After having Adriah (5 years ago) people told me all the time, "Sleep when your baby sleeps!" I never took naps cause I had much better things to do -like clean, sort and tidy. I think there was a part of my "driven" self that didn't want to admit that I needed to slow down and rest because of having a newborn and losing sleep every night. After Leyton I wanted to nap so bad but I had tons of the things to do like edit, call or email clients, clean the house and PACK - we moved that year! I got over-tired and it effected everything. I don't know what I would've done differently because he was born right before my busiest season and I had to follow through with commitments I had made before I even knew I was pregnant. It wasn't an easy transition for me and it's what made me realize I NEED a maternity leave after every baby!

With Clara my goal is to take a nap every day. I need it! Yes, there are still lots of other things to do but, I'm different this time. I'm willing to see that napping makes me a better parent and wife - that's more important to me then a clean house. (Don't get me wrong - it's not easy to look at the dust growing on my blinds but, I'm willing to overlook it for a season.) This time around I'm more settled in myself...willing to slow down and not see it as weakness or failure BUT as a necessity for recovering quickly.

I'm feeling great! I love being a mom of suits me! Good thing, eh?

Noemi Hedrick

Noemi Hedrick is a passionate wedding and portrait photographer based in Minneapolis. Noemi loves capturing the beauty inside every person. Her vibrant energy for life, love and family are grounded in her own values and loved ones. Noemi has been proudly serving as a wedding photographer for over 15 years and also offers a wide range of photography workshops for professional and amateur photographers.