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    Mama Loves Moonshine is an honest, heartfelt, photo-centric blog devoted to all things motherhood, pregnancy & maternity, babies, toddlers, children, parenting and more... all accompanied by lots of photos. Julie is a new mother who has fallen in love with being a mom and already feels like it's going by so fast. Julie is married to Jesse, mother to Ramona Moon (aka Moonshine) and lives on an acre and a half in horse country between Boulder and Lyons, Colorado.

    Loving the journey (most of the time),

    Julie (Mama Moonshine)

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March Playlist (for mama’s, not babies)

1.)Duadalogn:Sigur Ros

2.)A New Life: Jim James


4.)Forever: Haim

5.)You and I: Local Natives

6.)Second Song: TV on the Radio

7.)Stray: Wild Beasts

8.)Nothing Arrived: Villagers

9.)All Wash Out: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

10.)Yet again: Grizzly Bear

11.)Decisions: How to Dress Well

12.)Wosrhip: Radio Edit ft. Jose Gonzales

13.)Take me Away: Wild Belle

14.)Retrograde: James Blake

15.)Buffalo: Alt J featuring Mountain Men

16.)A Stutter: Olafur Arnalds


Love Music?  Be the first to leave a comment with your favorite tune of the week ,and I’ll send you a copy of this mix.  Because sometimes we just need a break from “If You’re Happy And You Know It”…

Heather - I love your Mama mix! You have always had spectacular taste in music Julie!

Heather - My favorite jam of the week was Florence and the Machine Never Let Me Go. love Florence!

Alison - It is amazing to me the truth and rawness you are able to put in both writing and in your images. I loved this post for so many reasons, and appreciate the honesty. And also love seeing that this whole balance thing is challenge we share. Thanks for the reminder about what’s important-if we can focus on that, it all makes more sense….

Product Obsession: Weleda Calendula Baby Cream

I simply can’t get enough of Weleda’s Calendula Baby Cream.  I actually have three tubes of it–one in Ramona’s nursery, one in my bathroom and one in the diaper bag.   I have honestly tried all sorts of salves, lotions, creams and oils on Ramona’s chapped little Colorado cheeks, but this in the ONE product that works overnight.  It’s rich and thick like butter, and the scent is divine (if you like natural, essential oils).  The cream is made with essential fatty acids from sweet almond oil that protect and render chapped or chaffing skin.  I started using this on Ramona’s cheeks instead of Aquaphor (which has petroleum in it), and then started using it all over her body after a bath.  I  even use it as a preventative diaper cream and Ramona hasn’t had a rash since.  It’s magic!  And what’s even better, this cream has now become a staple in my skin regime as my eye cream.  It soothes and seems to even plump my skin.  And if I’m feeling like I really need pampering, I slather it onto my legs after shaving.  I’m in love…




There are no words for how proud I am of my daughter’s big  heart….

Papa Moon - We’re so lucky… Blessed. Love you, Moonie.

Johanne - She is way to cute!!

Jamie - AWWW! Love her!!


Heather - This is the most precious series of photos ever!

The Getter’s story. Elliot and Marlowe.

Marlowe Getter was born on August 21st, 2012. I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to look at these images, but today is the first time I opened them up in Lightroom.  Maybe I really was that backed up in post production, maybe I didn’t think the images would turn out, or maybe it’s because I needed some emotional distance from this day for awhile.  You see, Marlowe Getter is Marie and John’s second baby, but she is the first baby that they held in their arms. She was the first baby I photographed, and the she was the hope and light of an otherwise horribly tragic year and a half.  How does one even put this into writing?  I’ve said it before that words are few when the heart is heavy.

