Even through the ups and downs of my labor, I look back on my delivery experience fondly. I had had so many friends that came out of their delivery experience seriously considering if they ever wanted to go through that again. So I was nervous that would be the case for me too. . But I distinctly remember in the moments after my #sweetbabyjamesallen was put on my chest for the first time thinking to myself, I could do that again. My labor was by no means easy, but there’s still nothing quite like it. . So if you want to hear all the gory details on how my labor and delivery panned out, head to the blog for part 2 of James’ birth story! . Photo by @sarahstreetphotography
Even before I was pregnant, I loved reading people’s birth stories. So I knew that when it came time for me to have a baby, I would want to write out my story too! Not just for other people to read, but also for myself so I don’t forget a single detail of the experience! . And now, almost a month later, I am sharing James’ birth story! It turned out to be a short novel, so I split it up into two parts. And part 1 is on the blog today! Find out how he came 2 weeks early, why we switched hospitals and doctors last minute and how the first half of my labor progressed. Link to blog in my bio! #sweetbabyjamesallen
Just in case you forgot that I am also a wedding photographer and not just a lady with a new baby, here's a little pretty to break up all the baby cuteness! To be honest, these days I sometimes forget myself that I have anything else in my life outside of our sweet babe. Caring for a newborn really is as time consuming as they say!⠀ .⠀ But this also makes me feel grateful. Grateful that I have a job that provides for my family, but also allows me to step away when I need to. My heart goes out to the women that have to go back to work so soon after having a baby. I couldn't imagine not being able to put all my focus on our #sweetbabyjamesallen during this period.⠀ .⠀ So I am feeling extremely thankful that I am my own boss and am able to put my life before my work. I'm also thankful that we conceived when we did so that I am able to spend my entire off season with our sweet babe. So thank you to my clients, referrals and supporters that have allowed me to build a business that provides for our family, but also survives and waits for me when I need to step away!
It’s a sad sad day, folks. The honeymoon is over and Branden is back to work today! 😭😭😭 So the real test of motherhood officially begins! Branden did 90% of the diaper changes and swaddling, middle of the night baby soothing, brought me meals and a glass of wine during feedings, took care of the dogs and more! Allowing me to focus on breastfeeding, recovering and resting when I can. . But to be honest, it’s not the help that I miss. It’s the company. Being able to spend every day together for the last 2 weeks was quite a treat that we’re not used to. And getting to do that while loving on our #sweetbabyjamesallen made it even sweeter. . So today starts the real adjustment to the motherhood grind. Wish us luck! . 📷: @sarahstreetphotography
Of all the photos we’ve had done (and of all the ones that @sarahstreetphotography has done for us), these ones will be hard to beat. The sweet moments as we adjust to becoming first time parents. The infinite amount of love we have for this sweet boy, but also the struggle to adjust to life with a newborn. Even these first 2 weeks of #sweetbabyjamesallen’s life has changed our lives so much. And I can thank Sarah enough for capturing these moments so perfectly!! Can’t wait to share more!
Happy due date, my #sweetbabyjamesallen!! We’re so glad you decided to come a little early (even though it was my fault he came early- I’ll explain later) for a whole host of reasons! Daddy got more time home from work with you, you got to spend Christmas and New Years with us and you were a little bit smaller than you would have been today, which mommy really appreciates! 😜 . Going through this whole experience of creating a human being from nothing has really opened my eyes to the wonders of the female body. I still can’t quite believe that my body grew him, delivered him and is now nourishing him on the outside! It really is such a miraculous thing! . Another thing that surprised me was it didn’t feel weird not being pregnant after delivery. I feel like I instantly forgot what it felt like to be pregnant! So I’m going down memory lane with some of my bump progression pics! Swipe to see the progression from 15 weeks to 1 week post partum!