Last year I collaborated with the ladies from The Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition on a photo shoot for their current website. The pictures were to represent breastfeeding and motherhood. It was such a fun project to work on and I was so happy they asked me again this year. They are working on a new website and this year we included the entire family. Breastfeeding has been a huge part of my life and it feels so good to be able to document mothers and families in this beautiful setting. The Breastfeeding Coalition is an amazing organization that brings the community together in supporting moms. Be sure to check out their page for information and available resources.
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Earlier this month I was asked to photograph A Baby Friendly Big Latch On Event in honor of World Breastfeeding Month. I was planning on attending and participating so I was happy to bring my camera along. Although I was unable to participate since I needed both hands to use the camera. Benny was my assistant and did a fabulous job. I volunteer each week at French Hospital’s Breastfeeding Clinic. I received so much support from these wonderful Lactation Consultants and now that I am home and not working as a nurse I wanted a way to give back for all the help that I received while nursing both my kids. Having support while breastfeeding is so important and we are so lucky to live in a community in San Luis Obispo where there are several support groups available for moms.
The event was put on by Jennifer Stover and she did an amazing job with the help of the others. Just so I don’t forget any important details I am going to post the information from the event straight from the Facebook Page:
“Breastfeeding moms – Let’s celebrate World Breastfeeding Week together by breaking the world record for the most mother/nursling pairs breastfeeding simultaneously! Bring your babies and your boobies and show your support for breastfeeding.
Labor of Love and “Whole”istic Mamas and Papas have chosen to spotlight SLO town’s only Baby-Friendly certified hospital, French Hospital Family Birthing Center, as exemplifying this year’s global theme “Breastfeeding Support; Close to Mothers”. The World Health Organization’s baby-friendly policy of immediate, continuous, undisturbed skin-to-skin contact for mother and baby supports the first big latch becoming one of many more happy latchings.
Gather for socializing at 9:45. Please arrive no later than 10:15 to fill out required paperwork for an official count.The actual Latch On is at 10:30. All mother/nursling pairs (or trios) must stay latched on for 1 minute.
You can find us in the patio space to the right of the main doors just before you go into the hospital. Look for balloons.
Make sure to bring: your nursling(s), a blanket or folding chair to sit on, and a hat/sunscreen as we will be meeting in an outdoor space. Look for signs and balloons to guide you.”
Here are the stats from the event locally and worldwide:
“The Big Latch On was held in 29 countries around the world: there were 20 scattered throughout Asia, South Africa represented that continent with 20 Latch Ons, Europe held 82, Australia had a whopping 140, even the Middle East participated with 2, our neighbors to the north held 6 and to the south 10. The US topped the charts with 544 events covering all 50 states! There were 830 locations spread throughout the globe. Divided equally you would have 18 nursing pairs per event so SLO Town was well represented with our turn out of 30 nursling pairs.” This photo was captured by Benny.

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I took a few moments tonight and edited this little treasure. It is a framer for sure.

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We went camping for my birthday. To see and read more of our adventure head over to hello neumann for the full story.

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I decided in order to not bombard my business blog with all the happening going on in our life, to start a personal blog. If you want to see what goes on with The Neumann, click here. And here is a little peek at what we have been up to.
Yikes that is two blog to keep up on!

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I hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day. Jeff was determined to get some berries planted and spent most of the day pulling weeds and planting. I spent most of the day inside recovery from the wedding I photographed on Saturday (preview to come tonight). After finishing the job, Benny and Jeff filled the pool and went in for a dip. I have to stay pretty far back when these two are in the pool together, they get pretty wild. We finished our day with a pasta dinner per Daddy’s request. I think these pictures pretty much sum up the bond that these two share, they are buds for sure. Benny waited patiently through the day as Jeff worked. I planted my tomatoes a few months back and they¬† are producing a lot. I can’t wait until they are ready!The FUN begins….I put these in a folder to print as soon as I finished editing them. These are the memories I want to remember.

