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Monday, August 15, 2011

Oh Baby!

I have recently had the wonderful treat of photographing some gorgeous moms-to-be. Since my "Watch Me Grow" package seems such a good fit for these moms, I've also been able to photograph their precious little newborns too! I have gone completely ga ga for maternity and newborn photography! After all, there are few things more beautiful than a pregnant mommy, only one of which is her brand new child.

Here are a few shots from recent maternity/newborn sessions.
Courtney and Junior were a beautiful couple enjoying the anticipation of their first child! They did not share baby Haiden's name until he was born!




Just a few weeks later, I was back in their home to photograph little Haiden, and I just fell head over heels for this little guy- just like his mom and dad, and everyone else who laid eyes on him! He was such a beautiful baby and so easy too! Hardly cried, slept through most of our shooting, and never even soiled my props! I was so smitten!





And finally, I shared an evening with Colleen and Chad, another beautiful couple awaiting the arrival of their first baby, a little girl they're naming Colbie (love it!). This session was extra fun as Colleen had once been a student and FH player of mine. When did I get so old? Ah well, it was great fun and Colleen was absolutely glowing!




Baby Colbie has yet to arrive, but I am looking so forward to photographing another little beauty! In the meantime, I thought I'd reach out to all you moms out there and ask if perhaps you might comment below and offer Colleen and Courtney (and any other new mommas out there) your favorite or best piece of advice for this wonderful and crazy challenge called mommyhood. Please pitch in and offer them a tip, something that helped you get through those first couple of months, those sleepless nights, those moments of uncertainty and panic.

As for me, well, I have two. First, sleep when baby sleeps! Don't do the laundry, or vacuum, or catch up on chores. That can wait. Your rest cannot. And second, pat yourself on the back every day. What you are doing is hard, it's brand new, it's the greatest and toughest challenge you'll probably ever face. You're doing great. Give yourself lots of credit.

Hugs to all you moms out there! Including mine! ;)
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2 comments:

Nancy said...

Advice to a new parents? From the day we brought Camryn home, we were never quiet. We ignored advice and comments such as "shhh...baby's sleeping." "quiet, it's nap time." etc... We spoke in our normal tone, we let the phone ring, we had the music or tv at a regular volume. In fact, when Camryn was a new born and was sleeping in her bassinet, Tracy was vacuuming, he would actually tap the bassinet leg with the vacuum. Within, two weeks, she was sleeping peacefully, and even now 8 years later, she rarely wakes up from loud noises or bumps in the night. Thunder storms? She doesn't fret..."What storm?"

Jen Lebo said...

Nancy, I love this! I learned this with my second baby, but for you to have figured this out with #1 is amazing! I made all those common mistakes with #1 and he was a pain to get to sleep. Of course now he's my best sleeper, so go figure! But this is GREAT GREAT advice! Thanks for sharing!

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