Niki Beck is our church’s AMAZING photographer, and she took some gorgeous pictures of sweet little Enzo along with a few family shots for our Christmas card this last week. Check out more of her beautiful work here on her IG YO! 👈🏽
For this shoot, I was inspired by some simple and clean Lifestyle photography I saw on Pinterest. Niki did an incredible job at capturing what I had in my crazy and cluttered head. We are so grateful for these precious photos. They will be cherished forever!
Enjoy our little cuties below, and we wish you and your family A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
It’s national breastfeeding awareness month and I thought I’d do a little [humurous] post in it’s honor. Now, I’m absolutely 100% pro-nursing and without a doubt believe God made these bad boys to deliver awesome nourishment to our little ones. And I am, afterall, currently nursing my second daughter; BUT I’m not gonna lie, there are a lot of crazy, funny, and absolutely horrifically-awkward moments that come along with it. I always laugh about these things when they happen with the hubby but I thought, what the heck, I certainly can’t be the only momma who’s experienced moments like these. I’m just going to be so bold as to write about them. So, here’s to all my fellow mommas letting the milk down!
Now, it’s taken me a while to be okay with nursing in public and I really try to avoid it if I can. A lot of moms give me a hard time about it and tell me I shouldn’t, but I can’t help it. So why you ask? Because like I said, moments like these tend to happen to me…a lot.
Really people? What’s with all the stares? I don’t get it. I’m covered and feeding my baby. Do us all a favor and stop starring. A few weeks ago, I had to nurse Eliana at the mall on a bench outside. I seriously should’ve counted how many stares I got. I bet it would’ve been at least 30-50 sets of piercing eyes within the time I fed her. How about I stare intensely at you while you eat? Instead, how about giving me a thumbs up for giving my baby what’s best, eh? Now that’d be a sight to see, “mall crowd gives nursing mommy thumbs up while they pass her by.” Do it!
Yea that little circular gap at the top of my nursing cover, it’s not there for you to peek into to get a glimpse of my baby. It’s for ME to be able to see her and make sure I’m not feeding her eyeball or chin. I literally had a family member walk up to me while I was nursing and peek inside the gap to see the baby and went, “awwww!” Can you say awkward moment? Awwww to my goodies or the baby?! Back away from the peep hole people! It’s hard enough trying to keep her from flinging up the cover and showing you my ladies without you just walking up and peeping for yourself.
Now this has happened so many times to me. My daughters’ legs and feet will be poking out the side of the cover and someone will come up and play with her legs and feet. Um…really? It makes me want to do that to them next time they’re eating. I can just imagine myself crawling under the table and going, “oh how cute, gotta have me some of them piggly wigglies!” See how they like it…haha!
Gulp, slurp, gulp
Yea this didn’t happen with Emarosa but boy oh boy, miss Eliana is a loud eater. She slurps and gulps each time like she hasn’t eaten for days! One time I was nursing her at the hospital before her newborn screening test in a waiting room. I was covered and the nurse walks in to ask us some questions and all you hear is Elly going to town on these bad boys. The nurse just laughed and laughed. At least she followed up with the reassuring comment of, “Oh I’ve heard louder dear!” Whew, that makes me feel so much better…yea not.
Yea you’d think one would get away with nursing privately in ones own vehicle. Yea, not so much. Philip will park so far out in any parking lot to avoid the awkwardness of when someone is getting in or out of their car and I’m all sitting there like, “what’s up! Just feeding my baby here. Nice car by the way…” (which has happened a lot). And I kid you not, each time, someone has pulled up right next to us. Seriously people? We are in the middle lane, on the very last row of spots where no car or man has ever gone before and you’re going to park right next to us?! There are a million spots open all around. I’ve even had someone pull up next to us, their wife got out and he just sat there in the driver’s seat. I put a blanket over the window at that point…You know what, someone should invent a giant “Nursing Mother” car flag. Now I’d buy and hoist that baby with pride!
