Here is the second set of photos from our Maternity shoot with Ana Do Amaral. So in love with all of them!
John and I had the pleasure of being photographed by Ana do Amaral on a super fun maternity shoot. By the time we got around to doing the shoot I was 37 weeks pregnant. I thought that I might regret not having it done earlier in the pregnancy, when I wasn’t so big and I had more options on what clothes fit me. But I ended up feeling great and in retrospect, I love knowing that one week after these photos were taken Oliver was born! So they are really precious & I couldn’t be happier about them! Thank you Ana, they are beautiful.
I will break them out into several posts. Here is the first:
Here’s a little look at our baby boy in those very first moments.
After a long 18 hour labor (it really wasn’t as bad as it sounds, after the epidural there was lot of waiting: for contractions to regulate, to dilate, and for the baby to get into the right position) we finally meet
We were shocked to find that baby boy looks alot like mama, including a dark head of hair. Although, John’s baby sister was born with a dark head of hair that later turned blonde, so we will have to wait and see. And while his eyes look dark in this photo they are still gray (more wait and see).
Here he is looking itty bitty in his Papa’s arms. I love seeing my husband as a father!!
Finally discharged from the hospital Oliver is dressed and ready to meet the world!
My brain is too tired to tell you all about how amazing it feels to be a mother. But let me simply say we are elated and we feel complete we have never been so over the moon about anything.
Wondering why it’s been so quiet around here? I’m guessing you probably figured it out, but we had our baby! On Friday after work, at 38 weeks, I went into labor!
On Saturday June 29th at 9:23 pm our son was born. Please welcome John Oliver Jenkins. 7 lbs 14 oz. 21 inches long.
Throughout the pregnancy, in addition to my daily outfit photos, we set up a camera in one spot at home and I took a photo every morning before I left the house. This allowed us to do a fun little stop motion video that shows my belly getting bigger and bigger in a short time.
After our delivery, I received a txt message from a friend in Massachusetts that included an audio clip of his toddler son welcoming Ollie into the world. I pretty much died when I heard it & John made sure it made its way into the video.
We are totally smitten and having a great time getting to know our little bug and getting into our new routine. Once I get it together enough to resume some daily outfits, we will be back. Haha
Now that my nesting bug finally kicked in, I have been getting things in order in the babies room. If you just started following or don’t know much about our house, its itty bitty. It’s an old beach cottage that is somewhere under 600 sq ft (aprox 520 sq ft). It’s technically a two bedroom but you can imagine with 520 sq. ft. those bedrooms are pretty small, especially the second bedroom. Also, because the cottage is from the early 1900′s closet space is nearly non existent, therefor we built Mama’s closet into the second bedroom.
You may find yourself asking: why aren’t they moving?
Well, because our house is pretty adorable. And we love living in Santa Monica (a place with sky high rents we somehow have sort of avoided). Because we love being able to walk to the beach. Because we love our massive yard and vegetable garden (we didn’t even have a fire escape in SF). Because we love that we have a little mini house, instead of an apartment. And because we love that having a small house forces us to edit and keep things as simple as possible. And because, tiny as it may be it seems like a great place for our family.
But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its challenges.
When we first found out we were pregnant we did briefly consider the idea of whether or not we should move. If we moved, it would be one more thing on our plate and we decided to rule it out early on. We are crafty and organized and figured we could make it work. Even if John sometimes feels like the walls are moving in on him (I imagine our house feels even smaller when you are 6’2″).
So I started doing some research. Looking at Manhattan moms for ideas. Women who managed to have babies while living in 300 sq. ft. apartments. And deciding what we would actually need and what we wouldn’t. Because if you ask me, Americans tend to buy waaay more than they need, especialllllly when it comes to babies. Those families that have “playrooms” full of plastic crap toys in what used to be their living room make me cringe. And I started to feel like it was definitely possible and I kind of liked the challenge.
Since I am finally getting things in order in there and I’m hoping I can wrap it up shortly and photograph it before the baby arrives, I thought it would be fun to share a little teaser in the meantime. So here is a little style board that will give you an idea of what we are cooking up!
I re-used some things from elsewhere in the house or from our storage unit and added in a few other things on the cheap.
We knew we wanted the Bloom Alma Mini Crib because of its size. When a co-worker of John’s told us she had one and would sell it to us for $100 (including the organic mattress and sheets) we jumped at the chance. Initially I had wanted the white one because I thought it would feel calm and minimal in a tiny space. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the orange color at first. But at that price, I figured I would make it work. In the end I actually ended up loving it and I think it set the tone for the whole room!
My mother gifted me her original Knoll butterfly chair and a new leather sling seat for it. I knew I loved the chair but I had no idea where I was going to use it in our small house. It felt like a shame to put it outside, although, there literally was nowhere else to put it. Initially I thought if the nursery was going to have a chair it needed to be a rocker. But one day John sat me down in the Butterfly chair and put the headphones on me (playing Yo Yo Ma) trying to get his pregnant wife to just relax for a bit and I actually fell asleep in the chair! I figured if I could manage to fall asleep in it then I could nurse in it.
I love the mix of textures in the babies room and I love that its just the right balance of soft enough for baby but sophisticated enough that it blends with the rest of the house. Can’t wait to finish it up and share the real deal with you!!!
Back in April we went on our Babymoonto to Sayulita Mexico. It was totally amazing. We made a silly films to document our trip (because we make films to document everything) and we finally got it up on the interwebs, so I thought I would share it with you!
The film also might reveal our baby name! But you’ll have to watch and find out.
PS the beginning of the song John chose totally makes me chuckle. When he was working on the film I said “what are you editing? a 70′s porn?”