Excitement. Joy. Happiness. These are some of the wonderful feelings that come over you when you see those two pink lines! There is so much that comes with finding out you will soon be holding a little bundle of cuteness in your arms! One of those things is deciding how you’re going to announce your news to family and friends! We put together some sentimental, some funny, and some creative ways to announce your pregnant!

Our personal announcement of our twins was a video, you can watch it here! Oh, the excitement was unreal… but I remembered how painful seeing pregnancy announcements could be, so I wanted people to know our struggle, and give hope to those still suffering.

You can always go with the holiday that is closest when you are announcing.

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Wanna go with a trendy announcement? Netflix is totally a hot thing right now. This announcement also has a little bit of humor!

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Of course, there is always the good old parent panic announcement! This is always a good creative one full of humor or should we call it a reality check… just kidding!

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Cuteness overload! Are you looking for the sweetest announcement ever? This one is full of all the feels.

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We didn’t forget about those families that already have fur babies or human kiddos! Let them do the announcing!

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There is absolutely no right or wrong way to announce the wonderful news that you are expecting! So, go on and get as creative or sentimental as you’d like!

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It’s that time of year again… time to book Santa mini sessions. Are you tired of the same old red Santa suits, and super long lines? So. Are. We. A couple of years ago Edwards Photography Studios and Ashlee V Photography put a twist on Santa and mini sessions. Together we designed a different kind of Santa Experience! View Post »

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As a new mom, one of the quickest lessons you will learn is, mom guilt is real! Unfortunately, there is just no way around it. People and moms alike all have their own personal opinions and ways of doing things. One of your first big encounters with mom guilt will most likely be choosing which method you will use to feed your baby; will it be breast or bottle? Although the ultimate outcome is a fed baby, it’s truly your decision on which option is best for you and your baby.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a mother should exclusively breastfeed up to six months. At six months once a baby has been introduced to other foods it’s still recommended to breastfeed up to 1-2 years. Breastfeeding is recommended because it is the most natural balance of nutrition your child can get.

If formula feeding is in your cards that is okay too. Do your research so you can make the best-informed decision on which formula to feed your baby. There are many circumstances where a mother needs to or chooses to formula feed and that is absolutely okay.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding encourages a natural bond between mother and baby.
  • Breast milk naturally provides your baby with all of the nutrients he/she will need to grow and develop.
  • Breast milk contains antibodies that help to build up your baby’s immune system.
  • Some common allergies can be prevented by breastfeeding.
  • Breastfeeding can minimize the chances of obesity and diabetes.
  • As a mom, you may find it easier to lose the pregnancy weight.
  • As a mom breastfeeding can lower your risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancers, diabetes, and other diseases.
  • Breastfeeding allows you to feed your baby almost anywhere and at anytime.
  • Breastfeeding is free.

Struggles that Might Come with Breastfeeding

  • Your nipples can become very sore and tender, some may even crack and bleed.
  • Your breasts may become engorged causing you to become very uncomfortable.
  • You may get plugged milk ducts which can become painful.
  • In some cases, you may not produce enough milk for your baby’s needs.
  • You cannot leave your baby for long periods of time because you will need to feed them. (Pumping is an option for this.)

Benefits of Bottle Feeding

  • Some moms are unable to breastfeed, and bottle feeding provides your baby with all the necessary nutrients needed.
  • Anyone can feed your baby anywhere at any time.
  • People can help at any time because they will have the capability of feeding your baby.
  • Babies digest formula slower so they will have fewer feedings.
  • Since formula digests differently it is easier to get on a feeding schedule.

Struggles with bottle feeding

  • Formula is expensive.
  • All items for formula feeding are expensive bottles, nipples, etc.
  • You have to constantly wash and sterilize bottles.
  • Formula can easily be heated too hot
  • Your baby may not tolerate formula well.

If you are finding breastfeeding difficult don’t get discouraged, you don’t have to fully give it up if you are struggling. Supplementing is another option for feeding your baby. You can do this a couple different ways. You can offer your baby the breast and then offer them a bottle. You can also pump and combine your breast milk and formula.

