Everyone knows how much i love babies, snuggling them, photographing them, sniffing their sweet heads. So, i’m ALWAYS pumped to hear when families i’ve photographed are growing by a tiny human. I was over the moon when Christin contacted me to let me know they were expecting and then even more so when i got the news that baby Kellan was here (early of course, just like his big sis). He spent some time in the NICU but he’s home and perfect and beautiful and healthy. I couldn’t get enough of this sweet boy. And his big sis (who you might remember from this session!) is pretty smitten with him i think.
oh those tiny toes and fingers… swoon.. the baby fever was real, friends.
christin+kyle, thank you guys so much for trusting me to capture these sweet moments! Your kids are just the best and i adore you all! Hope you’re all getting lots of rest! big love! xxJBZ
christin+kyle | engaged: 10.13.06 | married 9 years | 08.18.2007 | home now: columbus, oh
christin | hometown: canton, ohio | Manager, Marketing Communications | 5 words (as described by kyle) : loving, kind, beautiful, loyal, selfless
kyle | hometown: tallmadge, oregon |Regional Sales Manager | 5 words (as described by christin): loving, patient, handsome, loyal, kind
katelynn |5 | kate | energetic, kind, smart, silly, “the negotiator”
kellan | 5 weeks | may 25, 2016 | 5 lbs, 12 oz, 19 in | chill, giggly, smiley, cuddly, dad’s twin
how did big sister kate react to having a new brother:
We revealed to her that she was going to be a big sister by buying and reading her the book “Big Sisters are the Best” by Fran Manushkin.
On the last page, which shows a family of four, we wrote “Congratulations, Katelynn – you’re going to be a big sister this summer!”
Her reaction: “Our mom has a baby in her belly? I knew it! Oh, I’m so happy – I have wanted a sibling my whole life!”
tell us a little about your birth story:
Just like his sister, Kellan was an early bird. He arrived five and a half weeks early (two weeks earlier than Kate arrived). Because he was so early, he spent some time in the NICU and we took him home four weeks later.
It wasn’t exactly the start we all envisioned, but we’re grateful for the extra time with him and that he’s a healthy, happy little boy.
The whole family is enjoying him to the fullest – especially big sister Kate!
what ‘must haves’ should expecting moms make sure to have in their hospital bag?
Don’t overpack. A bag of toiletries and a going home outfit are enough. Everything else you can get at the hospital. And pack your bag EARLY.
With Katelynn arriving early, I never got the chance to pack a bag. With Kellan, I packed super early, but just barely before his unexpected arrival.
most helpful baby product or shower gift:
First baby: Itzbeen Baby Care Timer (nowadays, they have apps that do the exact same thing)
Second baby: Dr. Brown’s natural flow bottles
Both babies: Medela quick steam bags; BOB Revolution stroller
best piece of advice given to you:
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
best piece of mommy/daddy advice to others:
Live in the moment and remember that everything is temporary – both the good and the bad.