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Welp! I’m now 36-weeks pregnant and as of this past weekend I have my hospital bag packed (and the infant car seat is installed) — we are officially ready for Michael’s arrival! As a first-time Mom, this was quite a daunting task because I have no idea what to expect going into this labor experience and I also have a tendency to always pack more than necessary when I go somewhere… When it came to putting my packing list together I quickly found that there are lots of resources out there! If you did a quick search on Google or Pinterest you would get tons of blog posts and articles filling your screen with tips, advice, and must-haves on what to pack your hospital bag with.

So, after lots of research, gathering advise from some of my fabulous ASP Mommies, and attending a recent Labor & Delivery prenatal class to learn what the hospital provides… I came up with an all-inclusive list to give this Type-A Momma peace of mind so I’m well prepare for LABOR DAY! While I realize I may have over-packed… I’d rather have everything I think I’ll need to minimize stress and avoid Ryan having to leave the hospital for something. According to The Bump, you should have your hospital bag packed and in your car by 35 weeks… I’m feeling a little rebellious that I’m past the deadline on this but it’s done nonetheless. » OPEN POST »

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Although I have some staple go-to recipes, if you asked me who the cook was in the family the answer would probably be Ryan… I’m trying to get better with meal planning especially with soon having TWO boys in the house (Michael is less than 4 weeks away!). While thinking ahead and knowing I’ll be adjusting to having a newborn in the house… the thought of having yummy dinners prepared by the time Ryan gets home from work seemed far fetched. We rarely have all the ingredients to a recipe on-hand and I doubt I’ll be wanting to get dressed in those early weeks, load up Michael in the car, just to head to the grocery store because the recipe calls for beef bouillon cubes…

So, the search on Pinterest began for some help with preparing freezer meals to pop into the crockpot in the morning so I could, as they say, “set it and forget it!”. We barely use our crockpot throughout the year to make delicious warm meals… but with cooler weather upon us, this is going to change! Crockpot meals are the best — so easy (once the prepping is done) and delicious smells fill your home throughout the day! » OPEN POST »

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Michael sure has been spoiled already!! He’s had a woodlands baby shower hosted by my girlfriends, a surprise shower with my neighborhood bunco ladies, and earlier this week my Mom hosted a lovely shower with our dear family friends. Mom is quite the hostess with the mostest! I walked in and the house smelled delicious!! She’d had been cooking away earlier that day whipping up some new recipes. Kathie, my mother-in-law, brought along some delicious dishes too (thank you Judy & Steve for your help!)!! It wasn’t long before Mom’s home was filled with beautiful ladies and laughter!

Some of these women at the shower I’ve known my entire life, others have known me since I was 13, and some I’ve known over the last decade or so {not everyone pictured}. Surprisingly the only mom there whose son I dated… I ended up marring! And Ryan has given me the greatest gift of motherhood that I will always be thankful for. » OPEN POST »

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The latest trend for pregnant and new moms is absolutely stunning! Many are steering away from the traditional outdoor maternity session and are in favor of a more calm and organic look with milk bath photography. These sessions typically take place in the comfort of the client’s home, filling their bathtub with water, adding milk… and creating some magnificent art! This style is beautiful for newborn sessions too! I have always wanted to photograph one of these sessions because it truly offers the opportunity as an artist for the creative juices to flow! I knew that I wanted these images of my own one day. As a mommy-to-be, it was an unbelievable experience to be on the other side of the lens for the first time to try it out. I had full confidence in the lovely Emily Gerald Photography to capture all of the beauty that unfolded in our afternoon together. » OPEN POST »

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I have been planning my maternity session probably since before I got pregnant, LOL! As a photographer that captures the journey of motherhood, I’ve had the honor of documenting maternity sessions for so many lovely couples over the years… I patiently waited for the blessing where it would be my turn to finally experience it from the other side of the lens.

You may have seen on the blog recently that we invested in Emily Gerald Photography as our photographer to document this exciting season in our lives. She’s such a sweetheart and has already spoiled us rotten! Last week we spent some quality time together for our maternity session and we can’t wait to have her back to Richmond on the BIG day to capture Michael’s birth arrival! SO much to look forward to in the weeks to come!!!

