If you live in the Buffalo area than you’ve heard of the Great Pumpkin Farm. Once Fall hits, social media begins to fill with photographs from the patch. They have thousands of pumpkins, a Halloween store, food, drinks, rides and games. I’ve always wanted to go, but I’ve never wanted to pay the admission to get in (it is free on weekdays, but half of the attractions are closed). This year I finally found the excuse I needed; the start of a new tradition with our little family!
It was a very cold and slightly rainy day, but that didn’t stop us from bundling up and heading out. Even though Daisy is so young and couldn’t appreciate a lot that the Great Pumpkin Farm had to offer, I know that I’m going to love looking back at the photos that we have. And each year will just get better and better I’m certain, as she grows and can really appreciate the Fall season and Halloween!
Josiah and I have a tradition of our own; we’ve been making fleece blankets for as long as I can remember. When the weather starts to turn we get into our car, head to Joann Fabrics, pick out some fleece and make our yearly blanket. This year, we decided to make two for our little lady. The first one has Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck on it (obviously for her name, but also because we love Disney!) The second blanket was Josiah’s idea. He loved the Peanuts, so when we saw this fabric we knew we needed it. It was perfect to keep Daisy warm on this day.
Josiah decided to carry Daisy in a different carrier for this adventure, which I have to admit was easier to set up, but I personally didn’t like it as much. I still love my baby wraps! I can keep my little lady close and know that she’s snug as a bug in a rug. Josiah did say that this carrier was more manly, and I guess I agree with that, and it was much easier to get in her in and out. We ended up getting 4 pumpkins! One each for Josiah and I, a little one for Daisy, and a painted Sabres pumpkin for our pup, Lindy Ruff. When we carve the pumpkins I’ll make Josiah’s favorite; pumpkin seeds! He’s already been begging for them, but he has to wait just a little bit longer!
Since Fall is my favorite time of the year I try to convince Josiah to do all of the stereotypical things. Apples, pumpkins, Halloween, cold air; I know I sound like every other girl out there but Fall is honestly the best! Before we had Daisy, we would always spend our Sundays getting breakfast at our favorite local restaurant. It seems like we’ve made this our family day. But the thing is, ever since Daisy I’ve been recovering from childbirth and trying to time going places in between feedings and napping for a five week old have proven to be a challenge. Also, add in getting little to no sleep every night because little miss is constantly up makes for a very tired mama who just has no energy! So we’ve been dedicating Sundays to doing one thing (if anything at all). Today Josiah and I went to Blackman Farm to take Daisy on her first apple picking adventure! We’ve been going here for a few years now and taking Daisy has just added to the fun.
Today was a little chilly so we bundled Daisy up and Josiah baby-wore Daisy for the first time. I think it made the entire experience so much easier and she was so snuggly warm and content the entire time we were there. We got enough apples to make two pies. Last year was my first time making a pie all by myself and I actually almost started a fire in my oven. I’m proud to say that this year went much better. No fire and the pie almost tastes like my mama’s. Almost.
Recovering from childbirth has been a longer road than I thought. I’ve actually only left the house five times since Daisy was born (and two of those times has been for her doctors appointments!) But last weekend, I asked my husband to take us to the sunflower field. Sunflowers are my favorite flowers (although, they may now be taking a backseat to daisy’s) and we have a few amazing sunflower fields in the Western New York area. This year we may have visited a tad too late in the season, but we all still had a good time! Even with sad looking sunflowers, we still had a lot of fun taking Daisy on her first adventure.
Ever since we had a baby, I am constantly thinking of things that I’d like to do as a family and traditions we can make together. I want to be able to share as many memories as I can with my daughter. Hopefully next year we’ll be able to visit the field a little sooner with some happier looking sunflowers. But let’s be honest, life gets busy so I’m just praying that we can get there at all!
Side note, my backpack is actually a diaper bag. I got it from Freshly Picked, and even though it is a tad expensive, I’m not a fan of traditional looking diaper bags. This one is amazing because it’s my favorite color (black) and it allows me to carry everything we need and have both my hands free. And also, that last photo of Daisy with the sunflowers! Be still my heart! Being a mother to a little girl is the best blessing I’ve ever received. Thank you Jesus.
Since Josiah and I decided not to make our pregnancy public, I didn’t participate in a lot of the pregnancy milestones that many people do. We did not have a gender reveal party (we didn’t even find out the gender of our baby until she was born!) We didn’t post weekly bump photos or make boards with the baby’s growth and progress.
But one thing that we did do, and I am so glad we did, was a pregnancy photo shoot. My friend Molly talked me into it after I saw how amazing her family photos came out. So at thirty-something weeks pregnant, I bought a dress on amazon, got my hair done and made my husband dress up in his best suit.
These photos don’t just mark a time in my life when I was pregnant, they’re also just super cute family photos. I am so happy we were able to take Lindy Ruff along with us, too. Our family just isn’t complete without that four-legged pup. And now that Daisy’s here, our family is even more complete. I’m so happy that we have these photos to remember such a special time in our lives.
These photos were taken by the amazing Erika Moeller from EMoeller Photography and if anyone is in the Buffalo, NY area I highly recommend her! She made this shoot so fun and made me feel amazing during it. Which honestly was a win in itself since I felt like a huge whale during this stage in my pregnancy. I had such a great experience as a matter of fact, that I will be doing a pregnancy photo shoot again if we ever have another baby!
My husband and I decided to keep something very personal offline.
But now that she’s here, I want to share her with all of you.
On August 24, 2018 Josiah and I welcomed our daughter Daisy Alice into the world. We wanted to keep our pregnancy journey more intimate which is why we decided to not make any announcements until she arrived. Josiah and I also decided not to find out the gender of our baby so this little lady was a complete surprise for us. I’m going to share some photos from our pregnancy photo shoot and I also want to write her birth story, but for the time being, I just want to remember my little flower as she is in these photos. One day old, and perfect at just over 6 lbs.