can't breathe, and not peeing myself when I sneeze has become quite the sport. I did a post very similar to this earlier on in pregnancy, talking about all the things that the pregnancy books don't talk about. While I gave up reading those type of books much past 20 weeks, I'm not too sure what they would say about the last month of pregnancy but I would imagine it wouldn't include a lot of these!

1. Dealing with the question, "When are you due?"
I might just start lying. Because the real answer is, ANY DAY! I could go tomorrow, I could go in a week, I could go another month and a half.....I. don't. know. And the truth is, whenever my baby and body is ready! Sure my "estimated due date" is June 9 but between my chiropractor knowing how low baby's head is in my pelvis, to my husband noticing my belly changes, to the little lady at El Campesino's telling me "definitely boy", everyone suspects I'll go early. OF COURSE I would love for that to happen, BUT! I just want a healthy baby to come when he/she is ready. Now if I'm still pregnant past June 9, we might be whistling a different tune :) 

2. Dealing with your maternity clothes getting too tight
Can we just seriously talk about this? When your maternity clothes are getting tight, we have a problem. Sure, maybe I put my maternity jeans in the dryer on accident once or twice, but those bad boys should be built to last! Especially for how much I paid for them! If you see me walking around with my belly hanging out soon, just know that shirt used to fit and I refuse to accept that it doesn't anymore. And I also refuse to spend any more money on maternity clothes with this little of time left! The episode of Friends with Rachel wearing that tank top comes to mind...let me see if I can find that image...
 

Ahhh yes. There it is!&nbsp;

Ahhh yes. There it is! 

3. Jealousy of your spouse
This one I didn't see coming. And I feel bad for even admitting it but let's face it- it's real. My husband works his tail off. Once he finishes up his Mon-Fri career, he then DJs all weekend from bars around the area to weddings & special events. While I know he is working, I also know he enjoys it. He gets to dress up super nice, head out, play music, socialize with all sorts of people, and enjoy some cocktails. MAN do I miss being able to dress in a way that I felt snazzy, or beautiful, or sexy. NOT TO MENTION being able to sip on a cocktail! I stay home. Every weekend. In my half fitting clothes trying to focus my attention on anything but my sexy dressed husband sipping bourbon and talking about anything but pregnancy.

4. Shaving
This one's a real treat. I will admit, there are times (mainly winter) where I don't focus on shaving as much. But knowing you're going to have a baby possibly any day now, you tend to want to keep all the areas cleanly cut. You would think someone would have invented a contraption for 9 month pregnant women to shave themselves with. Fairly certain Edward Scissorhands could do a better job. That is all. 

5. The aches and pains
Sure you're toting around an extra 20-30 pounds in your front mid section with a baby's head lodged in your pelvis, of course you're going to be uncomfortable right? Well, you see, the thing is- these aches and pains that I'm specifically talking about COME OUTTA NO WHERE and they bring you down to the ground. I could be in the grocery store squeezing every avocado to see which one would make the best guac and BAM! Lightning sharp pain that from middle of my belly, down & out. Whewwwww. I'm all about pain and "waves" during labor. LABOR! You know, when you know you're going to meet your baby very soon? These pains are just down right unfair and mean. And so, so random.

And lastly, number 6. The emotions.
This one I will admit is probably in a few books somewhere. But it's worth mentioning. I have been nesting like a mad woman over the past week and when I'm done at the end of each day, I'm so physically and emotionally exhausted. Trying to think of every possible thing you "need" to get done before baby takes a huge toll emotionally. Knowing that you are are about to meet the face that you've been dreaming about for the past 9 months causes some crazy emotions too! And knowing that these are the last few weeks that you will be able to keep your baby as safe as you ever could is a pretty scary feeling. So know it's ok to lose your shit, it's ok to fall apart, and it's ok to cry when you're alone. You've been growing a human life inside of your body and you are about to welcome it into this world. If that doesn't give you a free pass to do whatever you want, I'm not sure what does! Don't be sorry and don't feel bad. Know that it's ok to tell people no. Set boundaries for yourself. And most importantly, trust yourself and your body. Know that everything that is happening (both physically & emotionally!) is preparing you to meet your precious baby anytime now. And that should be all you need. <3

 

 

Favorites Part One: Maternity

The other evening, I was going through and organizing my photos from the past few months. After seeing so many beautiful maternity photos, I was compelled to write a post about them! It was hard not to post all 6 million of them, especially when I had to narrow them down to only five images! 

Each of these photos make me feel something when I look at them. That is why I am so madly in love with photography, especially Motherhood photography. There is just something so overwhelmingly beautiful about a mother and it's a beauty I will never grow tire of!

In no particular, my top five favorite maternity images thus far...

&nbsp;This photo was taken in Savannah, Georgia. This expecting mother's style was so beautiful. I love the simplicity of this studio image and the black&nbsp;and white edit. I feel this is such a powerful image on so many levels.&nbsp;

 This photo was taken in Savannah, Georgia. This expecting mother's style was so beautiful. I love the simplicity of this studio image and the black and white edit. I feel this is such a powerful image on so many levels. 


This image is similar to the one above, but also different to me. This mama's glowing skin tone against all that white just radiates beauty. The dress was made for her expecting belly and I just can't get over how beautiful it turned out!

This image is similar to the one above, but also different to me. This mama's glowing skin tone against all that white just radiates beauty. The dress was made for her expecting belly and I just can't get over how beautiful it turned out!

This photo was a capture in Savannah as well. Those trees, the&nbsp;color of her dress, and that belly! The stars just aligned during this shoot and the&nbsp;beauty that came from it leaves me in absolute awe

This photo was a capture in Savannah as well. Those trees, the color of her dress, and that belly! The stars just aligned during this shoot and the beauty that came from it leaves me in absolute awe

THIS photo is not only beautiful, but it holds special meaning. This is Robyn, the mama from my very first home birth out in Colorado this past June. This image captures the pure and raw beauty of a woman's expecting body. It shows just how low baby boy was and how gorgeous mama was at that very moment. I feel a sense of sexiness and empowerment when I look at this. It really is such an amazing moment and I am so glad I was able to capture it!

THIS photo is not only beautiful, but it holds special meaning. This is Robyn, the mama from my very first home birth out in Colorado this past June. This image captures the pure and raw beauty of a woman's expecting body. It shows just how low baby boy was and how gorgeous mama was at that very moment. I feel a sense of sexiness and empowerment when I look at this. It really is such an amazing moment and I am so glad I was able to capture it!

And lastly, the beautiful Tarae! This photo means so much to me. The colors behind her, that flower crown, and that flowing dress...gah! I also love this because it was taken right around the corner from my house. I love that there are so many beautiful locations to photograph within minutes of where I'm at!     Thanks so much for stopping by &amp; reading today's post! Please be sure to leave a comment letting me know you were here! xoxo

And lastly, the beautiful Tarae! This photo means so much to me. The colors behind her, that flower crown, and that flowing dress...gah! I also love this because it was taken right around the corner from my house. I love that there are so many beautiful locations to photograph within minutes of where I'm at!

 

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Landrie Alexis

Landrie Alexis was born April 23, weighing in at 9 lbs 12 oz! I had the privilege of photographing Lindsay's maternity photos this past winter & being able to photograph sweet Landrie within 24 hours of her entering this world was so amazing! Her sweet little cheeks & adorable facial expressions just melted my heart. Here are just a few favorites from our session at Akron General hospital! :)

 

    

 

 

&nbsp;Proud daddy!&nbsp;

 Proud daddy!