not taking pictures in the delivery room.

Greta Rosemary is HERE! She was born on March 5. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks adjusting to life with a newborn. She’s fantastic – – and also a little exhausting!

Josiah and I decided to NOT take pictures in the delivery room – or even for the first 12 hours! And we don’t regret it one bit!

Here’s some reason’s why….

1. We got to ENJOY THE MOMENT. (oh no, our first picture of her is when she’s already 12 hours old, not 2 minutes. Will we survive?) We just got to look at her, laugh and cry I’m sure (it’s kinda all a blur), and be together as a new family of 3. I’m normally pretty “social media obsessed” so it was really nice to slow down for once and not post on facebook/instagram about her being born until the next morning. That first night was really exciting (and I also ate what at the time seemed like the best sandwich of my life) and it was great to put away our phones/camera.

2. No stress on Josiah to take that “perfect picture” of us in the first 10 minutes. I’m the photographer of the family, yet I’m also the one who cares more about having a great photo to share with everyone. If I tried to have Josiah take a photo, I would’ve gotten super stressed at him about lighting and camera settings and getting it from a good angle. Let’s wait until everything’s a bit calmer and when I can take them myself, shall we?

3. I don’t want/need bloody pictures of her. My mom doesn’t have any of me bloody and I’m not all torn up about it. I’d ¬†prefer to see Greta all clean and perfect. If you like those bloody/mucusy photos, more power to ya. If Greta wonders later what she looked like when she was born, I’ll tell her to google and find some fresh out newborns, and pretend they are her.

4. No crappy iphone photos. No matter how good they make camera phones, photos are always better with a nice regular camera. A lot of the time, phone photos end up dark, blurry, super small, or just all around terrible. Since we waited to take photos, I got to get out my nice camera the next morning when everything was WAY calmer and we had slept a little. Then we had a nice, non-blurry photo of Greta to send to family and friends announcing her arrival.

Our favorite reason? The first one – – just being in the moment and forgetting about all social media.

All that being said, I totally respect anyone’s decision to take photos right away. We just loved NOT doing so :)

And here’s our photo we shared with everyone of our little stinker – 12ish hours old!

not taking pictures in the delivery room. -The Burlap Bag



  1. Joy Shoemaker March 23, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    AMEN to everything that you said. In fact your mom had no pictures taken of her and…..your grandpa wasn’t even allowed in the room……….and we lived to tell about it. we still love HER no matter how clean she is. Greta
    is so cute.

  2. Melanie March 23, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I think this is so lovely. Living in this technology-driven, instant-gratification world can take away from these little (or huge, in this case!) moments. I’m glad you got to just take it in through your own eyes instead of through your viewfinder. You look beautiful in this photo, by the way, and I don’t think your adorable little nugget will be sad not to have that bloody just-out photo :)

  3. Velvetelvitron March 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Congratulations on the baby!

    You know, you CAN say that you like something or feel a certain way without insulting other people’s opinions though, right? How people take care of their babies is very personal and precious to them, and it’s unnecessary to compete or judge.

  4. Lauren March 24, 2014 at 8:57 am

    He wasn’t allowed in the room??!

  5. Lauren March 24, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Thank you for your kind words, Melanie!

  6. Lauren March 24, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Thanks for your comment – and sorry that my post came off as insulting and judging. It totally was not intended to come across that way. We were just excited about how we did it, and those who we told it to also thought it was a fun and different approach – – so we thought we’d share on our blog. Like we mentioned at the end of the post, we totally respect anyone’s decision to do differently! :)

  7. Bonnie Ditto March 24, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Love her name. Pretty baby. Love on her every minute you can.

  8. Lynnetta March 26, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Greta is an adorable name and an adorable baby. Congratulations! I love your first picture together and I don’t think that your post came across as insulting. Tone is so hard to convey in type.
    March 5 is a great day to be born (of course I’m a little biased because it’s my birthday too). :)

  9. Susan April 19, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I totally respect that you did it your way. Good for you Momma!
    She is gorgeous. Congratulations!!

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