Courtesy of Steph Montgomery

13 Photos You Should Definitely Take During The Golden Hour

Ad failed to load

Even though it was only a few weeks ago, my memories of the first moments after my son was born are already starting to fade. After a traumatic pregnancy, hospitalization, and having to be induced early, his birth day didn't turn out the way I had planned. Still, those first moments were absolute perfection. I am so glad my partner and I captured my son's first hour on film, because there are photos you should definitely take during the golden hour.

We took some of the standard shots, of course. You know, our son being weighed and measured and the nurses wrapping him up like an adorable burrito. My favorites, however, are the ones that my partner snapped without me knowing. These organic, unfiltered moments of raw emotion captured how it really felt to meet my baby for the first time, learn that he was OK, feel him latch, and smell his perfect head. We counted his tiny fingers and toes, examined his soft hair, and snuggled him close.

When I look at the images of my son's first magical hour in our lives, I honestly don't care that I don't have on any makeup, hadn't showered in about a week, and am naked and exposed. In those moments, he was all that mattered and filled our entire world. For us, the "golden hour" was simply magical, and was just what we needed to welcome our son to the world.

Ad failed to load

Meeting Your Baby For The First Time

Courtesy of Steph Montgomery

As soon as they placed him on my chest, and told me he was OK, he reached up and touched my face. I whispered, "Hi baby, I'm your mom. You're OK. You're OK."

Your First Moments Apart

They did take my son away from me for a couple of moments, to make sure he was breathing well and to weigh and measure him. My husband stood next to the warming table and snapped some shots and gave me a play-by-play of what was happening.

Love At First Sight

Courtesy of Steph Montgomery

When my son was back in my arms, he was so alert. We stared into each others eyes as I held him close.

Ad failed to load


My newborn son was so soft and warm as he snuggled against my chest. These were my first moments of calm and peace, after a day of labor and the urgency of his birth.

Raw Emotion

Courtesy of Steph Montgomery

I was so overwhelmed with emotions – pain, relief, fear, pride, adrenaline, fatigue, but mostly so much love for this tiny human.

Bright Eyes Full Of Wonder

There's really nothing like watching your baby see the world for the first time. Their eyes are just so wide, as if they are amazed, scared, and delighted all at once.

Ad failed to load

Your Partner Meeting Baby

Courtesy of Steph Montgomery

Seeing my husband hold our son for the first time was simply amazing. In that moment, I fell even more in love with him.

Tiny Fingers And Toes

We counted and re-counted my son's 10 tiny fingers and 10 tiny toes. Then, he reached out for my finger and held it in his small, beautiful hand.

Feeding Baby

Courtesy of Steph Montgomery

That moment when he latched for the first time was overwhelming and wonderful. I felt waves of emotion, hormones, and even felt my uterus contract. While I was breastfeeding him for the first time, my OB-GYN delivered the placenta that had nourished him for nine months. I was so overcome with love.

Ad failed to load

A Selfie

Selfies and I have a weird history. I never used to take them, because I always hated the way I looked. Now that I am learning to love my imperfect self, I take them every day. So, of course, I had to take a selfie with my new baby.

Sleepy Baby

Courtesy of Steph Montgomery

After exploring the room and our faces with his bright eyes, and eating his first meal, our son was tuckered out. After all, he'd had a pretty big day, too. He fell asleep against me, and I felt like I never wanted to put him down again.

A Family Photo

We took a moment to snap a pic of the three of us. We were so happy to welcome the newest member of our family.

Ad failed to load

A Close-Up Of Perfection

Courtesy of Steph Montgomery

I love this close-up of my son. You can almost count every hair on his perfect head. Even just seeing this picture of his tiny newborn face, his delicately curved ear, and clenched fist up against my chest, makes me feel warm and gooey. It helps me remember the way his baby-soft skin felt and how his perfect, fuzzy head smelled as I held him close to me for a magical, "golden hour."

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

The Reason Why Babies Smile At You Will Seriously Make You Smile

Whether you're currently the recipient of your own baby's sweet smiles or you just seem to be a magnet for baby grins in general, you might find yourself wondering why babies are always smiling at you. Sure, you could be a 'smile whisperer' but scien…
By Kate Miller

8 Ways Your Baby Is Trying To Say That, Yes, You Are Their Favorite

For a baby to show a preference for a specific person is not only normal, but an essential part of their development. Babies need to form strong attachments to their caregivers for their emotional, social, and physical wellbeing. Usually, but not alw…
By Kimmie Fink

10 Reasons Why I Won't Apologize For Giving My Toddler A Pacifier

My first child had no interest in a pacifier. I tried a couple times to get him to take one, but he always spat them out and gave me an incredulous, judgmental look. But my second? It was love at first suckle. And after a while, the incredulous, judg…
By Jamie Kenney

Being A Dog Parent Prepared Me For Having A Baby, Really

I’ve always wanted kids; I was never as sure about raising a puppy. Then I spent six months living with someone who brought home an eight-week-old golden retriever puppy, and I see no way to make it out of that experience claiming not to love dogs. I…
By Heather Caplan

