This Mama Shows the Humour in Giving Birth! (Muskoka Birth Story Series)

How did you feel when you found out you were pregnant?

So I was super happy when we found out but so shocked it was stressful. When we started trying I thought it’d take months but turns out it only took a week before it happened, I just didn’t figure it out until weeks later. So it was overwhelming because it was almost unexpected, but we were happy.

Who did you first tell when you found out you were pregnant?

Husband was the first to know because he was sitting in the bed waiting for the results . Followed closely by an old friend who had messaged me out of the blue for a ‘whats new,’ chat and I was in so much shock I spilled the beans! A few days later when I was about 7 weeks I told my parents and my unlaws. Then everyone else at 12 week mark. We posted a picture on labor Day weekend that said ”our labor Day isn’t until March 2017.”

Jamie Haffner tells her birth story!

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What an Unplanned Home Birth Looks Like! (Muskoka Birth Story Series)

Muskoka Mama, Brittney Millar kindly offered to share the birth stories of her three babes. Two home births and a hospital birth. Thank you so much for sharing, Brittney!

The Birth of Lucy Ellen

Started at 5:30 am like menstral cramps, an hour later they turned more into a light contractions and were 9 minutes apart and stayed that way until 3:30pm.

My midwife arrived and I was 2 cm dilated when they did a stretch and sweep and after that my contractions went to 2-4 mins apart and got much stronger.  Continue reading “What an Unplanned Home Birth Looks Like! (Muskoka Birth Story Series)”

Why You Need Breastfeeding Portraits Taken

Persistence. Determination. Strength.

That’s what it can take for some mothers to overcome their struggles with breastfeeding. I was one of them. It took my daughter and I fourteen weeks to get to a point where we were cohesive and when I stopped feeling like a failure.  Continue reading “Why You Need Breastfeeding Portraits Taken”

Tree Museum, Gravenhurst – Severn’s First Hike

It felt SO GOOD to take my camera out today! Since I graduated my 2-year photography program in June, gave birth to Severn in July and have been busy being a new mom, I haven’t really had a chance to use my camera.

We took Severn Fawn on her first official hike today at The Tree Museum in Gravenhurst, Muskoka. It’s a really neat place with outdoor art installations and sculptures scattered throughout the trail. Continue reading “Tree Museum, Gravenhurst – Severn’s First Hike”

My Beautiful Belly Birth

It’s not what I had planned. To be honest, it was the last thing I wanted was to have a c-section. I had read so many powerful stories of women having natural births, and within their own homes. I felt so much empowerment to be able to make such a personal decision to have my baby at home.

A couple of weeks before my baby’s due date I was sent home with a home birth kit and birthing pool, and I pictured myself and the day giving birth in my own home. Dim lights, I would be surrounded by my lively plants and the comfort of my own bed to labour in.

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Garden Photography

Last Sunday my husband took me down to the Toronto Cactus and Succulent Show at Allan Gardens Conservatory. Unfortunately, the lineup to get into the sale part of the show was too long for this 8.5 month pregnant woman, so we just wandered around inside the conservatory and surprisingly I didn’t buy any plants!

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The Last Child in the Woods

This project is about The Last Child in the Woods. The kind of childhood where a kid can play outside unsupervised to build forts, hunt squirrels, split wood and make maple syrup is slowly disappearing with the rise of “helicopter parenting.” Not having a parent pay extremely close attention to a child’s experiences allows a kid to have the freedom and independence to explore.

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Medium is the Message Project

My final project for school. I had to create an image from a list of categories to print in a different medium. I shot a kitchen so I decided to print it on a bamboo cutting board. I thought that since so much of the kitchen’s components are wood, it made sense to print it on wood.

I have a few outtakes from this project as well.