On June 15th 2011,  pregnant for the first time with their son, Marie and John went in for their normal weekly prenatal visit.  Marie’s blood pressure was pretty high and the Dr. thought it best to go ahead and induce her, just to be safe.  She was 38 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby boy.  What started out as a normal induction ended in tragedy, after 72 hours of labor, 4 hours of pushing and a C-section.   We still don’t know exactly what happened to little Elliot,  but somewhere between the last heart monitor reading and pulling him out of Marie , just 7 minutes later, Elliot’s heart had stopped and he was gone. He was born and died on June 18th 2011.  It is still unthinkable.  Utterly, utterly unthinkable.   I can’t even imagine going on living had this been me, but Marie and John are two of the strongest people I know and they have somehow survived, one day at a time.  Day after day.   On New Year’s Eve of 2011 Marie and John found out that they were pregnant again with our little Marlowe.  Needless to say, there were mixed emotions for them and the pregnancy was very hard on Marie. Every day was a grueling decision to choose to “let go” of her raw  fear and grief.  Going to anything social for Marie was difficult because people didn’t know how to act with her.  It seemed they either completely ignored the fact that Marie had lost a child, or they would just stare, giving her the “sympathy” eyes.  I think one of the things that was hardest about her pregnancy with Marlowe was that Marie was terrified that by having another baby, she would somehow be pushing the memory of Elliot away. She was overwhelmed with guilt. Of course Marlowe will never erase the memory of Elliot from any of our hearts,  and I knew it more than ever on the day Marlowe was born.   As happy and joyous as the day was, there was a strong presence of Elliot in the room and the reminder that Marie had done this before.  She had been a mother before.  I’m not writing this post to make anybody cry or feel sad.  It’s  just time for me to process this myself and to  proclaim Elliot’s life along with Marlowe’s.  Although his time was very short, his presence was powerful and real.  Marie and John will never “get over” the death of Elliot, they have just learned to live with their grief. They carry Elliot with them everywhere they go and have a clear image in their minds of his curly locks, his beautiful lips, his long, long fingers….  And Marlowe wears  some of these same features as a constant reminder of her big brother.

I have learned a lot about life and death since June of 2011.  I thank God for Ramona’s safe delivery and health everyday.  And I know that if I had or ever lose Ramona, the most important thing for me will be to acknowledge her life. I acknowledge Elliot’s short life right now and everyday.  I am proud to have people like John and Marie in my life who refuse to  deny that all of this happened, and remind people that  Marlowe is their second child.  I’m proud that they are pleased to tell people about Elliot and aren’t scared to share their story.

It was one of the best days of my life when Marlowe came into this world.  It was an absolutely glorious occasion. We all sighed a huge sigh of relief and wept tears of joy. It was even love at first site for Ramona–she has truly loved Marlowe since that first hospital visit.  Marlowe is  a gift and an angel and I have no doubt that she has her big brother Elliot by her side,  guiding her through her little life.



Caitlin - There are no words..

katie - Tracy~
This is beautiful! Tears of sadness and joy ran down my face, such pain and great excitement all in one. You did a great job writing this and I loved the pictures! Thank you for keeping Elliot’s memory alive in this post.

Tracy - Julie this is brilliant so well written and so perfectly captured

Alison - My childhood best friend went through something very similar. At 27 weeks her 1st baby’s heart stopped beating and he was still-born. I know I struggled mightily with how to grieve myself, support my friend, talk about the subject without fear of saying the wrong thing. In November she gave birth to TWIN boys! Both boys are thriving. I think throughout the entire 2nd pregnancy we all held our breath, not waning to believe this could be real. I have never seen another mother so PRESENT in her experience as a new mom. Very joyous for me to see her so happy!

Mom - So grateful that Marlowe is here — and that she will always know she has a big brother. Well written, Julie… So many emotions to put into words. Many blessings were prayed over that sweet family…and they received an absolutely GORGEOUS baby girl!

Janna - Love

Lillian chatham - Beautifully said…thanks for sharing

Jamie - Julie-please pass this message along.

Marie, wow, I haven’t seen you in years but I’m reading this story now, and I am completely overwhelmed by the story of Elliot. That’s insanely intense. You are one strong woman, but I knew that already. And hopefully you did too. I am so happy for you and John that you have welcomed Marlowe into the world. You deserve nothing but the best and if my arms could reach to colorado from massachusetts, I would give you the biggest hug, to congratulate you, to acknowledge what you’ve been through, and to let you know that I care. xoxo – Jamie