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Isabella Eden Pepin

Baby Girl,

The moment you were placed on my chest and I looked in to your eyes I was ruined. I can never look at life, or see anything the same way again. It’s like a veil has been lifted and I now know what love really means, what having a purpose really is, and what life is actually about. I just don’t think I could’ve ever fully understood until I looked in to those beautiful eyes. I’ve had an incredibly hard time putting the feelings I’m feeling lately in to words. I think this whole experience is too sacred for any words to even possibly describe it. Motherhood is the most beautiful, magical, wonderful, thrilling adventure so far and the fact that I get to experience it is the MOST wonderful gift. I can’t believe I’m a mother and when I look at you my heart becomes full thinking about how you too will one day experience this unearthly, euphoric transition in to motherhood yourself.

I wanted to write the story of your birth because it was an incredible day and not only do I never want to forget it but I want you to know it too!

Your due date was Monday, June 24. We had no plans of rushing you out, we wanted to let you come whenever you were ready… but we were also so stinking excited to see you! We started walking a few miles every day. We walked through the park, around the lakes, and on Thursday we decided to take a trip to walk around the zoo. View full post »

July 8, 2013 - 9:09 AM

jesslope - super duper cute. great birth story. thanks for sharing.

July 8, 2013 - 9:55 AM

Heather Rebekkah - Congratulations! She IS perfect! Enjoy the ride!!!!

October 13, 2013 - 2:33 PM

Tammye Martin - Precious priceless post!

October 13, 2013 - 7:22 PM

Heather Pepin - Thanks Tammye! We’re so in love!!

October 14, 2013 - 11:02 PM

Naomi - That was the most perfect story. I’m so very happy for you! Although we’ve only worked together once {what a day!} I’ve kept up with your baby journey! So so happy for the three of you!

October 14, 2013 - 11:46 PM

Heather Pepin - Thanks so much Naomi!! You’re so sweet:) I love following your Facebook!

Week 40

 
This last week your dad and I have been relaxing a ton! We’ve been sleeping in and doing little fun projects around the house. Usually we would feel guilty about all of the sleeping in and doing nothing but we don’t one bit! Our bags are all packed and by the door and your car seat is in car. We’re all ready for you and just waiting for whenever you decide to come. I was hoping we would be able to make it to your Uncle Justin’s graduation and I was so excited we were able to! Thanks for waiting 😉 We also made it to his graduation party on Sunday which was another fun treat. 
I’m still feeling great. I’m definitely feeling some pressure and other little reminders that you’re on your way but still nothing major. Everyone is here and ready to meet you and Dad and I are all ready but there is no rush. I don’t have the “I’m over this, get this baby out of me” feeling AT ALL. I feel like I could stay pregnant longer if you want me to, but were are so excited to meet you whenever you decide to come!! 😀 It’s crazy to think that this may be my last letter to you before I actually meet you. I feel like that incredible moment we saw those little lines on that pregnancy test in Hawaii was JUST yesterday! To think how much you’ve grown in that time. You started out as a little gummy bear looking thing and right now not only can I feel your feet, knees, and hiccups as I type this but your wiggles are making waves so big that they’re bumping the laptop around. I love it!
July 2, 2013 - 3:35 PM

Heather Rebekkah - How sweet and exciting! I have nominated you for a Liebster Award. I hope you will accept. I can’t wait to see what is in store for your family!

HIJACKED!

So a few days ago, I (Brett) decided to take Heather out on a little maternity shoot! As the pregnancy is winding down, I thought it would be fun to get some real portraits of her and her ridiculously cute belly. Nobody else sees Heather the way I do, so I wanted to capture her and her baby bump through my eyes and my lens. Heather rarely gets the opportunity to be in front of the camera, but she looks so incredibly gorgeous in front of it! I apologize in advance to all of the other pregnant women in the world, because ain’t nobody look as good as my wife with a bump.

October 14, 2013 - 8:58 AM

Michelle Ahlswede - You were the cutest pregnant lady ever and it’s so crazy to think we both have our little ones now!!!! Brett did a great job with these pix, but I’m sure it wasn’t too hard considering his model. XO!