These are but a few hilarious run-ins I’ve experienced while nursing and I’m sure there are many more to come. I’ve learned to laugh them off and just try to focus on the beauty in breastfeeding my precious little one. This time is so fleeting and special; and before I know it, I’ll be weaning her off and she’ll be a rambunctious, eats-us-house-and-home toddler just like my Emmy is now. So until then, I’m going to enjoy every single loud, slurping feeding time and pray no more rubbernecking, peek-a-boobing, toe grabbing, personal space violators come my way anymore 😉
I’m so excited to finally share all of our hospital and newborn photos of Eliana Hope. My amazing friend and incredible photographer, Janay Garcia of HeavenLeigh Frames outdid herself and took these absolutely beautiful photos. Thank you for capturing these precious moment Janay bae! Click here to check out her Facebook page 🙂
Eliana has been doing so well. She just turned 2 months! We are cherishing every moment with her. I’m absolutely in awe of what God is doing in the midst of our little growing family. What a special season it has been. Enjoy!
P.s. I’ve got a few new posts coming your way that I’m super stoked about! Xoxo
After a couple of weeks of going it alone with dos little ones…I now consider myself an expert. Haha! Yea right. Nevertheless, here are 10 things that make life with 2 youngins even better than it already is. Between the sarcasm and awww’s, maybe my fellow mommas might find a nugget or two to take along. Just maybe…
1.) Wear Your Baby It’s alright to ignore one kid and tend to the other. I mean, it’s not like we have four arms, right? WRONG! We can have four arms mommies. Wear your baby! Whoever invented these baby carriers is an absolute genius. I am a huge fan of the baby bjorn carrier with extra back support. It’s so easy to put Eliana in and out of AND it gives me 2 arms to cook, clean, change toddler poop (yuck btw), and so forth. With having a 2 story place, it definitely helps like crazy as I attempt to get the 3 of us up and down the stairs every day. But, it doesn’t quit solve ALL of the juggling demands so cut yourself some slack moms. Sometimes kid #1 or #2 will just have to cry a minute or wait his or her turn. Deal children! Mommy is doing her best 🙂 2.) Let the toddler do the dirty work Oh heck yes to this one! Emarosa is throwing away diapers, fetching baby wipes, putting pacy in sissy’s mouth, handing me laundry and the list goes on. It’s not only a good way to teach her how to start helping out, but it also helps to make her feel included. Not to mention, it’s a huge score for momma! I’ll call you, CinderEmmy from now on LOL 3.) Instant Grub Yea…cooking. Ain’t nobody got time for that! I’m cooking breast milk 24/7 already as it is, so instant we go. There are so many instant & (mostly) healthy foods to make life easier and your tatas flowing with milk and honey 😉 Fruits, veggies, oatmeal, waffles, greek yogurt, granola, cheese, frozen pizza and nuggets, cereals and the list goes on. No shame here. And, bust out that crock pot yo! Those meals almost feel instant. Let me get a swing of this mom of two thing and then I’ll take a shot at the culinary arts again. I *cough* promise…
4.) Big Sister/Brother box Before you pop out that second child, have someone make or make for yourself a big sister/a brother box. Hit up the dollar store and pick out handfuls of activities, games, etc for your first child. Wrap them individually and put in a big box. Every day when the the new addition is snoozing, sit down with kid #1 and open a gift with them. Then, do the activity together! This is so much fun as it’s a daily new toy and activity AND your little one doesn’t feel forgotten or left out. Emmy and I have LOVED each of these moments. We’ve played in the dark with glow in the dark rings and sticks, colored, tatted our arms up, played pretend makeup and beauty salon and so forth. Shout out to my mom’s coworker and friend, Susan for making this sweet gift for us!
