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There’s something about a new month that just brings me so much hope! I love the fresh start, the new page in my planner. And also. I can’t say I’m sorry to bid April farewell. That was one looooooong month. It had it’s good parts, but it felt like it lasted an eternity. Some things […]

Personal

Hello, May!

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May

2020

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color image of Arizona birth photographer Claire Waite meeting her daughter in the delivery room at Banner Del Webb Hospital

Nora’s arrival is a three part story. Find Part I here and Part II here! As luck would have it, I didn’t have to wait until 42 weeks to meet our baby. On Saturday, October 12th at 40 weeks and 5 days, I had 9 noticeable contractions. Just 9, and they were really far apart […]

Birth Story, Personal

The Story of Nora | Part III: Nora’s Grand Arrival

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2020

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Apr

Family of six looks down at mom's pregnant belly during family maternity session at the lake

The Story of Nora | Part I Nora’s pregnancy was my hardest from day one. Ok, maybe not quite day one, but within a week of getting a positive test, I was sick. And not just a little sick, I was a lot sick. I fought the urge to throw up all day, every day. […]

Birth Story, Personal

The Story of Nora | Part II: 9 Long Months

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Apr

2020

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Color photograph of four children in Christmas pajamas sitting on a white bed with a brass headboard

Nora Ann Ivy Waite was born on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 2:18am. But, her story actually begins on Monday, July 13, 2015, around 2:30am. It was then that I had just delivered our fourth and (supposedly) final child. We were team green and I was pretty sure that our baby would be a boy. […]

Birth Story, Personal

The Story of Nora | Part I: Incomplete

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2020

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Apr

Valentine's Day photo card featuring 5 children surrounded by pink balloons

Happy Valentine’s Day! Thank you so much for being a part of the Claire Waite Photography family. I am so glad you are here and so grateful for your love and support! When Cecelia was a baby, I started a tradition. Each Valentine’s Day, I take a picture of my kiddos and turn it into […]

Personal

Happy Valentine’s Day! | 12 Years Of Tradition

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Feb

2020

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overdue pregnant woman sitting cross leg on a futon holding a letter board that says "Still no baby?"

There is something extra special about pregnancy that we just don’t talk about enough… Pregnancy has a tendency to eliminate all filters. The filter on the pregnant mama herself and the filter on everyone she comes in contact with! Random strangers (and even people you know!) are willing to say the most inappropriate things when […]

Pregnancy

4 Things NOT To Say To An Overdue Pregnant Woman

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2019

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Sep

black and white image of newborn baby boy, swaddled and wearing a newborn cap in the hands of his mother

After several weeks of cramping and Braxton Hicks, my actual labor began on Monday, September 24 at 2 in the morning. It was then that I was woken from sleep by what was probably my first true contraction. Through the rest of the night, I continued to have periodic contractions that would wake me from […]

Birth Story, Personal

Turner’s Birth Story

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Sep

2019

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Family of six looks down at mom's pregnant belly during family maternity session at the lake

Apparently, I live near a lake. I mean, I’ve kind of known that for a while. But, it took over 6 years of living in this house, approximately 20 minutes away from this lake, for me to ever actually see it. We’ve now been in this house for 9 years and I can count the […]

Maternity, Personal, Pregnancy

My Lake Pleasant Family Maternity Session

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2019

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Sep

Mom and dad gaze adoringly at newborn baby boy in Scottsdale Shea hospital maternity ward

It’s 24-48 hours after you brought your beautiful baby into the world. Chances are, what you are wearing is the last thing on your mind. And rightfully so! You should be 100% focused on that sweet little babe that you can’t get enough of snuggling. But if your photographer is on the way for a […]

Education, Fresh 48 Session

What to Wear for Your Fresh 48 Newborn Session

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Sep

2019

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Open Countdown to Mama box styled on a bedside table next to a lamp and two succulents

Gifts are my love language. Yes, this means I love to receive gifts, but it is giving gifts that I enjoy most. Finding the most perfect, thoughtful gift I can is how I show the people in my life that I love them. I put a lot of time and energy into my gift-giving. It […]

Personal, Product Reviews

Countdown To Mama Box Review

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2019

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Sep