I am getting an early start to the day and kicking off my Monday morning with some time think and organize the 1,000 thoughts swirling around in my head. Why am I feeling so cluttered and foggy this morning, well I am 36 weeks pregnant (yikes!) with my 2nd child and the last days can get a little frantic with trying to do it all before the new one makes her arrival.
In addition to the chores that have to be done, like shopping for necessities and decorating her nursery, I have been doing some fun things too. Of course! This is the only time I am going to be pregnant with a girl (my first is a boy) and the last time I will be pregnant. This pregnancy has not be as much fun as the first one but I am on a mission to enjoy the last moments with her in my belly!
We are lucky to live in a neighborhood with some wonderful people. The girls in my neighborhood, who all have 2 or more kids of their own and jobs and a million other responsibilities, got together and hosted a lovely girls night/shower for me. It was a wonderful night and I am so grateful that everyone took that time to get together and shower me and baby girl with love. How sweet are these little outfits they decorated with? And this cake, well, take my word, it was divine! I ate my fair share and then some!
To thank these lovely ladies for making me feel so special, I wanted to get them a treat. So I went to LUSH and picked out some fun little things. If you have a LUSH store near you, go there now and treat yourself to some delicious goodies. I went a little over board, with things for myself, but I thought you would want me to test them out and report back. Stay tuned for another post dedicated to the goods that I got on that little haul. Loving this lip scrub!
If you follow me on Instagram, and I hope you do!, you can tell I’ve been kind of slammed, squeezing in the last few days of work that I can. I have one more shoot coming up this week and that will likely be the last. But I did say that last week and here I am prepping for another (as a full time freelancer, I am always grateful for the opportunity to work another day!). This is one from the most recent workshop that my good friend, Katelyn James, hosts a few times each year. Just before the participants started to shoot, the snow began to fall. It was beautiful! We snagged this photo of some of the talented vendors that worked to put the shoot together and I headed out before the weather got too bad!
Good thing I had this guy to help me out! He got me in and out of the shoot, to our appointment with the midwife and got my son picked up. He is a much better driver in the elements than I am!
Then the snow really came down, I think we got about 8 inches, which is a lot for Richmond. Then school was closed for the entire week! There is still snow on the ground! Since my husband was going to be home from work the next day we decided to take some of our own maternity pictures, using this gorgeous snowy background.
Since I am not a professional photographer, but I know a lot of them them, I decided to throw it out in some photo groups to see if anyone wanted to do a snowy maternity shoot with us for portfolio shots. This awesome photographer, who I had actually met at one of Katelyn’s workshops, responded and we started emailing back and forth to set it up. She couldn’t get out of her driveway the day that Jeff was home but she did come the next day and she got some beautiful shots!
See more here on her blog, and if you are Richmond, you will want to hire this girl asap for maternity/newborn/family photos. She rocks. I am so grateful that she wanted to do this with me! When I was pregnant with Silas, we had a lot of time to do fun things like this and keep the excitement up. This time around, my husband and are both working a lot (which is awesome!) and we have a very active almost 2 year old, so we haven’t done anything like this. Some people may think taking photos like this is an indulgence but it really is a special time to be documented and every pregnant woman should feel special and beautiful.
Ideally, my husband would have been here for these photos but he was back at work. I am looking forward to the newborn session that I booked Sarah for. She is going to come to our house to photograph the new baby and also get some with my husband and son. I am grateful to have someone so talented capture this time for us.
These will be PERFECT to use for her birth announcements, which I plan to order from Minted. I think sending some magnets to grandparents and close friends would be fun! I always keep birth announcements but I know they often end up in the trash. Magnets can be a fun way to keep the image on the fridge a bit longer. Because I KNOW I am going to have a hard time deciding, I will probably need to get us and grandparents a mini book too! I know they will want to show her off to their friends.
Can you help me pick a design for the announcements? I will probably want one with multiple photos on it like this one? But I also love these, with one image and all the info. It can be so hard to decide. I need
Wish me luck as I enter into the world of multi-baby parenting!