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Hi there pretty Mamas! As I write this post, I’m knocking on wood. We know all too well that babies can be unpredictable and just when you think you’re getting into a smooth routine with things… it can quickly change! Before I go any further, let me throw a disclaimer out there… I am a new mommy of a 3-month old baby boy. I am by no means an expert in the mommy category… I’m learning new things every day. This is just some friendly advice on what has worked for me. My little Michael is sleeping through the night (for now!) and I’ve received a few questions from friends so thought I’d go ahead and write a blog post to share my thoughts with everyone.

I realize that all babies are different and their behaviors, habits, feeding schedules, sleep patterns, etc. will vary. I also realize that all mommies have different lifestyles… some are on maternity leave, some are SAHMs, some work, some are single parents, some have 1 child, some have lots more! So, all of these tips may not work for you and your baby but a few of them might where you can then start a routine that works for you! The important thing is to be flexible. So, if you’re a tired Mama that’s looking for some remedies to help your baby sleep through the night then hopefully this blog post will help you!

By 6 weeks old, my son Michael, was sleeping long stretches during the night in his own crib in his nursery. When he was born I planned to keep him in the bassinet in our room for at least 3-6 months… depending on what article you read, many will say they should sleep in your room for up to 12-months. Between 4-6 weeks old, I was putting Michael in his crib for daytime naps and nursing him in his nursery so he could get well-acquainted with the room and know that it was a “safe place”. Just to note, I have one window in his nursery with plantation shutters — I purposefully didn’t get blackout curtains because I didn’t want him to get used to sleeping in a pitch black dark room (this way he can easily nap anywhere). By 6-weeks old, I had established a bedtime routine and I put him in his crib one night just to see how he would do and he slept for 8 straight hours!!! He did that for the following 3 nights… so it was a no-brainer to go ahead and transition him to his crib for good. As much as I loved having him sleeping in the bassinet right next to my bed… he clearly had better sleep in his crib… and so did I!

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I’ve known Luke and Blair for several years now. Luke is your classic Virginia gentleman and Blair is a beautiful southern belle. To top it off, these two are hilarious! Luke went to VMI (where the rest of my family tree went!), he met my brother (Maury), and I met Luke and one of Maury’s infamous parties. Small world Richmond… around the same time we met few years back, he also worked at the same company my husband worked at and they became close friends. We asked him to be in our wedding party and he was a hit on the dance floor that evening! Luke and Blair got married in Staunton, Virginia and it was a gorgeous celebration!

This past Summer, Ryan and I told them the news that we were expecting and they surprised us with the same news! We were so excited to be pregnant together. They were having a GIRL! Blair was due one month after me so in early October we met at Tuckahoe Plantation for their maternity portraits. Blair got her hair and makeup done for the occasion — she looked stunning in her dress and rocked heels the whole time while strolling the grounds! The weather was perfect! I never get tired of photographing at Tuckahoe Plantation… this venue never disappoints. At the time of our session, the flowers were still in full bloom, the weeping willow blowing in the breeze, the views… it was all the perfect combination to document this special season in their lives. » OPEN POST »

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It’s official. Today marks a significant turning point in my life. After 8 years, I have nervously and triumphantly left the corporate world to dive headfirst into motherhood and devote my attention to the endeavor that has stolen my heart and ignited my passion.

I’m incredibly grateful to have this opportunity to savor all of the little everyday milestone moments with my son as he grows… To be there for every moment of my son’s young life — the good, the bad, and the unbelievably messy. » OPEN POST »

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  • […] that is such a confidence booster knowing that January was when I took the leap from leaving the corporate world to be a full-time stay-at-home-mom and continue to run my photography business. I couldn’t be […]ReplyCancel

Happy Monday friends! This past weekend, Richmond had our first SNOW of the New Year! I was expecting 1-2″ and we got lots more than that! Little Michael must love snow as much as I do because he woke up at 6AM this past Saturday morning ready to start the day. I looked outside and everything was covered in a white blanket. Our family spent the early morning being lazy in our PJs, drinking coffee by the fire, and Ryan made us pancakes! » OPEN POST »

