Oh my goodness, where to even begin with this one?! This radiant mama to be and I used to work at Best Buy together many moons ago!! I am so very grateful or the power of social media for allowing me to keep in contact with friends and family from all over. Michelle moved to Rochester, PA (just over the Ohio/PA border) a few years ago to be closer to family. She met her husband (and baby daddy!) Dan, and the rest is history. They are expecting their first child, a baby boy, any day now!! I cannot wait to see and meet little Sawyer Daniel! <3
This is a difficult post for me to write, as there are SO many emotions and feelings associated with this subject. I WISH I could photograph every client that contacts me. Being a Motherhood photographer, it crushes me turning away clients due to financial reasons and budgets. I wish I could give every expecting mama her dream photo shoot; whether it be maternity, birth, newborn or family. But the truth is, I just can't.
More truth: this is my job. This is my income. And it breaks my heart when people try to belittle my profession or make comments not understanding "why it's so expensive". While I debated going into detail about the reasons of why my pricing is the way it is, I decided to share a few details.
The cost of running a business
Every business owner knows about this, yet rarely do customers. We have not only have expensive gear to buy, service, and maintain, but so many other little things that add up to our monthly business expenses. The program that I use to edit your gorgeous photos, that costs money. The computer I use to run that program, that costs money. The website in which you found me through, that costs money. The education I pay for to better myself in my profession, that costs money. The program in which I send you your beautiful images through, THAT COSTS MONEY! Just to name a few. Not only all of those, but my time away from my family, my gas, the wear and tear on my car, the editing time spent, and so on. There are so many things that are accounted for when I offer a session and give my client the price.
I, more than anyone, can understand budgets. My family has a monthly budget just like any other family out there. I have to justify and account for every dollar spent. That being said, I also value and appreciate the art of photography and would NEVER try to low-ball someone. If I am wanting photographs of my family, I not only want a professional, I want to pay that person what they truly deserve for doing their job.
Think of it this way. Let's say you are a receptionist. You are paid $15/an hour. One day, your boss walks in and asks you to do something in your job description, but then proceeds to ask you if you will do it for $10/hr. How would that make you feel? Confused? Frustrated? Hurt? Probably a mix of all of those emotions. You work hard at your job and expected to be paid fairly for that job, right? And as it is with photographers. We aren't sitting at home, making up session fees to gauge you. We are accounting for our family's needs, our business needs, all the while trying to deliver an art that's priced affordably and fairly to our clients.
So, my hope is that more people try to understand. Think about that photographer and his/her family before making a rude comment about their pricing. Because I promise you, there is SO much more to it than you realize. Instead, offer a compliment and let them know it's out of your budget. "Your work is so beautiful, and I am sure is worth every penny you charge. Unfortunately, that price is out of reach for my family ay this time. Do you have any recommendations for someone in this price range?" YES. Do that. <3
It's hard to believe my precious baby is 4.5 months old. While the past few months seem to have flown by, I also remember the days dragging by. Being a first time mother, I had zero clue what to expect when we came home from the hospital. Asher was born the first week of June, one of the busiest months of work for my husband. That left me alone caring for him, a lot. I was struggling with breastfeeding, healing from an almost 30 hour labor and birth, and now a brand new baby that I knew NOTHING about. Life was tough.
I read so many books and blogs about soaking in that time with your new baby, and how important breastfeeding was, and how to do nothing but heal and bond with your baby. Yeaaaaaa, that didn't happen with us. With my husband working so much and me now being a stay at home mom, I felt immense pressure to get up and take care of the household. This meant cooking, cleaning, and laundry, amongst trying to heal my body & care for a newborn. Looking back, I would 100% do it all differently. I would plan for my husband to take a minimum of a week off, I would have prepared more freezer meals, and I would have my mom come over and do my laundry and dishes ;)
But being a first time mom, I think I felt I had to PROVE I could do it. That I didn't need the help. Well, I did. And IF we have a second child, things will be FAR more different. I did so much research on pregnancy, labor & both. I did ZERO research on post partum and how insanely important that time is. There is a reason you're supposed to take 6-8 weeks off. TAKE THE TIME OFF!!!!
