Tordai Family {Orange County Children’s Photographer}

I photographed the Tordai family at 39+ weeks pregnant! Yep, even I can’t believe it myself! But at the same time.. I knew I was in good hands because well, Hilary has been my midwife for my past three pregnancies! So if there was one person to be around if things suddenly became interesting during this session, it would’ve definitely been her!

I still remember my first encounter/appointment with Hilary.. my grandma, who was also a midwife in the Philippines, had just passed away that same exact morning and I was obviously under the weather from the news. It would’ve been the same day that I would’ve announced the news of our first baby, so I was beating myself up at the fact that I never got to share my news with my grandma.  Hilary knew just the right words to say as she shared the viability of that pregnancy and Eva’s strong heartbeat. And although I never got to actually share my news with my grandma… in that moment, I knew that she was telling me that she knew.:-)

Whew! OKAY! Back to this session before my pregnancy hormones take over!;-)

It’s been such a looong time since I played with the outdoor sunlight and photographed a family/children’s session! I love being al fresco, so I enjoy these type of sessions, but of course with being a grown up, scheduling and time have prevented me from doing more of these!

I had such a hard time narrowing down my favorite images for a blog post (hence, the pic collages!). But I know you’ll enjoy these images as much as I did capturing them!

Orange County Family Photographer

Orange County Family Photographer

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Orange County Family Photographer

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Orange County Family Photographer

Orange County Family Photographer

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Expecting Baby # 3

I can’t believe how fast time is flying.

I meant to write some sort of reflection a lot sooner… when I was 30 weeks and just getting into the last “quarter” (yep… the last 10 weeks) of this pregnancy. Now I’m 38+ weeks and just about a few days to a few weeks away from meeting our 3rd and final baby.

In the beginning, I wanted the whole process to go by fast… the morning sickness that lasted up until my 18th week, the food aversions, constant fatigue, insomnia, discomfort, and the hospitalization for dehydration and antibiotic therapy.

But now, I just want it to slow down a bit (juuust a little bit)… every movement, every kick, and every hiccup.  Knowing that this would be the “last time” I’ll be carrying a child has been bittersweet. Despite all my preggo discomforts, I really can’t complain.  Cause that’s all they are—discomforts. It could’ve been a lot worst. I’ve been fortunate enough to not experience any sciatic nerve pain, low back pain or swelling.

In the bigger picture, my body has treated me and my babies good.  I’ve been blessed to carry a miracle, not once or twice, but three times.  And at the end of the day, that’s what really matters…

 

We wanted to have a lil’ casual fun with documenting the last of the baby bumps! Special thank you to my hubs, Ron for snapping away (even if I had set the settings ;-P)

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Sai {Orange County Newborn Photographer}

Meet baby Sai at 8 days new! I think it’s safe to assume that most new parents — especially dads– would be nervous at the thought of even handling a brand new baby! But when your pops is a Neonatalogist, instead of being nervous, he’s actually trying to elicit smiling reflexes out of you! And he’s comfortable enough to even burp you the NICU way (with the baby sitting on the knee):-)

I’ve known his dad for quite some time now since his fellowship at my first employer hospital (when I was a brand new NICU nurse myself!). Yes.. back when we both thought America’s Best Dance Crew was the coolest show on MTV!  These days, we’ve both moved on to “thrive” for the same company, but at different facilities. Fortunately, we’ve always been able to keep in touch since those ABDC days! I also recently had the pleasure of meeting his wife, and let me just say, if this little guy is anything like his parents, he’ll definitely grow up to be one cool kid.;-)

Orange County Newborn Photography

Orange County Newborn Photography

Orange County Newborn Photographer

Orange County Newborn Photography

Orange County Newborn Photographer

Orange County Newborn Photography

Orange County Newborn Photographer

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Patrick {Los Angeles Newborn Photographer}

Meet the newest legacy into this family’s franchise;-)I first photographed big brother Remy nearly two years and you all might remember an image of him sitting snug in a baseball mitt and in a Boston Red Sox fit! Well, now Patrick’s here to help cheer on this family’s favorite teams! At 10 days new, here he is!

Also when you’re finished viewing my faves… don’t forget to check out his slideshow!

And of course.. had to include big brother Remy into the session!:-)

For more images, please check out Patrick’s slideshow!

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Comfortable Chaos – Planning for Baby #3

When people ask how I’m doing, I answer honestly.  Life isn’t perfect.  Some days are better than others, and some days … well, some days just flat out suck. My girls aren’t always perfect, but I never expected that anyway.  Thanks to social media, I am able to somewhat keep up with what’s going on in the world.  I don’t wear (or even know) the latest trends or styles, but at this point, wearing nice clothes comes with the risk of spit ups, smudges, and sticky fingerprints anyway. This goes the same for our house floors and car floors. Our days are typically sleepless and loud… And the truth is, I wouldn’t have it any other way. At times, it’s chaos, but it’s comfortable chaos. So comfortable in fact that we started to contemplate the idea of adding another kid into the mix.

We always wanted a third child to complete our family and initially we thought that there should be a three-year gap between #2 and #3. But the more we became comfortable in our chaos, the more we began to reconsider. When is anyone ever ready for another baby anyway?

In every logical way however, it made sense to stop at two. Right now we’re not outnumbered and one of us can easily(ish) handle the two of them on our own when need be. We’ll have more money, more freedom, one less mouth to feed, one less college tuition to cough up, we can travel much more (or at least much more easily), and more importantly, we’ll have more time for us. Our marriage is healthy and strong, and we have a pretty good routine going on between our work & life balance. And let’s not forget pregnancy. Honestly more pregnant days than not, I’m just like Elizabeth Banks’ poor preggo character from the movie, “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” (siiiigh).

But another baby…. Yum! I can already smell that newborn smell! And I’d like to think that we’ve made some pretty cute kids so far… The girls get along so well right now and to have them so close in age would (hopefully) mean that they would always be close. I am slightly nervous about the teen years, but I’m sure that by then there will be an app for managing teens. We’ve planned and mapped it out and we can afford the cost of raising another child, more or less. And if it ends up being “less,” we’ll find a way to make it work. We always find a way. Yes, travel would be easier (and less expensive) with two kids than with three, but the thing is… we’re not living a high-end, expensive, jet-setting lifestyle where having one more kid would really interfere.

The life we are living right now is full – it’s messy—it’s loud— it’s crazy—it’s happy—it’s rich—and it’s sometimes overwhelming– but it’s perfectly suited for another little person. Comfortable chaos. And although it can be nerve-wrecking to think that we’ll be outnumbered, it’s starting to feel more and more like the right time for baby number 3.

 

Baby Number 3 – Due April 2014.

 

 

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