Final Entry

After careful and great consideration, I have decided to take some time off from shooting to be a full-time mom to my two young kids. I absolutely love taking pictures and this decision did not come easily but there is nothing like being a mom and I want to live without regret and be there for my kids as much as possible before this time passes me by. Being a successful business owner requires a great amount of work behind the scenes and as my work and company grew and expanded, my time with my family was being cut short. Once the kids are a bit older and are in school full-time I will likely resume my work with a fresh start. In the meantime, I thank you for your understanding and I will miss watching my clients grow from year to year. Take care and best wishes. I truly appreciate your loyalty to my photography and to my blog. ~Sincerely, Larissa Block

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wishing you all a happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo~

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My Nursing Coach

During these last few months I have learned so much about myself and I have grown in so many ways since becoming a mom of two. Although it has been challenging beyond words, it has also been so rewarding. I have learned to appreciate the little things in parenthood such as getting two kids down for bed on time or surviving a trip to the grocery store. One aspect of parenthood I have been challenged with during both newborns was breastfeeding. I have a VERY low milk supply and needed help learning how to work with what I have. When my sister introduced me to Linda at My Nursing Coach she was an absolute life saver. My Nursing Coach is a mobile lactation consulting service that comes to you. She is knowledgeable, encouraging, and so thorough in her assistance. She made my nursing experience so much more enjoyable than my first time around. Her mobile service vehicle is fully loaded with the best products and anything you could need. And best of all, you never have to leave your house (a MUST with a newborn baby!) If you are in need of a lactation consultant or are expecting and are not sure how your experience will be, I highly recommend keeping this info on file because you never know when you will need it. Thank you, Linda, for all your support and encouragement during my nursing struggles.

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Operation Round Head.

As some of you may remember, my daughter Jaelyn wore a Doc-Band helmet around 6 months old because she had a flat head (click here to view post). This happens sometimes with babies today since they are sleeping on their backs and in time it can create a flat spot on the back of the head. Well, I must have soft-headed babies because Griffin too has a flat head! First I would like to say that in the scheme of life this is SO not a big deal. In fact, at times, having a helmet made my life easier since babies hit their heads when learning to sit up, move, crawl, etc. With that said, I have been in proactive mommy-mode trying to correct and reshape his head to keep him out of a helmet. For those of you out there who are in the same boat, I thought I would share some of my tips because his head is SO much better already and I am almost certain we have self-corrected this problem (wohoo!)

I started noticing the flat side around two months of age. For the next month, I tried to do more tummy time and encourage him to turn his head on the opposite side. When he turned three months, I noticed it had gotten worse and I needed a better solution if we were going to round it back out. I went to the doctor and she suggested positioning him on his side, sandwiched between two 10 pound rice bags. Every nap and night sleep is done on his side (opposite of the flat part). Here are some pictures of my little prince getting the “royal” treatment!

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Another tool I have found helpful is a Noggin Nest (great name, right?) It is simply a pillow with a hole cut out of the center so babies are not applying pressure to the back of the head. I use mine in the car seat, swing, bouncer, and when he lays on the floor. It has been really helpful and I am determined to put up a good fight against this flat head situation! This mommy is on a mission….wish me luck, I will let you know how it goes! (noggin nest photos NOT taken by Beauties & Babies)

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Back to Work!

After 3 months of maternity leave, I am back to work and ready to start shooting again! Until now I have just photographed my little cuties. Here are some photos I took over the last couple months. Now that I am shooting again I will be resuming my normal blog posts, thank you for your loyalty and patience during this special time in my life!

Baby Griffin 7 weeks old:

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My daughter Jaelyn when she was 6 weeks old:

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Our holiday card 2012:

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Griffin two months old:

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Griffin 3 months Old:

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Jaelyn 2 years 4 months old:

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One month!

My sweet baby Griffin is one month old today so I thought it would be a perfect excuse to share the photos I have been taking over the last few weeks. Although life has been quite hectic with these two kiddos, I have really tried to pull out the camera as much as possible so I document these moments before they are gone. As maternity leave continues, I will do my best to keep updating the blog and taking new pictures. Here is the latest!

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big girl room

To make room for the new baby joining our family, Jaelyn got an upgrade in bedroom size. I wanted to keep the room looking the same as it was with just minor changes so she wouldn’t feel like it was a big change (here is what the first nursery looked like.) Well, the move went seamlessly and the room came out great! Here are some pictures of Jaelyn’s new bedroom:

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introducing Griffin Emerson Block!

My sweet baby boy finally arrived on October 20, 2012 at 12:43pm. I successfully had a v-bac and have been quite busy with my two kiddos since coming home from the hospital. I have done a few shoots to document this special time but it has been tough to find the time to post them. Here they are and I am sure there will be more to come as I get the hang of being a mom of two!

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future rock stars!

Noah & Max are two sweet boys I photographed awhile back when Max was a newborn baby. Now they are big boys who are full of energy and smiles. We started the session at a local park and then went to their home. They love music and playing instruments, firemen and construction sites and trucks…..such boys! These things made for some adorable photos and there were so many cute ones I loved! Here are my favorites from the shoot:

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Growing baby boy!

Chase is a baby I photographed as a newborn and now again at almost 4 months old. With a face and smile that could melt your heart, I loved photographing him again! His parents are great friends of mine so it was fun to do the photos and watch them interact with their little cutie. We held the session at the family home and got some really beautiful photos. Here are a handful of my favorites:

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