Maternity shoot flashback & feelings

As I sit here holding our sweet baby boy in my arms today, I can only think of those days I was just feeling him move around in my belly. I would sit and stare at my growing belly just watching him move around, kicking stretching and hiccup-ing all inside of me. I was so full of excitement thinking he’d soon be in arms. But as I sat and stared and waited I’d just wonder how he would look, whose nose, eyes and how much hair he’d have. It was such a conflicting feeling to think I wouldn’t feel his little movements inside of me anymore but yet how much I would love just holding him in my arms staring him down for hours. Well he is here…. and I’m staring down at him thinking time is going fast. Our little man is almost 3 months old, even though he looks like he’s almost 5 months old! (He was a big boy since birth! Lol) now I sit and look through these photographs and just smile. I smile because pregnancy for me was oh so hard in the beginning and not till a little over half way did i start feeling better.. but pregnancy is beautiful. Even though sometimes I was so uncomfortable and my body was going through so many changes it scared me, pregnancy is beautiful. It’s a beautiful miracle of life that God has granted us with. A privilege to hold life and care for it with all of Gods grace and an everlasting love. Pregnancy is such a wonderful gift. I also smile at these photographs because they’re also a reminder of when it was just my sweet husband and I. When all of our love turned into waiting for our little boy. I also smile because it sends me back to the times it was just Xavier and I and all our dreams and the stories owe share together before our little guy came to this world. They’re the sweetest memories and just makes me feel all sorts of butterflies because I love this man so much. Our story is beautiful… it has never been perfect but our story is beautiful and full of love. These photographs are just a small vision into that love my husband and I share.. and all the love we’re going to be giving our baby boy.  Now we’ll look at these and have flashbacks of all those feelings leading up to his arrival… a sweet memory in deed.

Thank you BecaCompanioni at BecaCphotography for capturing all of this love in these beautiful photographs. ❤

I’d do any adventure with you my love… this is just the beginning… Noah is another chapter in our story.. love you both with all my heart.

❤ Jen

Second Trimester Week By Week

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Recapping our 2nd trimester photos with you all with our week by week progress photos! We shared our 1st trimester photos with you all here a couple of weeks ago. We shared our first trimester feelings and a little of the rough patches this mama had to deal with in regards to morning sickness! I have to be honest, while there was a significant change during the 2nd trimester, this mama still had a rough time with the “morning sickness“…ALL day sickness.. even during our second trimester up until about 23 weeks! Then things seemed to start clearing up, which was the best feeling EVER guys! Seriously! Even the slightest relief was much appreciated by this mama!

Its been so fun for us to see my belly growing and knowing that its growing because our little guy is growing healthy and strong, it’s all sorts of good feelings. I think some of our favorite things during this semester were two special moments. One of those moments was when I realized I was actually feeling my little babe move around in my belly.. that was a sweet moment that I will cherish forever. The second, was definitely when my husband got to feel our little guy as well from the outside. I think seeing his face and his reaction warmed my heart like crazy.  I also think it starts putting things into perspective, that soon enough our family will be growing and that more love will be poured out. I seriously couldn’t feel more blessed. The excitement of entering our third trimester is also overwhelming in good ways and of course with a little bit of nerves. But I know that things will come and it will be a learning process. Thank goodness for family who has your back!

This semester is definitely when you start getting really noticed guys! I’m so serious! This is when all the strangers ask all the infamous questions.. “are you pregnant?!OMG I didn’t know” “when are you do?!” “do you know what you’re having?!” oh… and my ultimate favorite…. “are you sure there’s only one in there?!” -_- Seriously? This is when I have to count to 10 and calm my raging hormones…lol seriously. Sometimes, this is also when I just smile and walk away and say…”Its one healthy baby, but have a nice day!”  Lord knows I try to stay humble about it all.

I think most of these questions started coming up for us mostly around the 20 week period. Which God knows I don’t mind, but sometimes I wish people would be a little more mindful of how they ask certain questions… Do they not realize you’re a basket full of hormones!? Also, I think its easy as women to compare and judge a little bit… But I’ll take this time to say, “I FORGIVE YOU, for saying it how you did, haha” We should all just be conscious of the fact that were all different. We are all different shapes and sizes and we all show our pregnancies differently. I think as a woman, we need to embrace that fact and just be super proud of what our amazing bodies are capable of and our doing. So if you’re a mama to be like me, and in the midst of these wonderful body changes, I say… you go girl! Wear it proud! God works within us and this is just another of his ways to show how present he is within us and what his capabilities are for us as mama to be’s and for our nurturing bodies!

P.S pregnancy always doesn’t always make you look your best, we get tired, we feel sick, we want sweat pants, etc! Some days we are feeling more beautiful than others… Reason why I chose to be as raw with you all as possible. Some of these photos aren’t always when this mama has felt her best… But in each one of them, I felt truly blessed and confident!
img_073514weeks in the Bahamas for a weekend getaway!

img_072219 weeks in Brooklyn NYC for this mama and daddy’s 1 year wedding anniversary!
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Our 1st Trimester’s Recap

