FILM | Birth of Shiloh

Hospital Birth | Fort Worth, Tx. | Induction | Little sister |

Second time mama rocked this birth like a champ! I loved being with this family, they had jokes and got me cracking up the whole day! I am so excited about this emotional birth, little babe already had dad wrapped around her little fingers.

 

What thoughts or feelings have come up during this pregnancy?Pure excitement & loads of joy. We have been wanting our girl for a very long time & finally blessed with just that

What are you most looking forward to about the arrival of your new baby?

Finally getting to hold her on our arms & for my son to meet his baby sister. He’s super proud & very excited for her to be here! (He’s 6 years old)

 

What is most important to you that I capture?The first glimpse of her & as they lay her on my chest & we get to meet her for the first time. I specially would love to capture those moments of the looks on our faces & to each other. Best part!

Enjoy Shiloh Highlight film and images.

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Sweet girl welcome! Your big brother is so happy you are here!

If you are interested in having your birth documented , please connect! I would love to talk all things birth and newborn.

http://www.LIFEDIAGRAMSPHOTOGRAPHY.com

NEWBORN | ASIYA | in home newborn lifestyle session by Life Diagrams Photography – Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth newborn photographer – Rebecca Edmonson

I enjoy photographing newborns as they are, simply being themselves at this very short stage in life. I use natural lighting and natural poses. Instead of using props, we’ll use laughter, snuggles, and intimate family connections that portray authentic daily life with your baby. 

I simply document you, your story and what I see in the most sincere way.

“May your days be useful, your nights be restful, home be peaceful and efforts be fruitful.”

http://www.LIFEDIAGRAMSPHOTOGRAPHY.com

A simple list for pregnant moms in Fort Worth, Tx.

You just found out you are expecting and are already in nesting mode for the next 9 months.  – that was me.

 Now you’re scouring Pinterest and baby center for any bit of information to prepare you for pregnancy and delivery.

Here is The magic list for every pregnant mom living in the DFW area.

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First, slow down. You deserve it. Your body is working overtime and you have experienced every emotion and discomfort that comes with the miracle of growing a baby. This is the time in life to take care of yourself. This doesn’t mean you are being selfish, just sometimes, in different seasons of life, we need a little extra. You have permission.

It is essential to do before baby arrives. Because you are worth it.

Self-love is a big deal in preparing for baby. It improves your self-esteem, which leads to better over all care. It’s because when you love yourself, you’re much more likely to engage in activities that contribute to better nutrition and physical fitness, and less likely to make unhealthy choices. 

Love is the antidote to stress and encourages your body to produce oxytocin, which helps you remain calmer, absorb more nutrients and sleep better. All  A +++ for baby.

Oxytocin or the “love hormone” is responsible for uterine contractions during labor. (All my 40+week mamas, I feel for ya, so listen up!) If you are pregnant, don’t fret because that really does affect your body negatively and will cause the release of stress hormones that compete with Oxytocin or even suppress it. You’re probably sitting on the couch balancing a bowl of ice-cream and starting to worry about worrying. Well, don’t. Instead, stop and take a breather, take a bath and order in… whatever it takes to make a step in the right direction.

Self-love can look like many different things for a lot of people.

So, here is my compilation of self – love ideas if you live in or around Fort Worth, Texas.


#1. Treat yourself to something you want for the nursery

  • Every mom has a dream nursery but things like space, climate, budget, and reality tend to get in the way of that. Treat yourself to at least one item that you are in love with and can’t stop thinking about. You will be spending ample amounts of time… ok, most of your time in baby’s room so why not make it a place that you also enjoy being in?

Upholstered Rocking Chair   |    Rainy Day Painting by Artist Kate Pugsley   |   Sunshine Rug

That can look like a super comfy upholstered rocking chair, a piece of art to hang on the walls with aspirations for your baby’s future or a rug that you KNOW you’ll end up falling asleep on… more than once. 

#2. Reach out to friends. 

Yes, they are excited about your baby shower, and rightly so, but don’t let them forget about you. Ask your besties to plan a night out or in for you to catch up on life and feel somewhat normal. Right now your mind is being consumed by everything baby and will be for a really long time. Take time for yourself to hang out with friends and talk about something else. Go to a concert, art show, movie, whatever it is that helps you feel like your old self again. (This is especially important after you give birth too, remind your friends of that and have a night planned postpartum! Fort Worth Locals try The Bird Cafe. They have a fun brunch menu and something called the badass bacon waffle and fresh basil lime cooler.

#3. Invest in monthly subscription boxes during the length of your pregnancy.

There are some out there that are only $10 and go up from there. They have a wide variety of choices from healthy snacks, (here), baby products from (Bluum), and safe all natural beauty products from (Petit Vour). Having something arrive at your home every month can perk up your day and sometimes make your week after fighting off morning sickness. Treat yo self!

