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family photographer raleighP I N this to pinterestA Few Favorites in March…

1.The boys have loved what we’re reading in March…so many cute books, but I think this one has been the favorite.

2. 15 Bunny Project Ideas – if you’re looking for some cuteness to make for Easter.

3. Is Pollen season already here? I struggle with my sinuses and have loved these.

4. Easter decorating – so much fun!

5. After much, research, (asking a bunch of friends on facebook! ha!) I bought the paperwhite. I was worried I would miss holding a book, but I have loved it. The screen in the bright light of carpool can’t be beat!

A few things I want to tackle/read or just plain interesting stuff..

Who has done yoga on a horse? this is pretty amazing.

Great running stretching ideas..

Great article about “how to (not) do it all with two kids..”

How Seven Female Leaders Spend Their First Hour at Work

I have never made cinnamon rolls in the crock pot but I think I’m going to have to try these.

Just for fun…

1. A session around this time last year – it had just snowed right before this session!

2. A session in March two years ago – loved this sweet newborn session at home.

Pretty Stuff…

I keep eyeing this bag...I am going to need a bigger one, now that I love my planner + paperwhite and taking both everywhere just does not fit in my bag. There is a pocket option, too, which is also cute. And the fact that it’s not ridiculously expensive for a purse.

So pretty.

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Rebecca Keller is a family photographer Raleigh NC featured in People Magazine and on several blogs including The Bump. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about family photography and travel sessions. Because I chat alot about my personal life, books i’ve read, and other style recommendations, etc – I may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles.

 

 

 

 

Oh, I just love the books we picked out to read this month and so do the kids! We got these the very beginning of March and Harrison already has I Am a Bunny memorized. I love sharing my love of books and reading with my little ones..to see them get so excited about books and see their eyes light up when reading. Everyday, after I make my bed, I leave all the books we are reading there, and the boys have so much fun climbing up and reading during the day. It’s so sweet when I don’t know where they are, and I catch them reading together. Melts my mama heart.

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What we’re reading in March…

1.One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish  Since it’s Dr. Suess’ birthday this month, we picked one Dr. Seuss book. And this one is just so fun, and I am always impressed by Dr. Suess’ imagination. The boys have read this one over and over.

2.I Am a Bunny. One of my clients brought this to a session – it’s from an older golden book they read when they were little. Oh, IT IS THE CUTEST. My boys have love, love, loved this board book, and the fact that Harrison already has it memorized… It’s cute, and goes through where the bunny lives and all the seasons. ADORABLE.

3.Too Many Carrots – I haven’t seen too many books that go through the different kinds of houses/where animals live. This is a cute story about a bunny who has too many carrots and ends up moving from house to house.

4.Wolfie the Bunny – the boys have loved the bunny saying over and over that his wolf brother is going to “EAT THEM ALL UP!” A wolf was left on their doorstep and these bunnies adopt him – The story is cute about the wolf and his big sister.

5.The Easter Egg – this book was a good one for Owen. He loves looking at the pages and predicting what’s going to happen.I love how the story is around a bunny who keeps a robin’s egg safe. Such a sweet story – love the ending.

6.Duck & Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny! In this board book, these two, (A Harrison favorite) are on a search to find the Easter Bunny.

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Rebecca Keller is a Wake Forest Family Photographer in Raleigh, North Carolina featured in People Magazine and on several blogs including The Bump and Let the Kids Dress Themselves. Because I chat alot about my personal life, books i’ve read, and other style recommendations, etc – I may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles.

 

 

family photographer Raleigh_0747P I N this to pinterestI’ll be honest. I lovvvvve the holidays. Starting in October, it feels like holiday central, right? First, it’s everything pumpkins, then it’s Christmas. Oh, New Years + Valentine’s Day. We celebrate St Patrick’s Day with a little green, and then time for Easter. (And isn’t Easter early this year?!?) We have Mother’s Day + a lot of birthdays next but it’s a little quiet after that until 4th of July, right? Summer’s a little slower with holidays, and my kids just LOVE celebrating so it makes me happy when we have a holiday coming up.