1samuel1-27We haven’t done much blogging lately, mostly due to our busy schedules, holidays and this mama dealing with “all day sickness” or plain out being tired! But I figured its time to catch you all up a little and re-cap the beginning of our pregnancy journey with our 1st trimester photos.  The truth is… 1st trimester was a little rough around the edges… and maybe that’s me putting it in light terms in comparison to how I actually felt. Truth being, I felt too incredibly blessed and too incredibly guilty to complain for such a huge blessing we were given! The blessing of a child, the opportunity to experience pregnancy and the honor of being called parents. While I tried to remind myself of all this, I will be honest…I was incredibly frustrated many days. I wasn’t keeping any food down, the nausea was ALL day and I was loosing weight. All I know is that as a first time mom-to-be, you worry… you worry when you feel you are not doing everything you can possibly do to keep your growing baby healthy and strong and frustration I must admit won over often. Thats when Im grateful for a wonderful supporting husband, family and friends who kept me grounded and focused on the big picture, and reminded me of the greatest gift God had placed in our lives. I just had to fight through it, focus on the Joy this little babe was bringing us and how full my heart truly was. I will admit the back rubs I got from hubby during the rushes to the bathroom, were and still are cherished and appreciated! He’s like the cheerleader rooting me on! haha. But all nausea and sickness aside, 1st trimester was also full of joy and happiness. Memories like announcing our pregnancy to our close family and friends are memories we will forever remember and cherish. They’re all so full of love and happiness that they’d be hard to forget. We would be lying if worry and anxiety never popped into our heads for the changes to come, but the truth is… this babe was soooo wanted and we prayed so hard for this little babe that the joy and reality of it really happening overcomes any of those anxieties. Plus, we know we always have the big man above us to lean on with our worries, and trusting in the Lord during this time is and will continue to be the best thing we can do.

For now, we will continue to look forward to having better days! Nausea free hopefully and fewer trip to the bathroom, haha! So here is our week by week pregnancy photo updates! Excuse the look, messy hair, pale faces and anything in between! haha.. I do promise this, baby boy is healthy and growing strong!

{7 weeks}- First ultrasound confirmation

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{Just a couple of our first trimester memories of our sweet babe}

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A Sweet Baby Gender Reveal

batch_img_9702This past weekend, we had the honor or sharing with our close friends and family one very exciting moment for Xavier and I.. the gender of our sweet babe! We knew from the get go that we wanted to be surprised along with everyone and that we would try to do it in a creative manner, or at least in an exciting way! Along the way, some of my close girlfriends and mom decided they wanted in on the plan and wanted to help us out with the reveal! Which by the way, I appreciated with all my heart being that this mama has had some difficult days with all the nausea and yes…trips to the bathroom..sigh. But with that on the side, brain storming took off and we ended up with the sweetest gender reveal night! Our simple sweet theme was bow ties or bows and while its one we’ve seen before, it was ours and it was perfect! Some great DIY’s also came into play by yours truly, since we all know that I’m up for a good arts and craft! The time and effort that my mom and friends took out of their schedules was just a huge meaning of love and a reminder of how much this sweet baby is already loved and cared for! After a couple of snacks and a couple guesses from our guests, it was reveal time. We found a way to make the reveal explosive and made it POP! We found the cutest reveal balloon on etsy, over at Baby Glimpses. My mom was the only one who knew the gender (because she begged! Lol) so she filled the balloon with the adequate color and when everyone was gathered around it was time! It was time to reveal what we had been patiently waiting for…a sweet baby girl or a handsome little boy! And just to make the occasion even more fun… that night we had a power outage! Yes! for most of the reveal we had no power! Lets just say, thank goodness for technology and phones with flashlights.. lol it was definitely a reveal to remember!

To start our bow ties and bows theme, this mama had some fun on her chalkboard’s and got to get in on some of the exciting plan!

My little sister also wanted in, and this cute little drawing was hung up near our precious little baby’s ultrasound baby selfies! We have that board in our home and we get to walk by everyday and stare at our little blessing!

Our closest friends and family also were wearing their baby guesses with these cute DIY bow ties and bows made by this mama. They were the cutest little things and fun to watch what our guest’s guesses were..

batch_img_9690batch_img_9717Now to talk about this sweet dessert table! IT WAS BEAUTIFUL! I was so in love with the whole set up! My friend brought all these yummy treats and cake to us from a baker friend, Jaclyn Otero. Everything was delicious and everything was gorgeous. batch_img_9713

Vanilla cake with nutella filling and cream cheese frosting?! Yes please! Oh and the most perfect bowties and bows cookies I ever did see.

Now is the time to bring your sense of humor out! Cupcake toppers with a meaning!

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The guys and the girls… this baby is going to be loved by so many!

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The aunts and uncles and the three ladies who made this day even more special with all their support and planning!

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It’s a Baby BOY!!

 

Our Sweet Baby

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Our sweet baby….

We have finally announced you to the world… But way before that, your daddy and I were secretly keeping you all to ourselves. We had been surprised by the reality of you and all the love that filled our hearts that very moment we found out about you. We were excited and nervous all at the same time! But the truth is, we had been praying for you for quite a little while before that. We were eager for you, praying and wishing for you. God’s timing was perfect, he knew when to bring you into our lives and fill our hearts with the greatest joy and love. We are already so honored and humbled to be your mami and daddy and already soo soo in love. We can’t wait to see you and hold you in our arms and see that little face that has already stold our hearts away. We are patiently waiting for your arrival! This mama has had a tough time with morning sickness and daddy keeps talking you to help mama out, but at the end we know it will all be worth it for you sweet baby. We are so humbled by the fact that we get to be your parents and share life with you and love you with all our hearts.. so you keep growing healthy and strong in mamas belly ok? Because you have a whole team behind you of friends and family who love you already so very much!! We know God is watching over us and you and we trust in him wholeheartedly! He is our strength in the middle of our fears, anxieties and even our joys and excitement through this whole journey leading up to meet you! Even our little lady dog Bella senses you bc she lays right next to this mamas belly all the time.

We can’t wait to meet you sweet baby!

Love, your mami and daddy! ❤