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  • hey there! my name is emily and this is my little blog. i am a professional photographer and i so love my job. while i do occasionally use this space for sneak peeks, the heart and soul of this blog is lulu, my spunky, wondrous five-year-old daughter...my muse. my photography portfolio and website can be viewed here. feel free to email me with any questions you might have. and i hope you enjoy!

seven.

Lu’s birthday was almost a month and a half ago. and i wrote this back then and am just now posting it. if i dont post it here it will be lost forever, so here it is:) still cant believe my big girl is seven…

dear lu.

you are seven.

you love to draw+create, eat dumplings, coo with your sister, play with friends (anyone will do), ivy+bean books and singing frozen ‘tunes’. you demand to sleep with your light on + door open even though we are 2 feet from your room. you still love fairies, but a little less then you used to. you are an artist. you could live without school work-but not without school because so much socializing happens there. you are strong willed. you are HAPPY.  you love to wear dresses, pink, glitter and accessories. you still dip any/everything in ketchup. you weigh 36 pounds. you are in first grade. you have a personality that radiates. you are beautiful and kind and so loved by all.

you do not like salad.

your creativity blows me away. daily i find creations around the house. you take the most random things and produce something incredible. and you play with your creations. as you like to tell me ‘i can entertain myself for hours.’ its true! your imagination is quite something, my lu.

you have a few scattered freckles on your face. but dont make me chose between those or your dimples. i love them all.  i love it when you know i am kidding and your eyes get huge, you tilt your head and say, ‘moooomy’…its so cute.

we sold our house a few weeks ago. it has been emotional for because of the memories we made within those walls. i have been replaying your little life and the everyday wonderful that happened there. it was the home where i received the call that i was a mom. the home where i once sat in your empty room waiting for you. waiting and wondering if you would really ever come home. the home where you said your first words and where you celebrated your first birthday. if i could only contain the laughter and joy we had within our home. as i sit in our new home i wonder what adventures, hardships, surprises lay in store for us. you were sad when we told you we were moving. leaving friends and a street you loved. but YOU have handled the transition like such a brave little lady.-finding the good and positives in it all (mainly your secret room!)

you became a big sister this year. from the moment you first met harriet you were in love. and so, so good with her. i knew you would be a great sister but i never could have anticipated HOW great. you were used to life with just you and mommy + daddy. you had all of our attention for so many years. and all of a sudden that time was split. well, more than split since a baby requires so much. you never complained. not once. you have embraced her in our life in a way i could have only dreamed. she wasn’t a whole lot of fun at first. i once asked you what would be harriet’s ideal day-you said, ‘well, she would nurse and then poop and nurse and poop.’:) and its so true-at first she gave nothing in return and you still adored her. i heard you telling her on your birthday, ‘harriet, you are my favorite present. i am so lucky to have you as a sister.’ seriously, i died. because i know you truly feel that way. my favorite moment in life so far is when you walked into the hospital room to see your sister for the first time. my girls. my family complete. you were gentle with harriet. i could tell you were nervous. you looked so big to me that day. it was like you had grown 10 feet in a moment. but you are still my baby. you will forever be my baby.

oh lu. i just love you. happy 7th to my heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 weeks old.

ten weeks. harriet is slowly moving out of that scrunched up newborn phase and into babydom. she sleeps less and is stretching out more. over the past ten weeks i have learned that as soon as you think you are in a good phase (sleeping well, not fussing) you start a more challenging phase (not sleeping well, crying all the time.) so i just soak in the easy days and nights. and its comforting to know that a stretch of lots of fussing will ultimately end. even though she has been on this earth only two months-we now can’t remember life without her. the days collide together and i can’t believe every friday that the weekend is here. the cycle of nursing, burping, playing, changing diapers is on repeat. its amazing how little task that take no time fill up your entire day. my days usually start around 4:30 which is fine by me. im such a morning person. on the days she sleeps later i find myself waking up and watching her. just waiting for the first signs of her dreams fading away-little grunts and complaints fill the room and before long our day begins.

this baby. i could literally eat her up. even her crying is cute. she is happiest in the morning. so i find myself acting like a total idiot at crazy hours trying to make her smile and coo. i am glad there is not a hidden camera b/c i could not be more annoying. but its worth it to hear her talk. and have i mentioned her thighs? she has rolls-three on each thigh to be exact. it is my greatest hope that she develops fat sumo thighs like lu had. they are so stinkin cute. last week she weighed 10.4 which put her up to the 22nd percentile from the 4th percentile. go harriet!

lu continues to be the best, most patient big sister. after the baby came home lu started a video series called ‘babysearch’ wh talks about babies (‘this is lulu for babysearch-today we will talk about how babies CRY’. i have to write this down b/c i never ever want to forget it. the series is hilarious. lu is just so animated in these videos.

so my harriet is getting bigger. growing. healthy. happy. im sad the brand new newborn days are leaving us. but im also excited about slowly getting back to normal life.im anxious for spring to arrive so i can take the baby out and get back in shape. lulu recently said to me: i like your tummy mommy. its soft. like a fluffy pillow:) im ready to hang out with my husband again instead of going to bed when harriet does (sometimes at 7pm..not kidding..but i have to!) and im even beginning to feel ready to get back to work. but i do not think i could have enjoyed these first ten weeks more. harriet and i have been in hibernation. shutting out the cold weather. snuggling and getting to know each other.

a few nights ago lu was taking a bath. i was sitting by the tub bouncing harriet on my leg. and i just paused and took it in. the busy, normal everyday. this is what i have wanted-a house of kids. and there was something about just taking in a simple nighttime routine that took my breath away. so grateful for my girls.