October 14, 2013 - 10:04 AM

Heather Pepin - Aw! Thanks Michelle!! You were pretty darn adorable yourself pregnant! So fun that our little ladies are both here:)

October 14, 2013 - 6:46 PM

Kaity Buerger - My favorite! Perfectly displays Brett’s love for you and Isabella and your admiration and excitement for her sweet arrival! So happy that you have been blessed with such a beautiful gift! Love this family! :)

October 14, 2013 - 8:15 PM

Heather Pepin - Kaity, you’re so sweet! Love you!

39 Weeks

39 Weeks! Eek! You could really be here any day now! We spent this last week doing lots of things to prepare for your arrival. We finished our very last birth class, we took an infant care class where we learned lots of fun things about you and how to take care of you, and we took a breast feeding class. Dad had his last day at work before his summer break and everything in the house is in place. We’re trying to keep it clean and everything in order in case you come early.

We spent the weekend (and Dad’s first few days of break) sleeping in and relaxing. Now it’s time to just wait until you make your grand entrance! It kills me that we have no idea when you’re coming. I love surprises! We had a little date on Friday night. We went to the fair and walked all around and watched a concert. I was a little nervous that we may make you come early but so far there have been no major signs of you coming yet at all. I still feel little changes that remind me that you’re on your way but nothing major! No rush, we’re just excited!

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38 Weeks

You being here on the outside is getting more and more real to me. I’ve had the hardest time wrapping my mind around it but I think I’m getting there. I still don’t think I will fully be able to comprehend it until you’re in our arms!:) It’s incredible to me that at this moment next month you will be here! I will have experienced labor and we will be on the other side. Our new normal will have begun, you growing inside me will be a sweet memory from the past, and we will begin making all of our new amazing memories together!

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Week 37

Whoa Baby! Supposedly you’re about the size of a watermelon this week! Time sure is flying. It seems like just yesterday you were a blueberry. I remember back when you graduated to a lemon and I thought you were so big then! I’ve been told this new high speed sense of time is only going to feel like it’s going faster and faster as you get older. Please don’t grow too fast. I already know my heart is going to have a hard time handling it.

I love you so much my baby. We have been busy working on the last of the little things we want done before you come. I know we’re ready for you at this point but every time I cross something off of my to-do list, I think of at least two more things to add to it. I’m trying to take it slow and just know that you will have everything you need when you get here. We have been enjoying just soaking up this last little bit of time before you get here; all of your wiggles and hiccups. I’m going to miss having you so close to me all of the time.

We had one last sonogram before you come. They wanted to measure you and see if they could estimate your size. Right now you are about 5.5 pounds and if labor starts now they won’t do anything to stop you from coming. I can’t believe that we’re getting to a point where I’m not sure how many of these little letters I have left to write. We are so excited and thankful that we’ve made it to this point. You are healthy and ready for the world! Now we just wait until you decide to make your debut. I feel little changes in my body as it prepares for your arrival. I still feel pretty comfortable but every now and then my body will send me little signals that you are on your way. It’s incredible to witness!

You are SO loved,
Momma

Week 36

1 MONTH!!! We have hit the one month countdown!! And that’s assuming you’re not coming early. I truly can not believe you will be here and life with you will begin SO soon. You are so real to me. I know when you’re awake, I feel your wiggles, I know your hiccups, you respond to me when I rub your little back. Your existence has already changed my world and is very real yet at the same time I am unable to comprehend that you will be here on the outside in a matter of weeks. I am so excited and nervous at the same time to have you out here with us. I know that you are safe and your every need is taken care of so well right now. You seem so much more vulnerable on the outside. I’m continuing to pray for you and for us as we prepare for you to be here. I know we will be given the wisdom and ability to give you everything you need as you need it. Becoming your mom and dad will be a learning process but we are so ecstatic to be given the honor of doing it. We can’t wait!!

This week we also went on a little getaway. We headed to Palm Springs for a few days of relaxation and time together, just the two of us. Or I guess I should say the four of us, counting you and Kona. Yes, we brought Kona:) We had so much fun doing a whole lot of nothing together. We lounged by the pool, slept in, watched TV, took long walks, and ate lots and lots of yummy things. We spent a lot of the trip laughing and the time we took to pause together made us even more excited for you to get here. We can’t wait to do life with you and have you on the outside with us for these fun little family getaways!

You are so loved,
Momma

October 14, 2013 - 10:30 AM

Melina - Got to love that baby bump popping out to say hello <3 And you know who to call if you ever need a doggy sitter 😉