Maddilyn Has Arrived

September 21st, we welcomed our Maddilyn to the world & it’s been a whirlwind since!

This was my first experience with being induced & the day of, I was a nervous wreck! Jason & I didn’t sleep well the night before, just anticipating what was to come the following day. We got up the morning of her birthday fully aware we were going to change the dynamic of our family again. The short ride to the hospital was filled with anxious hope for a quick delivery & healthy baby, I remember thinking to myself, “The next time I am in this car, I will be going home with a baby in the backseat.”

After stopping by McDonald’s to get in one last meal before delivery, we arrived at the hospital. As we walked up to the building that would be holding our new baby soon, Jason said a prayer for us all & we walked in. We headed to room 205 & began prepping for Maddilyn to join us. I was so shocked at how fast things moved once we got settled in the room! The hospital staff was amazing, getting things done & making sure both baby & I were taken care of during our stay.

The time arrived & pushing began, Maddilyn made her way into the world an hour later & was placed right on my chest. Things never really change when welcoming new life, it is overwhelming, perfect, scary & dream like. I remember just looking up at Jason as we both cried over the blessing we had just received. I think we cried more than Maddi did!

After being weighed, measured & checked, we were able to love on her again & invited family into the room to meet our conclusion to the Story family. Safe to say that they were smitten! Ezra & Kensington love their new sister & are adjusting well to life with a newborn. I love watching them wake up in the morning & ask to see their baby! Maddi has no idea how loved she is when it comes to her siblings.

Since coming home, we are trying to learn our new groove with Maddi. She is such a good baby, never bothered by her loud brother & sister running through the house. She completes us in ways we didn’t know needed completing & we are so thankful for her presence here in our home.

The images below are some of the images I was able to capture when family came in to meet Maddi. (aside from the ones I am in haha! Thanks Mom!)

Bump-Date

We are only 3 weeks out from meeting our newest little girl! Time sure has flown with this pregnancy, I feel like we just found out we were expecting last week. I think thats what happens when you're caught up with a family & a business!

Thankfully, we were able to carve out some time for Jason & I to get maternity pictures taken by another talented photographer in our area a couple weeks ago. I love how they turned out & learned just how nerve-racking it can be, being the one in front of the camera! I had no idea y'all! But it really made me glad for clients who trust me with their images & allow me to make them comfortable during our sessions together. 

In these last few weeks before #3 joins us, I have sessions to edit, sessions to shoot & a space to make for baby. (Am I last minute with the baby stuff or what?) When I think of all that needs to be done before baby comes, I am not overwhelmed but instead, I find myself a little sad to be slowing down with photography for the month of September. I can't stand being stagnant in my work, so slowing down even if only for a month, is not something I have looked forward to. 

I am looking forward to completing our family with this little one & sharing the adorable newness with you all in the weeks to come! Our doctor appointments are weekly now, so things are getting real for the Story household. I have begun to get all of Kensi's newborn clothes washed & ready to go & have been pleasantly surprised by how much I have missed little onesies floating around the house. It means more laundry, but at least its cute?

We are so excited to introduce our littlest rainbow baby to you all soon but in the meantime, enjoy a look at our maternity session done by Chelsea Whetsel Photography. 

 

10 Things You Didn't Know About Me

In this day & age, it is so easy to just show the world the highlights of your life & forget to make a connection with your viewers. Lately, one of my goals has been to establish real connections with those that follow the KSP brand, so here I am throwing caution to the wind & inviting you in to learn a little more about who I am as person. 

By adding weekly blogs to my website, I hope you can find yourself laughing along at my mishaps, cheering when I get the laundry done & just generally find yourself feeling like part of the family. Welcome home!

Something I have wanted to write on has been a 10 Things post, what I didn't realize was how hard writing this was going to be! I think you'll find that I learned just as much about myself as you're about to. (I mean, I am not even sure how I came up with 10 things at this point!)

1.) I love reading! I mean it. I can get lost to a book in an instant, falling for characters I haven't met & places I have never been. I have been a bookworm ever since I can remember, always quick to pick up a book but slow to finish because I am never quite ready to say goodbye to the storylines I fall into.

2.) My favorite drink is an ice-cold Sarsaparilla! If you haven't heard of this drink, you are missing out! Let's just say its root beer on steroids. No other way to describe it. I actually go to the cutest old fashioned soda shop for them & I am itching to do a session there as well so stay tuned! 

3.) This one is a no brainer but I love watching how the light falls across the ground. I never really paid any attention to this until I became a photographer & noticed just how influential light is composing a beautiful image. During the day you can find me staring at long shadows in the house or finding a corner that the light touches just right, silently making notes of different times of day for certain shots I want. I am that obsessed. 

4.) I am selfless to a fault. Even typing that makes me cringe but I want you to know me, so here I am. I often put others before me (what mom doesn't?) so much so, that I end up losing myself to the needs of others. This isn't always a bad thing, but when I allow myself to get burned out, I am no good to the ones who rely on me. Taking time to refresh myself has been something I am working on. 

5.) I make these grand plans for my days off & never follow through. Who else is with me on this? I go to bed with lists of things I can do on the days the kids are at the grandparents & I end up sleeping in, cleaning or working. I think I have a love affair with productivity. 

6.) I failed my first semester of college. Yup, flunked right out. I was young, barely made it through high school & so in love with this one guy, that I didn't take it seriously & failed out. That one guy became my husband & school has never been my thing so I never went back. That's why you get to read blogs like this & see me doing a job I LOVE! (But stay in school, your mom made me say that.)

7.) I am not good at "being a girl". LOL Never have been good at the hair thing, keeping up with nail appts or wearing the cute dresses. I try, I really do & about once a month I get it together enough to look like I know how to apply that mascara I am wearing. I can remember growing up & asking God if I could just please be one of those girls who pulled off the shorts & a tee shirt look well. I think I knew then that the primping life wasn't for me.

8.) I am my hardest critic when it comes to my photography & business practices. After a session I like to give myself one night of not looking at the session because I am so hard on myself. I find I am much nicer to me when I have slept on the session. Haha!

9.) I DEEP clean when I am mad. I always joke with everyone that Jason knows if he's done something if he walks in & the house is spotless. I think maybe he's wised up & knows how to get a clean house.

10.) I play the guitar & sing. I learned how to play the guitar in high school after my dad bought me a second hand guitar at a local shop. I can still hear him saying, "If I buy this, you have to promise to learn how to use it." I still use that guitar to this day. 

I hope these 10 facts have helped you get to know me a little better! If you related to anything, leave me a comment & lets connect!

Family Trip to Andy's Backyard!

Since discovering Toy Story last year, Ezra (our oldest) has been obsessed! We have the pajamas, action figures, movies & more! So when we found out that Disney was once again one-upping themselves & adding Toy Story Land to the theme parks, we planned a trip for opening week! 

Walt Disney World isn't far from home so after a quick car ride to the happiest place on earth, we arrived with BIG expectations. We weren't disappointed as everything there certainly was big, I mean we were in Andy's backyard for goodness sake! After getting shrunk down to toy size, we made our way through tinker toys, monkeys in a barrel & green army men! There was no end to the creativity of how this place came together! 

You can see on Ezra's face how truly magical the park was & that makes this photographer Mama glad we took the risk on opening week. Before leaving, we told the toys we would be back soon & we meant it!

Enjoy a look at our family trip to Toy Story Land!