#4. Prenatal massage!

Invest in Certified Prenatal Massage therapist. They will be trained to properly relieve round ligament pain, pelvic pain, low back pain and sciatic discomforts among others. If you are local schedule an appointment with Brandi art Happy Baby Bellies. 

#5. Find your hospital bag essentials. 

I’m not going to tell you what to put in your bag because it’s been done before but I’m going to tell you to add a robe/kimono. Not the one in the back of your closet, but that comfy-cozy, silky one that you have your eye on. You will want it and wish you had something light weight and comfortable during postpartum night sweats. Like this one (here).


#6. Maternity and Postpartum clothes.

My first time being pregnant I managed to get through without having to actually buy anything and used a rubber band to hold my pants up instead of buttoning them. Let me just tell you that by the third time around I was buying real maternity pants (like these here), that not once cut into my ever expanding hips. I know you will only be wearing them for a short period of time but your body and your nerves with thank you. Because they aren’t worn for very long, it’s easy to find really nice used clothing. There are also websites that cater to pregnant moms that want to try (renting) their maternity clothing. Give both a try and see what you like. I liked using the app Poshmark. 


#7. Chiropractic care.

It isn’t just safe, it actually promotes healthy and easier labors. The Webster Technique focuses on facilitating balance in the pelvic and abdominal muscles and ligaments, which in turn reduces constraint to your uterus allowing the baby to get into the best possible position for birth. If you are local (Fort Worth), book with Michelle at The Chiropractic place for Mommy & Me.


#8. Natural Pedicures.

When you reach a point in your pregnancy you stop being able to see your toes. Bending over isn’t going to happen either. Taking care of your feet should be on every new mom’s list of things to do. With all the extra weight and swelling your feet need more attention now than ever. Find a spa that offers natural treatments like mango and coffee scrubs to exfoliate, massage and treat those feet with reflexology and a pretty pedi. If you’re local try Hollywood Nails and Spa on Camp Bowie.


#9. Prenatal Yoga

Do yourself a favor and try a class. It will give you the energy you need to enjoy your pregnancy. If you’re in Fort Worth try Urban Yoga. They have prenatal classes and you can flow right into their Baby and Me Yoga class after you have your little zen.  Namaste.

#10. Maternity Photography

Why? Because you are glorious and it will be so special to be able to look back at your body that GREW. A. TINY. HUMAN. INSIDE. OF. YOU. 

Remember, the real point is to love yourself, be patient with yourself, have grace for yourself and learn all about this new person you are becoming. If there’s something on my list you totally agree with and maybe have a good story of why it’s so important, I’d love to hear it! If you think I missed something you know to be a must have to pregnancy, I need to know!


All the love, 

-Rebecca

#lifediagrams #fortworthbirthphotographer

Rebecca Edmonson is an award winning, published birth photographer living in Fort Worth, Texas. You can see her work here: www.LifeDiagramsPhotography.com

Birth story | SOPHIA | Birth photography in Fort Worth, Tx – Acclaim Nurse Midwives – Life Diagrams Photography

Hospital Birth | Unmedicated-induction

Harris – Acclaim Nurse Midwife group | Fort Worth, Tx.

  • What is most important to you that I capture? The support given by my team. The catching of baby (hopefully I can catch her) The first moments meeting baby and reactions that come with that (her face: eyes & hair, her body, skin to skin time with mom) 
  • What thoughts or feelings have come up during this pregnancy? Excitement about getting to know a new little person that God has given us.
  • What are you most looking forward to about the arrival of your new baby? Seeing what she’s like, how much or little she may look like the rest of us.

 

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BAKE & GATHER | Blackberry cheesecake

(RECIPE)

Homegrown blackberry Cheesecake

I’ve spent the better half of spring waiting on my backyard blackberry bushes to bloom. This recipe is absolutely best using fresh blackberries from your garden or farmer’s market.

 

  • First, start with the ingredients at room temperature. (This is an important step to achieving a smooth cheesecake batter with no lumps.)
  • Another tip, do not over mix the batter. (If you whip too much air into the cheesecake, you increase your chances of cracking.)
  • Use a springform pan and bake the cheesecake in a water bath.
  • Do not open the oven during the baking process. The cheesecake needs to bake evenly and steam escaping will prevent that.
  • Do not over bake the cheesecake. It will be done when the center has just slight movement. For best results, allow cheesecake to cool inside the oven with the oven off and door propped open for an hour before you move it.
  • For cutting cheesecake, use a very sharp knife that isn’t serrated. Heat up the blade by running it under hot water and dry immediately.

    This cheesecake was a success at my last family gathering. I received comments that it was the best cheesecake they’ve ever had. You’ll win people over that aren’t even fond of berries or cheesecake!

