A Mother’s Regret | Columbus Ohio Photographer

The Regret of Motherhood

Most mom’s will admit that there is something they regret about the way they raised their children or a decision they made. Some moms regret the way they disciplined their kids, while others might regret the way they chose to feed them (bottle or breast). Many mothers wish they would have changed the way they got their children to sleep when they were babies. Maybe you can relate to some of these, or perhaps you regret something completely different. I am only six months in to motherhood, but I too have regrets. Specifically, I have one really big one.

My Regret

Last week I wrote this article about my encounter with postpartum depression. I, of course, regret having ppd, but that isn’t my big regret. At the end of that article, I did hint at my big regret though. I regret not enjoying the first several months of my son’s life. I regret missing out on so much joy because I will clouded with so much anxiety. I have to really work hard to remember good things about him as a newborn. Often times, in order to remember those good times, I have to look back at photographs and videos. That’s one of the reasons why photographs are so important to me and why I decided to become a photographer. This experience has just shown me once again why they are so necessary.


Yes, that was a shameless plug for photography.


Even now, when I have an episode of depression, my husband has to help me remember all the joy my son has brought into our lives. When the darkness comes, I just can’t see any light. Due to my depression, I missed out on enjoying my son as a newborn. I didn’t really want to take care of him or snuggle him while he slept. So, regretfully, I only held my sleeping boy a few times. I can never get that stage of his life back. While I was there in body during all of those sweet little newborn moments, I wasn’t mentally there. I can look back at pictures or watch a video to remind me of that time, but I can’t actually go back and experience those moments with joy like I wish I had the first time around.

I know this all sounds quite sad, but there is hope. I am learning to be present for each and every moment. When my son is awake and when my husband is home, I put everything else aside and spend time with them. You see, other things will always be there but my son won’t always be in this stage. One day, he will be all grown up and I don’t want to look back any more and regret missing time with him. I want to be present not just physically, but also mentally.

I am still a work in progress, but I hope to encourage another mother of young children or a momma-to-be, to actively be a part of your child’s life as much as possible. If you aren’t mentally present due to an illness like depression, like I was, please do whatever it takes to fix that. You don’t want to look back a realize how much you missed.

Evenflo ExerSaucer Review | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Product Description

The Evenflo ExerSaucer Triple Fun Active Learning Center, Life in the Amazon is a playmat, exersaucer, and activity table in one. It features 11 age appropriate toys, some of which include lights and music for added entertainment. There is a three way height adjustment that grows with baby. This toy also features a 360 degree rotating seat that includes a removable, machine washable pad.

My Product Review

My parents wanted to get our son something for Christmas that would grow with him and that he could play with for several months. So, we did some research and decided to ask for the Evenflo ExerSaucer Triple Fun Active Learning Center. I am so very grateful that they purchased it for him. What a great gift it has been!


We already had a playmat when they purchased it for him, so we skipped that stage of the toy and moved right on to the exersaucer. When we first put him in it at around 4 months, he had no idea what to do with it. The first toy he noticed and began playing with was the musical crocodile. He loves being able to pick up the pieces and make noise with them. I love that when he throws them down, they don’t fall on the floor (they are attached by a short ribbon).


He also enjoys starring at the three birds, but since they don’t really do much, that’s about all he does with them.


Now that he is a little older (6 months) he really likes the hanging butterflies (although they hit him in the head frequently) and he also likes chewing on the wings of the dragonfly.



His all time favorite part of the exersaucer though is jumping. My only complaint with this aspect of the toy is that it is very loud. I wish there was a way for the manufacturer to make is quieter.

Due to my son’s age, we have not yet used this toy as an activity table. Future review to come.

Overall, we love the Evenflo ExerSaucer Triple Fun Active Learning Center, Life in the Amazon.


See last weeks baby product review by clicking here.

Good Mom Day | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Yesterday was a good mom day!