While the experts suggest it is best to do everything you can to overcome any breastfeeding struggles and stick with it, for some people this is just not an option. Yes, there are plenty of benefits from breastfeeding, however, there are also great benefits to bottle feeding as well. The most important thing is that both mom and baby are happy, healthy, and fed! As long as you are making the best decision for both you and your baby, you are making the BEST decision. Ultimately what makes you a good mom is giving your baby the love, attention, affection, and care they need.

 

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https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000803.htm

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If you are pregnant or have had a baby, more than likely you have discussed pain relief options and maybe even used one. Generally, your OB will make sure to discuss different pain relief options with you well before you go into labor because there are many different types and once you’re in labor decision making can be very difficult. Epidurals are the most common form of pain relief used for childbirth, however, there are different types of epidurals so being educated beforehand is wise. View Post »

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Aside from those Sweet Newborns, there’s nothing I like more than a Cake Smash Session! Especially when the model is as Perfect as Little Elad! With 2 Older Siblings, you’d think this guy would be a little more shy and skeptical, but not the case at all with this one! Not only was he Packed with Tenacity and a Larger than Life Personality, but he posed for the camera like a Little Model who’d been doing this all his Life! I had a hard time even picking which Blog Photos to use because this Lil Man couldn’t take a Bad Picture if he Tried! So excited for this Adorable Boy to be turning One, and I can’t wait to see what the Future holds for this kid…..and especially his Future Photos too! What a Perfect Little Model!

 

 

 

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Talk about a Miracle! This Little Guy shows just how much Strength and Determination One Little Baby can have! Despite being born at only around 35 Weeks and weighing only a little over 4lbs,  not to mention having a Breathing Tube/Chest Tube and Spending close to 2 weeks in the NICU, Baby Wren came out the other side Strong, Thriving, and Absolutely Adorable!  Not only did this Lil Guy teach his Parents the Power of Love, Prayer, and Faith, but he also has the Cutest Little Smile you’ve ever seen! Having the Opportunity to photograph this Little Man reminds me of how lucky we all are for our Blessings, both Big and Small. Not to mention how Amazing and Strong this Little Guy is! Congratulations to Sara and Jonathan on the birth of this Beautiful Baby Boy! I am so glad he is home with his Amazing Family and can’t wait to see the Milestones to Come!

 

 Comfy Cozy Wraps by Custom Photo Props

Precious Hat by Little DayDream Props

 

 

 

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As Far as Newborn Baby Girls go, this Little Lady was one of the Sweetest I’ve seen! Not only did she have the most Precious Sleepy Face, her amazing coloring made her look Phenomenal in all those Pinks, Whites, and Neutrals I love to use for Shoots. What a Picture Perfect Lil Girl, and Congratulations to the Proud Mama and Papa on the New Addition to their Family!

 

Cozy Knit Bonnet by Vizion Photography

Precious Tieback by Girlologie Photo Props

Blankets and Wraps by Custom Photo Props and LIttle Ewe

 

 

 

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With those Round Cheeks, Playful Personality, and Absolutely Gorgeous Face, not only did this Little Lady’s Photo Session go Phenomenally, but she could not have been a Sweeter! Oh, and by the way did I mention those AMAZING Blue Eyes!! Unbelievable! Way to show ’em how it’s done Beautiful Baby Girl!

 

 

 

 

 

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This Little Lady was just as Beautiful as she was was Sweet. Those Perfectly Rounded Cheeks and that Gorgeous Face made her look Amazing in Every Hat and Headband Prop we had. In fact, she look so good in every Prop and Set Up, I ended up taking WAY more Pictures than I needed too just because I couldn’t get enough of this Perfect Little Girls Poses, Perfect Little Fingers, and Sweet Sleepy Face!