5.) Routine Shmoutine I had Emmy on a strict routine pre-Elly and we expected her to stay on it post-Elly. Yea…who were we kidding? New baby changes EVERYTHING. So, be okay with throwing out the routine. Let ’em sleep in your bed. And then after a few weeks, reintroduce the routine and see how it goes. It’s been a few weeks, but Emmy is now back to going to sleep by herself in her crib! Holler! She also now understands that Eliana isn’t going anywhere…
6.) Big Girl Status Right before I had Eliana, I started calling Emmy my “big girl” like…excessively and I’m sure glad I did! She loves being called big girl and she calls Elly “baby” all of the time! It’s helped her to want to do “big girl” things instead of pretending to be a baby. Like the other day, she told me she had to poop and so to the potty we went. And, she pooped! So, it looks like it’s potty training time in the Canant house 🙂
7.) Do things for yourself! As hard as it is to leave your little ones, take advantage of the help you have and yes, that includes daddio. Get out the house with the girlfrans! Go shopping for yourself, go out to eat or the movies, or go get your nose pierced (I got mine pierced the other night and I LOVE it). Don’t feel bad about doing something for yourself. It’s the only way to stay sane for those of us who hardly ever get a moment to ourselves. Shout out to my hubby for pushing me to get out the few times I have and for holding down Camp Canant!
8.) It’s okay to cry Haha seriously… I’ve cried a few times after moments when Emmy’s thrown a colossal tantrum, spilled something sticky or gross all over the floor or table, or when I just feel like a cow being milked nonstop. It’s ok to cry it out! You just gave birth to a second miracle. And shoot, my girls are not even 19 months apart. It’s tough! So after a good little cry and some prayer time…I feel so much better! God gets me back to the reason why I took on this calling and I regain strength to keep going. Every calling has it’s ups and downs. So go on girl, grab a tissue and glass or two of wine, it’s okay…This leads to #9 baby…
9.) Drink that wine yo! Just because you’re nursing, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a glass or two. Nurse your newby right before you drink and then wait 2-3 hours until the alcohol has left your blood stream. Or, have a bottle of your milk ready and pump and dump a couple of ounces. Once every so often doesn’t hurt anyone, especially baby. In fact, it helps momma! And when momma’s happy…well you know the saying.
10.) Get rid of the distractions Once we brought Eliana home, I started feeling even more distracted and wanted to focus on my family completely. Then I listened to Pastor Steven Furtick’s message, Death by Distraction and BAM, confirmation. I deleted all of the social media apps off of my iPhone and limited myself to only getting on my iPad at night before bed or during nap time. I know this will not last forever, as we are moving and I’ll want snapchat back to keep in touch with my friends here hehe 🙂 But it’s also been very beneficial for Emmy as she was getting addicted to my iPad. I’m so happy I did this and Philip has even noticed a huge change in my disposition. Praise God! So maybe some, all, or none of these tips will be helpful for my fellow mommas but I had to share. After all, I’m an expert, remember? Keep holding it down mommas! Every moment is so special. Love it, cherish it, and laugh, laugh, laugh!
Sippin’ that wine and wipin’ them little bottoms all day errday,
Eliana Hope has arrived! On June 2, 2014 at 4:09 P.M., Eliana graced us with her tiny presence. Weighing in at 8lbs, 9oz and 22in long (although she only measured 19in at her 1 week checkup), Eliana wanted to make a statement as she entered into the world.
I’m so excited and honored to get to share a second birth story with you all. Every birth story is a miracle and I can’t believe God has blessed me twice over. This time has been beautiful and I’m most definitely soaking up every minute of it.
