This weekend I had the pleasure to shoot our friends Andres & Kristien's wedding and it was so great and magical and so beautiful.

We brought É. along since I'm still breastfeeding (and let's be honest, we haven't let her with anyone before, so it's kinda scary): she was such a trooper, she did so well, only cried once when she saw her dinner and couldn't have any just yet because it was way too hot.

I worked from 1pm to a little after midnight. She only slept half an hour about 3/4 times during the day, but it didn't bother her too much. She played a lot, cooed a whole lot and even sang a few songs. She even briefly slept while the DJ started playing. I'm really proud of her.

I was afraid of how she'd react and if she'd be fussy, especially since it was a long day for her but everybody said she was very cute and well-behaved and this was a relief.

I'm not sure I'll do it again though, it's hard work. Peter did a wonderful job taking care of her during the day but in the evening, I took over (+ the photography job) and my back still hurts from carrying her around (and maybe the fact I slipped on her food and fell during dinner didn't help either, ha!). We'll see.

É.: she can fall asleep anywhere if we hold her close first

Shot 10/10/2015 on a Canon 70D - 1/40 - ƒ/5.0 - ISO 250

 This photo project is linked to the beautiful 52-project of Jodi on Practising Simplicity.

Our little lady does so many new things at 6 months old: there's a new discovery every day and it's wonderful to watch her learn, observe and absorb all of it.

We've been playing a lot more and she's been playing on her own longer since she is able to sit down, it's great how now I can have more things done around the house, talking out loud so she knows I'm still there when she starts to hum (=whine).

She sometimes has this very serious face and I'm always laughing a lot when she makes this face while looking at strangers in the tram (every single time!) or while out. When she starts to smile though, and then to laugh at my silly faces, it's just precious.

Can't wait to see what she'll discover next...

É.: the way she tightens these two little fingers

Shot 28/09/2015 on a Canon 70D - 1/60 - ƒ/5.0 - ISO 2000

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Oma got É. a new book about opposites (tall-short, low-high, in the picture: cold-hot). It's in Dutch so Papa reads it to her and she just adores it. The images are really beautiful and also colourful and it makes it even more fun.

I've been looking a while to find a book like this one and I'm so ever grateful to Oma that she found this one. I'm very happy I've found them in French on the Internet and they are actually very mini so É. can actually hold them easily.

I've been reading to our little love since she was in my belly and she adores reading and listening to stories. I'll write about our favorite books at the moment later this week.

É.: she looooves reading

Shot 21/09/2015 on a Canon 70D - 1/40 - ƒ/4.0 - ISO 1600

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É. has been sick for two weeks now, first came fever then a rash all over her body and now a cold. She's been doing pretty great though: she was whiny only the first two days but she hates having her nose wiped and I can't blame her. I wish she already knew how to blow her nose to stop the suffering of salted water.

I really hope she won't be too sick this coming winter and I hope that breastfeeding will help her get though it without too many colds. I personally don't like taking medicine and I'm always trying to find a more natural way to get better. But when it comes to children, I have no clue. I've looked up a lot of natural ways for teething baby and I found a few things that worked great for É. (roots, soppy stone, herbal gel). For colds, it's another story, I can't really have her inhale steam from an infusion... So the doctor it was. I mostly tried salt water and blowing her nose with a little pump but I gave her nose drops to help the healing. I'm going to make more research on the matter and see if I can fins something that could work for our little cold-fighter.

É.: little observer

Shot 18/09/2015 on a Canon 70D - 1/100 - ƒ/5.6 - ISO 1250

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I'm so happy how life is going right now: I chose to stay at home until our little darling starts school and it's been wonderful to see her grow and change and blossom in everything that she does. Every day she changes and she amazes us. We love her to bits and can't get enough of her laugh and her little faces. We're so lucky she's ours.

She turned 6 months old today and even though it seems to go by quickly, the fact that I'm staying home with her makes it go a little slower. I'm enjoying every moment and couldn't ask for a better job right now. I'll be honest, there are times when I want out and when I cry until my heart ache, but she's so worth it and I know it's the best decision I've taken in my adult life. Motherhood is wonderful and difficult, terrific and exhausting, a joy and an ache but I'm simply lucky to get to experience it everyday and forever.