Now, I don't know if it was the pressure I felt to tend to the household and keep our lives as normal as possible, but I don't feel I bonded with Asher for quite some time. Sure, I loved him unconditionally and knowing he was finally here was a feeling I will never be able to explain. But he felt like a stranger. Our lives took a complete 180 and this tiny little baby was the root of it all. There were moments where I cried so hard, missing it being just us. All I wanted was to get a full night's sleep with my husband snuggled up next to me. My body was a mess, my lady bits still healing, and cracked and bleeding nipples from trying to feed my child. When I envisioned starting a family, this was NOT in my dreams. It was tough.
Fast forward to 3 months. Asher finally started to show facial expressions, searching for my face when he heard my voice, giggling, cuddling, and so on. I desperately needed this. Finally this stranger started to feel like mine. My son. My baby I longed for. And I will be forever changed because of him. I will take my very last breath trying to save his.
So, the moral of this story is: the newborn stage is hard. It's not always sunshine, rainbows, and cuddles. My son HATED to be held as a newborn. He was born an independent dude, and still is! He likes to do his own thing. That was hard for me and sometimes still is. Unless he's exhausted or not feeling well, he wants to sleep in his crib, alone. No falling asleep on my chest, nope. Even as a newborn, if he would fuss, picking him up and trying to cuddle only made things worse. One of the many lessons I learned about my son: he's got this.
So to any expecting mamas out there, or mamas that are already mamas, it's ok to not bond with your baby right away. Everyone is different. Every baby is different. BUT, I promise you, it will come. And when it does, it's the absolute best. Just be patient. <3
I was having lunch with a friend of mine the other day, and she was talking about how GUILTY she feels sometimes needing time for herself. Needing time away from the 24/7 life of being a mama. Even if she leaves her baby with her own husband, she said she often feels instant guilt for asking. Ohhhh mama, how I can relate.
For some reason, us moms feel the need (and sometimes have no choice) to do it all. We take care of baby all day + all night with the only "down time" being when they nap....and we all know how naps go...completely unpredictable. It can be very taxing doing this day in + day out! For me, I think I have overcome the guilt of asking for a break but where my "mom guilt" comes in happens during the day, and quite often. I try my hardest to clean the house, run our two businesses, meal plan, grocery shop, laundry, take care of the dog, and OH YEA! Care for our 3 month old....it's A LOT. I'm getting better at balancing it all, but some days shit just doesn't get done, and THAT'S OK. I put that in caps so I plant it deeper into my own brain. I feel so guilty sometimes laying Asher on his play mat or putting him in his swing for 30 mins while I wash dishes, or meal plan, or whatever. But sometimes, I need those additional 30 minutes! Especially on days where he only takes a few 20 minute power naps! Then there are days where I just refuse to put my baby on the back burner (for lack of a better term) and the other stuff just has to wait. So really, it's a damned if you do and damned if you don't type of guilt. On one hand I feel guilty for not spending every minute of Asher's awake time with him, then on the other hand I feel guilty for not getting everything else done that being a stay at home mama requires. SHEESH! I need a drink just thinking about it :)
So while I don't necessarily have all the answers, I do know this. Mom guilt is real and it is OK and NORMAL to feel. But that being said, we must know it's ok to ask for help. It's ok to understand some days you just CAN'T do it all. And most importantly, it's OK to take a time out! Those babies are pretty dang needy and if you don't take a time out for yourself, I'm certain you'll go insane! :)
I cannot recommend enough to surround yourself + talk with other mamas. It has been such a blessing chatting with my mama friends (and clients!) about the struggles of motherhood. It's actually fun and entertaining comparing stories! Sometimes just knowing there is someone else out there that just gets it, is all we need. <3
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! :)
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...