Sunday night, June 1st we had a scheduled induction because it seemed like the Emarosa situation all over again 😉 No dilation was happening but we could tell that baby wanted to come on out! We started the cervidal and then the pitocin first thing in the morning. Shout out to one of my besties, Lo for my pedi that night! That’s a true friend y’all! 😉
I began to dilate quickly and contract A LOT! But then after gladly accepting the epidural and reaching full dilation, Eliana wanted to come out with her face instead of the crown of her head. The doctor wanted to wait though to see if she’d move and position correctly. But after hours of trying to get her to shift, the doctor wanted to let me push. And after 3 pushes and the nurse shouting to stop pushing cause the baby was going to fly out, we had my OBGYN rush over to deliver her in only 2 more pushes 🙂 God is so good! She knew how to wiggle on out, even face first! Eliana Hope wanted us to know right off-the-bat that she was different than her sister, unique 😉 She came out all purple and bruised, but healthy nonetheless. We are so in love and so thankful to God!
We had so many people lifting us and Eliana up in prayer. We are so thankful to God for each and every one of them. We are just so beyond thankful for everything. What an experience this second time has been! The new adventure has begun!
Here are some of the photos our amazing friend and photographer, Janay Garcia with Heaven Leigh Frames captured that beautiful day. Enjoy and celebrate with us as “God has answered HOPE”. I absolutely love the meaning of her name because it suits the very season we are in. So much hope is ahead for our family!
P.s. She looks just like me! Yay! Newborn photos to come soon too 😉
Happy Memorial Day everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your weekend and taking the time to remember those who have sacrificed the ultimate price for our freedom. I am forever grateful for every man and woman that has laid down their life for us. Because of their selflessness, I can write freely, worship my God freely, spread the good news, raise my children in a free country and the list goes on and on and on. THANK YOU!
Today also marks exactly 1 week until I’ll be holding my new precious miracle, Eliana Hope (unless she decides to come earlier). And in preparation for this second blessing, we’ve done all the usual prep, but I’ve also gotten a bit more crafty this time around. I’ll be adding each of my crafts as I can to this blog but I wanted to at least share one right now—our hospital door sign!
This was super easy to make and assemble ourselves. My handy hubby cut the wood and drilled holes for the ribbon. I simply then used painters tape and some free hand and painted each layer. These are going to be Elly’s nursery colors when we move—mint, coral, gold and hints of soft pink.
I bought everything at good ol’ hobby lobby—chevron ribbon, acrylic paint, the wooden letter “E”, and paint markers.
I looked at Pinterest for some inspiration but I hadn’t seen anyone make one quite like I was envisioning in my head. Simply lay it out and create what you want! Super simple and you’ll definitely stand out at the hospital 🙂
I’ll be posting more on her take-home onesie, bow, tutu, leg warmers and more I’ve been working on soon (if Eliana allows)! Philip’s also been woodworking a lot lately and is about to put the final touches on the girls’ wooden toy box. I’ll definitely be sharing that with you all! It’s so fun making all of these things for our girls. A lot a cheaper and more memorable in our eyes 🙂
This Thanksgiving, Philip and I are incredibly thankful for so much–for God and His pure faithfulness and goodness, for our amazing family and friends, and especially for the little big miracle we received. Thank you Father for sweet and joyful Emarosa. We continue to lift her up to You and ask for Your wisdom and guidance in raising and caring for her.
Now, we are no photographers, but Philip and I took a shot at both shooting and editing our little Emmy’s newborn photos. I think we did a pretty good job for amateurs! It is becoming a little love of ours now 🙂
It’s easy for you to take your own too. First, go Pinterest crazy! I gathered ideas on Pinterest before she was born and knew exactly what I wanted.Then, if you have one or can borrow one (we borrowed my amazing friend Karla’s; thank you Tia Karla!) use a DSLR camera. And then, get the lighting just right (you’ll have to play around with each shot). Lastly, have fun! These were taken over the span of a week because it was whenever we got a calm and/or sleepy baby to do so! With baby photography, patience is definitely needed. I wasn’t the greatest with it, so thanks babe for all you did and for dealing with not one fussy baby, but two 😉
Now that you all are mostly likely stuffed with turkey, it’s time to get stuffed with some Emmy cuteness. Enjoy!