Yet again, this year I decided to let the girls pick costumes that resemble their personalities. My girls are the epitome of opposites, one is a perfectionist that likes pretty and sparkly things and the other likes to be goofy and silly most of the time. So their costume choices this year did not come as a surprise to me.
Newborn photos… oh, the good and the bad! They are the most loved photos for documenting the beginning of your new babies life. And yet, they are dreaded by all post-labor moms who are still healing and still packing around the post-labor body weight! It’s generally recommended to take newborn photos within the first two weeks of life. “It’ll be easy”, they said. “The baby will be cooperative”, they said. Well, how bout the poor momma who still looks eight months preggo and is now sleep deprived?! This is the hardest stage for the exhausted momma and family, and yet this is what we do…. and it’s SO worth it!
[Words I live by: The only picture you’ll regret is the one you didn’t take!]
With all three of my girls, my newborn photos have been some of the most cherished photos to me, but looking at them always brings back the reminder of the craziness going on behind the scenes. The lack of sleep, the cooperation of older kids, the spit up, the blow outs, and all the things we do for a good photo… bribery, silly noises/faces/dances and of course the occasion threat… #goodtimes & #stillsoworthit!
So with all the exhaustion, how do you pull it off without sinking the ship altogether?! Word of advice from one mom to another… I have always tried to plan ahead in the last weeks of pregnancy and prep everyone’s outfits for this photo shoot. I highly recommend doing this, so when the day arrives to take these photos… You are not scrambling to pull something together in the craziness of newborn cluster feedings and exhaustion. Well in advance, and with a clear mind, I will hang all of our outfits in my closet, already ironed and ready to go! Why wait until your in survival mode to get prepared and set up?! Also moms, remember that your body is still in eight months pregnancy mode… So choose an outfit that will be flattering to your “still kinda pregnant” body, i.e… a maternity dress, a flowy blouse or a button down top usually work great.
With that being said, here are a few of our favorites! Third time around and I am still so thankful for these photos. Like I said, they are so worth it! They document where we are as a family when our sweet Kensie joined the crew.
Thank you La Brisa Photography for capturing our family in the comfort of our home. These photos will always be cherished! You are the best!
Girlie number 3 is six weeks new and I am living on caffeine and snuggles! Since we are in the newborn survival stage I thought it would be fun to share a few items that have kept ‘us’ going – items that both Kensie and I love. They are mostly nursing and sleep related because let’s face it, up until now that is all newbies do in the beginning. And if you recall from my previous posts, since we didn’t know her gender prior to birth, practically every item listed below has been 2-day shipped to my home via Amazon Prime. Lifesaver!
To give you a little back story, I have really struggled with nursing all three of my girls, and to say the first few weeks of nursing has been rough would be an understatement. Between the pain, engorgement, plugged ducts/mastitis, latching and what seems to be a never ending cycle of feeds… it is and has been an exhausting journey, again! But, I am hanging in there and the nursing/feeding items below are probably why. Don’t be afraid to admit it is hard, because it is… use whatever aids you need to get through! Not all nursing journeys are easy, so do your best to not doubt your body or be too hard on yourself. And yes, I need to be better at taking my own advice. Which is why I am sharing my ‘breast friends’ below!
You were a month of traveling and holiday fun! Between Thanksgiving celebrations, my husband’s birthday and my annual best friend trip it was an adventure-filled month…. Just the way I like it! I was able to jet set away to San Francisco for a kid-free girls weekend full of yummy food, beautiful sites, much cooler weather and lots of shopping. It was dreamy and exactly what this pregnant mama needed! I am now in my second trimester so hopefully this morning sickness will fully go away soon, counting on it December! But, what I loved most about this month was the excitement it brought for the holiday season ahead. It was a month of gratitude and family time and a special first… Our oldest learned how to ride a bike! This is a big deal in the parenting world of firsts!
As the hustle and bustle of December begins, I pray that I can stay grounded in the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus is the reason for the season, and continue to demonstrate for my girls what giving and showing love is all about. Blessings to you this Christmas, remember to pause and cherish each moment.
My girls love playing dress up and make believe, so picking out Halloween costumes every year has become an exciting time for all! This year I took my girls to the store and let their imaginations run wild. I gave them each the opportunity to pick out their favorite costumes and they both picked adorable and creative looks!