20 Of The Most Popular Unisex Names Of All Time, That You'll Be Hearing More Of For Sure

You might think of unisex names as a fairly recent trend, but the truth is these versatile monikers have been commonly used throughout history (well, some more commonly than others). That's why the team over at recently compiled a list of t…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

How To Have A Date Night With No Babysitter, Because It's Easier Than You Think

After having children, many couples feel that their love lives immediately go out the window, but it's so important to make your romantic life a priority so both you and your partner can be the best versions of yourselves you can be. As we all know, …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

9 Ways Baby No. 3 Made My Family Feel Complete

My husband and I decided to have another baby right after we got married and, well, we had no idea what we were getting into. I got pregnant right away, endured a high-risk pregnancy, and, before I knew it, my third baby had arrived. Together, we emb…
By Steph Montgomery

8 Stereotypes About New Dads That Are *Totally* True

Much like new mothers, new fathers have a lot on their plate. Parenting can be scary and complex, especially at first and regardless of your gender. People want to do right by their kids, after all. And since all new parents are a hot mess, dads are …
By Priscilla Blossom

8 Differences Between Being Pregnant In Your 20s Vs 30s, According To Science

Whether you're planning a pregnancy, or just thinking about your future family, it's typical to think about things like child-spacing, how many kids you want, and when to start trying to conceive. When making your pro/con list, you might also conside…
By Steph Montgomery

16 Moms Share Remedies For Their Most Intense Chocolate Cravings During Pregnancy

For better or worse, pregnancy is usually synonymous with odd cravings. Sure, there are the stereotypical combos like pickles and ice cream that plague gestating women the world over, but there are other mind-boggling combinations, too, including but…
By Candace Ganger

Putting Sunscreen On Your Kid Doesn't Have To Be A Fight — Here's How To Do It

I am almost translucent, so me and sunscreen are basically besties at this point. Even though my children are beautifully deep brown thanks to my husband's genetics, I still slather them like biscuits being buttered because I refuse to take risks wit…
By Cat Bowen

7 Things A Mom Really Means When She Says She Doesn't Want Anything On Mother's Day

Every year my family asks me what I want for Mother's Day, and every single year I tell them the same thing: Nothing. So, by now, they know that when I say "nothing" I absolutely do not mean "nothing." In fact, there are more than a few things a mom …
By Candace Ganger

19 Moms Share The Way They Cured Their Pregnancy Comfort Food Cravings

I was obnoxiously sick during the first trimester with, "lucky" for me, both of my pregnancies. For the first three months I lived on saltines, lemonade, and fresh bread. Once I was able to eat, however, all I wanted was savory and sweet comfort food…
By Dina Leygerman

8 Fascinating Facts About Babies Born In May, The Luckiest Month Of All

The height of all things fresh and springy, May is an excellent month to have a baby. It's a time of growth, graduations, and outdoor celebrations. And these fascinating facts about May babies will give you more reasons than ever to appreciate childr…
By Lindsay E. Mack

I Used To Judge Formula-Feeding Moms — Until I Became One

The other patrons in the hip Brooklyn restaurant probably couldn’t care less what I was feeding my baby, but I’ll always remember the shame I felt as I quickly mixed up his bottle of formula in front of them. I admitted to my childless friend that I …
By Katherine Martinelli

7 White Lies It’s Necessary To Tell To Keep Your Relationship Healthy

Telling lots of lies typically isn't associated with a healthy, strong, lasting relationship, and that's still certainly true, but not all lies are exactly the same. Though you've probably heard from someone at least once or twice that the lie they t…
By Lauren Schumacker

The Skinny Jeans That Saved Me Postpartum

Accepting my post-pregnancy body is hands-down one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. It’s something that I still work on every single day. During my first pregnancy, I was 20 years old, so I managed to bounce back quickly. In fact, I dropp…
By Allison Cooper

7 Ways Your Baby Is Trying To Say They Feel Safe

In those first weeks of new motherhood, it can feel like you need an interpreter for your newborn. With their limited means of communication, figuring out what message your baby is trying to get across to you can be a challenge. With time, however, y…
By Kimmie Fink

Here's Why Dogs Are Obsessed With Babies' Poop, According To Science

Most family dogs seem to understand babies, and they're more than happy to make friends with the newest member of the pack. It's adorable... for the most part and until you go to change your little one's diaper. Suddenly, you're wondering why dogs ar…
By Lindsay E. Mack

6 Signs You're Meant To Have A Big Age Gap Between Kids

There's a five year age difference between my two children, to the day. Their age gap wasn't planned but, for a variety of reasons, works well for our family. And since I was so focused on having a second baby, I totally overlooked the signs that wou…
By Candace Ganger

My Dog Knew I Was Pregnant Before My Family Did

Growing up, I was 100 percent sure I'd be a mom one day. To a dog, that is. My baby plans came later. And once my husband and I were sure we wanted both a dog and a baby, we'd add to our joint dog-and-baby name list over Sunday brunch or on date nigh…
By Melissa Mills