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August Mom of the Month | Puyallup's Premier Maternity Photographer

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August Mom of the Month | Puyallup's Premier Maternity Photographer

It was such an honor to have Codii as August's Mom of the Month! We enjoyed our evening at Point Defiance in Tacoma, Washington for her premier maternity portrait session. I am so excited to be offering this new high end session experience to my clients at an affordable investment! One mom will be chosen each month to be featured as Stephanie Ratto Photography's Mom of the Month when they book a Mom of the Month session experience. Click HERE to find out more information regarding these limited session spaces! 

My goal with this session experience is to get mom's connected! Pregnancy can cause so many emotions, up's and downs. I want to let all expecting mothers to know, you are not alone on this journey!

Without further ado, meet Stephanie Ratto Photography's August's Mom of the Month, Codii! 
 

Codii and Chris have been married for almost two years now and couldn't wait to start a family! 

We have been trying to start a family since we got married, however, after over a year of trying i was told by doctors that it would be very difficult and nearly impossible for me to naturally conceive. Less than a few weeks after i brought it up we were blessed with this little miracle.

They are having a little baby boy this October and can't wait to meet him! She has luckily had an amazing pregnancy. I asked Codii about how pregnancy has affected her emotionally and physically. She explained that being diagnosed with a Bipolar Disorder, it has been difficult having her moods and emotions go crazy. She is very thankful for Chris knowing how to handle the situation when she gets worked up. Codii was also about ready to compete in a body building competition! It was difficult for her being so far into prep to see her body change but as baby boy was growing she was very excited to see her stomach grow.

For me it got easier once i stopped looking like i ate a few too many donuts and more like I’m actually growing a baby.
 

She embraces and loves her baby bump. 

The most difficult part of her pregnancy has been the heartburn. 

Who knew you could get heartburn from water? I sure didn’t.
 

Codii has been planning and researching information regarding labor since she found out she was pregnant. She is nervous but has amazing support from her friend who is a Doula to help her achieve a natural birth! She knows she is not alone, and she will have an amazing support group by her side on this special day.

August Mom of the Month | Puyallup's Premier Maternity Photographer
August Mom of the Month | Puyallup's Premier Maternity Photographer

August Mom of the Month | Puyallup's Premier Maternity Photographer

August Mom of the Month | Puyallup's Premier Maternity Photographer

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The Great Tree Hunt | Stephanie Ratto Photography

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The Great Tree Hunt | Stephanie Ratto Photography

The Great Tree Hunt | Stephanie Ratto Photography

Our family had decided that now, since we are in the Pacific Northwest we would get a live Christmas tree every year. It would be a tradition we can enjoy with our children as they grow. It is much more than just getting a tree though. It is the adventure and memories created in the process. This November marked our second year in Washington and we are loving every bit of it. 

The Great Tree Hunt|Stephanie Ratto Photography| Puyallup Lacey Yelm Tacoma JBLM Photographer

Stephanie Ratto Photography | Puyallup Tacoma JBLM Yelm Lacey Photographer

I am so thankful to have met the Smith family! Owners of S&S Evergreen U-Cut Tree Farm. This is their first year opening and I couldn't have been happier with the lovely selection of tree's they offered. You couldn't go wrong. Every tree was perfect! But after walking their farm, we found the PERFECT one for us. 

I of course was so excited to document our story this year. It is our first year celebrating Christmas as a complete family of 4!  

Kaleigh has recently discovered her love of 'candy cames' as she calls them. So when S&S Tree Farm gave her a candy cane to take on her adventure of finding a tree, her eyes lit up! I think that candy cane has a special appearance in every lifestyle portrait taken on our Christmas Tree Adventure. 

Stephanie Ratto Photography | Puyallup Tacoma JBLM Yelm Lacey Photographer

My husband even snuck a few portraits in of me and the little man Carson. He was not so thrilled that day due to us waking him up from his nap. But he enjoys looking around at everything while being snuggled up to his mama. 

Stephanie Ratto Photography | Puyallup Tacoma JBLM Yelm Lacey Photographer

I am so thankful for these times.

We shared many laughs and kisses  (sticky candy cane kisses I might add). I am happy that I can document this memories to relive. They are like little treasures I now have to hold on to that I can share with my kids when they are older and tell the stories of how we picked out our tree, and how she dropped her candy in the dirt and used the tree to clean it off (gross, I know) or got to ride their tractor with the tree farm owners son. These are all sweet little tid bits that I will hold tightly on to. Plus, did you see that guy up there ^    I mean, not to toot my own horn, but how did I get so lucky? He is so amazing. 

This is what I love about photographs. They have the ability to capture a moment that is gone forever. 

Stephanie Ratto Photography | Puyallup Tacoma JBLM Yelm Lacey Photographer

Stephanie Ratto Photography | Puyallup Tacoma JBLM Yelm Lacey Photographer

Here we are, the Ratto Family of 4 with our 2016 Christmas Tree! 

Thank you S&S Evergreen U-Cut Tree Farm for a great experience this year! If you are looking for the perfect live tree this year, stop in and let them know you saw my blog post. 

S&S Evergreen U-Cut Tree Farm is located off of Eatonville cut-off Rd. 6304 365th St E. Eatonville, WA 98328 

 

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