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Happy New Year’s Eve friends! Before I ring in the New Year, it wouldn’t feel right until I reflect on how incredibly AWESOME 2016 was. While much happened out in the real world such as our interesting political election, the Olympics, the Cubs winning the World Series… it was certainly a crazy year to remember! The year 2016 will always be one that I will remember because it’s the year I became a MOM. In only 365 days, I experienced with my hubby a whirlwind of milestones that we are forever grateful for. From finding out I was pregnant, to telling our family and friends the news, to the excitement of finding out it’s a BOY, prepping the nursery, having my own maternity portraits captured, the birth of my son, to these last 2.5 months of raising our first child… it’s certainly been an incredible year! » OPEN POST »

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Hi friends!! My apologies for being MIA these last few weeks!! I wanted to hop on the blog before we get into the New Year! Can you believe that it’s almost 2017?! It sure has been a busy, busy, December gearing up for Michael’s first Christmas! While I wanted to still post fun photos on social media along the way… I also wanted to make more of an effort to be unplugged and present in the many special moments our family shared this Christmas season. While I’m sad all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over… I’m also somewhat relieved that things will start to slow down a bit. Has anyone else taken their Christmas decorations down?? Two days after Christmas I took down everything but the tree… I just needed to de-clutter and get my house back! My word for next year is SIMPLIFY! To find joy in the simple, everyday moments. Less is more! » OPEN POST »

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Happy Friday friends! Sharing a late post tonight to give you a few laughs!! An early Christmas present (to myself!) arrived earlier today and I was so excited to break it out and play it! Have you heard of LOLZ?! This game is hilarious! I bought the combo pack which has 50 original cards, 50 family-friendly cards, and 50 naughty cards (ages 21+) along with 12 mouthies. Click here to grab a game set for yourself! This will be SO fun to play with family and friends!! Ryan and I broke out the game tonight to test it out for the first time and have a little friendly competition. Who do you think won… Team Ryan or Team Allison?! Watch and find out!

PS! We had a pretty cute delay of game in the middle of the video with our 7 week old son 🙂

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Hi friends! A festive sneak peek slideshow is ready from my round II Holiday Mini-Sessions this past Sunday at Tuckahoe Plantation. To view my round I slideshow click here!! It was a chilly Sunday but I had a blast with my clients exploring the grounds. The day was filled with tickles, giggles, and tossing snow in the air! Enjoy some favorites! 🙂

PS! Clients, please note, the slideshow settings add some extra contrast and exposure to some of the images which will not reflect in your final delivered images 🙂

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I just LOVE it when couples reach out to me early in their pregnancy where we’re able to do an “announcement” session! It’s such an honor to know the BIG news before it becomes “Facebook official.”

Sara reached out to me before she was 12 weeks along in her pregnancy. We were chatting about everything that is included with The Motherhood Collection which ensures that every milestone is captured throughout the pregnancy and baby’s first year… she was all for it! » OPEN POST »

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I cannot believe that it’s already been FOUR years since I slipped into my wedding dress, stepped into my gold sequin heels, and walked down the aisle to marry the love of my life! It was in that moment as we exchanged vows that I thought to myself I couldn’t possibly love you any more. Well, I sure was wrong because I love you more and more each day.

So many treasured memories over the years with you Ryan and so many more to come! You make me so incredibly happy and I couldn’t be more proud to be your wife. Watching you go from cute guy I work with, to boyfriend, to fiancé, to husband, to father has been such an incredible blessing. We’re a family now — God has blessed us with a beautiful son. Your mini me. Michael is so very lucky to have you for his Daddy!

The Hallmark card I got you says it best… “Whether you realize it or not, I keep a mental scrapbook of our life together. There are clippings from birthdays and holidays… ticket stubs from moments we’ve shared… vivid snapshots of you as you smile at me across the room or laugh at one of our shared jokes. But I also keep the feeling I have when you curl up next to me on a cold morning… and even a few of the butterflies you set aflutter in my stomach when we first met. I think back to all those memories when we’re apart or when I just want to indulge the love I feel for you. We have so many more memories to make… and I’ll keep all of them close to my heart.”

Cheers to you, to our love, to endless laughs/snuggles/dance parties, to where we’ve been, and to what’s to come! There is no one else I’d rather grow old with.

Happy Anniversary papa bear!

 

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Photo credit: Laura Gordon Photography

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