My personal Mother’s Day MIRACLE!! Jordan asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day and I told him what I actually wanted most was a portrait with *both* my babies - a big ask if you’ve ever *met* a toddler (especially ours 😂) - so right as Jordan set the camera and we prepared for the chaos that was about to ensue, Becks exclaimed ON HIS OWN, “Baby Emily! Want to hold her!” We almost fell over! Like “Did you hear that?!” So we quickly scrambled to get Emily is his arms before he changed his mind, Jordan snapped rapid fire and ALL MY MOTHER’S DAY DREAMS CAME TRUE!! 🙌🏻😭 It’s my first one with kids (plural!) and I couldn’t be happier/more grateful 💛 Getting to be their mama is the greatest gift!
Baby’s first time in the mountains (and now I might never want to go back 💕) We’ve been quarantined for about 75% of her life, which means Emily has barely ever left the house, so this felt like an extra big moment :) It really still feels a little surreal to me that we’re a family of four! There’s a lot about life that isn’t normal right now, but I’m so thankful for the opportunity for abundant quality time with the people I love.
Boots with da fur 🙃
Eleven weeks of being her mama 💛 Newborn life is the sweetest, but also one of the most challenging seasons. It’s a constant pull between “This little snuggly squishy baby is the greatest gift. I want to freeze time forever!” and “I’m so exhausted, my body’s been through the ringer and will life ever feel normal again?” I have to remind myself that all those things can be true at the same time. It can be *true* that I’m so proud my body grew (and is now nourishing!) a human being AND it can be *true* that it’s been hard for me to like the way it looks in the mirror right now. It can be *true* that I love every minute of this stage and want her to stay just like this forever, and it can ALSO be *true* that I can’t wait until she’s bigger, able to go to bed (and wake up) at the same time as Beckett and I’m able to make it all the way through a meal with both of my hands free instead of nursing through dinner 😂 On the podcast today, we’re sharing how newborn life has been going, the things we’re learning along the way, and the things that’ve helped US the most that we think might help you (or someone you love) too! We hope it will be especially helpful for new parents who only get to see a tiny snapshot of newborn life on Instagram. Tell me, what’s your favorite part about newborn life? And the part you could do without? Here’s to remembering we’re not alone and two things can be true at the same time 🤗 Also! I put together a blog post of my top five favorite postpartum/nursing-friendly staples that I LIVE in right now! You can get to it with the link in my profile or story. I’ve learned that even though I’m usually a consignment/bargain shopper, it’s been so worth it to me to have things that make me FEEL good and not dread getting dressed in this season! I had a hard time finding stuff like that the first time around, so I hope it helps another expecting/postpartum mama out there!
Ten weeks of staring at this face 😍The best quarantine gift a girl could hope for! I love staying at home with you, Emmy girl!!
Oh, hello, DREAM 😍 Can you guess my favorite thing about these photos?! I DIDN’T TAKE THEM!! 🙌🏻 These were taken by one of our online course students in California at a maternity session for two *other* online course students from Texas (who you might even recognize... remember when we took their smoke bomb gender reveal photos?!) This photo popped up on my Insta explore page and as soon as I saw the tiny thumbnail, I clicked it without thinking (does that ever happen to you haha tell me I’m not alone) only to discover the photographer was part of our AJ Fam!! Talk about a proud teacher moment! 😭💛 Amber is killing it!! I had to know more of her story so I reached out and that’s when she told me she didn’t actually *have* “before” photos because she STARTED photography with our free online class and ended up enrolling in all of our courses from there! In her words: “I didn't really understand how to use a pro camera at all until I came across a Facebook ad for Amy and Jordan's courses. I gained a lot from just their free one-hour class, so I took the plunge and purchased their full course! I am so glad I did because it actually changed the course of my life. In the beginning, I watched them over and over again and practiced, applied, and repeated until I had really honed my craft! I love their personable teaching approach and how thorough they are for beginners!!” Stories like Amber’s just leave me feeling so inspired. We may have led the way, but she was the one who put in the hard work and made it happen. If you’re a beginner like Amber was when she enrolled, I hope this can be an encouragement of what following your dreams and putting in the hard work can look like. She said there’s no better feeling than when she hears back from her clients and they’re absolutely in love with their galleries and that her heart feels like it could explode with gratitude that she found this path for her life. So proud of you @light_livin_photography!! Your work is GORGEOUS! And @luisas.secret, you are glowing, mama!! So beautiful!!😍 I could stare at these photos all day!
He stole his daddy’s hat (and my whole heart) 💛 We’ve been taking family walks twice a day in quarantine, and even though we never make it very far (a certain somebody likes to stop every few feet to pick out flowers and rocks 😂) I’m finding fresh air with the people I love makes a world of a difference these days. Thankful for springtime in the desert, beautiful weather and a little boy who’s growing up right before my eyes.
Watching him become a daddy to a little girl has been one of my favorite things about this new season of life. His eyes light up when he sees her and I always catch him filling our camera roll with pictures of her, telling her how beautiful she is, holding her close and singing to her. I swear he’s even happier to change her diaper 😂 She had him from the moment he met her. When I look at this photo, I feel like I see right into the future. Daddy daughter dances and date nights. Tea parties and dress up. She doesn’t know yet how lucky she is to have him, but I do. He’s going to be the man she compares all others to, and to me, that might be the greatest gift of all 💛 (📷 by @melissajill)
Still on a high from that Easter JOY 😍 It’s so crazy to think that last Easter Becks couldn’t WALK! (He *crawled* to his eggs that we filled with his favorite thing at the time: rocks 😂) This year he’s running around saying “He is risen! Easter egg hunt AGAIN please!” It’s SO fun to celebrate this year because he’s grown so much, and it makes me a little misty looking into my baby girl’s eight-week-old-eyes knowing how different next year will look for us all over again. But I guess that really is the beauty of Easter, isn’t it? New life. Rebirth. A fresh start. Peace for today and hope for the future. Thank you Lord for these sweet memories and your faithful promises.