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

2018-06-20T17:41:51+00:00 March 23rd, 2014|Personal - The Lowe Life|9 Comments

It’s a…..

It's a girl! -The Burlap Bag

Josiah and I went to the doctor yesterday and found out we’re having a girl!

And she was doing a perfect “Rosie the Riveter” pose so I figured pairing the two would be the perfect little announcement. We’re so excited!

2013-10-18T10:01:21+00:00 October 18th, 2013|Personal - The Lowe Life|12 Comments

a baby!

Lauren is pregnant!

We are super super excited. And here’s the obligatory sonogram photo – and apparently I’m having a teddy bear.

So you know what that means…. the next year will probably include blog posts with life hacks that are more baby related (I’m already envisioning making my own baby food, figuring out cloth diapers, etc etc) I promise though – the blog will still be for everyone!

2013-08-27T14:15:12+00:00 August 27th, 2013|Personal - The Lowe Life|8 Comments

The Parcel Exchange

The Parcel Exchange. It’s 8 ladies, all in different cities – and we send & receive 1 package each month!

I definitely thought my favorite part would be GETTING the packages (hey, I’m bein honest), but it’s totally SENDING the packages that I love the most! Every month has a theme – the first month was summertime, the next was traveling. It’s so awesome being a store owner because I can wander around The Burlap Bag and have a huge amount of items to get inspiration from! My packages will almost always include a pair of earrings I made & some gummy candy

The Parcel Exchange

It’s a surprise as to who is sending you a package, thanks to the mastermind known as Chelsea of Cedar+Pine. Kinda like Secret Santa, but it changes every month? And I’m LOVING IT. We gather $10ish-$20ish worth of goodies/handmade things/recipes/etc and ship it off on the first of every month.

And we’ve already had SO many people ask us how they can join – my instagram blows up every time I post a picture of goodies I’m sending or receiving! Ours is currently full as we want to get to know each other better, and if it’s too massive, it’ll be hard to get to know everyone.

The Parcel Exchange

BUT – – MAKE YOUR OWN PARCEL EXCHANGE GROUP! You know at least ONE person who lives in another city or state, yes? (If no, mmm…. sorry weirdo :) ). Ask them who else they know that lives somewhere else, and then ask that other person who else THEY know, and then that other other person who else THEY know. You’ll come up with a list of 3-8 in no time! Then, send each other cute lil packages! It’s like Christmas but year round – and it totally doesn’t have to break the bank – especially if you’re a craft sort of person!


2013-07-02T16:03:10+00:00 July 2nd, 2013|Personal - The Lowe Life|3 Comments