Best of the Blooper Reel.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Late in the night following our session with Gina, I woke up to change positions. My phone was blinking at me, so I reached for it, not knowing I was about to shake the entire bed with my laughter as I tried my best to muffle the sound.

Gina sent me outtakes from our session.

I hope that this makes your day, because I know I will be able to pull these up at any time just to get a laugh.

Just keeping it real here people. This is actually more indicative of how Tony and I look on a regular basis.




And our top three favorites:



We truly were made for each other.


Oh, by the way, I'm having a baby in like a month.

No comparison shot because Tony was in PA this week when I was pregnant with Isaac.

And clothed.
Marshall's non-mat top, old Target cardi and ON mat jeans.

From my weekly email: Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew). Because it's so snug in your womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete – he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

How far along?: 35w2d
How big is baby?: 18+ inches with legs extended and 5 1/4lbs.
Weight gain/loss?: I avoided the scale this morning following our camping trip.
Stretch marks?: None, thankfully.
Maternity clothes?: Bottoms, hope to make it to the end with the tops I have.
Sleep?: Sleep = heartburn.
Food cravings?: Anything fresh.
Gender?: We're having another son!
Movement?: Enough to keep me happy.
Belly button?: Exploring new territory.
What are you looking forward to this week?: A weekend with Tony. I really hope that we have fun!

Notables: Planning to go camping at nearly 35w pregnant will not go down as one of my smartest moves. I am absolutely uncomfortable at this point. While I can still make it through the night without waking to use the restroom, just to toss and turn to alleviate pressure on my back, my daytime use of the bathroom is at a record high! Additionally, my heartburn is back with a vengeance. This is the very unglamorous end phase of pregnancy folks, although I'm doing my best to suck it up and smile in real life. I apologize if I overuse my blog as a space for venting. At the end of the day though, I began blogging as a place to organize my thoughts and 90% of what is typed here never ends up spoken in real life. Even the praise worthy posts, sadly.

Even though I am almost anti-written birth plan, my midwife has requested that I put one together, so I'm going through the process of actually identifying my ideal birth past: healthy baby and healthy mama.

Isaac has started to talk about his baby brother randomly a bit more and without any coercion. Just the other day he ran up to my Mom while at daycare, threw his hands and out and very plaintively questioned "Where'd my baby brother go?!"

I'm volunteering at a Just Between Friends sale tonight so that I can get a pass to their first dibs opening. We're definitely lucking out on the baby items aspect in being able to reuse so much for Baby Love, but with the 3 month difference in seasons, I don't think Isaac's 6 month shorts will work so well for our little guy in the middle of the winter!

33 days to go.

Oh and Gina sent me more sneaks! I'm also going to have a post of just blooper images, because trust me, there are more than enough to fill a post! ps:: for those that asked, the navy dress was a non-mat pick up from Marshall's!


















Waiting on Baby Love

Friday, May 27, 2011

We did it. Last night, Tony, Gina, Isaac, a beautiful location and picture perfect weather conditions all aligned and we shot our maternity session. I almost feel like I should reiterate that so it's significance can be appreciated.

It feels like months in the making, but it was only postponed a week. We were going to shoot a sunrise session at Gina's favorite park, but then Minnesota blessed us with spring weather, finally resulting in spring blooms. Specifically white crabapple blooms and the hunt was on for the perfect location. The only problem was that sometimes the perfect location didn't line up with our timeline and Gina and Matt were shooting a wedding in Oklahoma City, OK over the weekend. And so, we crossed our fingers and hoped the blooms would still be available on Tuesday after they returned Monday evening. Except Gina and Matt didn't return, because they were stuck in OK, just as these storms were bearing down on them. Thankfully they were able to get out of dodge late Tuesday night! So with Gina safely back in the state of Minnesota, I called to check on the status of our lovely white blooms, only to hear that they were finished. Slightly crushed, I went to plan B: Pine Tree Apple Orchard in Dellwood. With bated breath I made the call to hear that not only did the timing work perfectly for them since they were hosting an event, but that to top it off their Honeycrisp trees were blooming!

I think I can speak for both Gina and myself that going into the session last night we were both over it. We both wanted to be excited, but it turned into the thing we had to get done instead of a fun little session with friends. It had become a hassle, to arrange, to prepare for and it just felt like it was going to actualize as a hassle as well when we arrived and were told we'd need a constant escort through the grounds. Except it was Victoria, the PTAO employee who guided us through the orchards, who really began to turn the evening around for us. She was genuine, sweet and led us to the most beautiful locations. She kept an eye on Isaac and Tony as they roamed, while still keeping up a conversation with Gina and I and she was the tipping point for our session. If it had been anyone else with us, I doubt our session would have been anything more than additional frustration.

