A New Maternity Series

I am really excited to share with you a new belly shot series I am starting of my friend Montgomery Lee.  We got together one night right after her and Randy told Chad and I she was pregnant and we brainstormed on how we should take her belly shots each week.  We decided that she would paint one of their walls with chalkboard paint and we would write each week all the details on the board instead of me photo-shopping the week onto the photo.  I love this idea and think this series is going to be a lot of fun.  I am also looking forward to hanging out with Montgomery Lee each week and sharing this fun time with her.  So here is the first photo.  She is so cute and can’t wait to meet their little one!!!!

Week 17!!!

I need to think of a fun name for this series so if any one has any ideas let me know!

Charleston, SC

Here are a few fun photos from our recent vacation to Charleston.

Miss Ada Tomata received a new nickname on the trip . . . . Ada Gata.

You know- since we were in low country and apparently there are lots of gators.  But I didn’t see any.

Ada Gata turned 2 months on this special tip.

sister, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters . . .

First time swimming.  I believe she will love the beach and water just like her momma!

We had a great first vacation with the gata!

On this very special occasion

Last week we celebrated Ada being one month old (I cant believe it) by going out to eat at one of our favorite restaurants, Burger Up.

We have a chunky baby on our hands.  She knows how to pack on the pounds!

Happy One Month Miss Ada Tomata!

Yesterday was Chad and I’s 4 year anniversary and we all went out and celebrated.  We had a great time just hanging out around town.

Happy Anniversary babe!  I love you so much.

Perfect timing

I always said I would be late to my child’s birth because I feel like I am late to everything.  A characteristic I have been working on.  Well Miss Ada didn’t let us be late.  She came on her due date.  I had just about the perfect pregnancy, semi perfect labor (everything went so smoothly- I just had horrible back labor the entire time) and now a perfect baby.

Here is a quick recap for those who haven’t heard.  My water broke at 5:30am Sunday, May 15th.  My contractions started within 30 min and within 2 hours my contractions were about 4-5 min apart and really intense.  I was looking at Chad asking “Isn’t this suppose to be the easy part?”  I had no time to mentally prepare myself, eat a light snack, or even get dressed to head to the hospital.  The contractions were so intense because of my back labor and because they were coupling (one contraction on top of another before the first one ended- no breaks!)  I couldn’t do anything.  I started getting nauseous and vomiting so we decided go ahead and head to the hospital so I could get something to make the nausea stop.  We had what seemed like the longest car ride ever!  Got lost in the parking lot and went up the wrong elevators.  We looked like something straight out of a movie.  Chad was carrying his bag, Ada’s bag, my birthing ball, our pillows, the camera bag and I was following behind him trying to roll my suitcase, wearing who knows what with wet hair because I had tried to take a shower when I had first started contracting.  I would stop and just squat where ever we were when a contraction hit, try not to make too many weird noises and make the innocent bystanders uncomfortable.  It took all I had not to throw up right there in the elevator.  I wish someone had taken a photo of us.  We were a mess.

We arrived and my sister was there waiting on us.  She rubbed my back as I stood over a trash can while Chad checked me in.   It was a long, extremely hard process and I couldn’t have done it without my amazing partner.  Chad knew what to do the entire time, helped me cope with the pain, encouraged me when I was asking for an epidural, and communicated to others to make sure everyone knew what I needed and wanted- especially when I couldn’t communicate what my needs were.  It was a team effort and my mom, sister and Chad helped me through it all and we achieved my goal of having our baby naturally and with no epidural.  13 hours of intense back labor and I did it!!!

Here are a few photos of right after Ada was born.

Our family was waiting out in the waiting room all day and finally got to meet our sweet baby around 9:00pm Sunday night.  The next day we had so many visitors.  We felt so loved and blessed to have such great friends, family, and such a supportive church.  It takes a village to raise a child and we couldn’t ask for a better community to help us raise our sweet girl.

We were so blessed to have our friend Josh Reeder come visit and take some amazing photos of our baby on Monday.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Chad the swaddling master!

We named Miss Ada Carden Hill Tuesday morning as we were leaving the hospital.  I think we drove everyone crazy waiting to name her but I am so glad we did.  Her name suits her.  We just wanted to make sure the name fit.

Week 36

I will admit- I am running low on time and energy trying to finish up this series!  I am feeling pretty good for the most part- I can’t complain.  We will take Week 38 photo tonight.  Oh man- the time is getting so close and sometimes seems like it will never get here.  Baby’s room is almost complete, I am wrapping up work at the office, finishing up last minute freelance photos and videos,  getting ready for my sister to graduate college this coming Saturday, and finishing up the planning for a big event I am helping put on that is happening this coming Monday (which i am really pumped about).  I just need to make it to next Tuesday the 10th.  We can do it!  Here is Week 36 and hopefully I can catch up soon and post 37 and 38 this week as well.

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