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.
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
Happy 32 weeks to our little babe! Can't believe we are just 8 weeks out from meeting his/her sweet face. Any time I even think about that moment, I am overcome with emotion and end up bawling my eyes out :) To be honest, that thought of my husband handing our baby to me is 99% of my motivation these days! The bigger I get, the harder it is to move around or have energy to do much. Which is ironic because now more than ever, we have so much to do! :)
Baby is the size of a squash and is weighing in about 4 lbs! This is all according to my pregnancy app, of course. Baby has finger nails! finger nails! (any Juno movie fans out there? lol) and toe nails this week.
We had our baby shower this past Saturday & are still processing the emotions from that! So many amazing friends & family came out to celebrate and spoil us! I will be sharing all the photos & details from that later this week!
We also had our first birth class with the Community Birth Circle at Aultman Orrville hospital this past Sunday. It was so awesome connecting with other couples who are planning a very similar birth to ours & to be able to see where our hospital is located. We actually have not been or toured our hospital yet! We are hoping to do our actual tour next birth class (April 24th) and also pre registering so we (hopefully) don't need to do all that in the midst of active labor!
Our goals this month include packing a hospital bag, assembling our car seat, finding a pediatrician, and slowly gathering the last few items we will need before baby comes! Chiropractic care might need bumped up to twice a week to help soothe some hip/lower back pain that seems to keep creeping back around :)
Be sure to check back weekly for new updates, nursery shares, birth plans & more! :) Thanks for visiting! xo- B
Motherhood photography has always been a favorite of mine. From photographing a first time expectant mother to her birth to her journey throughout the stages of motherhood, I can't get enough! The bond between a mother & child is something I can never fully put into words. It is one of those moments in life you just need to see it, and in my case, photograph it.
Alexis and I went to high school together & I was one of the first people to know she was expecting! Alexis & her husband Dan hired me to document their entire pregnancy, birth & now a snippet of her journey as a mother. I will never tire of capturing & delivering these priceless images to my clients. I know these images mean the world to this mama & they should! This is a time in life that will pass far too quickly & I'm so glad she will have these portraits to remember the most precious days of their lives.
WHOA, BABY!! We made it! The final leg of this crazy baby journey!!! :) Today marks 28 weeks and the start of our final trimester. while there are definitely times I feel like this pregnancy is moving in slow motion, looking back it feels like just yesterday I told my husband we were expecting.
-This week baby is the size of an eggplant! According to my app, baby weighs about 2-2.5 lbs. It also mentioned that I should be gaining about a pound a week from here on out...uhhh...moving on! Baby has been SUPER active, of course late at night & super early in the mornings. We also have noticed that baby is a country music fan. Yep. Anything mama plays country in the car, dance party central in my tummy.
-Not so great thing is we are now experiencing swollen hands & feet. Yuck. Luckily, nothing too serious but uncomfortable for sure. Wedding rings have been off for a few weeks now and I can't stand it! My wedding set is my favorite piece of jewelry and I hate not being able to wear it!
-So far, no cravings! I do like sugary snacks but that was my style long before baby bump came along. Unfortunately, those snacks are extremely limited these days.
-Baby's room is 95% complete & we are hoping to button it up this week. Of course, there is nothing to put in there yet until our shower (April 9th!) so we are excited for that. I will be sharing some sneak peeks of the room hopefully next week for y'all.
-Daddy can hear baby's heartbeat by simply putting his ears to my belly. Being a DJ, he likes to compare baby's heartbeat to a song's beats per minute and rhythm :)
-Braxton Hicks are happening like crazyyyy. Luckily they aren't painful, yet quite...awkward? Your belly gets so tight and then baby moves and it's like "Ok, what is happening in there?!" But per the midwife, our body is just practicing and gearing up for the real thing. Mmhm.
-Still seeing the amazing Dr. Amanda Ferguson for our weekly chiropractic adjustments. I plan to continue weekly care until baby comes!