Even with the sounds of Isaac screaming and crying lifting through the branches as Tony tried to keep him happy and occupied, Gina and I were laughing and playing off of each other like normal and the entire mood of the evening changed. The results of our session turned out better than I could have ever imagined. The sneaks below represent to me the stage of life we are in right now, bits of calm between the storm(s). Gina raises lifestyle portraiture to an art form. In every image that she has shot of me and my family, I know and will cherish the exact emotion of that moment. I'm sure it sounds like a broken record by now, but the extent of my indebtedness to Gina is pretty much unmeasurable and based on the expected longevity of our friendship I'm going to be feeling this way for a long time.














I know that I'm ridiculously hormonal, but I'm just blown away by the above and the evening we got to spend as a family and with Gina. Gina is just amazing at what she does, even when rocking out the workout clothes. ;) I love you so much girl. I just can't imagine my life without you. Thank you for capturing the fleeting time we have as a family of three so perfectly and for making me feel confident and beautiful.

*Tony, you deserve your own thank you as well. Thank you for taking care of Isaac last night, bribing him appropriately, for your willingness to go along with whatever crazy ideas Gina and I concoct and for looking like stud.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

- Just in case anyone is stalking me, I change up my daily routine. That is to say, sometimes I sleep in and sometimes I don't, which means I have an early and a late bus to catch. I love days that start with my grabbing the early bus and Nadia steps aboard when we get downtown. We don't get to grab dinner or drinks very often, but at least we can count on a quick 5 minutes of face time between our calls and emails.

- If you haven't come out of Google Reader to comment recently, you're missing out on the blog's new digs. I went with a premade this time by Designer Blogs and I just love the sweet, subtle design. I have got to say thank you to you guys, because this design change was courtesy of a Blogher Ad check I received and a discount because some of you were so kind enough to list me as your referral! So thank you, thank you! I stuck with my last design for 6 months, but was definitely starting to get a little stir crazy.

- Yesterday was a pretty rough day, so I compensated with a little bit of emotional eating. Now, I don't know about you, but I'm pretty quick to realize it's an even worse day than I thought when nummy food doesn't do the trick and it didn't yesterday. The evening capped it off by my driving 20 minutes to the quilt shop, since I'm around 30 squares short, only to arrive to find it had just closed.

- Isaac has been a little bit of a bear recently. We've had two instances where I seriously wondered if the neighbors would call the cops, because he sounded like he was screaming and crying for his life. You'd have never known that Tony and I were trying to put a bandaid on a mosquito bite that he'd scratched raw or that I was trying to clip a toe nail that had broken and was causing him pain. I keep joking that we got pregnant with Baby Love relatively quickly to having Isaac so that we were still naive of how difficult parenting could be, but somedays I wish it wasn't so close to the truth! Isaac's favorite phrases:

- No.
- I don't. [if he's told to not say "No."]
- Igiss awake now. [said in response to needing a nap or going to bed]
- I want: that, milk, cookies, to go outside, to go for a walk, to play baseball, neighbors backyard [he says this of almost every house when we go on a walk, that he wants to go in our neighbors backyards]
- Don't touch Igiss.
- Don't hold Igiss.
- Igiss do it.
- Leave Igiss alone.

- We're going camping this weekend! Although the weather forecast isn't exactly favorable, we're all determined to have a good time. My whole family is going and I'm so excited to take Isaac on the boat and fishing for the first time. I'm very thankful that Tony's dad is letting us borrow his boat for the weekend and my inlaws even got Isaac a lifejacket for his birthday! Tony and I both grew up camping, with somewhat similar experiences, so Tony is a bit put off by the fact that we aren't tenting it this year, but instead will be using my parent's tent trailer. I can't say it went over well when he tried to give me grief for it, I told him that I do not feel the need to prove anything when almost 8 months pregnant! He quickly saw my point, but still tried to argue that an air mattress in a tent might be more comfortable than the bed in the tent trailer.

Only one more day until my first pizza pocket sandwich roasted hot over the fire! Can not wait.

- I submit my maternity leave proposal two days ago and have been waiting anxiously since for any word from my supervisor! Basically, since I do qualify for short term disability, the proposal is the difference between the last 6 weeks of my leave being unpaid or working 2 days a week from home for the last 4 weeks to bring in a bit of money. Either way my leave has been approved and is covered by FMLA this time for 12 weeks, now it's just a matter of schematics and dollar bills. What a difference between my pregnancy with Isaac!

- Fingers crossed we shoot our mat/fam session tonight!

- I am not ready for Baby Love's arrival, so I hope he stays nice and comfy for at least 5 more weeks!

Game changer.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tony didn't have a great day yesterday. There were work frustrations + work frustrations, that caused family frustrations and was finally capped off by mechanical frustrations when his plan to mow the lawn had to be slightly adjusted due to our riding mower failing to start.

To clear the record, we have almost an acre. Tony resorted to the push mower, because we'd begun to affectionately refer to our backyard as "The Jungle." Let's be honest though, Tony wasn't really pushing the mower, he was straining with his full body weight to lug that mower through the grass.

But this child, brought a smile to his face at every pass.

How on earth could it possible not?

He may not have been able to keep up, but he was intent on trying. Little man wanted to help his Daddy.

It certainly made my night.


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