Maternity Photos by Lauren Miller Photography

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Happy (almost) Friday! 

Tomorrow is my last full day with E before I go back to work next Monday, and she starts going full days to "school." We are going to sneak in all the baby snuggles possible. She started school this past Monday but only went half days. I really did this for us to get situated. I didn't want both of our first days to be rough, so I wanted to get myself on a routine. Waking up at 5:45 every morning and taking her to school and running errands has made me exhausted, but I'm so glad that I did this because I can only imagine if I didn't practice this routine. Tears are coming down just thinking about next week!

So, now onto the actual post.
We  knew that we wanted to have newborn photos taken once Emerson was born, but we also wanted to get maternity photos because you're only pregnant with your first child once, right? I met Lauren Miller through a friend's wedding that she photographed a few years ago and I loved her style, so we asked her to take these shots. She is awesome at what she does and is extremely easy to work with. And, her beautiful work doesn't hurt either! I totally recommend her if you are in the Greenville area. 

I was about 35 weeks when she took these photos back in December. These were taken in downtown Greenville and I just love them.

























Sorry for the picture overload but I hope you enjoyed! And if you thought these were a lot of pictures, then I'm just going to warn you that E's newborn pictures will definitely overwhelm you! 

Have a great weekend! My little family will be relaxing this weekend before I start work on Monday. Please wish me luck!! 

Emerson is Two Months

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I'm a few weeks late, but Emerson is another month old. It is still amazing to me that we've survived two months with her in this world! Our lives are so much richer than they were, but it hasn't always been easy with a newborn.


She's starting to smile a lot more and get a little personality which is so much fun. I can only imagine how much her personality will grow in just a few short weeks and months. 



I just want to mention a few milestones so that I can look back on this because I won't want to forget them. 

The biggest milestone she had this past month was transitioning from her pack n play to her crib at 7 weeks. This was not easy on me because I was so used to just looking over at her in her pack n play and checking on her constantly. Just knowing that she was safe in our room made me comfortable. We knew it was time to transition her because she was able to begin rotating her full body at least 90 degrees in her pack n play. So, the next night, we made sure the monitor was working properly, made sure she had a fresh diaper and was full of milk so that she could sleep soundly. We put her to bed and she actually slept for a longer stretch than I thought she would. However, when I went into her room to feed her, her body was a complete 180 degrees rotated. See pictures below (sorry for the terrible quality but they were taken at night). At her two month check up, our pediatrician, who also happens to be a friend of ours, told us to stop swaddling her. I've been following Moms on Call and they say to stop at 3 months, so I was a little on the fence when she told us this. I did what she said to do and E didn't sleep at all that night…and neither did I! I got her a sleep sack and again, didn't sleep well. So, I began swaddling her again and she's doing much better. I've ordered a magic sleep suit so we'll see how that goes! Another milestone is that she slept through the night a few days ago at 9 weeks. It was so nice but I'll be honest, I had to keep checking on her to make sure she was breathing because this was the first time she had slept that long.

I've been trying to put her down for naps in her crib during the day but she's still fighting naps which makes it hard on me to get anything done. Hence, the late update.


At her two month check up, she weighed 9 lbs 7 oz which puts her in the 10th percentile. She is gaining weight and gaining about .5 ounces per day, but our pediatrician would like to see her gain a little bit more. We are hoping that since my staph infection is gone, she'll be eating better. At that same appointment, she had more shots and it just killed me to see her cry. She took it like a champ and she didn't cry for long, but I sure did have tears falling down my face.

She's got that pouty lip down pat.



She honestly doesn't really take a paci. She'll sometimes take it if she's desperate, but she really enjoys sucking on my thumb. Yes, that's right. Not her thumb, but mine.



She is getting more used to bath time and although it's still not her most favorite part of the day, it's becoming more manageable. My mom told me to put more water in her bath and that has seemed to help. Little girl doesn't like to be cold! She still enjoys getting her hair massaged. 

She is beginning to outgrow some of her newborn clothes. She's still in all newborn, but I can tell that she'll be ready for 3 month sleepers soon. She's still in newborn diapers as well. They are a little snug, but the size 1 completely swallow her, which makes my heart a little happy. 

