Maysen Paige :: Newborn Photos with EL Photography & Design

To the best of my recollection, my obsession with photography and capturing memories began way back when I was a kid. My cousin, Chandra, and I used to sit on my grandparent’s bed for hours, sifting through old photos and sharing our latest school yearbooks. And when I wasn’t looking at family pictures, I could be found pouring through Teen Magazine, cutting pictures, gathering inspiration, and creating collages. It was, like, my most.favorite.thing.eva (said in my best pre-teen voice…which I’m pretty accustom to these days. Read: Addison Clark Starr is full of sass.).
What I’m getting at here, is that no one should be surprised that, when it comes to photos of my family, I’m obsessed with the best. And the best, lucky for us, lives just around the corner. Emily from EL Photography & Design was, first and foremost, a friend. That friendship has now developed into a little business relationship with Emily & her best business partner in crime, Teresa. I help them with the “office-y” side of things and they spoil me rotten with amazing pictures. Needless to say, I feel like I’m on the #winning end of that deal, but they assure me it’s an “employee perk.” Seeing as I’ve never been one to turn down great opportunities, I took Emily & Teresa up on their offer to take some pics of our sweet little Squish, Maysi Paige.
Emily first showed up at the hospital, camera in hand, shot some brand new baby pics, and I couldn’t adore them more! They capture everything I love about newborn-ness…wrinkles, rolls, soft skin, fuzzy hair, and and funny faces. See?

Next up…the “official” newborn session. And ooohhhh boy, did Maysen make the girls WORK for these shots. Girlfriend would NOT give in and sleep. In hindsight, we were dealing with some reflux issues, but still…sleep child! Once again, Emily & Teresa totally exceeded my expectations (how do they do that every single time?!?) and I will forever treasure these images.
Still, even after 2 months, I find myself looking at these pictures, over and over again. Finding familiarity with the details, and tucking away sweet, sweet memories.
Emily & Teresa, THANK YOU from the very bottom of my heart for capturing our littlest love in all her newness!Photobucket

#starrbabycinco 37.5 week update!

I’ve been less than stellar at posting #starrbabycinco pregnancy updates thus far and with less (hopefully!) than 2 weeks to go, I figured it was time to post one more/last update. Let’s get started, shall we?!?
Due Date: Still May 12. It pains me to write that, as the date still seems so far away. However, it’s still not likely that we’ll get there. My OB will offer me an elective induction (which I plan on taking!) at 39 weeks, as long as my cervix is “favorable.”
Weeks: 37 weeks 3 days

Doctor Report: As of Wednesday, I was 3cm dilated and baby was head-down! I realize the dilation really doesn’t mean much, but it’s a glimmer of hope for me and I’m holding on to every little bit I can. 🙂
Gender: GIRL. At least that’s what we’re counting on.
Name: Still none. And it’s a sensitive subject. I *think* we have a couple of contenders, but definitely no forerunner. I’m praying that we’ll “just know” when we see her sweet little face.
Total Weight Gain: No idea. I step on the scale backwards at the doctor’s office these days. And really? At this point, it doesn’t matter much. Moving on.
Maternity Clothes: I *wish* my maternity clothes still fit. My wardrobe is down to a couple basic, ill fitting pieces, but I refuse to buy anything else. So, flashes of bare belly it is. I apologize to anyone that might catch a glimpse.

Sleep: Horrible. Between contractions, a sore back, and bathroom runs, I’m not getting much. I spend the first couple hours every night in my bed, then make the switch to the chair in our room for the remainder of the night.
Food: I’m happy to report that my heartburn has subsided a bit (due to baby droppage??) and food is a bit more enjoyable again. I’m only able to eat small amounts at a time without feeling nauseous. Oh, and I’ve been craving WALNUTS (yes, WALNUTS!) in a BIG way.
Pregnancy Symptoms: You name it, I have it. At the top of the list? Back pain, contractions, swollen feet/hands, and exhaustion!
Movement: She’s an active little girl and this is probably the main (only?) thing I will miss about being pregnant. I just love the kicks, hiccups, and rolls…even as they get a bit painful.
What I’m Looking Forward To: SEEING HER FACE! Seriously! I’ve been dreaming about what she will look/feel/smell like and can.not.wait. The other thing I’m excited for? The big kids to meet and love on her. The anticipation is killing all of us!
There you have it — perhaps my LAST pregnancy update!