June 21, 2016 started out like any other day with the exception of being 39 weeks pregnant. Our baby boy was expected to arrive June 27th which coincidentally was also our one year wedding anniversary. My day went along unhitched with my weekly doctors appointment, brunch and nails with my mom. If only I was aware of what was to come in the following hours. June 22, 2016 4 o'clock in the morning I'm awaken by mild contractions however, in the moment I had no idea I was in labor until 11 o'clock that morning. In the blink of an eye Hayden Michael was born at 6:49pm. Happy and healthy at 8 pounds 6oz an from that moment my heart was full.
Up until April of last year I was still working along side Jenny and Stephanie helping to create timeless looks and memories. The wedding of Lindsay and Eugene Stipanov in beautiful Fairfax, CA was my final wedding. Looking back on that day I'm grateful for Lindsay's kindness and understanding, as by the time we were ready to finalize the looks I had given up on my suede wedges and was working in bare socks. I had shed my black jacket and was down to a tank top. This was not a moment to be highlighted but it was real.You can read all about their magical day here.
We had just started to gain momentum with Ethereal Beauty Elite Artistry during my pregnancy and unfortunately with a June arrival and three months on maternity leave I missed most of the 2016 season. I returned to the salon in October and quickly settled back into coordinating and prepared for my first wedding. This wedding was no different with the exception of having to pump and store my breastmilk. It was something that I had prepared for and I knew there was no way around it. The work we put into each wedding is a process that takes time with very little breaks. I'm not a stranger to working an entire wedding without eating, drinking water or using the restroom. Everyone is on a timeline and we pride ourselves on making our service time efficient and stress free. Needless to say I had some anxiety about not only finding the time and place but having to shed some professionalism. The mother of the bride was completely understanding and let me slip into a spare bedroom, but being a working mom despite the industry is short of glamorous.
Balancing the expectations of being a new mom, household tasks, pumping and working in an industry that sets high expectations on personal appearance hasn't been easy. My mornings always started an hour or so before Hayden's usual wake time however, nothing is ever usual with an infant so many days I'd find myself getting him ready with one eye done or a half head of curls. My go to hairstyle on those extra crazy mornings is a ratted bun with sleek finish around my face. If we had a great morning I'd get my morning pump session in, makeup complete and hair started before he woke. If time was really on my side I'd have my first cup of coffee and bottles made. I think any mom can agree that getting dressed should always be when you have one foot out the door because being within a foot of your child is too risky. Remember what I said about being glamorous?
Despite the chaotic mornings, late nights, long days and middle of the night feedings I wouldn't give it all up for the world. I'm blessed with an amazing husband and father who helps me out in any way possible and is always supportive of my endeavors. I'd like to think my niche for organization and coordinating in my professional life has helped me immensely transition into parenthood. At eight months old Hayden has become my little sidekick and life is returning to our new normal. He enjoys spending our mornings watching me get ready from his Finding Nemo Jumperoo where he laughs and giggles with excitement. Everyday brings unconditional love, adventure and challenges but with it also comes a little more glamour.