I've heard the saying time and time again going from 1 to 2 is an adjustment and to be honest, not until I experienced it did I realize people were lying straight to my face. 1 to 2 isn't hard, 1 to 2 is catastrophic. Your whole world is turned upside down and you are forced to just ride the wave and fit things in where you can....honestly I'm 7 weeks on this side of 2 kiddos and I still don't have myself together...if anything it has given me a COMPLETELY new appreciation for moms of multiples, single moms, step moms, and moms just heading into this chapter with caution and optimism. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Of all the shocking things it has brought, it has also brought some pretty great things too. It has allowed me to be a more patient mother (fear not, I still lose my shit on the daily) a more present mother (hi cluster feeding Livvy, I'm talking to you) a more understanding person (somebody said recently we're all just trying our best from the place we're at and I couldn't feel that any more in my soul, then I do standing right where I'm at right now). Mostly, it has taught me to respect myself, love myself and give myself a HUGE heaping tablespoon of grace! This is new, this is fresh, this is different, I had 40 weeks to anticipate it, I need to give myself a lot more than 7 weeks to figure it all out. I have no fears or qualms that this mama right here is going to absolutely ROCK 2 babes under her wing, she's made up of all things good in the world.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Moms of 2, what was your hardest lesson and biggest blessing the transition taught you? I wanna know it all, the honest, the lovely, the ugly the messy....lay it on me⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #letthekids⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #honestlens⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #honestmotherhood⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #motherhoodrising⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #clickinmoms⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #toddlerhood⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #lifestylephotographer⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #lifestylephotography⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #mnlifestylephotography⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #mnlifestylematernity⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #lifestylematernity⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #lifestylematernitysession⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #megannphotoh⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #megannphotography⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #minneapolismaternitysession
👋🏼 👋🏼 👋🏼 Meg here! Figured it was due time I reintroduce myself to new and old faces alike. I’m the lady behind the camera, the baby wrapper, the kid cuddler and the toddler tamer, aka Meg. I am a new mom of 2 and let me tell you it has been a TRANSITION! I am a self proclaimed cheese curd expert, I collect memories over things, and would give all my dance dollars to travel to far away places with my girls and hubs. I’ve never seen an episode of game of thrones, never watched Gilmore girls and had my first cup of coffee at 22?! (How did I survive college without it?) I follow one too many interior design accounts and my husband says it contributes to my frivolousness when it comes to all things home decor 😬 I’m meg and I’m lucky enough to photograph and capture my clients moments into memories and turn their madness into magic ✨ I’d love to photograph you, whatever season of life you’re in! Contact me today 🖤 📷 by the talented @al_hopp, check out my stories for more from our maternity session, since I didn’t share it before now ♥️
Going into the April snowstorm like... . . . . #thebloomforum⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #motherhoodunhinged⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #cameramama⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thehonestcapture⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thehonestlens⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thesincerestoryteller⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #clickinmoms⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #mothermag⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #momtogs⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thebump⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #megannphotoh⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #mapfamilies #minneapolisfamilyphotographer #6monthsession #sittersession #familylifestylephotography #minnesotalifestylephotographer ⠀ #minnesotanewbornphotographer
✨of all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you✨
Just a reminder that this was 1 month ago. See, the weather’s not so bad after all. Happy Friday!
Liv Michael, We’ve had you for one whole month, and I’d like to think we’re all better people because of it. A lot more sleep deprived people, but hopefully better, nonetheless. Thanks for making me a mama a second time 🖤
I remember the feeling that came over me when Nora was really upset the first time, and equally as memorable when Liv needed soothing⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Obviously one was more recent than the other but to be honest the feeling was the exact same⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It was that overwhelming “I need to hold you and cuddle you close right now” feeling, that I’d move mountains for you feeling⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Looking back now, those were my first moments of connecting with my babies, the moment I was first able to successfully soothe them. I felt their tense bodies relax in my arms, their cries turn to quiet coo’s and the intense eye contact they made with me⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I remember thinking to myself that their stare was so intense that they could see right through me and everything I was made up of....like they were staring into my soul⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How powerful it all is, to be a parent, to be made up of everything that is comfort to them, what a gift . What was the first moment you felt connected to your child once they were earth side?