I’m also, of course, in love with the Target one spot right when you walk in. It just seems like it keeps getting better and better. I stopped in this weekend to pick up a few things, of course, and walked out with Easter decorating bliss. I also picked up treats for the lunchbox and other fun surprises that are not on this post. I kind of get overwhelmed, especially since their one spot stuff sells out so quickly. The whole seasonal part of the store, of course, is now turning into one big Easter party, too. family photographer Raleigh_0748P I N this to pinterest

Of course, I love Target for pretty much everything else, too. I shop there way too much. As Mamas we all talk about how wonderful it is + there are so many great videos out there talking about moms and Target right? It is one of my favorite things to do with Harrison because I love him sitting there right in the cart in front of me, I have his undivided attention while we walk and chat. I have always loved walking with my little ones in the cart – they aren’t playing with toys, they are usually just chatting with me and of course, we stop by and look at trains, etc, while in the store. And if you’re expecting, of course, their baby registry is awesome, too! I love when I can shop for a baby present there because I’m already going to be there anyway. 

Back to decorating…Harrison and I decorated while Owen was at school, and he was so surprised and excited when he walked in. They both have loved playing with the Easter nesting eggs (the pink one) shown below.I love these days of them being little! Ok, now to work on my what I want to bake for Easter list!

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What I Learned in February

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Owen’s 100 Day Shirt. He had to bring in a shirt made with 100 things. Michael + Owen went to the Crabtree Lego store and brought home just enough pieces to design and glue his shirt. 

1.Pulling your IT band is no joke. My legs go inward anyway and my legs tend to over straighten (like, really) so it’s no wonder this problem headed my way. I know it’s super common but it was frustrating as it can take forever to feel better. The IT band presses on your knee so it can feel like excruciating knee pain. I had a few friends who gave me advice, which I think the best was to just rest. I took almost two weeks off and did nothing, and I was able to go right back to working out. I started slow and worked back up, which helped, too. I was just so happy to be able to go down stairs without pain. I linked an article above, which I think had a lot of great advice. I definitely needed new shoes, and love shopping at Fleet Feet because I get such great help so quickly. They watch you walk and suggest shoes. Harrison and I were in and out with a pair of shoes I love. That article also suggests warming up/cool down. A friend of mine and I were laughing about how old we are and how much stretching etc, we need to do just to workout.

2.Owen can swim. He has really rocked his last few swimming lessons, and I’m just so proud of him. I’m feeling a lot better about him being in the pool this summer already.

3.I’m going to have to order Harrison his own Batman cape. The boys have recently started playing together a lot, which is adorable. Harrison LOVES batman and is constantly running around in Owen’s cape. There are a lot of things I have avoided buying two of and having them share, but I think this one is going to be non negotiable. (One of the things they love sharing is the plasmacar like best toy ever if you have hardwoods and it’s a rainy day or any day really!)

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4.The 100th day of kindergarten was absolutely amazing. I may have shed a few tears. I used to be a second grade teacher – I taught for 5 1/2 years, and I have never seen anything like this. We are so lucky to have the most amazing room moms who have made kindergarten just so special this year. I try to avoid going to too many places. Like, I really just love being at home when at all possible since I’m always in carpool, working, etc. But, this year I have learned about the dollar stores and how for so cheap you can make a day just so special for kids. So, I will make the extra trip to one more store – ha! You can stop laughing at me now – online groceries, Amazon, etc make my life so much easier.

5.I cannot stay up until 2 AM and function normally anymore. It’s no secret that I love sleep..since I was pregnant with Harrison, I have had to go to bed earlier. I went to such a fun Mom’s Retreat and we ended up staying up until 2 AM, and yeah, I was a wreck the next day – ha!

6.I have had sinus problems since having Owen and finally found something that works – more on the blog later this week!

