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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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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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2019

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Sep

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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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

Family dressed in pink, cream and blue posing for a family portrait at La Jolla Beach, California

Hey, Mama! I’m so glad you are here. I’m Claire, a lemonade loving Scottsdale Arizona birth photographer who is always dreaming of my next Hawaiian vacation. I am a midwest girl turned desert dweller because people do crazy things for love! I am a proud police wife. My handsome husband and I just celebrated 14 […]

Personal

Meet Claire | Arizona Birth Photographer

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Sep

2019

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36 week pregnant woman wearing a blue floral dress for her lakeside maternity photo session

  I’m 36.5 weeks pregnant! Which means, Baby Waite #5 will be joining our family in the very near future! It’s starting to get real people! I should probably think about packing the hospital bag. Maybe wash the cloth diapers? How about folding the baby clothes and moving them into a drawer instead of stacked […]

Personal

Baby Come Out! | Join Our Baby Betting Pool

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2019

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Sep