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Hello From The Other Side

Wow, where do I even begin? In case you missed it on Facebook, last month we had the joy of welcoming our first child, our beautiful son, into the world after nearly a decade of trying and waiting. Charlie has been such a blessing and perfect addition to our life, we are so happy! The last month has been so wonderfully beautiful, exhausting, and joyful it’s hard to put into words but if you’re a parent reading this, well, you know how I’m feeling! I want to soak in every second of this precious and fleeting time, even when he’s crying and we’re trying to figure out why, or when I’m nursing him and literally falling asleep sitting up, and how sleeping 3 hours feels like we slept all night. Charlie smiled at me yesterday and I just melted. Oh the joy that is before us and ahead of us. If I could bottle it all to keep forever, I would! Motherhood is so much more than I could ever have imagined. To go from battling infertility for so long (and eventually just accepting it) to the other side of the dream being realized, is just…well, wow.

I’ve worked with hundreds of babies over the last 8 years as a photographer and finding time to photograph my own baby has been a challenge! I’m so thankful for my dear friends Sarah Maxey (who photographed Charlie’s beautiful birth) and Janean Gray (who photographed his incredible newborn session) because otherwise this tired momma would have missed photographing these precious milestones. Fellow photographers, if you are expecting your own baby, hire someone else to do the photos instead of thinking you’ll do them yourself, seriously!

So, here we are at one month old!! Charlie was born weighing 6 1/2 pounds and is now up to over 9 lbs! He’s a hearty eater! We’re still working through sleep deprivation but it’s getting better, slowly but surely. He’s a pretty serious little guy so far but the smiles are starting to come in and I’m so excited for the next stage where he is more interactive with us. Hubby and I have chosen not to share many photos online, but here’s a couple to show how big he’s getting even though he’s still little!

I’ll be back to work here VERY soon, and excited for what’s to come this year. Some changes of course to reflect working around Charlie’s schedule, but it benefits everyone. I always knew that being a mom was tough, but now that I am walking the walk and talking the talk, I REALLY just GET IT now. So I want to make marking these milestones much easier for everyone, and I look forward to really launching what I have in store for you. Stay tuned, it’s coming soon!

Happy 1 Month Charlie! Momma loves you!!


Beckie Nicholls -

Jess, I know I’ve already said it, but nothing is making me happier, right now, than knowing you are finally getting to experience motherhood! I love you guys so much and can’t wait until you’re here and I can hold my brand new nephew!

Robin Jeffries -

<3 <3 <3

Therese Burke -

Congratulations Jessica ..it is wonderful reading your story. I have known about you for a long time because Quinn Keller is my nephew. You captured his life so beautifully during all that time in the hospital. Thank you. I just became a grandmother for the first time and my grand-daughter’s name is Charleigh 🙂 too. Mush happiness with your darling Charlie .. he is adorable !! xo Welcome to motherhood .. it is the very best !!

Rhonda Barrett Mann -

So happy for you, Jessica and Daniel

Jennifer Butterworth -

He is so cute! Still just thrilled for you and Dan. Enjoy this time.

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