Here are a few ways that you can practice self care this month!
These monthly milestone photos haven’t exactly gone as planned each month. 🥴
I started using the letter-board and then switched to flowers. But I didn’t think ahead to the colder months so we went back to the drawing board.
When construction ramped up on the house we lost all the beautiful light in my bedroom and I’ve felt so uninspired. 🤨
Yesterday it was dark and gloomy and the brightest spot in my house was the kitchen so I just went with it.
I’ve learned to let a lot of things go with this baby. Lol! So many of the things I dreamt about and tried to plan didn’t end up working out. That’s not to say that I don’t love this photo. And the point is just to document. To record her first year. A year filled with many, many ups and downs.
Olivia you are 10 months old! Double digits. So much has happened in the last month. You are crawling around like crazy and now you pull yourself up on everything, including your crib. I laugh when I see you standing up peering over the rails. 🥰
You love books and animals and screaming at the top of your lungs. You are shy when you meet new people and have a feisty personality. You don’t like when people get in your face and you will head butt them if they get too close. Lol!
Your hair is growing so fast so I’ve been putting it in a ponytail to keep it out of your face. 🏼 You’ve been sick a lot again. Your first stomach bug. Not fun! And thanks for passing it to daddy and I. 🤢
You still LOVE to eat. Your favorite foods are eggs, pizza, meatballs, pancakes, and broccoli. 🥦🥞
When she asked me if she could help me at ‘work’ I hesitated because I didn’t have a session scheduled. Still, I had been wanting to get pictures of Olivia swaddled in a knit unicorn hat. Up to this point, Miss Olivia was not a sound sleeper. I never thought that I’d be able to pose her.
So when I wrapped her up and she stayed asleep, I squealed and grabbed my camera. Once I got the shots I wanted, I put Jaime to work and coached her through the rest of the shoot.
The best advice I can give anyone wanting to improve their photos quickly is to move around more. Don’t just stand in one place. Shoot from a variety of angles and perspectives.
I talked to Jaime about light and how important it is to a good photo. Luckily, this was way before construction began on the house and my bedroom was the best room in the house for photos. Lots of beautiful, natural window light!
After we were done taking pictures of Olivia, I let Jaime have a little fun with Lady. Taking pictures of animals is way harder than taking pictures of sleeping babies! Lol!
Choosing a name for your baby is so hard and I think it gets harder with each child. It’s gotta fit, you know what I mean? We wanted the girls input, but sometimes that made it harder because there were more choices to consider. We went back and forth a lot and finally settled on her first name, Olivia. As for her middle name, we wanted to have a little fun!
That’s where the Star Wars connection comes in. My husband has been dying to incorporate his love of the movies into this child’s life from the minute we found out I was pregnant. Lol! He actually went and bought the knit hat you see in the photo below on Etsy all by himself!
We thought about using Ray as her middle name and then Leia, but that was a little too obvious for me. I wanted it to be a subtle reference so we came up with Sky for Skywalker. I actually really love it!
We’re also going to add a few subtle Star Wars accents to her room (once it’s built!) Thankfully there are a ton of girly options when it comes to decor. My niece bought these for her at my baby sprinkle. And the itty bitty’s are from Hallmark.
Gotta have a few books in her collection as well.
May the force be with you!
When people tell you,” it goes so fast,” I’d always rolls my eyes. It’s such a generic thing to say. Especially when you’re a new mom and you’re so sleep deprived and overwhelmed you’re almost wishing the days away. Then, all of a sudden, two weeks have gone by. Then it’s a month. And six months. And then you’re counting down to their first birthday. And even though I’ve had two other children, I forgot how quickly time passes.
Olivia’s first two weeks weren’t without a little drama. She was having so many tummy troubles and we finally decided to call the doctor. They told us to bring in a poopy diaper so that they could test for a milk allergy. My how things have changed. When my older two were little, they recommended soy formula and never asked about poop diapers. Now soy is a no no and all you need is a quick test to show there’s an allergy.
She tested positive and then the search was on for a formula that worked for her. We started with Nutramigen, but she would throw up. The worst part is the waiting. We were told to wait two weeks to make sure the other formula was out of her system, but when your brand new baby is uncomfortable, two weeks is an eternity.
I ended up switching to another formula on my own and probably set us back a week because that one was even worse. She threw up every single bottle.
Finally we settled on Elecare and that was the magic ingredient. Paired with Dr. Brown’s bottles, she was finally getting some relief. And so were we!
The day we found out Olivia had a milk allergy, she and I also had a photo shoot scheduled. I took my own pictures at the hospital, but I didn’t get in any of them so I booked a session with Bridget Laudien Photography. I love her natural, unposed style and she did such a fantastic job. I have to admit, I thought about canceling. I wasn’t feeling great and Liv was a fussy baby so I wasn’t sure how it was going to work. Bridget was so wonderful and easy to work with. I just kind of let her do her thing and it was awesome. And I got these amazing images that I will cherish forever!! Here are some of my faves.