7.Barre socks. I reallly love going to barre, and I feel like it took me forever to feel like I wasn’t dying the entire class. (Just maybe like 3/4 of class?) One of the most important parts of class is the socks, really! My friend Michele sent me some awesome sparkly socks last year, which I have lovvvvvved. I will have to say, I just tried this brand’s socks with the toes, and I think they are my absolutely favorite. They are just so sticky, they got stuck in my boots!

8.Photographing siblings meeting is one of my absolute favorites. (more on the blog soon!) I photographed this little one meeting his big sister, and it was just too precious. I think my favorite day ever was the day Owen and Harrison met.

9.Making mickey pancakes is my new fave. I have talked about this a few times, but the kids just love them. Michael and I made a huge breakfast for the kids Saturday morning, so I just made a ton of waffles and froze them. (Why was I making them every single time before? ha! Oh, the freezer, I love you!)

10.Fuller House. Oh, nostalgia. Definitely a show just for the parents to watch!

11. I am not the only one that doesn’t know how to iron well. I mean, women’s clothes don’t need that much ironing, right? I really didn’t spend that much time tied to the ironing board growing up, and may still use the dryer for last minute wrinkles. I did not have experience with the tediousness of Men’s dress shirts like my husband. So glad to find out I am not the only one when speaking to so many friends about this! And I now have three dress shirt wearing men in this house.

Books I read this month..

1.A Man Called Ove.This was such a great read – I pretty much read most of it the day of the awful tornado warnings. I had no idea when I started the book how much I would love it. It was predictable and fun, in the best way possible, and of course, I ended the book sobbing. Love, love, loved it.

2.The Fringe Hours.I am definitely going to recommend this book for every Mama, whether you stay at home full time, work full time, or work at home. There are so many good truths in this book for Mothers. I wish I could mention every single great thing in this book, but there are just too many. This is one of those that I think I should read again and again for reminders. I can’t imagine that you would read this book and not be encouraged. The author works full time, has kids, and runs a blog, so she has a lot on her plate and also great advice for Mamas. Highly recommend it. Let me know if you read it + what you think!

3. I didn’t finish this book all the way, but I did find Spark Joy a lot more effective at explaining her method of tidying. If you are a big Marie Kondo fan, you will love this book. I have gotten rid of a lot of things that definitely did not spark joy, and needed the push from her books.There have been a lot of great blog articles out there to read also that show how others are organizing and tidying using her method.

Also, super excited that a friend told me about Rated Reads. I hate when picking out a book if I know if it’s going to be clean or not. Usually the friends I get recommendations from aren’t going to recommend anything terrible, but this is also a great resource for other recommendatins.

What are you reading this month?!? Let me know in the comments!

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Rebecca Keller is a Cary NC Family Photographer featured in People Magazine and on several blogs including the Bump. I do chat a lot about my personal life on the blog and recommendations for things that I love, and I may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles.

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I see so many Mamas with newborns all the time, (which is so much fun!) There are so many things I get asked all the time, so here are a few of those summed up in this post. Babies are the greatest gift and the most wonderful thing in the world, but that whole no sleep thing is tough. It’s rough and awful. Neither one of my babies liked to eat at all. Owen didn’t like to eat or breathe for months, and Harrison’s eating struggles were due to being early. Add in major reflux for both of them + not eating, and we did not have some good sleepers the first few months. By 2 1/2 to 3 months, they definitely got better sleep and started sleeping 12 – 12 1/2 hours at night, which definitely felt like a miracle. I mean, I would be scared every time I woke up and they had slept longer like something was wrong with them.

raleigh newborn portraits 8P I N this to pinterestThese are just a few things that helped lift my spirits during those first few months of exhaustion and no sleep.

1.Starbucks drive thru. Yes, this is definitely number one – ha! It is just so difficult to go anywhere with a newborn, but I felt like I needed to stop staring at my living room walls for a minute, so after a feeding, I’d just get out for a few minutes and go through the drive thru. I got to see new things and just feel a little refreshed being out of the house.

