Sunday, December 4, 2016

No Pictures, Please! Well, Not Exactly.




Eventually I am going to share my labor and delivery story with you, but today is not that day. For one it's going to take a while to write and I have a screaming baby on my hands and two, I need to confirm a few things with the people I shared my experience with. Four people stuck out 36 hours of labor with me....They deserve a gold metal to be honest. Seriously though I will share with you soon. Your probably wondering why I am bringing it up (or maybe not I'm just assuming. You might not even care. Who knows). Now to answer the question you didn't even ask!

Probably like many of you reading this, I am apart of "mom groups" on Facebook. {{speaking of Facebook, check out my new page for this blog! It needs some love! Exit shameless promo}} There are honestly 100 mom groups for any parenting, or general, topic you can imagine. For the most part it's a great thing.  It's not always perfect and I have a post planned to discuss that at a later date. Anyway, back on topic. Mom groups. There are also "due date groups" that you can join at the beginning of your pregnancy and everyone posts about milestones, symptoms, all that fun stuff. In one of my due date groups a few days ago someone asked the members to share their L&D photos. I immediately got excited and then the realization that I have none hit me. Not one photo of me in labor, not a single shot of Elizabeth's birth. None of me holding her when I was eventually able to. Nothing. There is a single photo of her in her little bed about two hours after she was born, thank goodness my aunt stopped in to see us right after she was born or I wouldn't have that either.

My heart is just so sad. I have to rely on my memory and the memories of others if I want to remember that special time. Babies change and grow so quickly.... I guess my point is take pictures. Take hundreds. Take pictures of your hospital room. Of the staff (if they're willing). Of your labor, your delivery, and especially after. Once time passes and you think back on such a life changing event your going to want visuals. Obviously I can't change it now but if I could go back I would definitely have hired a birth photographer or at the very least made sure someone sitting in the background took plenty of pictures. Definitely a lesson learned for the future, if another baby is in the cards for us.

Today's post is short and sweet, just a gentle reminder to the mommas to be out there. Hey, and to the seasoned mamas! Take photos of those littles! I know I don't have to remind you how quickly they grow. Time seems to pass in leaps these days. Alright, I'll stop. As always, thanks for reading. Have a good weekend, God Bless.

7 comments

  1. I wrote about this subject as well as my ONE and only thing I would have changed in my first pregnancy. I took NO photos. Not just of delivery, the whole 9 months. I have one maternity shoot, which was great. That's it. If I could have a do over I would have had so many more pictures taken.

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  2. Agreed. I was so worried about what I looked like in the photos I do have. Turns out, I don't really care about my size in the photos with my son. I didn't know that until time had already passed.

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  3. 36hours, wow, i salute you girl! as for fotos, since my mother in law worked in the hospital at the newborn section even the peds (a good friend of her) made sure to make pictures right after birth so we have quite a few.

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  4. I can't wait to hear your birth story! I love this message and think it's so important.

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  5. I totally understand...I think we're just so caught up in the rawness of it all that we don't stop to smile for the camera...in retrospect I'd love to have a photographer there to capture those moments!

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  6. Totally! I have fewer pictures of my second than my first birth, and although I love those pictures, I wish I had more!

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  7. Yes, yes yes. I keep a camera in my purse with me. Take pictures of everything.

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