É.: we celebrated her 6 months with a little apple pie and a candle

Shot 12/09/2015 on a Canon 70D - 1/30 - ƒ/3.5 - ISO 500

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When Peter comes home from work, her face lights up: she gives him the hugest smile and then moves her little arms and legs so he can pick her up, then when she's in his arms, she turns and looks at me with this mischievous smile which says "look, I'm with my Papa, see how good it is!" and I absolutely adore this moment, I wish I could just keep it forever in a box. I should try to film it one day.

Sunday are comfortable days, which means we're doing our best to have almost nothing to do house-wise (apart from cooking) and we try to fit some sleep and an outing in. Most times, it works, some times, it's just a long afternoon sleeping (like today). Well, Peter and É. sleep and I'm doing something like procrastinating or putting together É.'s cloth diapers or organising her closet; anything to do with this little precious one of ours is always a pleasure and doesn't fell like a chore.

É.: the bond between her and her Papa is getting stronger and sweeter

Shot 6/09/2015 on a Canon 70D - 1/30 - ƒ/4.0 - ISO 5000

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Even before I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to breastfeed my children, it was not even a question, it was just what felt natural to me because I've seen it been done in my family: my Mom breastfed all of us apart for my littlest sister (because of the medication for her heart) and I've seen my aunts and my sister and sister-in-law breastfeed their children as well.

I didn't know then that there could be troubles and challenges and that sometimes babies wouldn't want to latch or that I could have no milk supply.

I was fortunate enough to experience only a few challenges during the first few weeks (see 52/2015 | thirteen): É latched pretty well and my milk supply could have been enough for two babies.

Those challenges still made me doubt myself and my ability to provide for my baby girl. During the first days of her life I thought É.'s latch wasn't ok. I took pictures to show the nurses (which I actually didn't do) but every single one of them told me she latched ok. That's when I started doubting their judgement... But all was okay.

At home, during some breastfeeding sessions, I was so stressed thinking there was a problem that lactation didn't arrive fast enough or not at all, which made me even more stressed. At one point, Peter was so stressed because É. was crying so much that he ran to the pharmacy to get a bottle and artificial milk: she drank 30ml and slept through the night... I felt so disappointed with myself and even thought about abandoning breastfeeding. But the next day, the mid-man came and explained what was happening (breast too big + nipple too small + little bébé) and the nipple shield saved our breastfeeding sessions. I still use it from time to time but I almost don't need it anymore, É. is stronger and eats more regularly. She a little fighter and I'm very proud of her. And of me for sticking to it through the challenges.

É.: she fell asleep like this and it made me giggle

Shot 18/04/2015 on a Canon 70D - 1/30 - ƒ/3.5 - ISO 5000

 This photo project is linked to the beautiful 52-project of Jodi on Practising Simplicity.

How did we get so lucky? This little bébé of ours is a dream come true, we've been waiting for her for a little over 4 years and it's just magical how we already love her so so much. She's sweet and cute and adorable and beautiful and I'm sure very smart and I'm totally biased. hehe

This week has been more chilly so I put her in this cute little polar bear pyjamas and if I'd let her in it the whole week I would have cuddled her so much and she'd be so fed up with me that she'd probably tell her Papa.

É.: her little poses when she's asleep

Shot 7/04/2015 on a Canon 70D - 1/200 - ƒ/5.6 - ISO 3200

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Following her rhythm has been the best decision I've taken so far: she's sleeping and eating better and she is calmer and so am I. I wanted to follow my instinct from the beginning but when you're a new mom and "experts" tell you you should try this or that, you follow the tips because you don't know better. But, new mummies out there, you do know better: even though you're still getting to know this little babe of yours, your instinct is what will make the difference, trust me.

I keep talking to her when she's awake, she sometimes looks at me like I said something very odd, but I noticed that she was eating better when I was encouraging her and that she would turn her head towards me when I was talking. I just love that she recognise my voice, it makes it all the more magical.

She's still fitting in these adorable tiny newborn clothes and I just wish she'd always fit into them. But I know she must grow and I know I'll love seeing her wear these outfits we picked while I was pregnant.