Overall, feeling insanely happy & just excited to see what these next few weeks bring. Our bi-weekly appointments with our midwife start after this week. Can't believe how close we are getting!!
Be sure to check back each week as I have lots to share with y'all about birth affirmations, our birth plan, what's going in our hospital bag, & so many more helpful things I have learned! Thanks for reading! xo
Ahhh, the second trimester. You're finally feeling better, have more energy, your appetite is strong, you have a cute little belly, & feeling your baby kick happens more & more! But let's step back & take a moment to talk about the stuff I personally feel no one talks about.
1. Hormones. Yes, I know what you're thinking. A hormonal pregnant woman, typical! But I don't think anyone truly realizes how unpredictable & out of control these mood swings are. I'm fairly sure going through puberty wasn't even this bad. Maybe it's just me, but my anger has never been stronger. Like Hulk angry. And can we take a moment & talk about the comment "It only gets worse"? I swear, if one more person says that to me, no matter what it's about, I might end up on the evening news. I get it, it gets worse. But the truth is, I like to complain, ok? Complaining makes me feel better about what I am going through! So unless you're gonna come over and rub my back & feed me chocolates, zip it! :)
2. Loneliness. Pregnancy is lonely! No one can experience the joys, the mood swings, the baby kicks, etc. It seems anytime I put my husband's hands on my bump or try to video the baby doing somersaults, it stops. And while I thoroughly enjoy the weekly changes my babe does (he has elbows! he can blink!), not everyone seems to find the same enthusiasm in those things. No one can share in the night time karate kicks, wondering if the lack of movement is a sign of something wrong, and so on. While your partner is extremely supportive, he doesn't have a clue. And that sometimes, is hard.
3. Exhaustion. Not in the "I'm tired-ready for a nap" tired. I'm talking "taking a shower makes me pant" exhausted. I find myself breathing hard at the most random times. Getting out of bed? HA. The imagination of a turtle on it's back is a very accurate description. And I KNOW- IT ONLY GETS WORSE.
4. Clothing. NOTHING FITS! And it stinks.. Yes, I know, pregnancy is beautiful. But it's really frustrating when you rotate the same 3 tops and leggings because they're the only things that fit you comfortably and don't make you look like a tent! And don't get me started on the prices of maternity clothes! I've never been a huge money spender & I certainly am not going to start on something that has an expiration date. While I am sure there are second hand stores & other ways of buying maternity clothes cheaper, ain't nobody got time for that! I like to run into a store & run out (panting, per usual). So instead, I'll just piss & moan about it all :D haha!
5. Anxiety. SHEESH. I feel like this one might be the worst. And it started fairly recently, over the past week or so. It's the beginning of the nesting stage and you feel helpless. It's a tad too soon to start deep cleaning the house or prep freezer meals. You have a to-do list a mile long but you almost feel silly starting it because you still have about 3 months left. Your nursery is just about done yet you have nothing to put in there yet. And the add the previous three topics I discussed above, forget it. :)
While I almost feel guilty complaining about being pregnant, it's all in good fun. My pregnancy has been an absolute dream. If I had to carry 10 more children, I'd love to live in the 2nd trimester. But I'm not a Duggar & that's not happening. I'm excited (and nervous) to see what this third and final trimester brings. But most of all, I'm beyond excited to meet our sweet baby!
Preparing for your maternity session can be a mixture of emotions. You aren't feeling yourself these days and trying to find an outfit that fits you in the right places can be a tough task!
Many of my clients ask my suggestions for apparel for their maternity session & it really depends on the season and vision of your session. It's important to discuss with your photographer what your and their vision for your session is. In the above photo, our goal was a cozy, classic, & timeless session. Kristen wore the perfect knee length, form fitting, solid color dress. Her simple necklace and wedding rings give this session the softness we were hoping to achieve.
