Dear little baby inside me, I want you to know:
I am involved in a wonderful experience.
I am having a baby, and you are that wonderful baby.
I welcome this experience with such happiness.
I can feel the changes taking place in my body.
My womb has become a temple of joy because of you.
I can feel you grow within me, and my body swells with pride.
I take pleasure at the thought of your moving inside me.
My life combines with yours in love.
I’m preparing myself for the time you will be born.
I’m carrying you with such loving pride.
I feel the exciting bloom of being pregnant.
I have a beautiful glow about me because you’re in my life now.
I nourish you with love and take care of my body.
I’m learning to relax more everyday.
I look forward to your birth with such joy.
I am confident about your birth.
I’m practicing relaxation so that you can move easily and comfortably into his world.
When you’re born, little baby, I will give you love so that you may grow in love and trust in yourself and others.
I promise to talk to you in such a way that you will listen, and I promise to listen to you in such a way that you will talk.
I will respect your right to be yourself and I’ll try to help you learn to respect the rights of others.
I promise to encourage you to seek answers that will lead you to know and appreciate this wonderful world around you.
I promise to teach you with love and guidance, rather than anger and punishment.
I will teach you, and I will learn from you.
I will provide opportunities for you to help you grow in love and happiness.
I see you, little baby, coming from my womb, and I see you cradled in my arms.
I’m elated at the thought of your coming to me.
Dear little baby, I love you.
Photos by Miranda North
Dear little baby, I can’t wait for you to join our little family. You will be welcomed with so much love, especially with love from a big sister. She is constantly hugging and kissing my belly up while having conversations with you. I cannot wait to see you two grow together <3.
Last pregnancy we had booked a maternity shoot with the amazing Miranda North, but we missed it entirely as the roads were shut down all over our area as we were driving so we were unable to make it! We ended up pulling over and took our own using a tripod for the first time! Here are the pictures from exactly 2 years ago 2015. Sure they’re not so bad considering we took them ourselves, but we REALLY wish we had made it to her session, so we made extra sure that we made it to the one for this year. We’re quite pleased with our photos! Miranda is SO talented, she’s definitely one of our favorite photographers. I’ll release part 2 of our photo session soon!
Photos by Miranda North
Hahaha her shoes totally match right? I’d also like to mention daddy did her hair.
Since the party was in the late afternoon I kept the food simple by having several charcuterie boards laid out and a donut tower from the only place I’d eat donuts from–Blue Star in Venice!
I think it’s safe to say Sareena had lots of fun with her friends!
I’m truly grateful to have such an amazing family & village. Our next little girl that will be arriving really soon will definitely be welcomed & showered with soooo much love!
Photos by Ashleigh Cahn
I got a lot of love on my post regarding Sareena’s 1st birthday party from back in January. A lot has happened since then, and now that she will be 2 in just a few months, we have an even bigger birthday planned for her 2nd birthday..
The gift of a baby sister! Sameer and I are so grateful to be blessed with another baby girl on the way!
Baby #2 is due to arrive three days after Sareena’s 2nd birthday in January 2018 (but let’s see when she decides to make her appearance)! We were so excited and told Sareena as soon as we found out. She definitely knows and is excited that she’s having a baby sister. She has been obsessed with taking care of her baby dolls. She puts them to sleep, nurses them, feeds them, babywears them, basically is just all around nurturing as she always has been. She frequently pats and kisses my growing belly while saying “hi baby!” and sings to her. We watch birth videos together and the weekly baby growth updates, and she’s very hands on and involved in all our midwife check ups. She is going to play such an important role in her sister’s birth, I can feel it.
In the beginning, I felt so guilty wondering how I can love another child as much as my first, and felt sad about my attention having to be divided at times to tend to both daughters. But then I realized there is so much more to look forward to, like the joy of seeing my daughters interact and love one another. It’s a feeling I cannot wait to experience. Watching them grow and learn from each other, have princess tea parties, and get into all sorts of mischief together.
