I have a very bad habit. I am habitually late. It’s not something I’m proud of, it’s just something that always happens despite my best efforts. No matter how hard I try, I am always late. I’m certain it’s because I always underestimate how long it takes to get ready and overestimate how quick it will take me.
It’s one thing to get out of the house on time, but it’s a whole other ball game when you add four kids to the mix. However, I’ve noticed something since I’ve begun more outings with all the girls together. I’ve found that I’m now on time, or at least “less late.”
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again… I am so grateful to have been able to hire a professional photographer to take Amani’s newborn pictures. I didn’t have to put any effort into creating the gorgeous images besides making sure Amani was fed and happy.
Though our newborn session was scheduled a little later than usual, Amani was one month old at the time, I loved how it captured her so well. Alert and wide-eyed, she was absolutely adorable in her pictures. I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you all because really, who doesn’t love newborn photography?
Now that I’m a mama to four, I feel like everything I do has to be quick and efficient so that everything stays under control. Breakfast has been where I’ve really been focusing my efforts. It has always been my favorite meal of the day, and I know it’s the most important for my family. I always strive to give them something that’s healthy, tastes good, and doesn’t require a lot of work to bring to the table. Once I discovered the ever-popular overnight oatmeal, I knew I found the perfect morning meal!
Summer was just a few weeks away when I gave birth to Amani on May 7th. I knew it was going to be a very laid-back summer as I took time for my postpartum recovery. I was looking forward to easygoing outings with my daughters that were both fun for them but simple enough for me to handle with my now four children! We took short and manageable trips that included a lot of sweet “firsts” for Amani.
I first heard about babywearing when I became a mother almost eight years ago. I knew there were many benefits to carrying my baby close to me. The top benefits that really drew me in were: the baby crying less, constant interaction, and convenient hands-free movement.
I tried slings, pouches, and front carriers. I had limited success with each one. Either my daughter was really fussy — I thought, isn’t the baby supposed to cry less? — or my back would really hurt at the end of the day. Frustrated, I put away my carriers and stuck to toting them around in their car seat and strollers during outings. Then Amani came along and changed my babywearing experiences completely.