É.: I call her "ma poupée"

Shot 4/04/2015 on a Canon 70D - 1/80 - ƒ/5.6 - ISO 2000

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We've got the chance to have a few good nights sleep. But then during the day, she is sometimes inconsolable... which is just heartbreaking and a bit stressful. We finally found out thanks to the help of Jeroen, the mid(wife)man that my breast is too big and my nipples too small for her to eat properly. We're now using a 'nipple shield' which really works well for her; we've seen a big difference while she eats and her weight has improved too.

This next weekend, her aunty Justine and her boyfriend are coming to visit and I'm very excited, I think she feels it because she started smiling more...

É.: she's still too tiny for one-month-old clothes 

Shot 25/03/2015 on a Canon 70D - 1/160 - ƒ/5.6 - ISO 4000

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She's here, she's finally here. We are so in love.
I sometimes cry when I look at her because I feel like the luckiest person alive.

bébé is here: it's a girl!
born March 12th, 2015.
2980g, 48cm of pure sweetness.

Shot 18/03/2015 on a Canon 70D - 1/125 - ƒ/5.6 - ISO 2000

 This photo project is linked to the beautiful 52-project of Jodi on Practising Simplicity.

Bébé is always pointing his/her little bottom at the top of the bump (just like in the picture) and it always amazes me how big it makes the bump look and how funny it looks then.
Everybody says bébé is still high and I'm wondering if s/he is going to wait until his/her due date to come out...

I've been questioning myself about labor... Am I going to cope well? Will I recognise the signs? Will I know when my waters break? Are the contractions really so painful? Am I going to stay calm and polite? I really hope so. I'm putting my trust in the maternity staff because I know they've been doing it for a long time and they know what's going on. I haven't taken any classes but Peter has been very supportive and I think his presence will help a whole lot.

This week, I've tried to finish a few project and chores at home and I've been resting a lot: our bed has been my best friend so far. I think we're quite ready to welcome our little bébé. Doctor's visit is Tuesday, we might see his/her face one more time.

bébé belly, 38 weeks: on maternity leave and we both love it

Shot 02/03/2015 on a iPhone 4 - 1/30 - ƒ/2.8 - ISO 80

 This photo project is linked to the beautiful 52-project of Jodi on Practising Simplicity.

This week is my last week at work. I've decided to take two weeks instead of one before the due date. I think it's the best decision I've taken for the third trimester. My body can't keep up anymore and I feel very tired and achy.

Bébé has really grown, I can feel it: s/he also moves less but when s/he does, I savour every seconds. S/he responds to my caresses and voice and knows when his/her daddy is around: s/he loves his/her daddy so much already, I can tell.

Bébé has asked to rest more often this week and even though work has been busy, as soon as I was home, I'd spend some time resting in bed or in the sofa talking to him/her. I think it's been my favorite part of the day this week.

bébé belly, 37 weeks: bébé is bigger and moves less

Shot 24/02/2015 on a iPhone 4 - 1/15 - ƒ/2.8 - ISO 160

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I've caught the flu. This is so not the right time and so annoying and tiring. Especially since I got vaccinated last November! I've had a few pretty bad days trying to be better and now I feel a bit better but I'm still tired and coughing. I just want it to be over.

On a good note, my Mom and little sister spent last week with us and it was such a great treat to have them here. My Mom did all my ironing (THANKS Mom!!) and Gaby helped around with vacuuming and the dishes and we've spent a lot of quality time talking and just be together: we went to the restaurant, ate French fries at the frietkot, went shopping for my little sister and I spoiled them both to the hairdresser and they look amazing! My Mom helped me finish my maternity bag (blogpost to come) and she taught me how to make apple compote, which is actually so easy! And oh so very yummy!

bébé belly, 36 weeks: enjoying homemade compote my Mom made for us

Shot 21/02/2015 on a iPhone 4 - 1/15 - ƒ/2.8 - ISO 125

 This photo project is linked to the beautiful 52-project of Jodi on Practising Simplicity.

Today we had a pregnancy photoshoot done at home; it was lovely and fun even though we didn't know what to do with ourself. I can't wait to see how the pictures will turn out.

I capture this moment just after our photographer was gone: I was taking to Peter about what we still had to prepare before bébé arrives and at some point when he didn't answer I took a look and saw he was fast asleep. It was SO cute! I think this photo is my favorite of us three during this pregnancy.

bébé belly, 35 weeks: surely a comfy pillow, growing like crazy

Shot 14/02/2015 on a iPhone 4 - 1/17 - ƒ/2.8 - ISO 80

 This photo project is linked to the beautiful 52-project of Jodi on Practising Simplicity.

