levi matthew :: newborn

I just have to share some of Levi’s newborn photos we had taken at just the ripe age of 4 days old. Throughout my pregnancy I just planned on photographing the newborn photos myself … not to mention I do love the lifestyle approach to these types of pictures … but while in the hospital an online friend [thanks Janelle ;)] texted me and shared that there was a local photographer looking for some new fresh babies to photograph with her new props! So I emailed her and was so excited to have someone else photograph Levi and I got to experience newborn photography from the ‘other side’ and it was so nice and relaxing. Instead of having a camera in my hand I just starred at the baby being photographed all cute and rolled into a perfect little naked ball of perfection and thought to myself, holy poo … that adorable baby is MINE. And I enjoyed every second of it.







Highly recommend Picsie Studios! She was so amazing and really knows what she is doing with little teeny tiny babies! Not to mention, very reasonably priced. So thankful for these photos because they really do just change so much and way too fast. Thank you, thank you, thank you Picsie studio! ;)

  1. Taylor 6/2/14 4:19 PM

    He is so stinkin’ adorable!!! I love these pictures! Gorgeous.


meet levi matthew

Well hello little blog that I have neglected for the past few months!!! I’m sure you all figured I’ve been locked up in the house with a newborn with 5 feet of snow in front of the door and guess what, you figured right! So thankful it is getting sunny here in Michigan and we’re finally getting outside to enjoy some fresh air after a longgggg winter. We are so excited to announce to those that do not know yet that we welcomed a healthy baby BOY on January 25 at 4:59pm. Weighing 8lbs. 2oz., and 20 inches long. I always tried to imagine how much I would love my future children and how I would feel when they were set in my arms for the first time. Of course over the months of being pregnant I always anticipated that moment and really looked forward to it. Words cannot describe it. We’re so in love and overjoyed. It truly is the best. We are so thankful for him and that the Lord blessed us with this little human to care for.

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Labor was of course not the highlight of my life but I am proud of myself and think I did a great job, that moment they set him on my chest makes me tear up just thinking about it. I wish I could relive that moment over and over again. I guess I’ll just have to have babies every year like my sister and keep experiencing that amazing moment. Kidding, kidding. Maybe.

For anyone who is considering waiting to find out the sex of their baby, or thought about it when that time comes in your life … I HIGHLY recommend it. It was such an amazing moment when I heard his little screams and Matthew looked at me teary eyed and said its a boy and kissed me as they laid him on my chest. BEST. MOMENT. EVER. Not to mention I noticed his little man parts dangling as the doctor held him in the air before setting him on me ;).

I can’t believe I’m a mom and have a SON. I’m still on cloud 9 and pretty sure I might just live here for the rest of my life. I’ve got some catching up to do with photos, just have to sort through a few thousand and share some on here soon. So stay tuned because there is a lot to share. I’ve had so many people come up to me and tell me how bummed they were every time they checked my blog and didn’t see a post for so long and I apologize for that! I guess I sometimes just think there isn’t anyone out there reading this anyway so I slack and let life fly by and never make time for it. So if you are out there reading this, I would love to know! I feel like so many people tell me when they eventually see me or meet me and then never leave a comment so I had no idea they even read my blog. So help a sister out and tell me you’re there!!! So it will motivate me to blog more ;) And share his nursery on here too! Like I said, lots of catching up to do … but I think I can do it ;) I even have sessions to share too! And lots of Levi … LOTS.

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Matthew is such an amazing father … he jumped right in with the diaper changing!

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Here is my 40 week picture because I never posted it. I made it to 40 weeks and 3 days preggo. Missing the bump big time but love my little man out of the belly to share with the world too. But still miss the bump. Funny how your belly goes from cute to not cute in a matter of seconds haha.

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  1. Corrine Helder 5/28/14 3:02 PM

    Congratulations Leah!! I’m so glad you’re enjoying motherhood and loving on your little guy! He is precious!

  2. Janelle 5/28/14 4:02 PM

    Aww so cute! thanks for sharing. Cody are I are hoping to experience this in 1 week if the little one decides to come on time :) Levi is adorable! (AND keep blogging! i missed it!)

  3. Rachael O'Donnell 5/28/14 6:21 PM

    I did Mallory West’s make up for her wedding and have been following your work and blog ever since. I had a baby boy on Valentine’s Day so it’s fun to share the experience with other new mommies. It’s the best.

  4. Ginger 5/28/14 7:30 PM

    I’m reading! :). Congrats again on your beautiful little family!

  5. Andrea Nieto 5/28/14 9:33 PM

    Leah I love reading your blog!!

  6. Julie DeGroot 5/30/14 11:11 AM

    Don’t they grow so fast Leah? Its amazing how much love you give when they place them on your chest. Your heart just fills up:) Hope all is well and congrats!! Love reading the blog!

