Anyone else watch the royal wedding today?! Baby girl and I were up nursing at 4am, so I watched it live, and fell even more in love with Harry and Meghan! I’m a fan for sure, and I just loved the details, music, ceremony, and the way he looked at her as she walked down the aisle! All the heart eyes. On another note, we’re home from the hospital and adjusting really well as a family of four! Parker has been unbelievably obsessed and loving to his baby sister, and my sweet Adeline is just the most precious little squishy babe there ever was. We are seriously so blessed, and I cry almost every day out of pure gratitude and joy (God is oh so good!). I do however have so much work to get to, and as much as I’ve tried to stay on top of my emails (I probably responded to two dozen emails in the hospital and my first day home), I realize that these newborn days are going to fly by, and I really don’t want to be missing any moments we have together during this special time. I’m only taking 6 weeks off, and that’s “off” while still editing and working from home (just not shooting). I’ve had a lot of new faces around here lately (hello! I love you and thank you!), and I just want to remind/let you all know that I had a baby only 5 days ago, and so emails and correspondence will be slower than normal. Most of my emails are in relation to my presets. Please look at my story highlights for most of those FAQs (presets are for Lightroom, they usually go to spam, instructions are included, etc). This is such a beautiful time for my family, so I really need to stop trying to be such a (over the top) people pleaser and give myself some time to rest and recover and enjoy ❤️ I hope you all understand! I do love and appreciate you so so much, I’m just asking for a little bit of grace and patience. I’m looking to hire an assistant this week, so hopefully not much longer! . photog: @moniqueserraphotography / planning: @peachykeencoordination / florals: @alibdesigns / boutique: @merrime_bridal / hair: @meghansnowcavanaugh / makeup: @jlm_artistry / calligraphy: @bridgetowndesignstudio / handmade details: @clinkandkiss / cake: @saint.like.sweets / rentals: @poppiesandtophats
Baby Adeline was born this afternoon, after four hours of active labor and one push. It was unbelievably calm, peaceful, and absolutely everything we’ve been praying for. Baby girl is healthy, strong, nursing like a champ, and looks so much like her big brother when he was born! Born at 12:31pm, 19.5 inches long, and 7.12 ounces. Thank you all for your prayers, messages, and encouraging well wishes. We are abundantly blessed!!! Forever going to cherish and treasure these beautiful and raw photos that my dear friend @nicolebriannphoto captured for us. What a gift she has, and we are so blessed by her!
Omg you all made me feel SO special yesterday, I seriously can’t thank you enough! Yesterday I felt relaxed, content, loved, and not at all anxious about baby girls arrival. It was exactly what I needed, and today I feel so positive and encouraged and like my faith in His timing has been completely restored, and man is there so much peace in that. Love you all more than I even knew I could ❤️ spending this afternoon editing as much / best I can (unfortunately the carpal tunnel and swelling are just getting worse by the day, but I know it won’t last forever)!
Still no baby, but it’s my birthday and I’m spending it with my #1 little man; shopping, making Mother’s Day crafts, and baking a cake! My hunny also promised me my favorite foods for dinner (which most definitely will be 90% mashed potatoes), and a foot rub. So, I’d say it’s a pretty perfect day 🎉 thankful for everything 27 brought our way, and even more excited for year 28 and our growing family!
Hello friends ❤️ so many emails and messages these past few days, and I just wanna hop on here and give you all some updates! This week has been so hard. Last Tuesday I was in the hospital with contractions every 6-7 min apart. I was dilating and progressing, but not enough to be admitted, and so we were sent home. At my appointment on Thursday (38 weeks) my doctor reassured me that the contractions were not “false labor” contractions, because he was still seeing steady progress (albeit, very slowly). Days and days passed with contractions steadily coming about 5 min apart. Everyone kept telling me “any day now!” Emotions have been so up and down, with so much anticipation and discouragement. Yesterday I woke up at 4am with contractions every 3.5 min apart. The closest they’ve been in the past 5+ days. I took a bath, walked the neighborhood, then got pretty sick. After a nap, the pain and contractions got worse. We decided to head back to the hospital (30 min away) after they were consistently less than 3 min apart for two hours. After five hours in the hospital, non stop contractions, and lots of tears, we made the decision to leave and labor at home. I never pictured a week long labor, and I still don’t have baby girl in my arms (but she’s healthy as can be in my belly. Thanking God for that, continuously). As you can imagine, I am exhausted. Mentally and physically. I’m trying to keep my spirits high and stay as positive as I can, but I just wanted to jump on here to 1. Fill everyone in, and 2. Say thank you for all the encouraging and insanely thoughtful messages. To my clients waiting for galleries, to anyone waiting for an email response, to future brides waiting on proposals... I feel so blessed to have a job that introduces so many selfless and caring people in to my life, and for the flexibility to really focus on my health and baby girl. I love you all, and I will keep you posted as soon as she comes! Tomorrow is my birthday, so maybe she’s waiting to be my perfect gift 🎁
Happy birthday to a woman who is so honest, genuine, authentic, and real... in a world that (often) feels very filtered and masked. @toriroloff has been such a blessing in my life and in my business, and I couldn’t be more thankful for her support and constant encouragement. I hope you have the best day celebrating such an incredible year! You deserve to be spoiled!
Happy Monday! This weekend was pretty exciting, as we had a false “she’s coming!” moment early Saturday morning. Labor signs are continuing, but no baby girl to report yet! The scare did motivate us to pack our bags, install her car seat, and do all the laundry though! We’re still 2+ weeks early, so just taking it day by day right now. I can’t wait to see her sweet face, you guys! Waiting is so hard 🙈
Baby girl has dropped, I’m a little over 2cm dilated, and now we’re just waiting and praying for a healthy labor and delivery for mama and Adeline! My official due date is still 19 days away, but I’m fully convinced there’s NO way we could possibly last that long. My doctor was shocked at how low she is and how much my body has progressed. I still have 5 jobs to edit, but editing with carpal tunnel is something cruel and awful. Thankfully I have some braces coming today, which should help a ton! I can’t believe we’re so close to meeting our daughter!!! Forever thankful to my love and one of my greatest friends @bethanysmallphoto for taking the most beautiful maternity photos for my family. She’s amazing! Hair @hair_by_alex.radekin Makeup @beauty_by_kristen_nicholle Florals @lindsayhelzer