Sunday, December 11, 2011

kristen and cameron

i had the pleasure of photographing kristen and cameron's wedding the week of thanksgiving. they were a delight to work with! such a lovely couple. here a just a few of my favorite images from their special day:
Congratulations to the happy couple! :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

newborn baby boy

i can't seem to get enough of new babies these days. my sweet boy fills every day with such fun and joy... what about other babies? i adore them all! here's a recent newborn session. such a sweet boy.

Friday, November 4, 2011

a baby quilt

disclaimer: i've never quilted before. i couldn't have done the following for my sweet baby boy without the help of some amazing artists. the first of which is lizzy house. she designed the fabric and the actual quilt layout and then was so kind as to teach me how to put it all together. i am so grateful and honestly, am now totally addicted to quilting. check out her work at her blog. secondly, the amazing angela walters is responsible for the amazing quilting. her finishing touches make the quilt. i know, you are all so impressed by how it turned out (being that it was my first quilt and all) but, i owe these two ladies big for the final result. as for the baby on the quilt?... well, he's all mine :) and i love every inch of him. [but i can't take all the credit there either. ;)] the outfit was made by the talented julie gillrie.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

sweet baby emmeline

in the midst of a move i made time to pay a visit to the american fork hospital. sweet baby emmeline was born just two days before. what a joy new babies bring into the world!! congrats to the happy family!

Monday, October 17, 2011

an outfit for a special day

my grandma made this awesome little white suit for my sweet baby's blessing day. what an heirloom! thank you grandma!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

a project

i've been working on a project... a quilt. it's my first ever attempt at quilting and i LOVED every minute of it. creating is always so invigorating. here's a picture of the quilt, unfinished... (basically everything is done but the binding) i've since finished it and will take more photos and post them soon. but i love how it turned out! the final photos will have all of the details on the pattern, fabric, quilting etc... so stay tuned! here's just a sneak peek though. enjoy.

Friday, October 14, 2011

utah state fair

took the opportunity to visit the state fair with my little peanut. it was a perfect evening :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

lack of blogging

i apologize for my absence... for my lack of blogging. but my days are filled with this sweet face and i'm just loving the time i get to spend being a mom. i will be back soon with more beautiful photos, a new website and blog soon. stay tuned!!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

emerson's birth- more photos

the lovely christine has posted some more photos from emerson's birth- they are beautiful. you can see them here.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

emerson locke.... post belly baby pic, the conclusion

what do blueberries, lemons, artichokes, cucumbers, watermelons and my baby all have in common? SIZE. at one point in the progression of time, my baby boy was as big as each one of these fruits and veggies. it was fun to compare his growth and to anticipate his arrival through the comparisons. NOW it's even more fun just having him here. this project wouldn't be complete though without a picture of the whole reason it happened. i hope you enjoy these concluding pictures! thanks for joining me on this journey. :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

emerson's birthstory- part three, the conclusion

This was when things really started to get crazy...

And honestly, this part is all kind of a blur to me but I remember saying outloud and to myself “baby come out!” Throughout labor, as I would breathe, I focused on the word “out” and so the reiteration of this word helped me once more to truly believe that he was coming to me and that he was going to be ok. Things were stressful and hectic as it drew near to the time when my son needed to enter this world, but I can say that amidst the stress I felt total peace.

Melody was positioned right next to Britton. They were ready to catch my baby. His heart-rate was dropping and it was time. At this point, Melody said to me “You’ve got to get this baby out in the next push. I really don’t want to give you an episiomoty!” And that’s when my last ounce of strength kicked in. Episiomoty was a dangerous word. I didn’t want it and Melody knew that and so I breathed deep and felt the overwhelming burning that comes from the crowning of a baby on his way out. It burned hot, like a total ring of fire, and I let out a cry and pushed with every single ounce of energy in me. His head came out and then I took a deep breath and the rest of him followed.

Britton was right there, hands out to meet our son. Melody was there too. I was in shock and awe with what I had just experienced and felt. Seconds after though, there was a little bit of panic (this is the reason why- in hindsight- moving out of the tub was necessary). As my chord untwisted it actually tore. This rarely happens and required immediate action. As soon as it was noticed, the chord was clamped and cut. Sadly, this was not part of our plan. We had studied and knew the benefits of leaving the chord attached until all the blood and nutrients had passed over to the baby, but with a torn chord and blood squirting out- blood loss was more of a concern. All of this was a big blur to me though. I was just sitting there, breathing, holding my new baby and he was more than perfect. He let out a little cry and I was instantly overcome with more love than ever before. I had my husband right there with me and now my son and I felt so blessed. My system was in shock with the hormonal overload. (Just as an update- our midwife was extra cautious in the days following Emerson's birth, making sure he didn't loose too much blood and that all his vitals were where they should be. They were. He's a perfectly healthy baby).

My placenta just dropped out of me and I moved up onto my bed. For the first hour or so of our son’s life, it was just me, him and Britton- bonding, loving, learning, connecting. It felt so good to hold my baby close. So incredibly good. I fed him a little bit and had some amazing skin-on-skin connecting time. It was surreal and amazing, like heaven had descended into my bedroom and gifted me this amazing experience. I couldn’t believe that I had just done what I’d done. I remember looking at my baby’s face and knowing that I’d do it again to just hold him (but that it was honestly the most painful thing I had yet to experience in this life!). I was so overcome with love for him and for my amazing husband. Gratitude filled me completely.

Minutes prior the room had been swarming with activity and now it was just Britton, me and our baby. When I was ready, the midwives came back in to check me out and to weigh/measure our son. He weighed 6lbs and 12oz and was 20 inches long. Britton actually was the one to weigh him. He had beautiful kissy lips and long fingers. He was so alert and happy. It was awesome.

Unfortunately, I tore a little bit (a slight 2nd degree tear) and so I needed some stitches. Melody stitched me up, and while she did so Terry continued to check out my baby’s vitals. He was constantly kept close to me though and I held his hand while I was being stitched. It hurt like crazy, but my baby was close and so I bore it happily.

Reflecting now upon this singular experience, I am so grateful for every single sensation that I felt. For everything thing that I experienced. It was empowering. I’m amazed that I struggled through 20 hours of labor, but knowing that I did it feels so good. We have decided to name our son Emerson Locke Beckham. I am so in love with my sweet little Emer. He’s a peaceful, alert, and happy baby. I am so blessed and so very happy.

my sweet baby Emerson :)