39 week bump

Okay, forgive me … the photos this week aren’t anything exciting. And I am not guessing a girl all of a sudden, I just had my sister snap these photos at her house the other day while celebrating Isla’s birthday. So this little sign is in Isla’s room, so cute right?! I’m actually almost done with my 39th week of pregnancy and about to say hello 40 weeks! So insane! The morning after this photo was taken, I had a doctor’s appointment and it was so exciting to hear that the baby dropped a ton more. I definitely can feel it and my bump looks so different. I actually measured 2cm smaller than the week before because of the babies head dropping down so much so that is nice to hear that there is SOME progress being made.

I’m totally going to miss being pregnant, but … I’m also ready to meet this little babe.


How far along: 39 weeks, 5 days
Nadda … and the baby isn’t even here yet. My body gearing up for the long sleepless nights is what most are saying.
Best moment this week:
Celebrating my niece’s birthday with friends and family [my sister is glad I made it through the party but now says I'm good to go into labor], Matthew and I got a lot done around the house … well, Matt did because I’m suppose to be ‘resting’ and propping my feet up so he did most of the work but we made a dent on my crazy nesting to do list so that made me feel so much better, we put the bassinet in our bedroom [so crazy there will be a little baby in there soon], hearing today that the head has gone wayyyy down compared to last week was exciting! I measured 2 cm smaller than last week because of that. Which I can definitely feel that I’ve dropped even more!
Lots of stretches and hiccups
Miss anything:
Is it weird that I already know I’m going to miss pregnancy and I’m sad that I’m to the end?! Trying to enjoy this last few days, week, or however long I have!
Food cravings:
Nothing this week. Food is just not sounding good these days … I’m to that point.
Maternity Clothes: Yes … very limited actually. A lot of my maternity stuff isn’t even fitting, even though my ‘bump’ has technically gotten smaller, I would say leggings and some yoga pants are the most common thing you’ll find me in these days! I’m over maternity jeans this week. Sounds too hard to put on haha.
Anything making you queasy or sick:
I’m getting some waves of nausea here and there. Night time stinks. I get super crampy and just not feeling one hundred percent lately. But still smiling!!! :) For the most part, I’m still feeling great. Just aches and pains as the baby sinks further down, and night time just plain ole stinks.
Have you started to show yet:
About to pop
Gender prediction: Boy! I’m sticking with it! But would be sooo happy with a girl too! Just have a feeling its a boy. I did however have a dream the other day it was a girl! First one this whole pregnancy! Maybe because people are guessing girl lately.
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: Blown out
Wedding rings on or off: Stuck on
Happy or Moody most of the time:
Happy/excited/anxious/nervous all mixed together!!!!
Looking forward to:
I know labor is no fun, but I’m excited for it to be GO TIME. Whether that is waking up Matthew or calling him at work, I look forward to saying the words, ITS TIME! … and then the after part scares the shit out of me haha ;)
How is Zoey handling the news:
We’re preparing Zoey this week by buying her a ‘gift basket’ to take home from the hospital with baby and we also had a lengthy conversation about a few things we’re going to do to introduce the two. Matthew will be taking home a swaddle blanket that smells like the baby the night before we come home and letting Zoey sniff and get used to the babies smell. Along with the gift basket and she will be staying at our house while we’re gone verses taking her away from her home and then welcoming her back with this little baby. We want to make sure she takes this baby on as her own, if you know what I mean. Excited to see the two meet. Totally going to be a photo op.



How ’bout that pregnancy swollen face?! I am soooo swollen everywhere and still on ‘light’ bedrest since a week and a half ago. Doing my best to stay off my feet but I tell ya … it is hard! And the days go by soooo fast when you accomplish nothing! haha So ready to have some energy again soon. Happy Tuesday! xoxo, Leah

  1. Janelle 1/21/14 2:13 PM

    you look fantastic! praying and thinking about you the next few days :) Can’t wait to see that little baby on the blog!

  2. Taylor 1/21/14 2:44 PM

    You look so great! Can’t wait to see what the babe looks like when he/she is born!



  3. Mary Ann 4/20/14 12:33 AM

    Love your pics, your spirit, …..Makes me remember when our first child was born.. Will never forget… 3 boys later.. now 23,21, and 16 yrs later. the journey …through tears, tough times, good times, bonding times… Making memories … God is so good ,life is a journey, Enjoy each moment.. for in a second it will be gone and only the memory remains. May god Richly bless you ,your family , and your work! Mary Ann

  4. Terrai 5/28/14 2:21 PM

    I’ve followed you on Instagram for a while now, I am now following your blog via Bloglovin :)) and congrats ! We’re expecting our first for October 2014 ! I’m thinking it’ll be a boy for us :))