We visited the day care she'll be attending so that she could meet her "teachers." This was a very unique experience for Andrew and I because neither one of us have ever stepped foot into a daycare center. Growing up, my mom worked weekend nights at the hospital so she was home with my sister and I during the week. Andrew's mom stayed home with him and his siblings, so neither one of us really knew what to expect when stepping inside those doors. After leaving, we felt at peace that E would be in good hands when she begins in just a few weeks. I can't believe I'll be going back to week in just 1.5 short weeks! Where have the past 2 months gone?

She is finally enjoying the bouncy and swing for longer periods of time which is nice. I usually put her in the swing when I'm cooking dinner and then she sits in her bouncy next to the dinner table so that we can all be near each other.





I had our birth announcements for about 3 weeks and FINALLY got them sent out! I'll be sharing that soon. I also need to finish up some Thank You notes.

I am doing really well. My staph infection is gone and my milk supply is up. I've pretty much been pumping since she was born so that I could build up a supply for when I go back to work. Andrew has been very helpful and is still busy at work, but cherishes the time that he has with her when he comes home.

And, here are just a few more pictures of our sweet girl. 


Hanging out with some of my boyfriends. 







She begins school next week and I'm dying a little bit inside. Please pray for me!! I know she will do great and will adjust just fine, but it's me that I'm worried about. I'm so used to spending all day with her and have cherished those moments and sure will miss it. 




Emerson is One Month Old

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I'm a few days late, but I've been a little busy with a one month old! I cannot believe she's already been in this crazy world for one month. She has given us so much joy and love in the short amount of time she's been on this earth.


She's already gained 1.5 pounds since her birth weight and is considered in the 21st percentile for weight and something crazy like 90th percentile for height. She got her second shot at the doctor's office this week and took it like a champ. She is passing a lot of gas (sorry E if you ever read this), and only has a few bowel movements a week which is completely normal for a breastfed baby, but not something we were expecting!

The next few pictures are from the day she was born and then the day we came home from the hospital.


This was taken about 5 minutes after she was born!




Daddy holding E for one of the first times!










She is sleeping about 5-6 hours during the night, but gets a little fussy when going down for naps and trying to fall back asleep after feedings. I'm currently trying to get her on the Moms on Call schedule and it is working pretty well for feedings, but falling asleep at the right time for naps has been challenging. I was getting in the bad habit of holding her until she fell asleep then would put her down, but I've transitioned her into her crib for naps. She doesn't like it so far but I'm hoping because it's an environment change that she's just not used to yet.

I haven't been able to get much done. At all. I thought I'd be able to blog more regularly or catch up on thank you notes, but I sure was wrong! Hopefully I'll get to a point soon where I can just lay her down and try to be productive but until then, I'm just enjoying snuggling with my girl.

She has such great head control and just bobbles her little head around but can already move it around so well. She can also stand up on her feet and jump (obviously with us holding her). I'm thinking she's a genius. Ha.

She hates bath time! I really hope that changes because I love baths. She hates being cold and prefers to be snuggled in a warm blanket.


Her first sponge bath! 

We've been getting out more and more, aka Target runs and lunch with girlfriends, but most days are spent lounging around at home. I love those lazy days but sometimes itch for adult conversation or just a longer stretch of where I don't feel like she's constantly attached to my boob. Too much? 

Daddy has been great with her. She's already got him wrapped around her little finger. Everyone we come into contact with says that she looks just like him, and, they are right. We actually pulled baby pictures out the other night and I'll post some soon but I think she's a good mix of both of us :) They love snuggling together and take lots of naps together on the weekend.



Mama is doing well. I'm down 6 pounds my pre-baby weight which I never expected to weigh less than when I got pregnant. I totally blame gestational diabetes. I guess it was good for something? I have had clogged ducts and it actually got infected and turned into an abscess. I had to go to a surgeon and get it drained and it came back as a staph infection. I have to go back to get it drained again and if that doesn't work, I will have surgery.



She's met a lot of special people in her short life so far and we can't wait to meet more!



Grandparent Paparazzi for the first time seeing their granddaughter.











     



We enjoyed our first holiday, Valentine's Day, and spent it with takeout and wine on the couch and probably the trashiest TV of all time. Don't worry, mama and daddy went out on a date the next night.



We're hanging in there and just happy we survived the first month…both she and mama and daddy!



I apologize for the picture overload, but she had a pretty eventful month! I'm embarrassed to say that this is not even like 1/4 of the amount of photos I have…but I'll spare you, for now at least.