• Ellery’s Newborn Session

    Nearly two years ago I heard about this wonderful photographer named Erin with Bare Bones Photography. We had our first session with her when Asher was only six months old and we’ve never been disappointed with her work. So it was no surprise when she managed to capture some pretty amazing moments with our little addition despite a sore, swollen mama, uncooperative toddler, and an only-wants-to-nurse ten-day-old. I am so in love with these newborn photos!

  • Big Brother Meeting Baby Sister

    From the moment I found out I was pregnant I began imaging what it would be like for Asher meeting his baby sister. How would Asher react? Would he be jealous? Would he like his new sibling? I was full of anticipation and excitement. Helping Big Brother Adjust to the Idea of Baby Sister It was important for us, from the beginning, that Asher know about his baby sister. We made sure to talk about her often. Throughout my pregnancy, Jacob and I spoke often about “baby sister” and “baby Ellery” and gestured toward my belly. On the ride into daycare each day I would tell Asher that “Baby sister…

  • Birth story

    Ellery’s Birth Story: Part 3

    Read Ellery’s Birth Story Parts one and Part two Once we were back in our room Ellery and I had our first nursing session. It was beautiful and she took to it like a champ. She nursed, unlatched, and fell right to sleep. While I was enjoying these first moments with my little lady, the nurse informed us that the doctor found signs of an unexplained uterine infection when she was completing the c-section. This infection, we later came to learn, is known as Chorioamnionitis, and is one of the leading causes of stillborn babies. Because of Ellery’s exposure to this infection, she would need to undergo a prophylactic antibiotic…

  • birth story part two

    Welcome, Ellery! Birth Story Part 2

    If you haven’t had a chance please read part one here.  Caution: The following includes details of my daughter’s unexpectedly scary entrance into this world which includes mention of infant loss.  We loaded the car up with our bags and headed off to the hospital. We arrived at the hospital a bit before six and we were taken back to labor and delivery triage and hooked up to monitors. We were the only ones there and overall the night seemed pretty quiet. The atmosphere was light and the nurse was super friendly and I tried to focus on the thoughts that everything would be okay and that we would be hearing a heartbeat soon and…

  • Birth story part one

    Welcome Ellery! Birth Story Part One

    I know I am a bit late on getting this posted but it is crazy around here and finding time to blog has been nearly impossible. The adventure of getting our little lady in our arms was nearly a 180 from what we had expected and it has taken some time to process. So without anymore waiting here is the story of how we got our little Ellery Charlotte Friday the 13th The day started like any other typical Friday, we were up early, dressed and fed the tot, and it was off to daycare before I returned home to start my own work day. On my way to the daycare,…

  • Little Lad or Little Lady: Round 2

    When I was pregnant with Asher I knew I wanted to do a gender reveal party to share the fun news with all our friends, but this time around we didn’t find out what we were having until early January and with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays I just wasn’t up to hosting another party so we set out to do our reveal just a little differently.  Just for fun here are the results of a few old wives tales: With this pregnancy I have experienced more morning sickness, tiredness, very dry skin, and crazy mood swings. Because this pregnancy has been so much different than my pregnancy with…

  • 5 months pregnant with baby number two

    Baby Two Bumpdate: 5 months

    How Far Along: 5 months! What halfway done?!? Feeling Physically: Great! Feeling Mentally: Now that the holiday stress is over I feel wonderful! Maternity Clothes: Yes Sleep: Great minus the occasional bout of insomnia. Missing Anything: Warm weather. I hate the cold Food Cravings: Nothing Gender: Stay tuned…results coming soon! Labor signs: None. Wedding rings on or off: They’re still on. Looking Forward to: Getting things ready and shopping for baby Exercise regimen: Let’s not talk about it. Differences from 1st pregnancy: I am feeling huge all the time and I am only half-way done. Favorite part so far: Sharing the news with friends and family of what we were…

  • Month One

    Age: 1 month Weight: 9lbs 2oz Length: 21.5 inches Head: 15 inches  Sleeping: We decided to let Asher to his thing and sleep whenever he would like. In the week or so our little man was a typical newborn and he was waking every 2 hours to eat but sometime around 3 1/2 weeks he just started falling asleep around 9pm and staying asleep for 3-4 hours. He wakes to feed and then is back to sleep for 2-3 hours. It has been a welcomed change and the rest is nice. It is amazing how great you can feel after the addition of just a few more hours of sleep. He doesn’t really like his…