Archive for October, 2013

October 15, 2013
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I have to say that while birth photography is my favorite type to do, it is also the hardest to book. I totally understand why people are a little leery about inviting someone into the most intimate times of their lives. In fact, when Annie asked me if she could photograph Peyton’s birth, I wasn’t too sure at first either. I am SO glad I took the chance and had birth photos taken for both my babies! As a future birth client so smartly explained, “You hire a professional photographer for your wedding day. Why wouldn’t you also hire someone for a day that’s just as special, if not even more?!” Couldn’t have said it better myself.

I am SO glad that Laura understood this and booked me for Bryce’s birth! I met Laura and her hubby Phill at OU. She lived next door to me in Tiffin Hall freshman year, and her nickname was simply “Neighbor.” Laura majored in photography, so when the time came to have a baby, she understood the need to have someone take pictures the day of the birth. She was such a good sport, too. Even though her labor was loooong and rough (more on that below!), she never once asked me to stop taking pictures. I am so glad she trusted my judgement! Her labor pictures are absolutely amazing and really tell the birth story like nothing else can. I tried to be very careful in how I took the pictures, as I am super modest and try to look out for other modest mama’s as well. So for all of you out there thinking, “I wouldn’t want pictures of my birth! I don’t want any shots ‘down there!’ I would probably look horrible through the birth process!”…please look at these pictures and have your mind changed. I try to stay as out of the way as I can, I always stay up by mom’s head for delivery, and am sure to only take pictures that I would want taken of me through the entire experience. Birth photography is BEAUTIFUL, and I am so thankful to Laura for helping to prove that! 🙂

I am SUPER bummed, as somehow most of Bryce’s birth story and the video were deleted from my blog! Not quite sure how that happened, but it did. 🙁 I will try and retype the story, but for now, please view Bryce’s birth slideshow below. It pretty much tells the story anyway! 😉 Make sure your volume is on so you can hear the songs!

October 12, 2013
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I LOVE when I get new clients through referrals! I am so glad a past client sent this lovely family my way. I had fun getting to know them, and finding out all the people we know in common!

I met the Rosado’s at Sharon Woods, and we hit up locations at both entrances. The girls were a blast to photograph, and they kept me laughing the entire time! Jamie wanted to get some candid shots, and I think they all turned out great. Don’t you just want to know what was so funny?! 😉

It was nice to have Jon’s dad along for the shoot. He happened to be in town the day we had scheduled, and he jumped in for a few pics!

Thanks for a great evening together, Rosado family! It was great meeting you, and you have a beautiful family. I hope you love your pictures as much as I do! 🙂

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October 10, 2013
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Aiden

Age: 8 & 9 Months

Stats: 28 ¾ inches long (70%) and 18 pounds (24%)

New Developments:

Lots of new developments these days! Because I have been a slacker mom, I’ll try and update them all! He got his first two (bottom) teeth at about 6 ½ months, and is now getting his top two teeth at 9 months. They’ve broken through the gum, but aren’t quite visible in his smile yet. I am loving his sweet smile with the two bottom ones peeking out!

Houston, we have a crawler! He has been on the move since about 8 months. He also has transitioned to pulling himself up and table-walking. I am curious to see if he’ll be walking at his first birthday!

He got his second haircut at about 8 ½ months. He needed it. Bad! I have a feeling we’re going to be frequent fliers to Cookie Cutters.

He is loving baby food, Puffs, and is starting to experiment with some small pieces of table food. He has quite the gag reflex, so he kind of struggles with solids. He must have texture issues like his daddy!

Favorite Things:

His favorite toys tend to be his sister’s, which she is NOT a fan of. She’ll shake her finger at him and say, “No, Aiden! No! No!” and take it away from him. She’s learned to give him one of his toys in its place, but usually he’ll just crawl off to look for something else of hers. And so the sibling rivalries begin…

Puffs and Yogurt Melts are his favorite things to eat, and he’ll do pretty much anything to get them. He has also learned how to play “Peek-a-Boo” with a blanket over his head, and he loves to shake his head no. His favorite words are “Dada,” “Baba,” and (occasionally) “Mama.” Of course these are just sounds and not aimed at anyone yet, but it’s still cute nonetheless.

Note From Mama:

Aiden,

How is it possible that you get more fun by the day? I love watching you learn new things, and am so thankful I’m home to see all of your “firsts.” You are seriously the happiest baby. Like, ever. Your smile and laugh melts my heart, and I love the big grins I get when I get you out of your crib. Of course when you’re not happy, you can cry like the best of ‘em. You also like to fight drinking your bottles when other people feed you, and on your bad days you even fight ME! But if that’s the worst of what you have to deal out, I’ll take it! Your bedtime snuggles are the best, and I try to soak them up every chance I get. I know it won’t be much longer that you’ll want to curl up on my shoulder, and I am dreading that day.