That look of curiosity in sparkly eyed wonders always has me fascinated with the saga that is toddlerhood. You know so much is churning and processing in their head and they experience big emotions and even bigger feelings and as parents we’re all just trying to figure it out and hit our stride....but man, is it a beautiful thing to just sit back and listen to them play, watch on as their wonder grows, and get down on the floor when they ask us to join in, even just for a few minutes, to be a part of their world. Toddlerhood is equal parts insanity and magic ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #letthekids⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #honesttoddler⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thehonestlens⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #motherhoodrising⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #clickinmoms⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #toddlerhood⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #lifestylephotographer⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #mnlifestylephotography⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #megannphotoh⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #megannphotography⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #minneapolislifestylesession⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bloomforum
If you didn’t share about your pregnancy for 40 weeks, were you even pregnant? I guess we’ll never know.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Answering my most asked question after Liv arrived, “You were pregnant? How did I miss this” well truth is, you didn’t, we didn’t share it.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We only shared with close family and friends and of course the random person I would run into at the grocery store would find out because concealing a ginormous belly just wasn’t in the cards for me.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Truth is, I was very sensitive to sharing this pregnancy, and as you know I share anything about myself with no shame. To be completely honest, I didn’t feel as though I could be my genuine self when putting into words how this pregnancy has made me feel, and if I don’t feel like I can be my authentic self, then I keep those things private.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So why did I feel like I couldn’t be myself when announcing this pregnancy? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because I was fucking miserable. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That’s it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That simple. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I hated being pregnant.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Don’t get me wrong, we wanted this, we worked hard for this, it wasn’t easy for us to get pregnant with either Nora or Liv. After 14 months of trying, to finally be pregnant again, and then feel absolutely miserable....is the most frustrating and guilty feeling I’ve ever felt.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I literally white knuckled my way through this pregnancy until 32 weeks when I finally gave in to the fact that I had prenatal depression and how I was getting through each day was no way to exist. ⠀ Up until 32 weeks I had tried everything: changed my diet, exercised multiple times a week, had weekly therapy appointments, got adjusted, had acupuncture and guess what?! None of it worked. ⠀ So I went on a low dose antidepressant after weighing the pros and cons and feeling SO GUILTY about coming to the decision I did...the first week and a half was rough (hi migraines) but suddenly the weight of it all lifted, the veil of crippling depression came off and I was able to enjoy the last few weeks of my pregnancy....⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (Continued in comments)
It’s official, my husband is in a house full of girls. We welcomed our second daughter on Fat Tuesday, Liv Michael you make our world that much brighter. Welcome to our crew you 10 lb toddler you ♥️ if your inquiry doesn’t receive a response, just know that I’m off swimming in the deep end of newborn goodness, I promise to get back to you. . . . . #outofoffice #honestmotherhood #thehonestlens #homesweethomebirth #bornathome
in the throes of it we sometimes just get lost, we get tapped out and we get antsy...but that's why we have photographs to look back on....they instantly reconnect us to the memories that feel so long ago and far off that we can't believe how recent it was. In the waves of parenthood, just find some time to always catch your breath once in a while.
I know that I’m aligned with the more unpopular opinion; but we love the snow over here ♥️ had such a fun weekend playing in the new powder playground with this sweet girl who was hilarious to watch, wading through, what we call, “Minnesota quicksand” (too deep of snow). Just remember that just like life, everything has a season, and we’ll all be sweltering in upper lip sweat soon enough. Taking a second to catch some snowflakes on our tongues isn’t going to prolong winter, I promise. . . . . #minnesnowta #enjoythenow
Baby L fresh as can be. Love doing fresh 48 sessions because they change SO.DANG.QUICK. Also caught up in the madness that is new parenthood and birthing a human, you sometimes feel like you forget what they looked like. . . . . . #fresh48 #thehonestlens #motherhoodrising #hospitalnewbornsession #stfrancisminnesota #birthbecomesher #fresh48newborn #megannphotoh #megannphotographynewborns #minnesotanewbornphotographer
You said to me “mawmaw, will you take our pitcher” and my heart beamed as I ran to grab my camera ✨ #noristories
Two little guard dogs 🐶 for their little baby brother ♥️ happy snow day to all my Minnesota followers ❄️