Another option that photographs beautifully, is colorful blends. While this session's goal was similar to the above session, Courtney's pops of color made this a much more playful session. We were able to incorporate some cozy poses while still capturing those bright, fun photos! The color and cheerfulness the outfit brought to the session paired perfectly with this mama's personality!
Another option (and season!) is a bright, summery session. Amber chose a light, solid color dress that fits around her baby bump perfectly. She also chose a soft pink flower crown to accessorize the simplicity of her dress and it just made the perfect pop to her session! I love how beautifully solid colors photograph and I can really place my clients in a mixture of backdrops & I never worry about clashing.
To tie into the above session, Holly's session incorporated bright colors, patterned dress, and an adorable prop! This dress fit this mama so perfecting and it's pop of color and pattern against the warm sunlight was pure perfection. While I am not normally a prop photographer, the sign that Holly & her husband made for their surprise gender baby was too cute not to use! I encourage small props if a mama wants some, but it's important to discuss your thoughts during your consultation so you can capture everything in a blended way. The pattern and colors in the dress coordinate so well with the colors and simplicity of the prop.
24 weeks! Holy. Cow! Technically, we are 6 months in, BUT good ol' pregnancy is measured by weeks and technicallyyyyyy I still have 4 months to go..
Baby is the size of a cantaloupe this week (uhh...!) and LOVES to have late night dance parties. Baby feels very low & rarely do I feel him/her moving much around above or even around my belly button. Speaking of, that sucker is about to pop out any day now!
I have been reading What to Expect & a few Ina May Gaskin books a great friend let me borrow. It's hard finding the time to read but I know these books contain so much information & will ultimately be a huge part in achieving the labor & birth I want. :)
While I have been beyond blessed with a pretty healthy and easy pregnancy so far, there have been a few scares! I'm not ready to talk about the first one but I know I will at some point. The other scare happened this past Monday. I woke up and was leaking a little bit of fluid. Luckily, our amazing team of midwives got us in for a check up & all was good! They're not entirely sure what caused it but they are certain it was not amniotic fluid & my cervix is thick & closed... *phew!* Not my idea of a good time but so, so thankful for good news!
Still no cravings yet! Meat rarely sounds appetizing so I need to focus on getting my protein through shakes & other protein enriched foods. Still seeing my chiropractor once a week which I strongly believe its going to be a HUGE successor for my birth plan! I'll be sharing my birth plan here in a few weeks, along with some tips on how to write your own birth plan :)
Overall, I am feeling fabulous. I get winded and feel exhausted much quicker than past stages so that's an adjustment. OH, and I think it should be outlawed to tell a pregnant woman how much she weighs at every prenatal appointment...!
Until next update, Baby Humes & I thank you for stopping by & reading about our adventures! xo-B
We are 22 weeks this week! When friends ask how things are going, I tell them: some days fly by & others crawl by! It really is the weirdest concept of time! But overall, I am feeling great! :)
This week I started seeing a chiropractor (Dr. Amanda Ferguson in North Canton, she's amazing!) due to my lower back & left hip pain. Turns out there is quite a few things twisted & out of alignment in that region! Hoping after a few visits and adjustments, things get back to where they need to be just in time for baby's arrival!
Also this week, we (mostly) finished up our registry. Yikes! Things are moving right along! Hoping to have baby's room at least painted here in the next week or so...*cough* HUSBAND *cough* :)
I *think* we selected our girl name this week & now just need to think of a boy name! And nope, we're not telling! hehe
Other than that, I think that's really all the updates we have so far! Please continue praying for us during this journey & that everything continues as well as it has! <3
I had such an amazing time photographing this radiant mother to be a few weeks ago! Tyler and her wife Elaine, are expecting TWINS in February! A little girl named Lennon and a little boy named Rylan! With names like those, they have to be adorable, right?!
I've known Tyler (and Elaine!) for a few years now as we all used to work together back when Tyler and I waitressed at Quaker Steak. It's been so fun watching the two of them come together, get married, and now be expecting together. When Tyler contacted me about surprising Elaine with some intimate maternity portraits (4 days before Christmas!), I knew we just had to make it happen.