Here we go – Our family is growing -Pregnant with Baby #3!
You heard it right, Baby Wodiske is joining our family in April 2018! While it still hasn’t completely sunk in yet that we are going to be a family of 5… We are thrilled to grow our family and we feel extremely blessed. BUT, why does 3 seems a lot scarier than any of the other pregnancies?! (EEK!) I am thankful to say that our transition from 1 to 2 went very smooth and we have been blessed with two sweet girls who are going to be the BEST big sisters. We are saying goodbye to man-to-man defense and transitioning to zone defense as our little team of 3 will officially be outnumbering us! Let the games begin!
I come from a family of 3 kids and I am the beloved middle child, so having a family of 5 has always been a dream of mine. Although life is harder in the baby stage, I know it will all be worth it to have the fun bigger family to make memories with forever!
With all the joy of growing our family comes all the agony of morning sickness! Unfortunately, morning sickness for me is for REALZ!… and whoever dubbed it “morning” sickness never had to endure ALL DAY sickness! Sadly I have endured nausea and vomiting with all three pregnancies. I am praying that in the next month or two things will calm down and I will start feeling more like myself again. It took until 19 weeks with my first two pregnancies, and right now 19 weeks seems like forever away! For all you ladies who were/are sick during your pregnancies, I feel for you… It is tough, physically and emotionally.
It was so special talking to both of our girls about the new baby in mommy’s tummy and seeing their expressions. They are going to be fabulous big sisters and already have so much love for their sweet little baby! My oldest is already calling it a little baby girl… we shall see!
We couldn’t have asked for a better friend and talented photographer to take these beautiful photos of us as we celebrate our new bundle of joy! Chris, you captured our joy (and craziness) in such an authentic & beautiful way and we will forever cherish these photos! Thank you La Brisa Photography for always capturing our special milestones in the most perfect way.
Well that’s the scoop! I plan on keeping you posted on our journey through this special pregnancy, I’m sure you will hear a lot about my cravings and exhaustion, but most importantly my excitement and preparation. Stay tuned a gender reveal post may be coming your way soon with highlights from both of the girl’s gender reveals and a little trip down memory lane.
Thank you again for joining us during this exciting time. So much fun is ahead!
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When you become a mom, you hear so often that you need to enjoy every minute because time flies by… overused advice, but oh so true! I am so grateful for all of the time and cherished moments we’ve shared together. Memories have been made, time has flown by, and though I don’t want to believe it, here we are… my daughter’s first day of Kindergarten. How can my first-born and little bestie, that I have spent every waking minute with since the day I found out we were growing our family, be starting school? I am flooded with emotions. Everything from excitement to sadness to loneliness to nervousness… but most of all, I am overwhelmed with a sense of pride in who she is and who she’s becoming. If I could pass on a few important things, these would be what I would want you to take with you as you enter your Kindergarten class.
Dear Paisley – On your first day of Kindergarten, my wish for you is…
Dear June 2017,
June, you definitely cranked up the heat here in Arizona, so it has been a month of water fun! You marked our 9 year wedding anniversary and we were able to enjoy a STAYcation filled with umbrella drinks and poolside lounging. We also had the best time celebrating our daddy bear on Father’s Day and snuck away to the mountains for our first family camping trip. But, don’t let all the fun outdoor adventures fool you, if we weren’t swimming, we were inside basking in air conditioning and the girls enjoyed indoor summer camps! Thank goodness for indoor activities!
We are so excited and thankful to get to enjoy one more month of family fun before school starts, so please be kind, July.
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – June 2017 ::
Monthly MUST Haves is a monthly recap on products, services or companies that have caught my attention, or that I have fallen in love with over the last month. A fun way for me to share random things that make me happy, in hopes that they might bring you joy as well!
For the May 2017 edition of Monthly MUST Haves I am excited to share 3 of my favorite small shops that specialize in the kiddos. Enjoy these fashionable companies!
As an Arizona girl, I am living the cactus dream… along with the triple digit nightmare! But now that summer is here, I am embracing it in full force and am stuck on the cactus trend. I thought it would be fun to share my favorite cactus inspired goodies and stylish recommendations to help bring your cactus-love to life!