“Do Yourself a Favor and Do This One Thing After You Give Birth”

An Article from HuffPo.  Link Below:


Last night, as I lay awake counting sheep (going through my photos on my phone), I came across a photo I took the day after I gave birth. It brought a tear to my eye, and this is why.

I can remember the day clearly.

I was still in the hospital. My hubby and mum had returned home for the afternoon to give bub and me some rest. It was the first time I was left alone with my brand new baby, and I was nervous. I can recall not sleeping at all. Instead I lay on the bed and looked at him with wide, amazed eyes through his plastic hospital crib.

I couldn’t believe he was mine. An actual real life baby that I had made. He had ten little fingers and ten little toes, two perfect ears and one little button nose. I was completely and utterly overwhelmed with emotion and love. I couldn’t believe what I had done over the last nine months (let alone the previous 24-36 hours) to bring this beautiful little man into the world. I wanted to cherish this moment forever.

So I took a photo.

Just one.

A photo from my line of sight directly into his cot. He was lying on his back, fast asleep. In my eyes he was beautiful. Perfect.


No one else knows the significance of this photo. No one knows how much emotion I had. No one knows the utterly overwhelming love I felt at that moment. This is why I captured it.

Time goes so quickly. My little man is now 7 months old. I have been so caught up in my journey as a new mum that I had largely forgotten those feelings from when he was born.

That is, until I saw this photo. And all that overwhelming emotion returned.

So do yourself a favor.

After you give birth to your baby, and as you look at them with wide, awestruck eyes through their crib, get out your camera and take a quick photo. You won’t regret it, and you will remember the moment forever.






21 weeks 2 days

I am 21 weeks and 2 days and I still feel like I have to force myself to eat 75% of the time. I don’t know if it is my hormones or something mentally with me because I have such a huge fear of gaining a lot of weight during this pregnancy but I know I have to gain some. OB appt was today and Baby is healthy and normal!  Growing right on track 🙂  I have lost 2 more pounds in 4 weeks which makes a total of 5 pounds in two months.  I didn’t even ask them to go back farther.  The doctor isn’t worried, but I am going to make sure what I do eat is either a protein, veggie or calcium.  Tbone steak and sweet potato for dinner? Sure! I’m so just glad the baby is healthy.  And we still haven’t found out the gender 🙂


19 weeks 3 days