2018 = Parenthood
Updated: Feb 3, 2019
This year has been quite a journey. Saying our lives have been turned completely upside down is an understatement.
This year, as soon-to-be parents and then actual parents, we:
- Started the year pregnant (well, I did) and was nauseous for about 20 weeks during the first stretch of pregnancy, about 4 of them were spent in 2018!
- Created an app and did a soft launch of the app at a conference at 32 weeks pregnant.
- Went on a beach trip at 35 weeks, and contracted the stomach virus (which took down almost the whole house, I'm sure we'll laugh about it later ha!)
- Photographed weddings all the way up to 36 weeks, which meant a lot of ambling along and the feeling of having a full on assistant (Sara Russell - you DA BOMB)
- Had some lovely friends from Singapore visit at 37 weeks
- While they visited, ate 6 Medjool dates a day for 10 days (apparently good for spontaneous labor and dilating/effacing) and then gave up because I discovered that I abhor eating dates straight.
- Had the baby come 1 week earlier at 39 weeks and 5 days
- Prepped since January for a BOMB natural labor & delivery, which happened and it was the perfect labor/delivery that I had imagined
- DIDN'T prep for Sienna having low oxygen levels which resulted in her having to stay in the NICU
- Stayed in the NICU for four days, which was a weird four days because we couldn't fully bond with her since she had to stay in her "box"
- Finally brought the baby home and realized that we had not prepped even a little about what the heck to do with a newborn
- Started back doing shoots at 4 weeks
- Had my parents fly across the world to see their granddaughter
- Almost wanted to die from 0-6 weeks of her newborn life because let's face it, a newborn baby is hard AF and we were so blindsided and thought we knew what to expect but didn't.
- Shot our first wedding when she was 6 weeks
- Did a destination engagement shoot at 6 weeks also, in Alabama
- Managed to get her on a newborn sleep schedule, which was amazing and life changing
- Then went to Arizona to do another promo for our app
- Which meant she had her first flight at 4 months
- Flew across the world when she was almost 6 months
- Since arriving in Singapore, Sienna has crawled, learned about separation anxiety and also started eating solids.
As you can tell, 2018 was a year of motherhood and parenthood, but yet living our best life and fulfilling our dreams. Being a parent has been life changing. For example, I used to think, man, how do people play with children constantly, and it used to tire me out, watching other people with their kids. I have now discovered that, I have an endless supply of positive emotion when it comes to being happy and excited for Sienna, no matter how much postpartum anxiety I have or how sad/angry/frustrated I am,
2019 will be filled with even more excitement as Sienna grows more and more and our schedule is filled with weddings, more trips to conferences and even some destination weddings.
We CANNOT WAIT.