Oliver’s Newborn Family Photo Session

Before Oliver arrived, we decided to do his newborn photo shoot a bit different than Raleigh’s. We wanted a laidback, relaxed feel that involved all four of us. Being at home, the boys were most comfortable, and even though there were some newborn tears, a couple diaper blowouts, and a few nursing breaks – I am amazed at all of the incredibly special moments that Joey was able to capture. I am absolutely in love with these photos and will treasure this short time in our lives forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I am over the moon to share that this session is featured on Inspired by This, one of our favorite go-to blogs for all things inspiring + creative!

Dreamy Boudoir

Sharing photos from that one sunny afternoon that I got nearly naked and had an absolutely dreamy boudoir session with Amanda Sutton Photography + Caroline with The Prettiest Pieces after Ashley Watts made me feel like a queen after our hair + makeup session.
Enjoy the full feature on Wedding Chicks here!
When I was first introduced to Caroline last year, there were a couple things that were clear right away – she is passionate, she is a visionary, she is driven, and she has incredible taste that’s brought to life with each event that she styles.

 

I am honored to call this talented industry partner a friend, and I feel so lucky that she called me to come hang with her and Amanda for this whimsical afternoon in her studio.

 

 

God designed me from start to finish, top to bottom. Time has changed my outward appearance. And growing life within changed me even more. But now, more than ever, I am most confident in my skin. I feel strong and empowered. And I feel beautiful – especially looking back at images from this special photo shoot day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.”
Matthew 10:29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Botanical Maternity Shoot

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have already gotten a little peek at these photos. It has already been 9 full months since this photo shoot with j&a photography and I am still absolutely swooning over these images and incredible memories from such a special day.
Here are a few of my favorite details and moments, but you can see the full feature right here, along with several photos from my boho baby shower!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography: J&A Photography / Venue: WinMock at Kinderton / Florals: Green Bee Floral Designs / Hair & Makeup: Face Forward / Rentals: The Prettiest Pieces / Dress: Fillyboo Maternity

Boho Baby Shower

I am beyond thrilled to share photos + moments of this special day with you, friends! July 15, 2017 was a very favorite day for so many reasons – not only was I loved on hard by the sweetest friends and family, but our littlest babe, Oliver, who we hadn’t yet met in person was surrounded by genuine excitement and anticipation for his arrival!
I am honored to daily work alongside such talented and loving event professionals who went above and beyond to make my baby shower completely unforgettable and incredibly gorgeous. And because of that, it wasn’t soon after receiving the photos that I learned 100 Layer Cakelet wanted to feature it on their site!
Here are a few of my favorite details and moments, but you can see the full feature right here, along with several photos from my maternity session that morning!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography: J&A Photography / Venue: The Granary at WinMock at Kinderton / Florals: Green Bee Floral Designs / Hair & Makeup: Face Forward / Calligraphy: Keen Bee Calligraphy / Catering: Providence Catering / Rentals: The Prettiest Pieces / Dress: Fillyboo Maternity / Succulent Favors: Etsy

Our Master Bedroom + Laurie Anne Art

 

When we first moved into our new home, we were living only in the front three rooms with one box each, a crib, and a blow-up mattress on the floor. Also, I was six months pregnant. While it wasn’t exactly glamorous, it was an adventure that we got through together as a family. But I’ll tell you, it made the arrival of our brand-new Tuft & Needle mattress and bedroom furniture that much sweeter!
I already had an indigo throw pillow on our bed and dip-dyed clothes hamper, but the addition of these gorgeous botanical cyanotypes from Laurie Anne Art really brought the room together. You can see where I first shared these beauties here, and read the full scoop on how these prints came to life here! I love Laurie Anne’s one-of-a-kind pieces + prints and following along on her Instagram to see what new things she’s working on. Once I figure out exactly what I’d like, I plan to commission her for an unposed nudie portrait to hang in our bathroom!

 

Indigo Pillow Cover // Brass Frames // Midcentury Dresser + Nightstands // Himalayan Salt Lamp // Brass Floor Mirror // Jute Hamper // Brass Table Lamps // Globe Floor Lamp // Barrel Chair // Striped Throw Blanket (no longer available; similar 1, 2, 3) // Moroccan Pouf // Macrame Wall Hanging (similar 1, 2) // Shag Rug (not pictured)

 

xo,
R

Raleigh’s Big Boy Room

When putting together Raleigh’s room, I didn’t honestly give the design direction must planning – it really just came together with thoughtful purchases and placements. His “big boy” room looks so different than his completely neutral nursery at our old house, and I love the southwest vibe that came through.
Raleigh’s furniture, a vintage mid-century collection of dressers we sourced on Craigslist, plus his crib, came with us to our new space. We transitioned his crib to a toddler bed, inherited the vintage orange tweed chair from Ryan’s grandparents’ old home, along with the Iron Eyes Cody piece (read more here) by local artist, Bob Timerlake, that had been saved and hiding away at Nana’s house. And with only a few additional decor elements, the room now feels cozy and complete.
Room details can be found here >>
Walnut 3-in-1 Crib (similar) // Bison Quilt // White Bed + Changing Pad Linens // Savanna Southwestern Rug (Grey) // Leather Triangle Mobile // Deer Skull Art Print // Brass Floor Lamp (similar) // Moroccan Pouf (similar)// Vintage Globe (similar) // Rocking Moose // Wall Weaving (no longer available; similar 1 and 2)
xo,
R
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Oliver Finley Kearns: The Name

