It is hard to believe that it has already been a month since my little Stella Grace came into this world. What a crazy, wonderful, challenging, amazing month it has been filled with lots of kisses, joy, tears, and most of all love. In all of the moments over this past month that have been both wonderful and challenging we look at our little princess and are amazed at the blessing that we have been given. She has changed our lives and she is so much more than we could have ever asked for.
I have learned in these past 31 days both my strength and my weakness. I have learned that when I am completely exhausted that God gives me the strength to wake up to nurse my little girl when she begins to stir in her bassinet at 2 in the morning. I have learned that I can’t do it all, even though I so badly want to be able to.
In this past month we celebrated the birth of two babies. We celebrated the birth of our little Stella Grace and the birth of our Savior. Having a new baby made Christmas such an extra special blessing this year. We sat around our tree on Christmas morning and opened gifts with our little girl and realized that she was the most wonderful gift we could have ever asked for.
Our little family of three is the most precious and important thing to me. There is more love between the three of us than I ever knew was possible. We snapped this photo on Christmas eve, it might not be perfect since it was taken in the bedroom mirror and we forgot to close the closet door, but it means the world to me.
I am learning in this crazy, hectic and wonderful time that grace is so much more important than perfection…
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor 12:9
I absolutely love when a bride decides to have a first look. I also understand the concern for “tradition” since Jeremy refused the first look because he simply wanted to see me walk through the doors and down the aisle. However, I have found that a First Look not only provides more time for pictures on your wedding day, but it also can be one of the most cherished moment on your big day.
Earlier this year Jeremy and I photographed our good friend’s wedding, Megan and Victor. Megan and Victor opted to have a First Look to have more time pictures. Megan was surprised how this one decision changed her entire wedding day and she was sweet enough to write her story for you. Enjoy!
Although I wouldn’t say I was a completely traditional bride, I have always dreamed of the doors opening on my wedding day and my husband seeing me for the first time as I walked down the aisle during the ceremony. I had heard of the idea of a first look and Victor was all for it! However, I was a little hesitant. The more I thought about it, I finally gave in, threw tradition out the window, and agreed to it. Looking back now I can’t imagine how the wedding day would have gone without a first look! What an amazing experience of being able to be alone with my soon-to-be husband for a few minutes before the craziness of the ceremony and reception. For one thing, it calmed my nerves alot just seeing him! We were able to laugh, cry, and just talk about the day. The best part was, I still got to see his reaction when he saw me for the first time but in a much more intimate setting, without 200 hundred people watching too! :) I know some brides think this will ruin that time when you walk down the aisle during the ceremony because he will already have seen you. This is so NOT true!! If anything, it made it better! I still had a beaming, misty-eyed groom at the end of the aisle waiting for me. If you are thinking about not doing a first look at your wedding, DONT! Just do it! I’m so glad my hubby talked me into it, because it made our wedding day so much more special! :)
Here is a few pictures from Megan and Victor’s First Look:
Two and a half years ago I married my very best friend, and nine days ago we welcomed our little Stella Grace into the world. What a ride it has been. I always knew that Jeremy would be a great Dad and these past nine days he has amazed me. He has been there for me every step of my pregnancy and he held my hand as I delivered our little girl with tears in his eyes. I don’t know what I would have done without him these past several days. He has done just about everything for me. He has done laundry, cooked dinner, brought me water and cuddled with Stella on the couch so that I could get a few hours of much needed sleep.
I love watching him with Stella, the way he looks at her melts my heart. I am so very grateful that our little girl will have such an amazing man as her Father. He loveshis Savior, his wife and his baby girl, and we are so thankful for him. I find it such a comfort to know that Stella has a daddy who will play with her, sing to her, teach her, love her and point her to the Savior.
This morning I captured a few photos of him with our little princess.
This blog post is written by Jeremy.
The past week has literally been a turning point in our lives with the addition of our wonderful little baby girl, Stella Grace. Only 8 days ago our little bundle of joy made her debut into this world and wow how time flies! Kristin keeps joking that those last few days of her pregnancy seemed like FOREVER, and now all of a sudden Stella is already a week old! Crazy, right?
With all blessings there are usually trials. We had a minor trial this week when Stella Grace was officially diagnosed with Jaundice, a yellowing of her skin and eyes. It was quite scary having her get an IV in her tiny little hand and forcing her to lie still under those blue lights, but all in all, we are thankful she is healthy. But not just thankful, grateful. For Stella’s treatment we are at Cook Children’s Hospital here in Fort Worth. During our 24 hour stay I made my way up and down the halls looking for Chik-fil-a (yes there was a chick-fil-a and a Starbucks in this hospital). I couldn’t help but notice the scores of children that were not so “luck” as Stella to be there with only a mild condition. I saw an 8 year old boy with no hair being pushed in a wheelchair by his mom, obviously fighting cancer. Another 6 or 7 year old boy still wearing diapers running through the halls with autism. Watching these parents chase their children and struggle to be “strong” for their kids while their worlds are collapsing around them gave me a greater sense of thankfulness. Sure, Jaundice can be scary if not properly treated, but all things considered it is mild compared to what many kids face today. Watching Stella at the hospital not only made me thankful for her health, but also gratefulness.
On a lighter note, I have been cooking dinner recently! Scary, I know. Kristin is a superwoman and I know nothing about cooking! Needless to say, I saw this easy recipe on the Today show yesterday so I gave it a try. Simply put, it was a little bit spice and olive oil to make fried chicken on the stove. Yum. (btw, Kristin said it was good and would eat it again).
Enjoy these BEAUTIFUL pictures of our precious girl. We know we are biased, but she really is the cutest baby EVER!
Can you pick a favorite? I can’t…
Jeremy is writing this blog post:
These past few days have been overwhelming to say the least. As I sit here staring at my little angel I can’t help but realize how good God has been to Kristin and me. Sure, Kristin and I both had some challenges during the pregnancy, delivery, and now recovery process, but it all fades away when we look at Stella’s cuteness!
Kristin and I are so grateful to our Savior, Lord, and Creator Jesus Christ. He gave us the most precious little girl we ever could have asked for and I think the picture says it all.
Psalm 139:14-16 – (14) I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works; and that my soul knows very well. (15) My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. (16) Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.