Aiden, you continue to bring so much joy to our lives. I think about what life would be like if we hadn’t decided to have you yet, and I just can’t picture our family without you in it! You and your sister are best buds, your daddy is so happy to have you for a son, and I feel blessed every day to be your mama. I get teary eyed every time I sit down to write these letters. I just love you SO much!

~Your Mama~

Here are some of his 8 month pics…

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And now for the 9 month pics….

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I actually had a photo shoot for Aiden! Gasp! Here is my happy guy hammin’ it up for the camera…

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Peyton

Age: 26 & 27 Months

Stats: Still around 21ish pounds. She better watch out – her brother is quickly catching up to her!

New Developments:

I WISH I could write that she is potty trained, but sadly that isn’t the case. She made progress and will now sit on the big potty with a potty seat (she used to be afraid of it). She still pees if she has anything on (panties, pull-up, etc.), and even peed in OUR bed when I was attempting a bare-bottomed bootcamp. Yep, she picked the ONE bed in our house that doesn’t have a waterproof liner on it. She also managed to pee on the pillows, too. Needless to say, we’re taking another potty training break!

In happier news, Peyton is talking up a storm! I’m talking full sentences, with appropriate expression. She is such a little kid now! Some of her new phrases are, “Awww! That’s so cute!” “I want to do it!” and pretty much anything else she wants to say. I love that she can fully express herself, and that I can usually understand what she is saying.

Favorite Things:

Peyton continues to play with her dolls, dollhouse and figurines, and kitchen. She is very into coloring these days, and I plan to step up the art projects when we’re stuck inside this winter! She did draw a line on the wall with a marker, which I guess was bound to happen eventually. We had a big talk after that! She loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Doc McStuffins, and has stopped asking about Calliou as much. (Phew!) Her favorite foods include cupcakes, cake, and ice cream, which she will request at all hours of the day even though we rarely have them at our house. Lucky for her she can afford to eat all that and STILL won’t gain a pound! 🙂

Her new thing is that she likes to “read” her books instead of always listening to us read them. Jason swears she knows Green Eggs and Ham. I am not as easily sold, but I do think it’s cute that she turns the pages, comments on each page, and usually makes a comment about something that is happening in the picture. She should have the skill of predicting with picture walks down by preschool! 😉

Note From Mama:

Peyton,

Oh how I love having you for my little girl! You are growing up so quickly before my eyes, and while I am loving it, I wish you’d stay my baby just a little bit longer. You always have the best attitude when I wake you up in the mornings, and I love sitting with you watching cartoons before our day gets started. I love that you have your own agenda for the day, which usually includes riding the rides (Kings Island), the zoo, or going to Gina’s house. While we don’t get to do those things EVERY day, you sure enjoy them when we do! I get a kick of how you say, “We go SHOPPING!” every time we pass a Target. You’re a girl after my own heart!

Speaking of being like your mama…I’m afraid you’ve inherited my need for things to be clean and organized. Whenever Aiden pulls books off your bookshelf or throws things all over the place, you say, “Oh no, Aiden! Messy! Messy! Messy!” Yep, you like your things to be put away where they belong. We’ll see how long that trait lasts!

You still have your daddy wrapped around your finger, and I think he falls even more in love with you each day. You two are best buddies, and I am so thankful that you have each other. You light up when you hear him come home from work, and he lights up when he sees you, too. I love that he puts you to bed every night. I sometimes listen in on the monitor when he’s reading you books and tucking you in. (Shhh! Don’t tell!) He always said he was afraid to have a daughter, and now that you’re here, I know his world would crumble if anything ever happened to you.

I love you so much, sweet girl.

~Mommy~

Peyton decided she was jealous when I took Aiden’s pics in the “bathtub” during our photo shoot. So she decided to hop in and pose too. Looks a little silly with a big kid in it, but I got a kick out of it! 😉

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 We have a little Bearcat on our hands. She LOVES to go to UC football games with us and cheers her lil’ heart out! As much as I would LOVE for her to go to OU and be a Bobcat, her daddy and grandparents have other plans…

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Peyton has been taking gymnastics this fall. While I don’t think we’ll do it regularly (can we say EXPENSIVE?!), she has loved every class! She also loves the fact she can wear a special “dress.” Finally we have somewhere that she can run, climb, and flip as much as she wants! Love this girl!

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