    PREP TIME:
    COOK TIME:
    TOTAL TIME:

    2 hours

    INGREDIENTS:
    • Graham Cracker Crust:
    • 1¾ Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
    • 4 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
    • ½ Teaspoon Salt
    • 8 Tablespoons Butter, melted
    • Cheesecake:
    • 3 (8oz.) Whipped Cream Cheese, room temperature
    • 3/4 Cup Sugar
    • 4 Eggs, room temperature
    • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
    • ½ Teaspoon Salt
    • 1/4 cup Half & Half
    • 1 Tablespoon Butter, melted
    • Blackberry Topping:
    • 2 Cup Blackberries
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
    NSTRUCTIONS
    1. Graham Cracker Crust:  Preheat the oven to 325°. In a bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and salt. Stir well. Add in melted butter and stir with a wooden spoon. The mixture should resemble wet sand. Press the graham cracker crust firmly into a 8 or 9 inch springform pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden. Set aside to cool. After the crust has cooled, wrap the outside of the pan with two pieces of foil or alternatively you can place the springform pan directly into a 10 inch cake pan.
    2. Cheesecake:  Preheat the oven to 325°. In a bowl, beat the softened cream cheese with a hand mixer on medium speed for 1.5 minutes Add in the sugar slowly. Mix on medium speed for 1 minute or until the sugar is all mixed in. Reduce speed to low, add in room temperature eggs one at a time.
    3. Beat for 1 minute or until well incorporated.
    4. Add in the vanilla, salt, and half & half. Brush the melted butter onto the insides of the springform pan.
    5. Pour the filling on top of the crust.
    6. Set the springform pan in a roasting pan and place it in the oven on the center rack. Fill the roasted pan halfway up the sides of the springform pan with hot water. Bake for 1 hour. After the cheesecake is finished baking allow it to cool in the water bath by propping open the oven door. Cool for 1 hour. Remove the cheesecake from the oven. Run a sharp knife along the outsides of the cheesecake to loosen it. Place in the refrigerator for 4 hours. Top with chilled blackberry topping and chill for another 2-4 hours or until gelled.
    7. Blackberry Topping:  In a large saucepan over high heat, mash blackberries with a potato masher or large spatula, bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Add lemon juice and then stir in sugar. Boil for another 3 minutes or until it starts getting syrupy. You don’t want it too thick as it will keep thickening up in the fridge. Remove and place into a canning jar with airtight lid. Keep in fridge until gelled.
    8. Garnish with whole blackberries and lavender.

     

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If you are trying this recipe, let me know how it goes in the comments!

PURSUIT | SUMMER BERRY

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I’ve inherited a lush blackberry bush when I first moved into my home a few years ago. Since then I’ve really tried to cultivate a beautiful organic garden that benefits the life inside a garden. I am really excited about this year’s harvest and my babes are having fun seeing their work pay off in sweet, sweet reward. Vera is just having fun munching on something she can pick on her own. My 15 min. dwell moment.

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Interested in having a dwell moment documented for your family? Let’s connect so we can start planning what it will look like.

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FRESH | Home from the market

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We didn’t go to the farmer’s market this morning, we stayed home to play instead.  My 15 minute dwell moment. Her curls have my heart, toasted cheese crackers has hers.

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Are you interested in having a  moment documented for your family? Lets chat!

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Birth story | Brady| Dallas Birth Photography – Life Diagrams Photography

Birth of baby Brady | Hospital birth | C-section | Dallas Presby. View full gallery.

After six long years of struggling to have a baby, we knew we wanted to remember every special moment of that day. I had heard that birth rarely goes the way you think it will and due to complications, I not only needed a c-section, but I was also sedated during the birth that I had so longed to experience naturally. I woke up with no recollection of anything but going into the operating room and feeling pain as my epidural for the c-section failed. I will be forever grateful to Rebecca for documenting a moment that I would’ve given just about anything to be conscious for. Thanks to her wonderful pictures and videos, I was able to see the birth of my son as well as hear his first cries. That is something that I will be truly grateful for forever!

What is most important to you that I capture? Our faces as soon as we see him for the first time. We have waited 6 VERY long years for this moment, it is something that I want to be able to look back on for years to come. 

What thoughts or feelings have come up during this pregnancy? Chris is a lot more relaxed that everything will be fine. I am more cautious. After 3 miscarriages, I am just trying to take it one day at a time and hope for the best. It’s in God’s hands, not mine, but I can’t help but guard my heart after the journey that we were on. We’ve never made it this far, or anywhere close for that matter, and everything is looking great, so hopefully I will be able to relax soon. I think I will feel a lot better once I can feel him moving around in there 🙂

What are you most looking forward to about the arrival of your new baby? Oh my goodness, I haven’t even let myself think about this. Just reading it made me tear up thinking that this really may finally happen for us! I just want to hold him and know that he is ok. I want to see Chris’s face when he is born as well as the look on his face when he holds him for the first time. That is a memory that I can’t wait to have.

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