2.Harris Teeter Online Grocery Shopping. Ok, my Harris Teeter does deliver, too, but I really felt like ordering the groceries online kind of went with being able to get out for a few minutes without having to get out of the car and worry about my hair, etc. I still use this because it saves time, and I also know how much money I’m spending ahead of time – no budgeting in the store.

3. And now, I’d totally recommend Amazon Prime Now  for new moms too. I have definitely used it, and lovvvvve it. (You can read more about it in my post here)

4.Resting is so important. Try not to do too much or exercise too early. If you have older siblings, be careful about picking them up those first few months. Rest. Rest. Rest. The more you rest the first few months, the better you get and can start working out again. I’ve seen too many mamas already hurt in the first few weeks after having a baby because they were picking up siblings or pushing themselves too hard. Try to focus on just taking care of your baby and resting those first few weeks.

5.Although, if you feel good, a short walk in the sunshine, if the weather’s nice, can also work wonders to lift your spirits and brighten your day. The first time I ever left the house with Owen to go for a walk, (he was born in June) he was six weeks old. I didn’t even get a quarter of a mile before another mom was running across the street yelling, “Yay!!! Another mom!!!!” And we have been good friends ever since. I did also sometimes take him to Crabtree and walk around for a little bit just to get out of the house.

6.Don’t try to do everything those first few months. Honestly, Owen did not make it to preschool a lot right after Harrison was born, and that was ok. The thought of getting both of them out of the car twice in once day (the struggle is real) just was overwhelming to me at that point. I definitely had to let go of a lot of my type A try to be super woman tendencies. And when I did go, I lovvvvvved this stroller for walking into preschool or hitting the mall. I loved the skateboard part of this stroller because Owen was stuck in between me and the stroller. It was perfect. I still use this stroller when I need to run in somewhere and don’t want to worry about corralling Owen.

7.This goes along with resting, but also try to take a tiny bit of time for yourself everyday. Read a book, take a bath, maybe run out to target by yourself or go on a target date with your older child when your husband gets home. Stress relief is so important those first few months.

8.Invite friends over to sit with you on the couch. Although you may not feel like having anyone over, it’s always great to see a good friend. I remember after having Owen, one of my best friends wanted to drive a little over an hour to see me. I said, Yes, that would be AWESOME to see someone during the day instead of my living room walls. (I really felt like I just stared at the living room walls 24/7 and most everyone came to visit in the evening) I said, please just know that we will spend the entire day on the couch feeding him. (you know, trouble eating plus babies eat allll the time) We did, but it was so great to have her there and laugh, and we watched movies, too. Letting people feed you + bring you meals goes along with this too. It’s wonderful if someone will bring you dinner right after you’ve had a baby and you don’t have to think about cooking.

9.When Harrison was around a month old, Michael surprised me by arranging a friend to watch the boys, and he took me out to dinner and a movie. I was exhausted and really didn’t want to go, but it was so great for the two of us to get to spend time together and just laugh together.

10.Leaving the room to feed them in the middle of the night. I was so tired so I usually had to get up, go to another room, watch tv, kind of wake up a little bit. We got netflix when Harrison was born – ha!

11. Take help. If there are grandparents or another family member around who will sit with the baby while you sleep, by all means, don’t try to be superwoman and take as much help as you can get.

12.Know that this is a very short window of time, spend time snuggling + cuddling that baby. We started a bedtime routine from birth, and I loved spending time reading to my babies.

What helped you in the first three months? Let me know in the comments below!

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Rebecca Keller is a family and newborn photographer featured in People Magazine who spends her time sipping iced coffee, chasing after her two little ones, reading, running, and editing. Because I chat alot about my personal life, books i’ve read, and other style recommendations, etc– I may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about Raleigh Newborn Portraits and travel sessions.