Okay so you're super pregnant, you have pregnancy brain, maybe you have other littles running around the house, you're trying to function in your normal day to day...the last thing you have time to think about is what to bring to the hospital to prep for your coming baby. No worries, babe. I got you. I have created a simple and clear list of all the things you might need for yourself and your baby for your hospital visit. It is a checklist, so you can put your significant other in charge of making sure all those necessary items are checked off and packed! You're welcome! ;) Now all you have to do is enjoy that sweet little nugget about to enter your world!
I was not ready. I'll be honest about it. I was terrified. I was trying to grow my business and had no idea how that piece was going to jam into my puzzle of a life. Being pregnant was really hard on me. For someone who relies on being active as part of her lifestyle, the physical changes were very tough on my body and mind. My birth experience was less than ideal and I suffered from severe PPD for a year after Eliza was born. But guess what...I made it through with this tiny, amazing, spunky little human. She challenges me daily in the worst and best ways, but isn't that what life is about? Something inside me has literally changed and shifted where life without her is unimaginable. I get the chance to meet so many moms in what I do, be it new moms, second/third/fourth time moms, moms who've suffered losses, and families who've lost their moms. It is insane that I get welcomed into people's lives the way that I do, but I am so flipping grateful. It is unreal how grateful I am for my family and for all of YOU. I just had to celebrate some of the many moments I have gotten the opportunity to be a part of to say thank you and send high fives to all the badass moms out there.
But is he not the happiest one year old you've ever seen? Literally nonstop smiles...except for the cake part of the "cake smash". Like most babes, he was not.a.fan. But he didn't mind when daddy gave him a hand (or finger full of icing). That's why I like to include the neutral set up, some without the cake, and the tub splash! That way, they are bound to be a fan of at least one part! One is usually a tough age, as that is when they tend to develop "stranger danger", but man, Mr. Rocco was just a happy, friendly little man. What a sweetheart. I loved designing a neutral set, using grays, browns, and creams, just like in his newborn session. It really is such a pleasure watching these little grow and I can't wait to see how your personality continues to develop, buddy! <3 Now let's smash some more cakes!
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