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  • hey there! my name is emily and this is my little blog. i am a professional photographer and i love capturing families. although i find myself updating this blog less and less (thanks to instagram!) i do occasionally use this space for personal updates. my photography portfolio and website can be viewed here. feel free to email me with any questions you might have! emilycorey@gmail.com

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}






Sarah (SophieBugsMom) - December 12, 2013 - 9:32 pm

Oh my gosh! So very precious! I love how tiny she is and her head full of ebony silk! How absolutely amazing is it that Hattie and Lulu share their Vietnamese heritage! You are an amazing mama! Congrats, Emily! Can’t wait to see Lulu in her new role as big sister on the big screen!

nancy - December 13, 2013 - 1:37 am

Beyond thrilled for you! She is just perfection! :)

jend - December 13, 2013 - 6:29 am

Emily! I have been reading your blog for several years now and stalking it since your last post for this news. So so so many congratulations to you and your family!!! H is totally beautiful!!!!!! Can’t wait to see more pictures of her and big sis when you come out of the newborn/nursing haze:)

Lizzy - December 17, 2013 - 1:42 pm

absolutely amazing. I love the way you capture your moments in words- beautiful.
My heart is glowing for you.

Stacie - December 17, 2013 - 7:24 pm

OMG – how amazing that she is part Vietnamese. That is incredibly sweet!! Congratulations to you and your family. God is good. Very, very good!

Brittany - December 31, 2013 - 3:27 am

Congratulations! She is lucky to have you as a mommy!

Janet - December 31, 2013 - 8:15 pm

Congratulations! She is beautiful and your family is so blessed.

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