Dreaming of sun filled summer days 🌿
*** NOW BOOKING 2018 MATERNITY & NEWBORN SESSIONS *** If I’ve learned anything the last 42 weeks, it’s that this time in life does not stand still. I will always love looking at pictures of my belly, thinking about how crazy it is that a human grew inside of it (like a fully formed human - with eyelashes and finger nails and tiny little vertebrae 😱) it’s seriously a miracle. Throw back Sunday (i don’t care if that’s not a thing 🤷🏻♀️) Photo from @christytylerphoto ‘s maternity session. Can you believe that belly was carrying twins?!
I fell in love with that little button nose the first time I saw it on an ultrasound. I fell even more in love when I saw it in person, sandwiched between the chubbiest cheeks you can find. I’ll write more about this past week on the blog in the next few days - but for now I’m going to stare at this face and thank God that this little human is ours to care for and love on for the rest of our lives. ❤️
It has been so fun to be pregnant along side this beautiful mama (@dabblemethis). These last few weeks especially, as we have run in to each other at Target (both trying to walk our babies out), and spent hours talking about everything and nothing at post doctors appointment lunches at Stans Donuts and Shake Shack (life hack - find a friend who is just as pregnant as you are who’s doctor offices in the same building as yours, and randomly schedule your appointments for the same day/time of the week during your last trimester). So excited to see this little family grow and can’t wait to meet their newest addition ☺️
Using this photo from ages ago because it calms me (why, i have no idea, I don’t even like tea) - but let’s have a real talk moment: These last 2.5 weeks have been hard. Cody and I were talking about how we’re not sure we will look back and laugh (maybe... but prob not), but we will absolutely look back and be proud of ourselves for getting through it. Last night it hit me how emotionally drained and hormonal I am, when I opened my soup from potbelly’s (their new chicken pot pie soup is AMAZZZZING) and realized they did not add the pie topping (obviously the best part), and before I could enter full meltdown mode Cody had already ripped off a huge portion of his sandwich bread and placed it in my bowl... which instantly made my eyes fill with tears of gratitude. I’m not joking. Never was I more sure that I had the best life partner for me.... also never was I more sure that this baby needs to make his/her entrance, like, ASAP.
We are at 40+ weeks.... These last few days of waiting are kind of painful for someone who is as impatient as I am, but we are trying to take advantage of the calm... and the hotel buffet breakfast, and the dust-less, saw-less atmosphere 🙌🏼😏😬😂🙈 What did you do to kill time while waiting for baby???
Needed to share one more from this session, because I can’t get enough of this @fillyboomaternity dress. Anyone have a favorite place to shop for maternity clothes?! I am past the point of buying anything new right now, because #39weeks - but i want to compile a list for future reference (should have done this sooner).
The human body is crazy, you guys. It has the power to seemingly go rogue and destroy us, but it can also change its shape and modify its chemistry to create NEW LIFE (think about that for a second). With each kick and punch this little one delivers from the inside, I’m reminded that my body is doing something insane, and I am unbelievably grateful (even if it means, for whatever reason, I have to make audible grunting noises in order to successfully reach down and tie my boots). Also, please excuse any emotional posts that pop up over the next few days, as I’m feeling a bit nostalgic over here thinking about how fast (but also how slow) the last 9 months have gone by. ❤️
Newborn lifestyle sessions are the best. No better way to capture your new normal than a session in the comfort of your own home ☺️
Yesterday felt like spring, today we woke up to snow 😑 these little teases of warm weather seem cruel, but have me looking forward to this summer and walks along the lake front path with the little babe ☺️
Baby kisses and little toes. It’s hard for my heart to handle this. ❤️ Starting in May I will be taking on maternity and newborn sessions. If you or someone you know is expecting, please reach out ☺️ I would love to capture this magical time for you!!!
I was going to caption this: Baby H’s going home outfit... but realized it’s subject to change because I am so indecisive... and also this is a NB onesie and based on how chubby Cody and I were when we were born, our kid might not ever fit in into NB sizes 🙈 Anyways, this is me attempting to start packing my hospital bag - which makes this whole thing feel very real. I’ve found some lists online of things to make sure you have, but wondering if there are any random suggestions people have! Click the photo to see where everything is from ✌🏼 #newbornphotography #chicagonewbornphotographer #hospitalbag #newbornoutfit #babystyle #kidsfashion #momtobe #37weeks #monicaandandy #lifestylephotographer