“What does that mean?”… Well, I’m glad you asked. When I say “good mom day”, I am referring to a day when it feels like you are doing something right. I’m talking about a day when your kid takes a nap and you do more than just survive. While I always look forward to my husband coming home from work in the evening, yesterday I didn’t count down the hours like I sometimes do.

So, what does a “good mom day” look like for me?…

To give you a little backstory, Josiah does not nap well. He suffers from what many baby sleep experts call the 45-minute intruder. In other words, he can’t get past his first sleep transition. So, he only takes a short cat nap instead of a full restorative nap. This means a pretty cranky baby almost all day. And don’t even get me started on the the evenings…yikes!

To read more about what a typical day looks like for me, you can check out this post.

BUT, yesterday was a whole different story. Josiah woke up at 7 am (our desired morning wake up time). He also ate a full breakfast which included solids and a bottle. Then he happily enjoyed 2 hours of awake time (an appropriate amount for his age). I put him down for a nap fully expecting for it to be the usual 45 minutes. I decided I would try to lay down as well because I felt extra tired. Well, what do you know, when I woke up and looked at the baby connect app, he had been sleeping for over an hour. Woot Woot!


We LOVE our Munch Mitt

He ended up sleeping a full 1.5 hours (which is considered a full nap) and was ready to eat upon waking. He downed a full bottle without any trouble and was ready to play for another 2 hours. Now, never before has my son taken TWO good naps in one day. So, you can imagine my surprise when he slept another 1.5 hours during his next nap. He then ate a full lunch of solids and a bottle.

GUYS!!! that is CRAZY!!!! I immediately text my husband and told him someone had swapped out our baby for another.

My son sleeping well and happily playing (with hardly any fussing) are not the only reasons why it was a good mom day. I not only got a nap in the morning, but I also got to take a 30-minute walk (inside) while he played in his Playard. I also did a load of laundry, FOLDED it, put it away, AND I even IRONED two of my husband’s dress shirts!!! Moms, you know that is a HUGE accomplishment. Since I was feeling so accomplished, I even worked on my mom boss game and scheduled a few blogs and Facebook posts. All of that happened before 5 pm.


These days don’t come all that often for the mom of a baby who hates to nap but when they do, boy do I take advantage of them.

I felt a little like Super Mom if I’m honest.

Limited Edition Spring Photo Sessions | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Spring Photo Session Special | Columbus Ohio Photographer

I am so excited to announce that this year’s Limited Edition Spring Sessions are now open for booking. These spring photo sessions are going to be better than EVER! I will have a TON of Spring props including flowers and other garden items.


These sessions are perfect for children and families! You can even book a session to celebrate Mother’s Day, a child’s spring birthday, or any other special occasion.


This year’s sessions will take place at Red Trabue Nature Reserve in Dublin, Ohio where you can find lush green trees, walking paths, a flower garden, and even a 100-year-old cottage. 20-minute time slots are available on Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd beginning at 4:00 pm until 7:30 pm. You will receive 5 fully edited high resolution digital files and a print release. Limited Edition Spring Sessions are only $125. **See below for a way to save $25 off your session fee**

A great addition to this year’s sessions is the opportunity to schedule online. Simply follow this link to pick your time slot. Once you select your session time, I will email you an invoice which must be paid within 24 hours to keep your spot. This means you don’t have to worry about bringing anything but your beautiful smiling faces to the session.


**BONUS**: This year we have also added the opportunity to SAVE BIG on your session fee by referring your friends and family. If someone you refer books a Limited-Edition Spring Session, you will receive $25 off your session. This person MUST BE a new client to Joyful Moments Photography. If you have already paid the full price of your session, I will issue you a $25 refund.


Again, click this link to schedule your session. See you this spring!


Click here to view other Joyful Moments Photography family sessions

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.








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


Graco Glider Elite 2-in-1 Gliding Baby Swing


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Bubula™ Jr. Steel Diaper Pail


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


Cloud Island Sleep N’ Play Pajamas


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