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The past few weeks I have been really into using my camera phone. I love Instagram and am constantly inspired by everyone’s unique and ordinary lives. It is a quick and easy way to document our daily routine as well. I am hoping to include these on the blog weekly as a way to remember our ordinary day.
I have really been trying to eat healthy these days. Before I was pregnant I ate a mostly vegan diet, and these days I have added meat and dairy from time to time. I find it satisfies me more and eat much less. We will see if I will resume once the baby comes…for now I just keep it to a minimal and I am feeling healthy.
My graduation gift to myself was signing up for a knitting class through the Adult School in San Luis Obispo, can’t wait to finish some hats for the little ones!
For my birthday we headed to Carmel and I had a giftcard from my friends that I could not wait to use. I have decided I must be a grown up as I bought dishes. In my twenties I would have bought clothes or accessories. I am thinking my thirties will be great!
Of course the following day we made a trip to The Monterey Bay Aquarium.
On Sunday Jeff made is usual Sunday breakfast and a breakfast burrito for me. It was delish!
We filled up the pool on Sunday and it was the first time Daddy was able to join in on the fun. Fun was exactly what these wild boys had.
I of course stayed very hydrated in the warm weather.
The start of summer has been evenings filled with family game nights.
You will find Benny in our bed most mornings. He usually wakes up in the middle of the night and plows in the middle with his pillow. On this particular morning I was leaving for a hike and he was still in his bed. Playing in the pool with Daddy all day sure made him tired.

I finally put all my aprons in one place. My little project over the weekend. That and I hanged my fruit basket.
Organizing the aprons inspired us to bake.
24 weeks!
A quick trip to the park and here we are waiting for friends.
Tacos for dinner.
Wanting to bake, but settled for studying instead.
Two of my favorites from my childhood. I hope my husband will be able to watch them with me.
Lastly, this is how I found my little man right before I settled down to write this post. Love moments like this.

Thanks for reading!

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On May 18th, I graduated from nursing school. It was a day full of excitement and sadly it went by so fast, I wasn’t able to absorb any of the emotions that came with it, or take many pictures to capture the day (thanks to Mary I have a few). I still need to pass my state boards and then I will be able to call myself an RN, until then it is lots of studying!Thanks to all my friends and family who cheered me on for the last two years. I would not have made it without all the support!

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Sorry for the lack of posts the last few months. We have so much going on in our lives right now. I graduate from nursing school in two weeks! I can’t believe I will finally be done. I will have a separate post on that. Too many emotions for this little update. On Benny’s birthday we received some special news. We are finally adding number two to our family. I am currently a few days shy of 19 weeks and the baby’s EDD is September 30th. The first trimester was a bit rough, I was hoping I would have a smooth ride as I did with Benny but the nightly nausea kept me in bed most evenings by 6:00pm. Poor Benny, his dinner was very simple for a few months. Luckily on day one of the second trimester is was gone and I have not had it since. I felt like such a lazy bum those first few months that I packed on the pounds rather quickly. Luckily things have started to slow down in that department and now I am energized and hiking 3-4 times a week.
We feel very blessed as this baby enters our family. We have the big ultrasound next week, but we are not finding out the gender. This will probably be our last and we (I, Jeff would love to know) can’t wait for that surprise at birth.
So that is a quick little update on where I have been and why I have been absent. I am getting inquires about photography now that I am wrapping up nursing school. I am not sure where my future will take me as I become an RN, but I know I will not be searching for a job just yet. I want to spend those first months home with my kiddos. Benny will be starting a part home school kindergarten in the fall, so that will require me to be home with him most of the time (another post on that too). There were be lots of excitement here come fall. In the meantime, I will be taking on work. I will have details on my maternity leave to follow. The fall has always been my busiest, but it looks like this year will be a bit slower for me.
That’s all for now.
This image was taken at 16 weeks, the dress hides a lot, but there was a good size bump under there. Benny is very excited to be a big brother!

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I have missed two weeks of posting the 366 project! Not to worry, I am still taking pictures daily….just don’t have the energy on the weekends to post. The first weekend I missed, Benny turned five and it was a weekend of celebration and than last week we had a baby shower to attend and I had a photo session. This weekend looks like lots of studying as I have a couple of test coming up…but I promise they will be posted soon enough.
This last semester is a busy one and I am exhausted. Only nine more weeks of lectures and clinical and I am taking my finals. I can not wait!

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