Gavin Alexander’s Birth Story


May 28th, 2015, at 12:39 pm, was the most amazing day of my life as Ryan and I welcomed Gavin Alexander into the world at 6lbs, 11oz. This little peanut has changed our lives in so many ways and we are so in love. The moment I saw Gavin when the nurse handed him to me, was a surreal feeling that I could never put into words. After what seemed like a lifelong pregnancy, to finally meet my little guy and see him look into my eyes, was a moment I will never forget!

Gavin was quite punctual, arriving exactly 1 day before his due date. Even though he was “right on time,” it did come as quite a surprise to me. I was so convinced I was going to go overdue because I felt fine and had no real signs of labor. I worked until 5pm the night before and started laboring at 2am the next day, so things progressed pretty quickly! At around 130am on Thursday, the 28th, I woke up feeling crampy and wasn’t sure if the pain was contractions or just cramps. After about a half hour of these cramps, I took out my phone and started to time the contractions with my Babycenter app, which was very helpful because it made me realize that the contractions were very consistent, but 7 minutes apart. My Dr. told me to go in once they were 5 minutes apart so I figured I’d keep timing them.
After about another hour, the contractions got more intense but they were still about 7 minutes apart. The pain started to become very intense, however, so I woke up Ryan and let him know we should probably go in because I thought it was the “real deal.”
I already had my bag packed but needed to pack my everyday use items so I did that quickly and we hopped into the car. My contractions were getting more and more painful and Ryan felt helpless because there was nothing he could do.

By the time, we got the hospital, it was show time! They wheeled me in from the ER to Labor and Delivery. I was already 6cm dilated and was admitted at around 6am. The nurse kept asking me, “On a scale of 1-10 how bad is the pain?” I wanted to say 10, but I thought, it will probably get worse, so I said 9. Soon after that, I was screeching, “12”! The pain was unbearable for me and I had been having contractions for several hours so I decided to get the epidural, which was the best decision I made. The anesthesiologist was my best friend at that point because once I had those drugs in me, I literally thanked God. The pain started to numb and I felt more relaxed.
To speed things up, the Dr. decided to break my water and things progressed from there. Since I hadn’t eaten since the night before, I snacked on Popsicles, which were delicious and satisfying at the time. I was so nervous and anxious to meet Gavin but Ryan kept me company, I chatted with my mom on the phone to pass time, and I tried to stay calm.
Once my Dr. came in, I knew it was time. I was so excited at this point that I had my game face on. Everything is a blur from this moment. There were Dr.’s, nurses, and students running in and our; at one point I think there was about 10 medical professionals in there and I could care less. They were all coaching me during the delivery and once I heard Gavin crying and felt him against my skin, it was just me and him in the room; everyone else blurred out. All I saw were these beautiful wide eyes, looking right at me, like he recognized me after all those months of being cozy in the womb. He was so beautiful.  Love at first sight.

daddygavin{Daddy & Gavin’s precious moment that I captured in the hospital}

{Grandma is in love}


5 Things I Wish I Knew About Pregnancy


With just 2 weeks left, I thought I’d share some of my experiences with pregnancy since I am (gladly) almost done being pregnant. Not a lot of my close friends have children yet so when it came to being pregnant- I knew the bare minimum. I figured I would be hungry all the time, get emotional, and pop out a kid. Well, I didn’t think it was that easy but I definitely didn’t think it was the journey that it has been.

1. The way your body goes into complete shock. I heard about morning sickness and back-pain but I never really understood how intense your body can react to growing this little human inside. In the beginning, I am not going to lie, it literally feels like a parasite has taken over your body. From morning all-day sickness to extreme exhaustion, heart brun, restless leg syndrome, and breasts the size of your head (literally!) the changes in your body are so drastic and sudden.

2. Food aversions. I heard of cravings but never realized how severe food aversions could be. I could not even look at the sight of any type of meat, cheese or anything non-carb related. Thank god for prenatals because for the first 20 weeks, I was living off of bread and salad.

3. You’re an emotional wreck. Seriously, I cried at Folgers commercials. Pregnancy hormones are the real deal. Luckily, my husband was extremely patient with me and knew it was a temporary status (Hopefully).

4. How much people care. People are so nice and you realize that even more when you’re pregnant. I feel lucky to have had people go out of their way to give up their chair, help me carry something, and overall be extremely compassionate and helpful throughout this pregnancy. Now that I have been threw those agonizing times where I just wanted to sleep instead of do anything else or could barely walk because of back pain, I will pay it forward to all pregnant women I see because I can now relate.

5. You are part of a “Mom-community.” Yes, even before you pop out that kid, you are part of this closed “Mom” group. From playdates to breast feeding questions, all of a sudden, everyone wants to discuss and make you a part of these discussions.  Other moms also expect you to have an opinion on everything too: Will you breast feed? Will you circumcise?  Will you let your baby “cry it out”?  All of these questions can be extremely overwhelming, especially, like me,  if you have no experience with children.  Listening to other Moms and educating myself, it seemed to become less overwhelming once I gained some confidence that I will not be perfect, but I will be a good Mom.


Maternity Session with Matthew J. Wagner

I have always thought there is something so beautiful about pregnancy. I think women look gorgeous pregnant and always knew that I would want to do maternity photos so that I could cherish the entire experience forever. I decided to do these photos at 37 weeks so that I would be “very pregnant” in the photos.   Matthew J. Wagner, a Connecticut based photographer, did a beautiful job making me feel comfortable and confident and making sure to photograph flattering and beautiful shots.  Being 9 months pregnant, knowing those “flattering” angles are super important!  Here are a few of my favorites.




{ Maxi dress: Kohl’s| Flowered belt: Charming Charlie| Jeweled sandals: Marshall’s}

Steal of the Week!

I get so excited when I find a deal that is unbelievable. This cotton patterned dress was $5 on clearance at Marshall’s. It was not maternity but fit perfectly! The leather sandals were also from Marshall’s, Franco Sarto for only $25. All in all, I was so thrilled with this $30 complete look.

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6 Month Update

Today marks 24 weeks of pregnancy for me.  It has been such a roller-coaster ride and I am feeling great after 20 weeks of not-so-fun morning all-day sickness.  Now, my main feeling is HUNGER! 🙂

I try to stay healthy by constantly keeping my tummy full on healthy snacks so I can maintain a healthy pregnancy.  Unfortunately, my energy level has not been great, especially with all this snow, to work out much but I am so looking forward to the spring and waddling around outside and being somewhat active!

I cannot wait to meet this little guy (it’s a boy!) and am looking forward to enjoying the rest of my pregnancy. I am really starting to feel kicks and movement and those moments are so precious to me.

New moms, I want to hear all your advice and tips for a mom-to-be.  Please share any and all helpful tips and thank you for reading! XXO

Also, stay tuned for my upcoming collab with Serene Sky Boutqiue, 5-Diamond Photography, and Beauty Entourage.  Below is a snapshot from in-between look book shots.