Babies & Toddlers, Personal

Kaedence is 1!

Kaedence is 1!

Woah. I can’t believe I just typed that sentence.  My baby is 1!  I have so many emotions running through my head right now.  We have been so unimaginably blessed this year.  Becoming a mom to 2 little girls is by far the hardest thing I have EVER done.  I can’t believe how easy it was to have just 1, and I never knew how much free time I actually had until we had Kaedence and it was all gone!  I couldn’t imagine life any other way though and I am learning to embrace the craziness that is having 2 kids.

To say Kaedence is not an easy baby is an understatement.  She was colicky for at least the first 5 months of her life.  I felt so helpless when she would cry and all I could do was hold her.  Its true what they say, nothing lasts forever and even though when I was in the thick of it and I thought she would never stop crying, she did and when we had her tongue tie clipped at 5 months old the colick was almost instantly better.  She turned into a happy baby, but she still doesn’t sleep!  Even now at 1 year old she does not sleep through the night.  But I know sleep is developmental and one day she WILL sleep through the night and she won’t need me anymore.  So until then I will soak up all of the baby snuggles I get throughout the night.

Kaedence is such a great baby!  She is loving and is always giving hugs and kisses to everyone who will take them!  She LOVES her big sister Mikaela and I love seeing their relationship develop and hearing their giggles is amazing ❤ Kaedence knows what she wants and she wants it RIGHT now (she gets her patience from her momma).  If she doesn’t get it she does this high pitched scream, dubbed the dinosaur scream by my hubby, until she gets it (thats her red headed temper plus daddy’s temper).  The face she gives you after she gets what she wants is just hilarious, its a little smirk that says “yeah, I get what i want” This year is bittersweet as well though because all of her firsts are also my last as a mother as she is our last baby.   So while it’s exciting to see her roll, smile, laugh, crawl etc its also a little sad because shes growing up and I want to keep her as my baby forever.

I can still remember the day she was born like it was yesterday.  At our 36 weeks appointment we had an ultrasound and she was measuring very big at 8 pounds.  My OB was concerned that she would get too big and wanted to induce me at 39 weeks and I wanted to avoid that with all of my might.  I knew ultrasounds could be off by as much as +/- 2 pounds and I had faith that my body would not make a baby I was incapable of birthing (my OB laughed at that of course but I was right!).  So she stripped my membranes at my 37 week appointment but that didn’t work.  I started taking evening primrose pills (advice from my doula) and I was having random contractions for a few days straight but nothing consistent.  I spent a lot of time bouncing on my yoga ball and even took Mikaela to the mall to walk around.  Then on New Years Ever 2016 I had been having contractions about once an hour and after my husband and I watched the ball drop we decided to try an old wives tale.  It worked for us and within a half hour my contractions started coming every 20 minutes or so.  I fell asleep about 1230 and at 330 I could no longer sleep through my contractions.  I got up and went to the bathroom and while I was in there my contractions became a lot more intense and a lot closer together.  I woke my husband up at 430 and told him I was in labor.  I was using an app to time my contractions and they were still 8-10 minutes apart.  I called the on call line for my OB and I was sure they were going to tell me to continue to labor at home but since this was my second child they told me to head in to the hospital and they notified my OB that we were on our way in.  At this point we tried to call my mom (my dad was coming to stay with my oldest and my mom was in the room with me) and she was not answering (I mean it was 430 am after NYE).  So I called my sister who was spending the night at my moms and woke her up.  It took me a few tries to communicate to my groggy sister that I needed her to get my mom up and someone to come over to our house because I needed to go to the hospital NOW.  While I continued to labor my husband was in the kitchen making himself coffee and breakfast (can you believe this?) and he asked me if I wanted anything (he knew I would need energy to deliver her) and I told him “no, if I eat anything I’m going to puke”.  This was a stark contrast from Mikaela’s labor where I was starving and the hospital would not let me eat.  Anyways, my mom gets to my house and we are finally ready to leave.  We get to the hospital a littler after 5 am and head up to labor and delivery.  of course they put us in triage first and by this time my contractions are about 5 minutes apart.  I did NOT want to lay in the bed,  I prefer the yoga ball, but they have to monitor you for a few minutes before they give you a room.  At this point my OB is not at the hospital yet and so the on call doctor strolls into the triage room (which was the size of a large closet).  He is an older man and he asks me “what brings you in tonight?” (-_-) I answered “Labor”.  Then then continues to ask me all of the SAME questions I just had went over with the nurse.  My mom and husband thought I was going to snap because I was so annoyed with him.  He apparently did not believe that I was in labor or that I was that far along into labor but when he checked my dilation he said “oh yeah, you’re at 7 cm”.  I immediately asked if I could get off of the bed and I walked myself into the labor and delivery room.  Apparently I was super sassy and told the nurse she had 1 shot to get the IV i my arm because my contractions were 1-2 minutes apart at this point.  My doula arrived shortly after this and I labored with the help of her, my mom and my husband who took turns massaging my back and putting a cool rag on my forehead because I was so hot.  My OB came in about 7 and checked me and I was at a 9.  She gave me the option to break my water (my water didnt break for either of my labors) which would speed things up a lot or wait a bit.  I elected to wait a bit and 15 minutes later I felt the need to push.  Adrian (our doula) went to get the doctor and I was still a 9.5 but I was pushing anyways because my body was telling me to.  My water broke on the first push and gushed everywhere.  I kept pushing for about 15-20 minutes and at 7:37 am my baby girl was born! They laid her on my chest and she just screamed her little head off (this should have been our first indicator of her personality haha).  She laid on my chest for a while and I just snuggled her and then she nursed for a good half hour!  I remember the nurse and my doula saying how Kaedence was so tiny and just normal sized and then they got her on the scale and she weighed 8 pounds 12 ounces! The day after this is a blur.  I wanted to get out of bed and walk around less than 2 hours after having her and the woman cleaning our room made a comment that I didn’t even act like I’d just had a baby hahaha.  I was so fortunate to have been able to have both of my girls 100% all natural without ant pain medication and its all thanks to the awesome support people I had with me both times!

