Real Stories: Sunny

Sunny speaks with us about finding out she was pregnant, working from home with a baby on the way, and her go-to guilty pleasure.

Q: Occupation/Interests/Hobbies:

A: I’m a wedding and lifestyle photographer.

Q: What was your first thought when you discovered you were pregnant?

A: Disbelief. My husband and I tried for 2 years and had been at the ART clinic at Brookwood Baptist with Dr. Allemand for a year. We had such low chances that a phone call telling me I was in fact pregnant had me in hysterics pacing through the house.

Q: What did you decide to name your baby? Is there a story behind it?

A: Sheppard Holden Jones. Sheppard is my maiden name. We had always wanted that for a boy, but decided that because we had trouble conceiving we would use it either way. Turned out great, because he is a boy! The middle name is just something we liked while lounging on the couch looking up baby names.

Q: Who is your doctor, and what made you decide to have your baby at Brookwood Baptist?

A: Dr. Cynthia Brown. I’ve been seeing her for nine and a half years, and couldn’t imagine anyone else delivering my baby. The new facility didnt hurt either : )

Q: What has made you feel beautiful during your pregnancy?

A: I feel beautiful for different reasons than I did prior to pregnancy. Before, it was a new outfit, haircut, or the satisfaction of working out and seeing results. Now, it’s more intrinsic. My clothes aren’t as fun, and the swelling rumor is definitely true, but knowing that I am successfully growing life is a pretty amazing thing.

Q: What has been your guilty pleasure during pregnancy?

A: SWEETS! I have never had trouble passing them up. A cookie is good, but I always wanted something salty instead. I now have zero capability to turn down a cookie or ice cream. My new favorite thing? Double Doozie cookies from Mrs. Fields with a Coke Icee on the side. Don’t judge me …

Q: What do you think you’ll miss most about your “pre baby” days?

A: My schedule. Working for myself has allowed me to pretty much have complete freedom to manage my schedule. I can sleep in if I wake up feeling more tired than usual, and I can meet a friend for lunch spontaneously. Post baby I will be trying to learn how to be a stay-at-home mom AND run my business at the same time. I have a feeling that my sleeping in days are over.

Q: One lesson your parents taught you that you want to pass on to your children?

A: My parents showed me a love for one another that my husband and I hope to share with Sheppard as he grows up. I have had such an amazing example of a Godly marriage and just pray that I can show him what to look for in a wife, and that his father can show him how to be the best husband/father he can be.

Q: What’s the last book, magazine or blog you read?

A: I love looking at Joanna Goddard’s blog “A Cup Of Jo“. She has amazing insight into parenthood, while still keeping plenty of good reads for other areas in your life. It’s my photo editing break each day and always a treat.

Q: What’s your favorite date night spot?

A: My favorite spot falls somewhere between trying out a new restaurant in town and my couch cushions. We love to eat out and explore new things, but we never make it past a great dinner before wishing we were snuggled on the couch with a good movie and our puppy Aspyn.

Q: How do you make time for yourself?

A: That’s not hard right now, but I’m sure it will be more of a challenge here shortly. I am home alone working all day and take 3-4 days a week to myself to nurture friendships and run errands/etc. Even days that I choose to edit photos at Starbucks I feel like I’m not working. It feels more like “me” time in those moments as well.