 

 

 

 

 

my sweet harriet. it is the early, early hours of the morning. and she sits here snuggly in my arms-drifting off to the sounds of her momma’s heartbeat. i can’t believe she is 6 weeks old. too fast. what a blissful, exhausting, incredible 6 weeks. the endless moments that made my heart stop. her first smiles-where i literally cried happy tears on her precious head. or coming in to find lulu teaching her about the silence e. using her duke t-shirt as the example and pointing to the e-’you can’t hear it because its silent!’ the quiet moments sitting in the glider in the sun-baby curled up on my shoulder-gliding back and forth, back and forth. seeing her eyes meet mine as she nurses-her tiny fingers clasped on mine. the now familiar sounds of her starting to wake. watching lee trying to quiet her tears-rocking her tiny body in his arms. its been good. the newborn phase is fleeting. i think i have at most two more weeks until she leaves newbornhood behind and becomes a baby. im excited by whats to come. but i am still clinging onto the last days of my new baby. the curled first and just utter newness of her.

here are a few images from her birthday. and then a few after we got home. the little one doesn’t give me any time to take or edit photos of her. she is either pooping, eating or pooping again:)

{hattie’s birthday}

{lu and her sister. the drawing lulu put on the door to my room. she calls the baby ‘LOVE’}

{last day at hospital}

{we are HOME!}

{my girls}

{i love the way she peeks over the sling.}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

she is here!

its hard to believe that two weeks (and one day) ago at 4:46am my little harriet holmes corey entered the world. we left for the hospital tuesday morning at 5:30am. i was 6 days past my due date at that point and VERY ready to meet my baby.  before we left i stood in front of the mirror and gave a good last look to my belly. i knew that the next time i entered my home the belly would be gone and a baby would be in my arms. one minute your baby is all cozy in your belly-then there she is there in your arms. truly, its magical.

{last tummy shot before leaving for the hosptial | first pic with harriet}

labor was very long and hard. historically my family has very easy labors. my mom and three sisters all enter the hospital at 4cm, never really feeling contractions, get the epidural, push and voila-baby. not so much the case with me. it hurt! and it dragged on and on. and i pretty much thought i might die. i finally got an epidural at 7 cm only for it to not work for the next hour. but it was all worth it when i saw my little baby girl. all 5 pounds 11.6 oz of her. she came into the world with a full on head of black hair. and my goodness she was tiny. teeny tiny. i was so tired from the past 24 hours that the hours after her birth are a little fuzzy. but i remember it was very similar to how i felt the hours after first meeting lulu.  the days of meeting both my girls mirrored each other in a lot of ways-despite one meeting being in a hospital and one a world away in vietnam.

my girls. i can’t believe i get to say that. what a journey to these two. if you had told me at age 26 how it would turn out i would not have believed you. harriet has her own amazing story and a special connection to her sister. little H is part vietnamese (this was an absolute last fertility attempt and we used part donor.) we tried something different and knew that it wouldn’t likely work-but i wanted closure. so we went for it. and it worked. i still can’t believe it worked. AHH-but it did!  in 10 years i took only ONE single positive pregnancy test. just one. and how we have our little hattie pants. the fact that my girls will share their vietnamese heritage makes my heart so happy. and do you want to hear something really amazing? both my girls have two dimples. BOTH. i cant even take it!!!

so two weeks have passed. and im happy. happy, happy and a little bit tired:) having her at age 36 has turned out to have some advantages. i think i have a bit more perspective of the passing of time. i know to hold on to it. the days and nights are a happy blur of nursing, changing diapers, taking care of lulu. but it is all blissful. truly. and every day she naps on my chest for a bit. and i soak it in and lock the memory. i will time to slow down so i can memorize the details of those moments. because they are already passing so quickly. lulu had chubby little thighs yesterday. today she is a big 6.5 year old. babies grow no matter how much mommas will them to stay small.

my family is complete. my heart is whole.

so much more i would love to share. and these are all iphone pics. i have taken big camera photos and will get those up soon.

{our daily snuggle time}

 

 

 

 

 

{summer bump | fall bump}

ok in the homestretch. 39 weeks on thursday. ive had been feeling so good up until a few days ago. braxton hicks are constant-my tummy gets so tight and the baby is getting crowded in there. not so comfortable. getting all of my orders 100% done took a little longer then i thought-but i am finally finished. just have to package everything up! so i guess i have entered the point of twiddling my thumbs and waiting:) ok, not really. i have put so much off. i need to work on the nursery, pack my hospital bag,  and-i don’t know-maybe read up on how one births and then takes care of a baby!:):) i stopped by a friends house yesterday and she presented me with a list of things i need to do-i had actually done a few on my own and she was very proud..hee. im not one for being prepared. its a good thing i will have my momma b/c i really have NO idea how to take care of a teeny person. its sooo crazy thinking that i could go into labor at any point. im nervous. but my excitement still outweighs the nerves by a million. lee, lu and i toured the hospital last week. and it def. made it feel real.  WE ARE HAVING A BAABBBY!!!!!ok yes so this is a post full of nothing. but its 5am and ive been up since who-knows-when. so why not document the last little bit of this pregnancy.

oh, and remember this little lady? here is my lu. all 6.5 years of her. could i love her more? no. the bestest girl ever. man is she going to love bossing this baby around!

 

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