Charli’s Newborn Pictures With Bella Baby Photography

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Happy Friday, dolls! Charlotte is officially 6 weeks old, and I’m looking for the secret to slowing down time. She’s growing so fast, and I can’t believe it’s already been 6 weeks since she was born. She’s already rolling over, and absolutely loves the sound of her own voice.

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She’s such a sweetheart, and I don’t know how I’m supposed to go back to work in 6 weeks. I’m going to need some serious tips for coping with separation anxiety.

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I haven’t shared my birth story yet, but I wanted to go ahead and share my favorite part of our hospital stay. While we were in the hospital, Bella Baby Photography came to our room for a complimentary newborn photo session. (All in-hospital sessions are complimentary for newborns).

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Luckily I had brought some really cute bows and props, as I knew I’d want to have photos taken. Our photographer was a miracle worker… to be honest I had no idea how to pose a newborn, or how to keep the baby comfortable without making her cry. She knew all the tips and tricks to keep Charli perfectly content.

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Our entire session took less than 20 minutes. And two hours later, the photographer came back to our room and showed us the slideshow of our retouched, final images.

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I’m not sure if it was the hormones or the pictures, but I was bawling my eyes out when I saw the slide show. Our pictures turned out absolutely beautifully, and we ended up purchasing the entire digital package along with printed images and a canvas.

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Bella Baby made it so easy to capture our baby’s beauty right after she was born. I couldn’t have imagined trying to take my newborn to a photo studio for a photoshoot in the days following our release from the hospital. For anyone thinking of having newborn pictures taken in the hospital, I highly recommend it. I will absolutely cherish the pictures of Charli forever.

*Special thanks to Bella Baby Photography for sponsoring this post.

Baby Charlotte’s Nursery Reveal

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I’m so excited to finally reveal all the details of baby Charlotte’s nursery with you all! I have to apologize for the radio silence these past couple of months. Between preparing for a baby, finishing up with work before maternity leave, and then having a newborn, it’s safe to say life has been pretty crazy. Charlotte has been absolutely amazing these past couple of weeks. She was born on May 9, and has completely stolen our hearts. I will be working on her birth story and a life lately post in the next few days, so stay tuned for all the details on baby girl. And you can expect a lot more baby and family content. (If there’s a post you’d like to see us write about, always feel free to leave us a comment below!)

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26 Week Bumpdate: We Have A Name

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Happy Tuesday, dolls! We hope everyone had great Super Bowl weekend. I won’t lie, it was pretty weird to be sipping on water during the game rather than my go-to Blue Moon this year. I’m officially 26 weeks along, and wanted to share all the updates thus far in my pregnancy. Most importantly, we have officially picked out the name for our baby girl! Here are all of the details:

How Far Along: 26 weeks

How Big Is Baby Hickey: As big as a butternut squash!

Weight Gained: 15 pounds

How Are You Feeling: I’m feeling VERY pregnant.. The bump is pretty unmistakable at this point! But I’m loving it. The only downside I’ve experienced lately is nonstop heartburn. I’ve tried everything, and have been living off of Tums. Any suggestions from you mamas out there?

Wearing Any Maternity Clothes: Still living in my favorite maternity jeans from A Pea In The Pod, available HERE. I also love the Ingrid & Isabel line of maternity wear at Target, I just picked up THIS TOP today, and I wear THESE leggings 24/7. If you’re looking for spring and summer maternity clothes, check out my post from our baby moon to Scottsdale. I’ve shared all my favorite dresses and swimwear.

Cravings: I’ve been craving mangoes and strawberries nonstop…. I can’t get enough of them. Also it’s Girl Scout cookie season, so I’ve been all over the Thin Mints these days. I could also live off of cereal… sounds terrible, but Frosted Mini Wheats and Lucky Charms have my heart.

Miss Anything: I’ve really been missing my skinny vanilla lattes lately. And I’d be totally lying if I said I wasn’t missing a good mimosa every once in awhile.

Recent Purchases For Baby: All of our nursery furniture is here! We ordered everything from Restoration Hardware, and I’ll be sharing all the details and pictures with you all soon! Oh and obviously I’ve been stocking up in the clothes department… her drawers are already full. HAHA.

Name: Charlotte Raye Hickey! We will be calling her Charli. We both really wanted her to have a name that represented both sides of our family. Ryan’s great grandma’s name was Charlotte. My grandpa and dad both have Ray as their middle names, and mine is Raye. So we figured we’d keep the tradition going.

Thanks for sending all your love and support! Be sure to send me any questions in the comments below!

19 Week Bumpdate

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Happy Thursday, dolls! I can’t believe Christmas is only 4 days away. Are you guys ready? I thought I’d put a quick bumpdate post together to let you all know how I’m feeling. I’m 5 days away from being halfway done with my pregnancy. I can’t get over how fast time is going by… what’s even crazier is how fast my belly is growing! In case you missed it on our Insta, I’m having a girl! We were supposed to find out next week during my 20 week ultrasound, but I’m way too impatient to not find out as soon as I possibly could. As soon as we found out we’re having a girl, I immediately began planning out the nursery. (Can’t wait to share all the details with you all!)

How Far Along: 19 Weeks and 2 days

How Big Is Baby Hickey: This week she’s the size of a mango 🙂

How Are You Feeling: I feel so much better these days… I’m definitely not as sensitive to smells or foods as I was in the first trimester. But I’m SOOO tired. I honestly go to bed at 7:30 every night.. no shame.

Wearing Any Maternity Clothes: I am LOVING my maternity jeans. I got them from A Pea In The Pod, and you can check them out HERE. They literally feel like you’re wearing sweatpants.

Cravings: Still craving grapefruit 24/7…. And I’m currently all about the Black Pepper Triscuits. If you haven’t tried them, I HIGHLY suggest you give them a whirl.

Miss Anything: I’m really missing sushi. My family is full of sushi lovers, so it’s basically a weekend/get-together staple when we’re all together. So I’ve been turning away from the spicy tuna and sticking with noodles instead.

Recent Purchases For Baby: I couldn’t resist buying the SNO by Happiest Baby this week. Currently 35% off! In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically the most genius bassinet ever created. It reads your babies reactions, cries, etc. and adjusts to soothe. It will lightly rock your baby when they’re crying, chooses the correct white noise, and keeps your baby in a protective swaddle to prevent rolling over. Learn more about the SNO benefits HERE. Also I just bought my diaper bag too! I was obsessed with THIS ONE from Fawn Designs, so I couldn’t pass it up.

Thanks for sending all your love and support! I’m super anxious for our 20 week ultrasound to find out if she’s developing correctly. Any prayers and positive vibes would be greatly appreciated!!

We hope everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas!