Rachael Houser Photography » Wedding Photographer based in Western Kentucky

A month ago I shot this session with my best friend, Megan, and her baby bump. That baby bump turned into a baby girl named Madison this past Wednesday morning, 6:45am to be exact, and I was there to capture as much as Megan would allow. I have no children of my own so I can only imagine what love Megan and Byran feel for this gorgeous little thing…all I know is that I could only love her more if she were my own daughter. Translation: I love her a whole, whole lot. I am so thrilled that she is finally here!

Look at that little head full of black hair! Just like her daddy!

Maddie with her Nana

Maddie with her Grandma and Grandpa

Maddie makes the best faces!

I just love this picture of Maddie and Megan. So precious!

Daddy changing Maddie’s diaper for the first time!


Goodnight sweet angel. Aunt Rachael loves you!

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Neil was off all day Saturday so we spent some family time in Paducah. Basically, we just hung out at Neil’s parents’ house, playing with Kolt. And that’s ok with me. It was nice to have some down time and to just sit and chat. Also, Neil and I hadn’t spent any length of time in Paducah in a while. AND I got to eat lunch at the Parlor! But my favorite part was following this little guy around…

Whoops! I guess if I hadn’t had my camera up to my face I could have caught him but he is such a boy. Falling down is a many many times daily occurrence. Oh! He’s saying everyone’s name now INCLUDING my ridiculously hard-for-toddlers-to-say name. “R” is the last sound toddlers learn to make yet he said it right off! We didn’t even have to transition from “Achie” to “Rachie”! Yea, he’s calling me Rachie, what of it? That’s what my niece Hannah calls me too and I love it :)

I had planned on taking more pictures of our day, even though we didn’t do anything particularly exciting, but I was too busy teaching Kolton to say “Holy Cow” and “Dude”. Of course “Holy Cow” comes out “Hody Dow” but it’s still so freakin cute! You guys, he’s turning 2 in a just a few months! Being around him REALLY makes my ovaries cry. Just sayin’.

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Leanne -

Haha “holy cow” – how cute ;)

PS… Probably not going to help those crying ovaries, but I think you’re going to make the PERFECT mom one day :-)

emmysuh -

I like to teach babies to say LADY GAGA or CAWCAW. Jack is really good at CAWCAW.

What: Lake Day

When: August 28th

Where: Lake Barkley

Who: Me, Neil, Megan, Bryan, Aly, Benny, and Precious (Ben isn’t in any of the pictures, but he was still there)

The following pictures were taken by me and are SOOC. They’re primarily on Facebook because Neil wants to show off. He’s just being a guy. Neil and Bryan play this game where one person throws a ball from the water and the other person tries to catch it in air while jumping off the front of the boat. They asked me to take pictures of the action because again, they are guys. Neil is the one in the black swim trunks and Bryan is in the white swim trunks. Thanks, boys, for wearing opposite colors! Megan was sitting in the back of the boat getting mad at Precious for going crazy every time a boy jumped off the boat. I was just laughing at the whole occurrence. But seriously, look at my husband’s Superman form! You’d think he’s been practicing of something.

After that I retired my camera to Bryan, who took a video of Neil and I forcing Aly into the water. I’m such a mean momma!

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Mel -

Vienna doesn’t care for the lake much. She gets very frantic. Ike I’d getting used to jumping now though. With his life jacket and a little encouragement that is!!

emmysuh -

HAHA, I love all of this!

You might know that Neil and I are seriously thinking about trying for a child soon. Soon is a relative term but we’re choosing to keep it to ourselves. Anyhow, if you’re skeptical about the so called “biological clock”, I’m here to tell you IT’S REAL. Maybe it doesn’t happen to every woman but man, when it does you know it. It started out mild for me, progressed to moderate and now it’s full blown severe. I assume this is the norm.

A few things assisted in the progression from moderate to severe baby fever and it all started when my best friend told me she was pregnant back in late December. Throughout the summer, I’ve been spending a lot of time with her because when Baby comes, she’ll be a little busy ;) Just being around her ever growing belly, feeling Baby move inside of her, simply everything about it pushed me closer and closer to the edge. She had told me a few months back that she secretly hoped I would turn up pregnant any day now. I hated to inform her that sorry, we’re very careful in that area.

And now, what with Megan’s due date looming over our heads (September 21st!) and studying maternal/newborn nursing this semester I am SO CLOSE it’s just about killing me. I think about it at least once a day. Y’all. The I am on the edge and I’m on my tippy toes, pearing over at the view below.

Thankfully, (because I know what’s best for me and Neil) a few things are keeping me from jumping. Neither of them outweigh the other and really, if it were for only one reason then I would say skrew it. The first reason is OBVIOUS: I’m still in school. Yea, I’ll graduate before I actually have the baby BUT clinicals are rough even without being pregnant. I can only imagine how much they’ll suck if I were dealing with morning sickness (which can and often does last all day), swollen feet, lack of sleep, and preparing for the baby in general. The second reason is Neil doesn’t have a real job, really. That is, he’s not teaching. Yea, we kind of need to have money to have a baby. Also, insurance. But Neil could get a job at any time, and in plenty of time to save of money for said baby. See, this is a problem NOW but could not be a problem later. Only time will tell.

But if this freakin’ OB class doesn’t get to me (because boy, it sure is trying!), I think I’ll be able to make it until after graduation. That way I can practice for at least nine months and we will have had enough time to settle into whereever we live, save money, etc. Aside: Most people are turned off of wanting to have a baby during OB class because everything you learn is just TOO MUCH. But knowledge only excites me. The more I know, the more I want. I’m weird like that.

SO. Other than telling you how much I want a baby and my reasons for not doing anything about it yet:

My friend Janet over at Love is Blonde lost her baby boy about a week ago before he was born. When I heard this news my heart sunk. I can’t even imagine the heartache she’s going through. Not that I wouldn’t feel awful for her otherwise but, now that baby fever has practically taken over my body I just can’t stand it. I cried when I found out. I don’t know this girl other than from reading her blog off and on yet I feel so much for her right now.

If you could just take a minute to pray for her and her family, I know she would greatly appreciate it.

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heather -

i have never experienced strong want for a baby. ever. and i’m gettin old! sure, i’ll have a baby someday; i know i want to at some point.. but i enjoy doing whatever i want and drinking beer too much.. hahah.

Leanne -

This is exciting for both of you though :) Even though you’re not exactly ready juuust yet (according to you), it’s exciting to still think about it and plan for the very near future ;) It won’t be long going! Soon enough, you’ll be finished school and doing your clinicals…You’ll have more money in the bank and more time to you know, plan ;)

And I am so sorry to hear about your friend :( It must be so hard. I pray that she gets through this <3

janet -

Hey there…I am a little late but I just wanted to say thank you for your kind words, and thoughts and prayers. It means a lot. Hugs.