Life as a family of four is turning out to be quite the blissful existence.
Sure, I know we still have plenty of ups and downs ahead of us, and I’m not saying the transition is over. Everyone seems to be experiencing some growing pains, but THIS makes it all worth it.
Last weekend Jessica Marchetti, new-found friend and DFW photographer, came out to the house to capture some intimate family moments and some fresh outta the baby oven pictures of Leyna. The images blew me away, and just remind me of how incredibly lucky I am.
I don’t know what I did in this life or another to deserve to be so blessed, so lucky, so loved. I know I do my fair share of complaining on here, but know that at the end of the day, this life and all the chaos, clutter, stress and noise that come with it is SO MUCH more than I ever imagined for myself.
Happy doesn’t even begin to describe it.
I’m so happy Jessica came by and captured these moments for us. If there’s one thing I learned from Kendall, it’s that as tough as this newborn phase can be, I should never wish it away. So we spent a few hours posing Leyna…
And then I threw on my beautiful nursing gown and robe and put Leyna in her matching sleep sack (sent to us by Belabumbum Maternity), and we got some amazing breastfeeding shots. I am so, so grateful for these. I have nothing like this with Kendall, which is a little sad, but I have to remind myself that at this point with my little barracuda, my nipples had chunks of flesh falling off of them, so perhaps it was best I didn’t document the process the first time around.
Leyna is much more picky about her latch than Kendall was. Sometimes we have to work for 15 minutes before I can finally get her to latch on, but the upside to being patient is she seems to be much nicer to me when she finally starts eating. Either that, or the nerves in my nipples are completely frazzled from Kendall and don’t know the difference anymore. All that is to say it seems to be a little tiny bit easier this time… it’s just testing my patience more.
Scott got some great daddy/daughter pics with Leyna, and then he and Kendall made French toast together (a weekend morning ritual around here).
There are so many more amazing shots…
… but I can’t possibly share them all. So I leave you with this last one…
Jessica did SUCH a phenomenal job. Money well spent to have these small hours documented and preserved. Not only is she super talented, but she’s super nice and just a ton of fun to be around, too. If you’re in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and interested in having her capture some of your intimate family moments, you’re in luck! She’s extending an offer exclusive to Baby Rabies readers. Just tell her I sent you and she’ll give you 20% off all package pricing between now and January 21st. Also, sign up between now and next Friday, the 14th and get a FREE 8×10. Check out more of her work here.
Kendall is 2 2/3 and Leyna is 10 days old… and waking from her nap in her swing