Life Lately: 2018

And just like that it's 2018 and the countdown to baby is officially in full swing. As in 13 weeks left. If I told you I wasn't slightly freaking out it would be a complete LIE. And while I do feel more prepared heading into this the second time around the thought of a newborn paired with a very feisty, opinionated 3.5 year old is rather terrifying.
The blogger/photographer in me is cringing about this selfie but #secondbaby and it's all the bump update that I've got. Dirty mirror and all! But good news is I've managed to stay much smaller this pregnancy so yay! Tiny victories!
We have begun to slightly modify P's room in preparation for the new baby. I joke around that all this baby gets is a basket instead of a bedroom! We live in a two bedroom house so that means it's time to maximize our space and prep for this little one's arrival. In fact because we live in a two bedroom house is one of the main reasons we decided to not find out the gender. I know myself well enough that if I didn't have a place to nest into over this baby it might bring on those baby blues. But in reality I need nothing. We have everything you could need for a baby so its made it a little nice to not be clogging up our space with more things. In fact I've been doing the opposite and slowly chipping away at all the clutter. Donating books that are not as loved, donating some old toys to P's preschool and just making life simpler (while adding a baby! HA! Jokes on me.)

Sometimes I worry that because no real big changes are happening at our house that P is not really getting it. But she talks about the baby, asks if it's kicking and insists it's a sister. I just hope that when the time comes to add a crib to her room she sees it as something fun as opposed to us taking something away from her (i.e. some toys, her space). It's been one of my biggest stressers this pregnancy and that is making sure that she knows still how very important she is to us. As I am sure many of you with a first born can relate.

I'm ready to slow down a bit and refocus on my family in the coming year. While I am so incredibly grateful for photography the end of the year always leaves me feeling frazzled. Working two jobs can quickly grate on you and I am ready for some much deserved and needed time off. I am looking forward to many things but mostly the first time we will get to go to the ocean as a family of four (five! Finn!). I can already feel the sand in my toes, the sea in my hair and that newborn babe snuggled tight on my chest. And more than any other vision - this one keeps me going.

So do I have any resolutions or life changing thoughts for 2018?  I don't. And for once I am more than okay with that. But I do have these goals for everyday:

Get into the frame more - I think all photographers feel this way when it comes to their own family.

Be more intentional - From time to toys and beyond. I want to meaningfully fill space and time. Less clutter. I don't need every cute thing I see (I'm looking at you Instagram!)

Be present - I am the first to admit that I am guilty of wanting more. More so in the form of space in a home that I can rip into walls and such. But I know that one day I will have that and one day I will miss all this. Be present and above all try to continue being patient. Good things come to those who wait right?

Do you have any lofty goals for the new year or are you just cruisin' on?


  1. No big lofty goals for 2018, just an encouragement to you that room sharing can be awesome! We're just outside DC (aka super expensive) and have 3 boys sharing a room in our little house. They LOVE it and have even started asking to share beds, too! Good luck!

  2. Aw I just love that little bump sweet friend!!
    My goals will be up on Monday - excited for the year ahead x

  3. Look at that precious belly! You look amazing lady! Happy 2018!!

  4. I am right there with you. I need so badly to be more present, especially since Everett is our last and these moments are so fleeting. I have no doubt that you have prepared P more than you realize. I felt the same way about Nat and it turns out, she was the most prepared.

  5. P is going to be an awesome big sister!!! Don’t dress! And do take my bump pictures. I need more!