Our second daughter Eleanor was born December 20th, 2013. Since December I have been updating folks about my belly bump series and photos of Eleanor on my facebook account and personal side project Blooms in June but thought I would share my entire series here. I have been slowly getting back into the swing of things and trying to get back to our “normal life” but I have found that there is no going back to what use to be and now we are trying to find a new normal. Juggling photoshoots, childcare, video shoots, editing, changing diapers, changing sheets, and cleaning is a lot of work. No wonder there is an established “maternity leave” in our society. When I had Ada I was blessed to have 16 weeks of maternity leave. This time around I am working for myself so I started back working around 6 weeks and never really got that “maternity leave” because I had Ada to take care of as well. Bless those who have multiples, lots of babies and toddlers running around, or go back to work full time after 6 weeks. Those women are strong. I haven’t had a ton of time to blog and post my latest photography work besides on my photography facebook account but I thought I would take a few minutes and post my entire Belly Bump Series.
Nashville, TN/ Pedestrian Walking Bridge
Fon du Lac, WI
Houston, TX / Art District
Thompson Station, TN
Nashville, TN / Nashville Zoo
Franklin, TN / My Parents House
Brentwood, TN / Our Bedroom
Nashville, TN / Baja Burrito
Franklin, TN / Cool Springs Galleria (Halloween night)
New York City, NY / Bryant Park
Brentwood, TN / Our back porch (First snow flurries of the season)
Nashville, TN / Edwin Warner Park
Nashville, TN / Opryland Hotel
Nashville, TN / A friend’s apartment overlooking downtown
Week 24 was very busy and full of photo shoots, editing, slowly recovering from the cold/ flu thing from last week and teaching my first birthing class. YES! I said birthing class.
For those of you that don’t know I have been working since March to become a certified Childbirth Educator through ICEA.org. I started my first 4 week Childbirth series on Monday and it was great. I had a great time and hopefully my students did as well. We will see when the class reviews come in. 😉
I am teaching Alpha Childbirth curriculum which is “everything that you would get at a hospital childbirth education class and MUCH more. You will learn how to stay low risk and what to expect in labor, but you will also learn how to make informed decisions, the truth about the “slippery slope” of interventions, why the United States’ c-section rate is one of the highest in the world and how best to avoid one, how to relax, how to stay in control (mentally and physically), how to rely on God’s word to stay focused, how to care for your infant and how to succeed at breastfeeding.”
It has been a goal of mine since Ada was born to attend more births as a birthing assistant/doula, photograph and video more births, and teach birthing classes. So all you ladies expecting a sweet babe and are interested in taking a childbirth class let me know, or if you just want to talk about birth I love to do that too. Here is to reaching goals!
Back to the weekly photo. Brittany Wood took these for me this week. Thanks pal!
We spent last week visting Chad’s parents in Houston, TX. Chad and I stayed one night at a very nice bed and breakfast downtown: La Maison In Midtown which I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a place to stay in Houston. The prices were very reasonable and it was so much nicer than staying at a hotel. We wandered around Midtown and the Art District and found this awesome wall. Even though I was sick most of the week we still had a great time with family and we got to swim at least once a day everyday in his parents awesome pool!
I have announced everywhere on social media now that Chad and I are expecting our second girl at the end of December so it’s about time that I announced on here about the news. We are really excited and we are so glad Ada will have a little sister.
We have gotten requests to do another Belly Bump Series and so we decided to take photos every week again but we are changing it up a little. We started taking photos at Week 18 and I am now 22 weeks along. It seemed a little exhausting to do this again this go around but it’s a fun project for Chad and I to work on together and I know I will love looking back at these photos.
Presenting Baby Girl #2 Belly Bump Series.