Gorgeous Headband by EcoStreet

Adorable Hat by Oh Love

Wrap by Little Ewe Props

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What’s better than a Sweet, Loving, Precious Newborn Baby Girl you may ask? TWO Sweet, Loving, Precious Newborn Baby Girls! And that’s just what this Lucky Family got with the Birth of Lila and Grace! These two Cuties were Amazing to Work with, and their Easy-Going Demeanor (not to mention the fact they BOTH slept the ENTIRE Time!!) made this Newborn a Pleasure and a Breeze to Shoot. Plus, with maybe the World’s most Awesome (and MOST Photogenic) Big Brother, this Family is Truly Blessed! Congrats to the Proud Mama and Papa, and to Big Brother Zach on the Arrival of your Newest Additions!

Adorable Romper by Petunia and Ivy

Gorgeous Headbands and TieBacks by Custom Photo Props and EcoStreet

 

 

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As if this Family wasn’t Picture Perfect to begin with, enter Baby Charley! This Sweet Little Girl was a Pleasure to Photograph and SUCH a Good Baby! She literally Slept the Entire Session and was even Magically just Falling into Perfect Poses all on her Own! This Lady, along with her 2 Adorable and Doting Big Brothers made for an Amazing Photo Session!

 

Gorgeous Tiebacks by EcoStreet.Us

Wrap by Lavender and Gray

 

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Pretty in Pink is an Understatement for this Little Lady! Tyler Olivia was just like a little model! Not only did she somehow seamlessly fall into the poses but this little lady stayed asleep the ENTIRE Time! No Joke, when trying to pose her she literally just fell into the perfect positions! What a little Angel and Congrats to the Proud Mama and Papa on the gift of this Little Miracle!

 

Headbands by Manly and Pretty Little ThingsCrystal and Taylor, and EcoStreet.Us

Romper by Petunia and Ivy

 

 

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As far as Little Girls go, she has got to be One of the Sweetest! From her Precious Little Nose to her Adorable Ears she was Pretty Perfect, and that Face…don’t even get me Started! Aside from having the Awesome name of Eleanor, this Family also has a LONG Tradition of keeping Baby Namesakes all in the Family, probably about 3 Generations or so! Which I personally think is an Amazing Tradition to Continue On. What a Great Way to Bond throughout the Years….oh and did I mention she takes Really Good Photos too??

 

Wrap by Little Ewe Props

Headband by The Ants go Marching

 

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I know this Post is coming out a Little Late, but Baby Walt was so Irresistible, I couldn’t help but have to add him to the Blog! His Sweet Sleepy Baby Face and Soft Blonde Hair absolutely Stole my Heart, not to mention he was Super Easy Going so Posing and Snapping was a Breeze! What a Sweet Little Man!

Walt Man’s Wraps by Manly and Pretty Little Things and Little Ewe Props

 

 

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Not Only was Baby Finn on of the Sweetest Little Boys I’ve ever Met, but also great to Photograph! It’s almost like he knew how to Pose Excatly how I wanted for the Shots ….and did I Mention his GORGEOUS Sister! Just look at those Amazing Blue Eyes! Kids like this make my job look easy and for Photos that are literally “Picture Perfect”

 

 

 

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Along with my LOVE of Photography, there is another Cause that is Near and Dear to my Heart, Infertility. After a LONG Struggle we went through with this, my Husband and I started a Foundation to help others currently experiencing the same difficulties. I am now Happy to Announce we have yet another Grant we are currently accepting Applications for! See Below for More Details!

 

 

 

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No Matter how you Celebrate it, when your Baby finally hits that One Year Milestone it is a BIG DEAL for Sure!! And what better way to Celebrate this Once in a Lifetime Event then with a Smash and Splash Session! First you Look Cute, then you get Messy, and Lastly you get Clean…..it’s like an Entire Day Smashed into a Few Fun and Adorable Hours!  Happy Birthday to Baby Rey and a Big Thank You to her for taking such Gorgeous Pictures and to her Proud Parents for making this Session such a Success!

 

 

 

 

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