I reached out to Emily a while back with my ideas for our session and she was all in! With this being my first child, especially with the journey Ryan and I went through to get here, I wanted this portraiture session to be extra special. I was going with a bohemian, organic, editorial vibe – it all came together even more beautiful than I imagined… » OPEN POST »

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Did you know that 3,500 babies pass away each year while sleeping?! This statistic just breaks my heart. This is more than 10x the number of babies who passed away in a car last year. Sadly, I know several families that have struggled with this nightmare where their little ones were taken all too soon. Other mommies I know have had many close calls with their babies choking on milk in the middle of the night… so scary! As a new mommy-to-be, I was on the hunt for a safe, proven, and accurate baby monitor product that would bring me peace of mind. I was scrolling through my Instagram feed one day when I came across The Owlet Baby Monitor. I instantly became fascinated with how it all works, watched their heartfelt testimonials, read reviews, researched their competitors, and I was hooked! » OPEN POST »

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As a milestone photographer that captures the journey of motherhood, I am so very grateful and beyond blessed to be trusted to photograph some of life’s sweetest moments. Last month I captured my dear friend and her husband telling their precious kiddos that they were going to be a BIG brother and a BIG sister AGAIN! Click here to watch the moment unfold and watch the video slideshow! It was truly a heartwarming family milestone that I will always cherish being a part of. As many of you know, there are many exciting milestones throughout a pregnancy journey… so lots of excitement was to come!

When the time came for the GENDER REVEAL, Emily and Greg had plans to invite their family over for a casual gathering for the BIG announcement! But first, they wanted to share the news privately with their kids, Finley and Tripp. This reveal was particularly exciting because (as of right now…) they do not plan to have anymore children… they have been blessed one bubbly sweet GIRL and one loveable playful BOY so this gender reveal was going to be the tie-breaker! After Emily explained to her kids the many options for them to find out the gender of their soon-to-be sibling, Finley and Tripp chose to bite into deliciously yummy cupcakes with either PINK or BLUE icing inside! So, Emily and Greg got to work making preparations for the big moment (they found out together earlier that week!). I came over yesterday afternoon and we setup a cozy spot on their backyard outdoor patio for the grand revealing!!! It was SO precious!! » OPEN POST »

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Hey y’all! Can you believe it’s that time of year again to start registering for holiday mini-sessions?! This summer has flown by and it will be FALL before we know it! I love offering this mini-session special each fall before the busy holiday season kicks in. It’s a great way for me to catch up with returning clients and meet new ones! Click here and here to view previous annual Holiday Minis.

With my due date fast approaching (due October 21st!), I debated squeezing in these fall minis before my due date. However, not knowing how I’ll be feeling as I near the end of my pregnancy and due to the flexible nature of birth arrival, I decided not to take any chances of booking up my schedule before 10/21 to risk possibly having my little man make an early arrival… That would bring on more stress with rescheduling those sessions all while adjusting with a newborn.

SO! I’m technically breaking the maternity leave rule but… I plan to whip out my gear and a few holiday props for a two-day special for some FUN with you guys! This will give me roughly a month to heal post-delivery and get somewhat into a routine with Michael (fingers crossed!). By mid-November, I’ll be ready to get out of the house for some fun outdoors. Ryan will watch Michael while I’m shooting and our little guy may make an appearance on-site where you can meet him! 🙂

Want to know where these holiday mini-sessions will be held this year?!…
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A note about my maternity leave.

Well, hello there! I hope you’re having a great summer! I cannot believe that FALL is right around the corner! Who’s ready for cooler weather, firepit season, pumpkin-spiced candles, and those beautiful autumn leaves?! I know I am 🙂

As you may already know, I’m expecting a baby BOY in October. My due date is October 21st – only 9 more weeks to go (unless this little man decides to make an early arrival)! In efforts to keep you in the loop, I wanted to send you a quick note regarding my maternity leave plans. » OPEN POST »

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