I've finally finished the whole series of Harry Potter. I still love it as much as I did when I first started reading them. They're just amazing and really take you out on a beautiful journey.

When I read, bébé kicks, I think s/he loves it too, especially when I read out loud. I've started reading a little story about a little thoughtful hedgehog who shares the big apple he found in the forest and I can already tell that this is going to be a lovely moment with bébé when I'll read to him/her when s/he is out and bigger.

bébé belly, 34 weeks: loving reading time, especially when read aloud

Shot 06/02/2015 on a iPhone 4 - 1/15 - ƒ/2.8 - ISO 100

 This photo project is linked to the beautiful 52-project of Jodi on Practising Simplicity.

I've been doing bébé's laundry and it makes me all happy and excited: I'm pretty sure every mom-to-be has this thing with little clothes being the cutest thing ever, haven't they? Folding them and imagining bébé in them has my mind blown away and makes me smile so so much.

Peter and I decided on bébé's first outfit as we welcome him/her to the world. I just can't wait to see him/her in this cute little outfit from La Queue Du Chat, one of the first brands I've fallen for when it comes to cozy and lovely outfits for bébé.
I've got a bunch of crazy cute outfits from them and it's funny how I know they'll always be so adorable and comfortable for bébé as I imagine him/her playing, sleeping, dancing, reading in them...

bébé belly: 32 weeks, getting bigger and bigger

Shot 24/01/2015 on a Canon EOS 70D with a 18-135mm lens - 1/50 - ƒ/4.5 - ISO 160

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This bébé belly is getting rounder every day! And sometimes, I'm wondering if it's not getting rounder by the day...

I love watching bébé move around and be so active: it's like s/he is dancing and I'm just so very thankful to be able to experience all of it. This week bébé has been very keen on showing s/he's here and on demonstrating his/her flexibility in the womb.

We've had a scan this week and the gynaecologist set the 4D on and it was so sweet to see our bébé's little features. I think s/he has a nose from my family's side.
Apparently bébé is using the placenta as a pillow and it was simply adorable!

The hic has started to happen twice a day and I don't really like it because it lasts long and I feel so sad for bébé even though I know it's not hurting. It just feels sooo long for such a tiny baby!

I think I've got everything I need to put in my maternity bag. I'll probably share a few photos as soon as I put it together. This is so exciting!

bébé belly, 31 weeks: sweet and adorable

Shot 18/01/2015 on a Canon EOS 70D with a 18-135mm lens - 1/60 - ƒ/5.0 - ISO 6400

This photo project is linked to the beautiful 52-project of Jodi on Practising Simplicity.

I've been crying a lot this week. Mostly out of frustration for things I can't do anymore, like putting on my socks or taking off my pants. I know I shouldn't cry but tiredness takes over most of the time.

I've also been very productive and have almost finished all the laundry for bébé, I only have to wash the diapers but I'm waiting for the last batch to arrive so I can do it all together.

The nursery is almost ready: we still need to hang up one part of the changing table and find something to put away the books. We're loving how it all turned out and I'm waiting for more sun during the day to take pictures.

I still can't believe bébé and I (and Peter) have 10 weeks (or less) to go until we meet each other. The interactions we have is so sweet and s/he makes me laugh when s/he moves around.
I'm wondering if it's going to be a girl or a boy even though either way, we're just the happiest we could be.

bébé belly, 30 weeks: loving the touch of his/her daddy

Shot 11/01/2015 on a Canon EOS 70D with a 18-135mm lens - 1/40 - ƒ/3.5 - ISO 0

This photo project is linked to the beautiful 52-project of Jodi on Practising Simplicity

I've always liked the idea of a 52 week project but since I never ever finish any project, I've never got to start one.

This time, it's different: our bébé is involved in all of these pictures and it makes it sweeter and completely doable (I know I'm going be one of these parents who takes hundreds of pictures of their child every single day and I actually think it's awesome).

bébé belly, 29 weeks: responding to our touch and voice

Shot 01/01/2015 on a Canon EOS 70D with a 18-135mm lens - 1/30 - ƒ/3.5 - ISO 400

This photo project is linked to the beautiful 52-project of Jodi on Practising Simplicity