Ryan and I prefer names that are a bit more unique, even if they are considered popular, rather than names that are considered traditional. We also wanted to incorporate our love of the natural world that God created into both our boys’ names. We had a short list of favorite boy names, and when we found out we were having another boy it wasn’t hard to narrow it down!
OLIVER
Meaning and History:
Originally from France, Oliver means ‘the olive tree’. The biblical olive tree symbolizes fruitfulness and beauty and dignity. Extending an olive branch signifies an offer of peace.
 
FINLEY
 
Meaning and History:
Finley, an Irish name, means ‘fair hero’ or fair-haired warrior’, and has also been known to mean ‘sunbeam’.
 
Photos by j&a photography
We’re a family of blondes, and Oliver did arrive with a bit of blonde hair, so we can only hope he stays true to his name with white-blonde hair like his brother, Raleigh!
xo,
R

Oliver’s Room Reveal

I had SO much fun putting together the design for Oliver’s room. We were in the process of moving to our forever home while I was pregnant, and I knew it would be a long journey, but I couldn’t wait to piece together every sweet detail once I had the chance!
With our move, we have put a lot of thought into everything we bring into our home. We want it to bring us joy – whether it’s aesthetically pleasing or, much more than that – has sentimental value, like the hexagon shelves handmade by Ryan’s uncle, vintage furniture left in the family and original to our farmhouse, previously owned by Ryan’s grandparents, and the green bamboo-yarn blanket crocheted by my mother.
Room details can be found here >>
Natural Wood Crib (no longer available – similar options 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) // Vintage Turkish Kilim Pillow // Mudcloth Pillows // Natural Bolga Market Basket (similar) // Wooden Triangle Mobile // Brass Floor Lamp (similar) // Electric Reclining Rocker Chair (purchased originally for Raleigh’s nursery) // Banana Fiber Foot Stools // Moroccan Trellis Area Rug // Sheepskin Rug // Brushed Gold Plant Pot // Pendant Light // Himalayan Salt Lamp // Hand-painted Wooden Compass // Brass Peace Sign // Beeswax Candle // Max the Raccoon // Wall Tapestry (no longer available – similar) // Celebrate the Alphabet Poster // Vintage Accordion Peg Rack (similar option new) // Custom Rivers and Roads Banner // Ring Slings (1 and 2)
xo,

