maternity

Jessica + Anthony

I have known these two for a very long time, and now they are expecting their first little one!  l met Jessica and Anthony during our years at Farmington High School.  These two have been dating ever since and it has been fun to run into them in the years since graduating and hear their story.  They actually sit near my parents at church every Sunday, so my mom is regularly filling me in on what is going on their lives if I go awhile without seeing them!

Soon after we told my parents we were expecting my mom said that Jessica was due just a week or so after me!  It was so fun to capture these memories with her as we both grow our baby bumps.  It is always funny to me to look back at where I have been in different stages of my life and think, did I ever imagine I would end up in this exact moment? Like when we were 16 at Farmington High did I ever think I would have these two in front of my camera, celebrating their first little one while I am doing the same behind the camera? I didn't expect it, but I am beyond thankful for these moments! 

Jessica and Anthony are going to be the best parents.  They are so joyful as they await their little one's arrival, and I know they are surrounded by family and friends who are equally as excited for their addition! I cannot wait to hear if that little bump is a boy or a girl, and to see your little one grow up!  Congratulations, Anthony and Jessica! 

Third Trimester

This week we welcomed our third trimester with baby Beatty! When we first found out we were expecting a little one the third trimester sounded so far off.  And so real.  I remember thinking, when we get to the third trimester I will make sure we take care of x, y, and z.  And now we really need to take care of that long list of things! 

With that long to-do list aside, we are feeling amazingly calm about welcoming baby into our family.  We have been anticipating this day for so long, and the thought of holding our babe in a few short months is beyond exciting. 

Ted and I made a simple list of things we want to do before we become a family of 3.  I have a feeling the next few months are simply going to fly by, so hopefully writing these down will help keep us accountable! 

1. Pick out baby's name!  We still haven't found names that seem just right.  We have a few front runners, but nothing in stone.  Since we didn't find out if baby is a boy or girl we want to have a few options for both and then make our final decision once we meet our little one. 

2. Go to a Tigers game.  It has always been one of our favorite downtown activities.  When we first started dating we went to a lot of games and we want to make sure we catch one more game- just the two of us. 

3. Finish up the house.  We have been renovating three rooms in our house to prep for baby and they are almost finished! We now have a playroom, a new office space for me, and of course babe's nursery.  

4. Sleep in.  I have always been proud of the fact that I rise early and accomplish so much before the rest of the world wakes.  That has gone down the drain the last month.  When we have the chance to sleep in we take it.  We have had so many more lazy mornings at the Beatty house.  The best part- on lazy mornings Ted almost always makes pancakes and bacon, and baby and I both love that. 

5. Take our last big vacation.  A babymoon, 5 year anniversary celebration, or just a strong desire to explore the world- whatever it is, we are headed to Greece next month.  I personally cannot wait to lounge on the beach and eat all of the gelato and Greek food.  Ted can't wait to explore the ruins and take in all of the history. 

6. Read a few more books.  Seriously, you would think we are running a library over here.  The stack of books on our nightstands keeps growing.  We have been reading everything from more fiction since we know we won't have much time for pleasure reading once baby gets here, plus parenting books, books on sleep schedules, labor and delivery, the list goes on and on.  We both spend a lot of time with little ones, but we both love learning so we are taking in as much information as we can now! 

7. Have our maternity photos taken.  After being on the other side of the camera for so many sweet moms and dads-to-be, it's a little surreal that it's our turn. We are certainly enjoying all of these little milestones and steps along the way. 

8. Socialize! We love having friends over, going out to dinner with family and wandering downtown for appetizers on Friday evenings.  Since we know our schedule will be changing we have been scheduling meals with friends we haven't seen in awhile, planning more date nights, and visiting family.  We want to make sure all of those relationships get the love and attention they deserve now! 

9. Make baby's nursery feel like home.  I am not much of a shopper, so baby's nursery has been bare.  Over the past month we have received so many sweet baby gifts.  I can't wait to assemble the furniture, hang decorations and wash blankets. I have a feeling this room might just become my favorite space in our home. 

10. Enjoy it.  I have been trying to be aware that this time of pregnancy with our first babe is fleeting.  I have been sitting down and enjoying the little kicks and hiccups.  When the baby is on the move Ted and I will stop what we are doing to just marvel at this little miracle. We pray for the baby, dream about what his or her little face will look like, and chat about the way life will change.  It is such a fun time of dreaming and changing, and we never want to take that for granted.

There it is! 10 things we want to do before baby arrives. Anything we missed?! I would love to hear from you mommas if there are a few things we should add! 

Nate + Hannah Maternity

You know what they say about finding your tribe and loving them well?  I am so glad these people joined our tribe!  Ted and I have a lot of friends from college, where we met.  Albion is a small school and we ended up moving back to metro Detroit along with most of our closest group of friends.  So we have been lucky enough to do life with a lot of the same people since we were 19 years old.  Nate and Ted actually met in P.A. school.  There was something like 5 guys in their class of 80, so they hung together a lot and studied together pretty much every weekend.  During that time Ted and I got married and moved 5 minutes away from Nate and his wife Hannah and we all just hit it off.  They ended up spending time with our group of college friends and immediately became part of the tribe. I couldn't imagine life without friends like them!

We snapped these photographs of Nate and Hannah in their backyard.  I was extremely disappointed when they decided to move away from us, but I guess I can totally understand it for a lot like this!  We planned their shoot perfectly with a snowfall that was just a few days old.  It was actually unbearably cold, but they did great and I love how these pictures turned out!  Snowy shoots are quickly becoming some of my very favorite. 

It is so fun to watch Nate and Hannah experience this stage of life, and secretly I am taking notes because Hannah makes carrying that baby look goooood! They are going to be the best parents and I cannot wait to see them grow into that role together. I am counting down the days until we get to meet their little lady and welcome her into the tribe! Congrats, you two wonderful people!

Kelly's Baby Bump

Oh mommas-to-be, you are just so freakin' beautiful!  There were a few weeks at the beginning of the summer where it seemed like every shoot was a maternity shoot.  And these ladies were all glowing!  They are growing a human, juggling life, and looking like super models while doing it- you rock, ladies! 

Kelly was certainly no exception.  I photographed she and her husband, Steve, at their gorgeous home, where we were able to capture some of their nursery and their family's beautiful backyard. Steve simply doted on Kelly the whole time and it was the sweetest.  It was extremely evident that they cannot wait for this next stage of life together as parents.  I am looking forward to meeting the newest addition to their family when he or she arrives later this summer! 

Danielle's Bump

Danielle contacted me a couple weeks before her babe was due to arrive and let me know she would like to get a few baby bump shots done.  We were lucky enough to squeeze the shoot in one week before her little lady was due to arrive.  Danielle was such a natural in front of the camera and simply glowed as a momma-to-be.  She made carrying that baby and being glamorous at the same time look so easy!  Congratulations to you and your growing family, Danielle!