Family Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Family of Four | Family Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

I loved the opportunity to photograph this sweet family again this fall. Nolan is another one of my milestone babies and his adorable big sister has also been included in a few of his sessions. This is also the second time mom and dad have jumped in for a few photos. This is session took place at Prairie Oaks Metro Park in Hilliard.

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Baby Products We Love | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Baby Products We Love | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Before our son was born, I asked moms on Facebook to tell me what their must-have baby items were. Now, we have created our own list of baby items we love.

 

Josiah loves looking at his teddy bears swing back and forth while he is in his glider

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Graco Glider Elite 2-in-1 Gliding Baby Swing

 

Josiah sleeps best when swaddled up. We love the convenience of the zip up swaddle.

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SwaddleMe Pod Swaddle Wrap

 

We have a messy eater and these Tommee Tippee Bibs are by far the best. They fit better than most, they cover more, and they have an extra thick dribble catcher around the chin. We also love all of our other Tommee Tippee products.

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Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Milk Feeding Bib

 

Josiah loves his white noise machine to help him sleep. We love that it is battery operated and portable.

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Homedics Sound Spa Mybaby White Noise Machine

 

This wipes container has plenty of room for an entire pack of wipes. The weighted top plate makes it easy to quickly grab just one wipe at a time.

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Ubbi Baby Wipes Dispenser with Weighted Plate

 

This diaper pail is made of steel, does not require any special bags, and traps odors really well.

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Bubula™ Jr. Steel Diaper Pail

 

We love these sleepers with inverted zipppers that make it really easy to change his diaper quickly.

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Cloud Island Sleep N’ Play Pajamas

 

*We were not paid to endorse any of these products.



Our Newborn Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Josiah James | Our Newborn Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

During the second week of my son’s life, he hit a growth spurt that caused him to want to eat almost constantly. Due to his desire to eat every time I got near him and because of my own recovery, I was unfortunately unable to photograph my own son’s newborn pictures. Thankfully, I was able to find a local photographer with an opening. Christa of Gable Photography was kind enough to squeeze us in for a last minute newborn session. Here are a few of my favorite images from his session.

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Surviving the First Two Weeks | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Newborn baby | Surviving the First Two Weeks | Columbus Ohio Photographer

During the first two weeks as new parents, we learned a lot. For example, we learned that we can go a lot longer without sleep than we ever thought possible. We also learned how blessed we are to have each other. I have fallen even more in love with my husband since sharing the experience of becoming parents. There is no way I could have done this without him.

In the first two weeks while I was still recovering from child birth, Jay helped me in more ways than I can count. From warming up meals and running errands to feeding me while I fed our son, there was nothing he wouldn’t do. He was also a wonderful emotional support while I adjusted to being a mom. If I had to describe my husband in just one word, it would be selfless. My favorite part of those first two weeks was watching how amazing my husband was with our son. He loved taking photos of him, holding him while he slept, and simply watching everything he did. It was clear that he was completely in love with him.

Below is a collage of several of the cell phone pictures Jay took of Josiah. Note: not all photos were taken in the first two weeks.


Our Birth Story | Columbus Ohio Photographer

On Friday, September 8, 2017, the contractions began. By the time Jay arrived home from work, they were only about two minutes apart and lasted for about 45 seconds. At that point, we decided to go ahead and make our way to the hospital.

When we arrived, I had not progressed far enough so they instructed me to walk around the hospital. After several trips around the inside and outside of the hospital, and a few episodes of getting sick, it was finally time to be re-evaluated. Unfortunately, I had not progressed any further during that hour. However, my blood pressure was very high so the doctor on call decided to go ahead and admit me and speed up labor by introducing Pitocin. By the time I reached the delivery room and they officially admitted me, I had progressed enough on my own that they decided I wouldn’t end up needing the Pitocin after all. About one and a half hours and four attempts, I finally had an IV. Once I received enough fluid, they eventually started my epidural. I rested for about an hour and a half after that before the nurse checked me again and asked if I was ready to push. After the first push the nurse called the doctor and told her she needed to get there right away. Approximately nine minutes and four pushes later, Josiah James Lytle was born at 3:41 am on September 9, 2017. He weighed 7 lbs 15 oz and measured 20 inches long. The hospital staff was wonderful and overall I had an excellent birth experience.

Thank you to everyone for your prayers and support, and to all my wonderful clients who have been so understanding during my maternity leave. I am looking forward to the rest of 2017 and can’t wait for some new photo opportunities in 2018.

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