So if yours still here after reading all of that here are some of my favorite photos of Kaedence from this year!

A big thank you to my friend Danielle from Danielle Fantis Photography for doing our fresh 48, baptism, and family photos this year!  We love you so much ❤

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Babies & Toddlers, Mini Sessions

Unicorn Mini Sessions

I am so excited to share the project I have been working on!  This has been an idea in the making for over 4 months!  I have always called my youngest Kaedence my unicorn baby and one day I decided I wanted to incorporate that into her milestone photos.  I didn’t have a ton of time before her 3 month photos so I basically just got her a unicorn headband and set her up next to her stuffed unicorns for those photos, but that meant i could plan a better set up for her 6 month photos! And thus the idea began.

I put so much work into making sure these mini sessions are super fun!  I scoured the internet to find the perfect vendors for my headbands and the ones I have are seriously the best I have seen!  I will have 2 hard headbands and 2 elastic headbands available.  All headbands were made by Fancy Girl Bow-Tique (find her facebook and etsy pages) and are amazing quality.  If you are looking for a fun headband for your little girls she is the one to go to! The rain cloud backdrop is all hand made and watercolored by myself and my 3 year old daughter Mikaela.  She had a blast helping me and did a great job!

The biggest thing I am excited about is our FLOWER SWING!  My husband Jeremy spent 2 days HAND MAKING the swing from wood and flowers from Michael’s.  I am so proud of him and so grateful he is so supportive of my business that he helps outs whenever I need him to!

These special sessions will be available weeknights and select weekends from now THROUGH JULY and will take place in my studio and backyard and there will be 2 package options.

Package 1 $50

15 minute session

3 digital images

1 backdrop (either clouds or flower swing)

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print release

Package 2 $75 

20 minute session

5 digital images

2 backdrops (both clouds and flower swing)

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print release

 

I will also have dresses available for use if you would like! A shout out to one of my favorite lularoe consultants Julia Gramenz for styling Mikaela’s outfit for the flower swing!  She is wonderful! I look forward to photographing your little ones and for moms of boys I didn’t forget about you!  Stay tuned next week for another mini session announcement!

Unicorn Minis

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Babies & Toddlers, Mini Sessions, Specials

Tea Party Mini Sessions!

Tea Party Mini Sessions | Brunswick Photographer | Toddler Photography 

April 20, 2016 

So I have the cutest daughter in the world.  She is a little over 2 years old and she is full of personality. She is the reason why I became a photographer in the first place and I have more pictures of her than I can count.  Because of this I am always coming up with adorable ways to take her picture.  When I was planning her second birthday party in January, my sister had this wonderful idea to have a tea party theme.  And what is a tea party theme without a custom tea party invitation (with pictures taken by mommy)?  Thus the idea was born!  I scoured craigslist to find the perfect table to match her ceramic tea set that my aunt had gotten her for her first birthday.

We took some amazing photos of her this past fall and again last weekend (see the pictures below) and I just KNEW that other moms would want to do a session like this for their little girls (or boys!).  These special Tea Party Mini Sessions will take place on May 21 at Brunswick Lake Park.  Sessions will be 20 minutes, include 7 digital images in an online gallery with a print release.  I will also provide hats and an array of pretty dresses for your princess, sized from 12 months to 4t.  Please feel free to provide your own dress as well (I got the coral floral one my daughter is wearing in some of the photos at Costco for under $20!) Little boys are also welcome at these sessions!  I have an array of bow ties and regular ties for little gentlemen.  Sessions are ideal for 1 or 2 young children.

Spots are limited so don’t wait to reserve your spot today!  To book your session go to https://photographsbyerin.acuityscheduling.com/

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Here are a few of my favorites from the first set of photos I did with my daughter in the fall!  I love how the leaves are covering the ground!

Here are some of my favorites from the session I just did with my daughter.  Hopefully in May we will have more foliage for our sessions!

I look forward to taking photos of your adorable kiddos soon!

-Erin | Brunswick Photographer | Cleveland Photographer | Toddler Photography

Babies & Toddlers

Evie is 6 months old!

The BEST thing about my job is that I get to watch babies (and kids!) GROW!  I first met Eibhlin (nicknamed Evie) 3 months ago at my fall mini sessions.  She, along with her Mom and Dad,  braved the cold (it was an uncharacteristic 35* outside  that day….it even SNOWED during my last time slot of the day).  She was so smiley that day and the only way you would have known it was cold was that she had  little rosy nose in some of her pictures. Here is one of my favorites from her 3 month session below.

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Today when I saw her again she has grown so much!  The one thing that hasn’t changed is that she is still the same smiley baby!  Seriously this little angel did not stop smiling and cooing the whole time I saw her!  AND she can sit on her own at only 6 months old!  She was such a star and made my job today so easy.  Take a look at some of my favorites from her session today!  How cute is she?!?!?