R

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Oliver Finley: Birth Story

This may be one of the shortest birth stories ever. And I have to start by saying that I have been incredibly blessed with easy and quick labor + delivery experiences!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017
Ryan and I were lying in bed that night after putting Raleigh to sleep, and I remember feeling a few contractions. They were still far apart, but consistent, and I could tell they were different than braxton hicks. I am pretty sure the first person I texted was my other half at work, Laura, letting her know that I might not be in the next day, as I was sure I’d be going into full force labor that night.
After letting a few other key family members know, we fell asleep, expecting to be woken up sometime later with stronger contractions.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
I woke up early with contractions – not a whole lot stronger than ones the night before and a little disappointed that they were no longer consistent. I decided I would go into work that day and just see how the day went, and as the morning progressed I began needing to breathe lightly through the contractions. I wore comfortable clothes and asked Laura to take my client appointments so I wouldn’t be caught mid-contraction during a tour or meeting.
I worked the whole day at the office tying up loose ends, and even breaking for lunch to have my tires balanced, all while breathing through contractions. I could tell Oliver would be arriving soon! I called the birthing center to give them a heads up, and I remember getting so excited while talking with one of the sweet nurses over the phone. We were still about a week away from the due date, but we’d be holding him sooner than we thought!
My in-laws invited us over for dinner so we wouldn’t have to think about cooking or cleaning up. While there, I could tell my contractions were getting a bit more intense, and I decided to start timing them. We left around 7:30 pm, got home and read bedtime stories to Raleigh in our bed before Ryan put him to sleep. I was still breathing through contractions, but not enough for Raleigh to be alarmed at all. I was just enjoying one final evening together as a family of three.
After Ryan came back from putting Raleigh to sleep in his bed, we called our midwife, Marsha, to let her know what was happening. She suggested I take a warm bath for about thirty minutes to see if labor would pick up. It definitely did! I was so relaxed in the bath and my contractions sped up and got more intense. Once I got out around 9:30 pm, they actually became painful, and we knew it was time!
My in-laws live only five minutes away, so we called my mother-in-law over so she could stay at the house with Raleigh while we were gone. With a toddler at home and it being so late we decided we weren’t going to invite any family to the birthing center. If all went according to plan (like things did with Raleigh!), then we wouldn’t be there very long after the birth anyway!
We left at 10:15 pm, arriving at the birthing center, Natural Beginnings, at 11:15 pm. On the way, I texted family and a few friends to let them know. Once we arrived, I wasn’t dilated very much, which was a bit disappointing, but I  knew how quickly things moved with Raleigh, so I was ready to make it happen! I was able to communicate a bit more upon arrival (unlike with Raleigh – when we arrived at the birthing center while in labor with him I could barely talk), so I got undressed and moved around in different positions to help with dilation.
Ryan, just like with our first birth, was so amazing – reminding me to breathe and relax, helping me into different positions for comfort, and massaging my shoulders and back. Other than a few subtle checks from our amazing birth team – midwife and nurse – it was just us in the dimly lit room, relaxing, and letting my body work. It was so calm and I felt so at peace.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
Around 12:15 am I could tell things were beginning to pick up as my contractions remained steady (we were no longer timing them) and increased in intensity while my body helped push Oliver out. I decided to get in the birthing pool, and the water eased the pressure immensely. Just like at one point while in labor with Raleigh, I did feel nauseated, and when offered peppermint essential oil (which usually helps with these feelings) I refused adamantly (the smell made me gag when I was in labor with Raleigh). Unlike with Raleigh, though, I actually did vomit – several times. Luckily they offered these helpful little vomit bags just in time!
I wasn’t as in control of my emotions and pain as I had hoped to be, and I remember swearing that this would be our last child. Ryan says I even yelled a cuss word at one point (women can’t be held accountable for what’s said in labor + delivery, by the way). Finally, I felt something – and I yelled that I had to go to the bathroom! After a brief argument with Marsha where I swore I needed to go to the bathroom and she assured me that it was just my water breaking and to stay in the water, I felt the sudden urge to push. Y’all – I was sure I had pooped in the water (I didn’t..).
I pushed hard and productively – and I did so much better by focusing my energy on pushing and not vocalizing while pushing. Marsha kept telling me to reach down and feel my baby coming out, but I couldn’t make myself let go of the handles on the side of the birthing pool. After only five minutes of pushing I felt the relief of Oliver coming fully out. I turned around in the water and there he was!

While I felt immediate relief, I also immediately felt drained. I didn’t quite feel “present” enough to scoop him up out of the water. So Marsha and Ryan helped bring him out of the water and up onto my chest. He was wide-eyed and perfect. He was five days early, but hardly had any vernix on him at all. We couldn’t take our eyes off him, and after a little while I was helped out of the water so Ryan and I could snuggle with him on the bed.

Initial checks and screenings were delayed until we felt like we had plenty of skin to skin and bonding time. I also wanted to nurse Oliver as soon as possible. He didn’t latch perfectly (I’ll share more on that later!), but still so much better than Raleigh was able to.

Photo by j&a photography at two weeks old
Oliver Finley Kearns was born at 1:13 am on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 weighing 6lbs 15oz and measuring 20 inches long.
The whole labor and delivery went smoothly and quickly, and we checked out of the birthing center just two hours later. We headed home and let my mother-in-law leave after saying a quick hello to her newest grandson. When Raleigh woke up the next morning, he was surprised with his brand-new baby brother and it was the absolute sweetest!

 

xo,
R

Father’s Day Gifting: JORD Wood Watch + GIVEAWAY!

Friends, Father’s Day is right around the corner (this Sunday, June 18, to be exact)! It totally snuck up on me too, but, luckily, Raleigh and I found the perfect way to celebrate our favorite man – with a handcrafted wooden watch from JORD Wood Watches.

We chose the Sawyer in Koa + Bronze, and since we simply couldn’t wait until Father’s Day to gift it to him, it has already become a daily staple for my husband. The classic look, unique style, and detailed craftsmanship of the luxury hardwood is eye-catching, but still completely a neutral – this is the perfect lifestyle accessory.

JORD Sawyer Wood Watch

And I am so excited that JORD has offered to give my sweet friends (that’s you!) a chance to win a $100 shop credit! Select a watch for the special father in your life or even yourself! Even though there will only be one lucky winner of the $100 credit, ALL who enter will receive a $25 credit once the giveaway is closed, hooray!


The giveaway is open through 11:59 PM on Sunday, June 18, 2017. The $100 shop credit winner will be automatically selected and notified by JORD.
Check out all of the other men’s watch options here. And if you’re looking for the perfect gift for yourself or the sweet lady in your life, check out the gorgeous women’s watch options here!

JORD Sawyer Wood Watch

xo,

Rebecca

Thank you so much to our partner JORD Wood Watches for sponsoring this post! All words and opinions are my own.



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