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Bella Babies: See What They Look Like Now

Here at Bella Baby Photography, we photograph more than just newborns. Although we’re known for capturing your baby’s first moments, our Bella Life photographers specialize in photographing all the milestones of family life. Whether it be family celebrations, cake smash photos, or graduation portraits – we’re there to capture the natural beauty of your family and create lasting memories.

One of our photographers, Carol DeAnda, has been with Bella Baby for nine years now and loves seeing her clients grow up:

“So many of my families I have been photographing since they had a newborn. The kids all know me by name and are excited to see me at their annual photoshoots. I have even received pictures that they have drawn for me which is the sweetest!”

We’ve gathered some photos from Carol’s clients.

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We would love to capture all of your special moments. Find a Bella photographer near you to book your next family photo session.

May Photography Contest

We love to show off the work of our amazingly talented photographers. Take a minute to enjoy the slideshow below. Check back each month to see more unique and beautiful photos. Congratulations to all winners and honorable mentions!

To get your own Bella Life or Bella Baby photos, contact us to see if we are in your area!

Your Favorite Baby Names of 2018

Your Favorite Baby Names of 2018

After Babynames.org released their list of most popular baby names of 2018, we thought it would be fun to create a list of our own. We asked our audience to share their favorite names with us and got a lot of responses.

For girls, it’s clear that “R” is the letter of the year. For boys, we saw a mix of classic and unique names. Here are the results: Your Favorite Baby Names of 2018

Girls:

  1. Emilia
  2. Eva
  3. Ruby
  4. Finley
  5. Rosie
  6. Vivian
  7. Lorelay
  8. Erin
  9. Kathleen
  10. Paityn
  11. Riya
  12. Raylighn
  13. Rumor
  14. Robin
  15. Rebel
  16. Kiara
  17. Bianca
  18. Brooklyn
  19. Harper
  20. Riley
  21. Remi
  22. Casey
  23. Madelynn
  24. Rafaella
  25. Anastasia
  26. Aviendha
  27. Elmindreda
  28. Ann
  29. Melinna
  30. Nerea
  31. Nayeli

Your Favorite Baby Names of 2018Boys:

  1. Theodore
  2. Garrett
  3. Wyatt
  4. Cairo
  5. Trevor
  6. Rylan
  7. Christopher
  8. Landon
  9. Aethelwulf
  10. Kieran
  11. Bear
  12. Zephyr
  13. Zeus
  14. Syn

Also, see our list of Popular Baby Name Roundups from Pinterest.

What’s your favorite baby name? Add to our list by leaving a comment.

Tough Stuff: Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

Tough Stuff: Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

Being a new mom is tough, and not just for reasons that first come to mind. Pregnancy and motherhood can take a toll on your mental health. Fluctuating hormones and lack of sleep all contribute to postpartum mood disorders. Here, we take a look at two common maternal mental illnesses that are not talked about enough: postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety.

So, just how common is postpartum depression?

The CDC estimates that 1 in 9 women experience symptoms, but the data varies by state so it could be as high as 1 in 5. Either way, it’s a lot. Postpartum depression is common, but the symptoms and experience are different for everyone.

There are also certain factors that put you at higher risk – most notably a prior history of depression. Nobody had mentioned to me that it was more common in those that suffered from depression/anxiety before pregnancy. There’s not enough information out there for pregnant moms before it happens,” says Kim C from our Super Moms Facebook group.

It’s important to emphasize that postpartum depression is different from stress or having a bad day. Every mom experiences stress or a bad day or two, but it’s important to seek help or take extra steps if you experience symptoms of depression.

Some common symptoms of postpartum depression:

  • Lasting sad, anxious, or “empty” mood.
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism.
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness.
  • Feelings of irritability or restlessness.
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and activities.
  • Loss of energy.
  • Problems concentrating, recalling details, and making decisions.
  • Difficulty falling asleep or sleeping too much.
  • Overeating or loss of appetite.
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts.

(CDC).

Tough Stuff: Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

Postpartum Anxiety

A lesser-known condition is postpartum anxiety which can have completely different symptoms from depression. Anxiety affects about 10% of new moms.

“I wish I had known postpartum anxiety was a thing! I had heard of postpartum depression but not anxiety. Everything seemed like such a BIG DEAL to overcome but step by step things started to seem okay again. Talking with family helped.” (Lisolette D in our Super Moms Facebook group).

Symptoms of postpartum anxiety include:

  • Constant worry
  • Feeling that something bad is going to happen
  • Racing thoughts
  • Disturbances of sleep and appetite
  • Inability to sit still
  • Dizziness, hot flashes, and nausea

(Postpartum Support International)

Tips to cope with depression and anxiety:

  1. Eat nutritious food and stay hydrated. It’s important to keep your body strong and healthy during tough times.
  2. Exercise. Even if you simply go for a walk around your neighborhood, exercise has been proven to make you feel better and less anxious by releasing endorphins.
  3. On that same note – get outside. Nature and exercise have calming effects.
  4. Practice basic self-care. Take a shower, put on clean clothes and fix your hair up a little even if you don’t feel like it.
  5. Get plenty of sleep. This can be hard with a newborn around, but it’s so important. Find more tips on this here.
  6. Make time for YOU. Enlist your spouse, a family member, or a friend to look after your little one so you can get in some much needed ‘me time.’ Take a yoga class, get a manicure, or just get dinner with a good friend.  

Most importantly, find support and ask for help.

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned in this post, it’s crucial that you seek more information and help. It’s important to remember that this is common, even if it’s not talked about – and that you are not alone. Postpartum Support International provides many resources including a 24-hour helpline and weekly chats with experts. Seeking support from family members, your doctor, or a moms support group are also good options.

Do you have any additional advice on how to manage depression or anxiety? Share it with the community in a comment.