January Mom of the Month | JBLM Maternity Photography

It was such an honor getting to meet and be a part of Jiamyiah's maternity portrait session to capture this special time in her life! She was the perfect mom to be to be featured as January's Mom of the Month for Stephanie Ratto Photography! I love being able to serve those in the JBLM area for their maternity portrait needs. We had so much fun when she came to try on gowns from my gown collection exclusively offered to my clients. She couldn't have chosen 2 better gowns for her. These gowns were absolutely just MEANT to be worn by her for her maternity portraits! What a way to start the new year! 

January Mom of the Month | JBLM Maternity Photography

January Mom of the Month | JBLM Maternity Photography

Jiamyiah and Kendall met back in high school and after 2 years of being married, their journey has brought them to JBLM. You can definitely tell that these two were high school sweethearts. I loved their connection in their portraits and seeing their playful interaction with each other. Jiamyiah's love for her husband has led them to name their son Kendall Gilmore II. 

My husband is a great, strong, intelligent man. It seemed perfect!

After trying for over a year and seeking help from fertility doctors and hormone treatments, she was finally pregnant! This little boy is their first baby and they can't wait to bring him into this world.

I had no signs that I was pregnant, so it was a complete surprise and we both hysterically cried!

Physically Jiamyiah has not had any problems with her pregnancy but explained that it is mentally draining. She never imagined how your hormones could effect your relationship the way that it does. Her mental health would have deteriorated if she didn’t have such an amazing support system between her family, friends and husband.

I asked Jiamyiah what her thoughts were on the "big day"! She is so excited to have baby boy here, but so terrified to bring him home. Aren't we all as first time mom's? She jokes...

There is no instruction manual or to do list to tell me what to do with him.

She plans to have an all natural water birth if possible. She also plans to encapsulate her placenta and take the pills to help with postpartum. It's so awesome! 

January Mom of the Month | JBLM Maternity Photography

January Mom of the Month | JBLM Maternity Photography

I ask my mommy to be's what they register for! It is always so fun to see what everyone's must-haves are! She registered for a variety of baby goods, from clothes to washing tools, toys, teething and breastfeeding products. She is most excited about her Graco 4ever in 1 car seat and baby wraps!  She chose to register at Baby’s R Us and Amazon.

I can’t wait for the bonding and love at first sight experience!

Thank you Jiamyiah for sharing your pregnancy journey! Thank you for being Stephanie Ratto Photography's Featured Mom of the Month for January 2018 and lastly thank you for choosing me as your photographer to capture this incredible time in your life.