Sareena is going to be the best big sister, and I cannot wait to see how our little girls grow up together to be best friends. My heart is so happy and sometimes I cannot believe that I’m married to such an incredible man who I’ve made 2 daughters with. It truly feels like I’m living a fairy tale <3
Photographer: Sanaz Photography
Introducing one of our new favorite organic cotton brands: The Spunky Stork! They make the most darling dresses and the prints are so cute! I adore every single dress & bloomer set she has from them. It’s one of her current favorites and one of the most frequent brand she now wears everywhere. I, of course, had to jump at the opportunity to match with her with this blue medallion print.
I also want to introduce a new second blog that I’ve started called Lil Sontakey. This site is solely dedicated to motherhood & babyhood; it’s where I can share all my casual iPhone photos while featuring our favorite products and other content (one of my most popular requests I get in my inbox!). It’s essentially a place where I can document memories & adventures. While this blog will primarily remain as my style diary, I am excited to branch off to this more personal blog which I will be a little more active on.
Sleep, little one, on a velvet cloud
as the floating stars sing a lullaby.
Drift away to the land of dreams,
where teddy bears dance in a rainbow sky.
Play, little one, on the golden stars,
as the mother moon keeps a watchful eye.
listen as she recounts her tales
of enchanted forests where children fly.
Dance, little one, in the whispering wind,
’til the moon and stars breathe a sleepy sigh.
Wrap your dreams in a paper moon,
and gently push them toward the sky.
Wake, little one, to the morning sun,
as it calls to the world that it’s time to rise.
Wave farewell to the land of dreams,
and gently open your sweet little eyes.
Link for the fall 2016 campaign we shot for them in Venice, California.
Today’s post features an exclusive wooden timepiece by JORD. This unique watch is by the Cora series in Zebrawood & Turquoise; it’s truly like something I’ve never seen before. To me, an eye catching watch is a reminder to be present and to live in the moment. I remember seeing an illustration of a dog and human sitting together and why dog is happier than a human in that scenario. The human is shown to be thinking about everything else BUT sitting with his dog, whereas the dog is thinking of nothing but sitting with his human. The dog has mastered the power of presence and therefore is truly content and happier. When you’re truly present in everything you do, you get much more out of your time. This is something I’m working on and I encourage you to try to soak up every moment by enjoying the now rather than thinking about anything other than what you’re doing now. Your time will be better spent and you will be much happier for it.
I’ve also teamed up with JORD to host a giveaway. All entries can be placed here by July 20 11:59 pm. The winner will be chosen at random & will receive a $75 giftcard, but everyone will receive a $20 giftcard just for entering :). Good luck everyone!
Hold her. Wear her. Breathe her in. Keep her close. It goes too fast. After all, the most precious thing you’ll ever get to wear is your baby…
Baby carriers are one of my most essential baby related items I use–I never leave the home without one. In this post, I’m wearing a beautiful WrapTai carrier by Lenny Lamb. The Little Love design in the Golden Tulip print is one of my favorites– it’s so gorgeous and pairs perfectly with lighter shades. The cotton weaving makes it extra soft and comfortable to wear.
I’ve built quite a collection with an assortment of different prints & colors; I can’t get enough! Baby carriers are truly the most important accessory and a vital part of motherhood for me. They’ve helped me cuddle, bond and nurse my little one with ease while I embark on various outings and adventures.
I’m so excited to bring another look by Pink Blush in their coveted floral print dress! Their dresses have been my favorite go-to during pregnancy & post partum; I constantly get compliments on their stunning prints. Their dresses provides the most flattering drape everytime, no matter what stage (it’s also what I wore in the hospital maternity ward)! This dress is so perfect for motherhood as it’s extremely nursing friendly.
I’ve also collaborated with Bailey’s Blossoms for Sareena’s adorable matching pompom romper! She has built the sweetest collection of their beautiful rompers and has one in almost every style. We’re hooked!
Ps Sareena is totally in love with the family pups.. she can’t get enough of them!
One of my favorite parts about having a baby girl is playing dress up and being able to match with her! I’ve become so obsessed with coordinating all my outfits with Sareena that I may need an intervention at some point. But for now, I’m enjoying it and will continue to take advantage of this! My dress is from a small boutique in Santa Monica I bought a few years ago, so I was unable to link my outfit in this post, but you can get the same look by pairing an off-shoulder top with a chiffon skirt. I can’t stop gushing over Sareena’s eyelet dress and fringe sandals!