Tyler, I've said it before & I will say it again: you. are. stunning! These photos portray so much and I hope you and your family will cherish them for years to come. <3
Whewwwww! Boy does it feel good to finally let the world know :) My husband and I are SO excited to be welcoming our first baby next June! <3
I wanted to write this blog post and just update y'all on how the first trimester went for me. I've had so many friends, family, & clients asking so what better way! :) I have been SO blessed to say I did not have morning sickness! I had maybe two occasions where I felt a bit queasy but both times where I allowed myself to get to the hangry state and I'm pretty sure I get that way regardless of having a human growing ;) My ONLY complaint/issue I have had during my pregnancy is most evenings (right about 8:30-9) I have a crazy itching attack. My skin gets SO itchy! The only thing that seems to help calm that is warm shower & then pure aloe vera. My midwife blames it on the increased blood flow in the body & the hormones. I think my child just likes to torture me ;)
Another update is we are NOT finding out the baby's gender until s/he is here! I am so excited to be surprised and what better motivation for labor?! Life just doesn't give you many amazing surprises like this and we just really want to embrace that. Plus, we have no preference on gender so it will be perfect!
And lastly, YES we have already hired a birth photographer! The amazing Amanda Ellis from Amanda Ellis Photography will be documenting our journey into parenthood! I am so thankful to have someone I can trust during this time to capture OUR story! Y'all know how passionate I am about documenting this time and to know ours will be captured makes me WAY too emotional to handle!
Thank you ALL for all the kind words & well wishes! I'm so excited to share my journey along the way! <3
I always say how amazing and beautiful my clients are, BUT when they are someone you've known for over 10 years, it makes it THAT much better! :) Alexis and I have known each other since 6th grade (I think??!!) and when she asked me to document her journey into Motherhood, I was beyond honored.
Dan & Alexis have been married for 5 years now and are about to welcome their very first baby this December...which may I add is going to be a surprise gender!! I absolutely can't wait to photograph this family's birth story as I know it's going to be absolutely perfect, cuz let's be honest, they're pretty perfect! <3
I met up with these three (hehe) last Saturday at Sippo Lake Park in Massillon and it was absolute perfection! We had cooler but not too cool temperatures and just the perfect amount of colors for some beautiful photos. I'm so in love with how these images trend out & how much Alexis loves them! Hope y'all enjoy!!
I had the absolute pleasure of photographing this beautiful mama Sunday evening! Can you believe this is her THIRD baby? And guess what? Baby #3 is her third girl! Her fiancé is going to have lots of girls to love on!!
Amber contacted me and once I found out she has never been photographed, I just knew I had to find the perfect spot for her session! People keep asking me where this session took place and you know what? I couldn't tell you if I wanted to! It took place in Canton on a path near Gervasi is about the best idea I can give! :)
I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do. Amber nailed her maternity look and her beauty as a mother just radiates in these photos! <3
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...
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! :)
Life is full of unexpected & powerful moments. Getting to meet baby Bella was one of those moments. I have known this mama, Jessica, since she was only 3 years old. My mom & Jessica's dad were once married. We grew up together. When I was 17, our parents separated & it seemed so did we. Life continued on and thanks to the wonderful power of social media, Jessica and I reconnected and got to talking. She was expecting a baby girl end of April, & to everyone's surprise, baby girl came about a week early!
Sunday afternoon I got to sneak away for a few hours and spend some time snuggling this princess. She is so perfect in every way & I am so proud of Jess! She is a wonderful mother & I can't wait to continue watching her and her babies grow! I could have spent hours photographing this baby girl, because after she had a full belly, she was a perfect baby! She slept in the cutest of ways that made my job so easy. Take a look!
She is absolutely PERFECT! In every way. Congrats Jessica & Joe, you did great! <3