My husband Tyler took them when he was just 7 days old, 5 lbs 5 oz of adorableness
These next two are my favorite from the shoot. You can see how distressed he is in the first one, and then how he immediately calms down as soon as I am comforting him and touching him. I love that these photos illustrate the bond between us as mother and son.
As my due date got closer, I had no idea what to expect when it was time to have our baby. Even though baby boy surprised us and came a month early, the experience was one of the best of my life and I loved every minute of it. I'm going to keep this short and let the pictures tell the story....
my water broke at home early that morning
we called my dr and went straight to the hospital
After about 13 hours of labor, contractions about 1 minute apart, I got the epidural
around 9:30 they discovered baby boy was breech and we would need to do an emergency c-section (1 of 5 that night which is extremely unusual) Rowan was taken to the NICU where he stayed for 48 hours. We spent a total of 4 days in the hospital with lots of visits from family and friends.
It was a truly beautiful experience.
Below is my absolute favorite picture from the night. After my c-section in the OR the Dr and Nurses were bringing Rowan over for dad to hold for the first time. But I refused to let him until we were back in the room where I could see the first moment, and get it on camera. And I am SO glad I was a mean wife and let him wait. Because I have this precious moment on camera forever...
Being a mother is the greatest calling and I could not have a better man to be by my side.
My baby is 3 1/2 months already! Time is really flying. In case you didn't know we had him a month early. I'm really glad we did these pictures when we did because less than a week later Rowan decided he was ready to be here! I love the way they turned out. Thanks to my awesome husband Tyler. If you haven't seen his work, you NEED to. Hes fantastic tyler rye photography
I was expecting that I would hate my body and the way I looked pregnant because from what I've heard most women don't feel cute pregnant. But I can honesty say that I appreciated my body and actually thought I was a cute pregnant lady. I am amazed at the things our bodies can do. Bringing a child into the world is no small feat! Anyway without further blabbing... here are my maternity photos.
I am NOT a blogger. There, I said it. You know you were all thinking it! Yes, I have a blog. And it is super cute and does have some potential if I may say so myself. But if I were to call myself a blogger, it wouldn't be fair to all the real bloggers. You know, the ones who actually put time and effort into their blogs and make it a priority? Yeah that's not me. As much as I enjoy sharing my creativity. As much as I love taking and sharing photos. As much as I want to have lots of followers and influence peoples lives... It's just too stressful for me!
I starting blogging because I enjoyed it. I loved having a record of my projects and showing off my crafting skills. I wanted to share my fashion sense, my life experiences and make friends. But as soon as it started getting legit followers the pressure began to be too much and it stopped being fun. People expected posts multiple times a week. I stressed about having quality pictures and quality posts. I took pictures because I had to blog about it later. Not because I wanted to. Not because I enjoyed it.
I thought I could be a blogger. But I can't. So I am going to keep my blog, but without any expectations. I'm going to post when I want to. Even if that's once a month or a few days in a row, or maybe not for a few months. I'm going to post what I want to. If it's all baby stuff, then it's baby stuff. If it's all boring stuff then it's boring stuff. And if only three people read I then so be it! I started blogging for me and I'm going to get back to that.
So to all my readers, thanks for putting up with all my non blogger-ness. And I hope you continue to read my blog anyway.
And to all you legit bloggers out there, bravo! Kudos to you for finding something you love and making time for it. And for the beauty, creativity, and general awesomeness your blogs contribute to the world. I admire you all! Also, I apologize for being a pretend blogger.
There. I feel lots better.
Well, I hope to find time to blog again soon! After all, with a new baby and a new house, I've got a lot to catch up on.
I am officially over the halfway mark! Thank goodness:) I am getting more and more anxious to meet our little guy and to be a mommy. Hopefully the holidays will make these last four months go by pretty quick.
I am not only able to wear maternity pants. Thankfully I have a few for really good deals. I even got a pair of skinnies for $5 at old navy! Talk about a score. They are WAY more comfortable than I thought they would be.
In other news, I have decided a theme for my nursery and can't wait to share it with you guys! Post coming next monday:)
I have a very small craft room, and a gigantor ironing board. And seriously, this thing is heavy. I think it was our grandmas? No doubt it's sturdy but extremely impractical. Especially because I am mostly ironing fabric squares or small things.
So when I saw this in Pinterest, I knew I had to make it. I got two black TV trays for $15 at an online yardsale. Idk why I got both but she wanted to get rid of both so y not. I'll find a use for the other one. So here it is. In all it's scratched, used, glory just waiting to be repurposed.
First things first, I needed some padding to go underneath the fabric. Wood is not a safe ironing surface right? So I took the ratty old cover off the previously mentioned awful ironing board and cut the foam to size.
Dirty and old but it will work perfect for what I need. And seriously this thing would have been garbage other wise trust me.
Next, I picked my fabric and cut it to size. I used a light upholstery type fabric because is a bit more heavy duty but I'm sure anything will work.
I then folded over the edges and sewed an edging big enough to put some string through. You can opt for elastic but I didn't want to mess with it. Plus I didn't have any at home, and was anxious to finish it tonight. So, some sturdy twine was fine with me.
Thread your string/elastic through the edge and tie tight in your table and wah lah! A foldable, hide able, functional mini ironing board. Perfect for a small apartment, town home, or mini craft room like mine.
So happy I freed up some space and made something more convenient. You likey?
My good friend Brenna is super woman when it comes to the kitchen. She bakes goodies and cooks the most fantastic meals. She can basically do anything. Unlike me, who has to take the batteries out of my smoke alarm it goes off so often. But when she asked me if I wanted to can peaches I said, "sure! Buy me a box!"
So I got this giant box of peaches for just $20 bucks and we got to work. Te first thing you do is blanch the peaches in boiling water for about two minutes so the skin will easily come off.
If you boil them too long they will cook the peaches. Which you don't want!
Next, take them out if the boiling water and place in a bowl/sink full of cold water. Cut the peaches in half, peel off the skin with your fingers and then put and slice.
Then you will want to place your peaches in a bowl with a mixture of sea salt, vinegar, and water. This keeps them from turning brown and keeping their texture.
Make sure you keep all the skins and puts in a separate bowl. You can use them to make jelly/jam later.
Then you will fill the jars with peaches. Make sure hat your jars are sterilized! You can boil them in hot water for a fee minutes and that will do the trick.
Once your jars are full, full them with a mixture of your hot water and sugar. I'm not sure how much sugar to use, it depends on how sweet you want your "syrup" to be. I used Splenda in mine since I can't have regular sugar. Full your jars just past the top of the curved section of your jarleavin about 1/4-1/2 inch of space at the top.
Using new jar lids, close your jars. You want to make sure the rubber on the metal lid is soft so I recommend letting them sit in hot water for a few minutes.
Make sure the mouths of your jars are clean and dry before you put the lids on! You may have to wipe them down. Them place in a large stock pot of boiling water and cover. Once the pit is steaming, time for 20 minutes and remove. Allow to sit 24 hours before moving to allow proper sealing time and wah lah! Peaches.
They turned out so pretty and so delicious! Now, I'm a first time canner so this post probably doesn't have all the details you'll want. Instead, use it as a nice overview along with an actual tutorial.
I'm very surprised with how much I enjoyed doing this! And learned a lot! I also made jam but that was a bit more complicated. So if you're interested in making jam/jelly, do yourself a favor and find a recipe on Pinterest. Cause I'm sure I couldn't tell you how!