The day that I became a mother was incredibly painful and exhilarating and exhausting and beautiful. It was an overwhelming experience that I hope I never forget. The moment I held baby Cohen in my arms I was completely speechless at the remarkable feelings that came over me. Feelings I didn’t know could be felt enveloped me. I stared down at the babe in my arms and couldn’t believe he was finally here. Cohen-newborn-pics-6 I remember looking at him as he was being taken care of after birth and feeling an exhilaration that the long nine months of waiting were finally over. As I caught glimpses of him, a small wave of panic washed over me and I couldn’t help but wonder what came next. What would this little guy be like? Would I be a good mother to him? Would I be able to raise and nurture him the way he needed? Cohen-newborn-pics-2 When we were left alone, I held Cohen in my arms, gazing down into his sweet little face. Suddenly a feeling came over me, so powerful that I began to cry. I cried and cried, so overwhelmed by a feeling of love and joy so intense that I knew in that moment I would do anything for this little babe. I loved him so deeply; he was a part of me that I would cherish forever. That moment is one I hope to never forget. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much love in my entire life; I was so sure my heart would burst. baby-birth-story At times it still seems surreal that this little person who looks at me, quietly watching me every day, in that curious way that only he can, is mine forever. Getting to be Cohen’s mom is the brightest light in my life.  This life with him is sweet and full. I am so grateful every day that I was given the gift of raising such a happy little spirit. mothers-day-with-cohen Motherhood is one of the greatest privileges of my life and I am so lucky to share that with so many beautiful women. This year will be my very first Mother’s Day and I am so happy that I’ll be able to experience it with the two most important people in my life. AJ and Cohen are the two most important people in my life. I’m so grateful that I was the lucky one chosen to bring this beautiful baby boy, in all of his sweet and happy innocence, to earth, and be able to raise him with such a strong, kind man as his father. mothers-day-post-snow.2 mothers-day-post-missy-sue Happy Mother’s Day to mothers and future mothers everywhere, especially to my own beautiful mom who has been a wonderful example of love and strength to me in my own life. Also, a Happy Mother’s Day to my mother-in-law who raised the kindest, gentlest man, who will be a shining example to this little boy I hold so dearly to my heart; you have given me the greatest gift of all, my own little family. cohen-and-ajmothers-day-post-cohen

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Baby Cohen is already three months old! I can’t even believe how fast the time has gone. It seems like just yesterday that I was still pregnant waiting for him to get here. You can read about his birth story here. It is so fun to look back at pictures and see how he’s grown. When he was a newborn we couldn’t figure out who he looked like more. Now that he’s getting older, people comment more on whose eyes he has or where he got his nose from. It is so much fun. Even on those days when I am so tired and exhausted I love holding this little boy, so happy that he’s here, because I truly love him with all my heart. I have never known a love like this and I am so grateful that I get to be his mama.
I recently decided to film a 3 month postpartum update video. It is just a few tidbits of information about what Cohen is like and how I am doing after pregnancy. As always, let me know what you think and whether I should make videos like this one more often.




I was cleaning out my computer the other day and came across this old video, TMI Tag. I made it a year ago and really enjoyed making it but when it came time to post it, I completely chickened out. It’s been collecting dust on my hard drive ever since.

It’s easy to be the girl who just does hair but really stepping out there and showing a more personal side has always been a little scary. I love having this video as a fun trip down memory lane so I decided to take a leap and step out from behind the “hair.”

I have gotten a few requests recently to post a Q&A video. I think if this goes well then I could possibly do one of those next. Let me know and I hope you enjoy this one!








I am so excited to be sharing Cohen’s newborn pictures! They turned out so great and I absolutely love them. As soon as I found out I was pregnant I knew I was going to have his newborn pictures taken like this. I have always loved this style and wanted my own little babe all wrapped up, sound asleep in a soft, cozy setting so I could remember him this way. The time goes fast and he is getting so much bigger already.

These were taken by Harlow Moon Photography and Ashleigh was amazing. She was so patient with Cohen, gently coaxing him back to the sleep whenever he woke up and was so calm during the entire shoot. She did our maternity pictures too and I am so happy with how everything turned out.