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Wednesday, January 30

Zachary Newborn Photos

I had the pleasure of photographing baby Zachary recently.  He's the son of my Big Sis from Alpha Xi, Christina, and is an absolute doll.   I was excited to capture these adorable images, but also be able to reconnect with Christina.  Life got so busy after college, now it seems like having babies is bringing all of us back together.  Not that you have to have a kid to reconnect, but it's given a lot of us a good reason to slow down and hang with other mamas we've known for so long.  I love it!   TFJ right there, ladies :)  Be sure to check out the last pic for a blast from the past!

Anyway, back to the baby...check out precious baby Zachary!! 

One of my favorite things about newborns is their fragile, papery skin.  I love the wrinkles in this one.

So content!

And just for fun, here's a little pic of Zachary's mom and I at a formal...this has got to be like 9 years ago or something, based on my formal date, there...I hadn't met Ty yet.  We've come a long way!!  


Tuesday, January 29

Pink or Blue Pillowfight {Gender Reveal Photoshoot}

As soon as I got into the car after our gender appointment, you could cue the overwhelming feeling that came rushing in of "Oh my gosh, I have SO much to plan and DO!" 

 First up, I knew we needed a fun gender reveal photoshoot.  I immediately got in touch with Brooke, our amazing photographer and friend who really needs her own tag on this blog, to brainstorm with her.  It wasn't long before she came up with a completely original me I scoured Pinterest looking for inspiration...and once Brooke suggested a pillowfight, I knew we had a winner that wasn't ANYWHERE on the big P.  But it will be now ;)  

Photos courtesy of the always amazing team of Brooke Aliceon Photography.
I mention team because Sean was incredible, cleaning up feathers all while keeping tabs on three toddlers, in an open field, with tons of dogs the kids just want to chase :/ 

 First some of my beautiful boy.  I am SO excited for O to be a big brother,  he loves kids, so he's going to be thrilled to have one fulltime I'm sure (at least I really realllllly really hope, but am also pretty sure).

Surprised by the confetti getting thrown in his face every 5 seconds...

Self Explanatory..Pink or Blue Pillowfight

It looked like we wanted to seriously kill each other in most of the shots...but Pink wins this round!

It's a GIRL!

I'm so humbled and excited that so many of you are following along on our pregnancy journey.  I loved hearing everyones "vibes" and opinions on the gender of Baby #2!

I was finally able to get an appointment that worked around nap time at the same 4D place we went to to find out what we were having with Oliver.  I debated asking the tech for the sex to be written down and placed in an envelope, so we could have a legit gender reveal cake or something...but that all went out the window the second the tech turned on the screen.  I looked, and I knew what I was seeing right away.  

All that studying of fetal genitalia paid off, because I immediately knew I was looking at a hamburger, not a hot dog, if you will.

I was looking at our baby girl.

I was oddly emotional. Even though I knew deep down it was a girl all along, it's a crazy surreal feeling once someone tells you for the first time your baby has a gender.  "You're going to have a little girl"... It just made everything feel so real.  Oliver is getting a little sister.  Ty and I are having a daughter.  My niece in Auntie Kindy's oven is going to have a girl cousin, born most likely within days of eachother.  It's just as overwhelming as the first time, and just as joyful.

We are so so blessed to have our amazing little boy and now this little girl coming into the world.  


P.S. Names coming soon...Ty has yet to consent to my chosen name...but don't worry, he will. ;)

Tuesday, January 15

Pink or Blue?

Basically, the second I found out I was pregnant, I started wondering whether or not baby #2 was a boy or a girl.  After thinking long and hard about it, I knew I'd be totally happy with either.  I love love loooooove O so much, I would adore having more of "him", but at the same time, a little girl would be a fun new adventure.  Maybe a bit of a scary one...from personal experience, of course, being a girl and all. 

So, naturally, I turned to the most logical thing to do and started obsessing over old wives tales.  If you've ever been pregnant, you know them well.  While they're all for fun and basically completely unreliable, I totally tested out a ton of theories and tales.  Here's my highly scientific findings:

1) The Chinese Calendar:  This one was right for my SIL, who is the same age and conceived the same month as myself.  I have friends who swear by it.  Also, I love all things Asian, so I put a lot more stock in stuff like this.  The Chinese calendar verdict: GIRL!  

2) Ramzi's Theory:  This theory is that if you look at an early ultrasound, you can determine the sex of the baby based on which side of the uterus the placenta attaches too.  The problem?  I can't see a placenta in my U/S photo.  That being said, the baby itself was on the far right, which would suggest:  BOY!

3) The Heartbeat: This little one's heartbeat has been consistant above 140 beats/min, which would suggest: GIRL!

4) Cravings: I'm craving all things sweet (as opposed to sour).  I am wayyy more ravenous this time around than I was with O...somehow I have only gained one pound since my last appointment December 10th.  ONE.  During the HOLIDAYS.  That's a Christmas miracle if I've ever seen one!  This would suggest: GIRL!

5) The Pee test:  Rumor has it, the color of your urine can determine the fetal sex.  Yes, I totally examined my pee on multiple occasions. Dull, light colored pee: GIRL!  

6) Cold Feet:  According to the old wives, cold feet during pregnancy hint at gender.  Mine have been FREEEEZING lately, although Tyler is quick to point out that may have something to do with our freakishly cold weather lately.  Regardless of that "logic", this would mean: BOY!

7) Sick or Not?: One of the more popular tales suggests that morning sickness is the sign of a little girl on the way.  I felt little to no sickness with O, and felt like complete crap for about 2 months with this little one, meaning : GIRL!

8) The MOPS test:  At MOPS, they have a bag pregs dig around in and you pull out either pink or blue Hershey Kisses, my pull : BOY!

9) Nub Theory:  This I actually put some energy into researching.  If you look up "angle of the dangle" or "nub theory" there's some pretty convincing evidence that suggests this is somewhat accurate...or at least fun, and really stressful, to examine.  I swear I am a nub expert now...I have looked at wayyy too much fetal genitalia for one lifetime, but I slowly started noticing the subtle differences in the "gender tubercle." Anyway, based on this theory:  GIRL!

10) Previous Children's First Words: The thought is that if your child's first word was "Mama" it's a girl, they say "Dada" and it's a boy.  Even for me, this is pretty stupid.  Everyone knows I really wanted O to say Mama first, b/c I heard Dada was a more common first word, due to it being easier to say...Therefore, I referred to "Dada" as "Tyler" until O conquered "Mama".  So, I totally cheated.  But it was really cute to hear him call Daddy "Tylah".  For the sake of the old wives: GIRL!

See the pattern?  Things are looking a little more pink over here based on these very reliable tests and whatnot.  I've actually had girly vibes the whole pregnancy as well, mainly because everything feels exaggerated...the hormones, the sleeplessness mixed with the fatigue, the cravings, ect.  I've also had two people examine my still pretty small bump and declare GIRL!  I told my mom to ask Jesus what I was having and she said she kept hearing the word "wait".  Such a kidder, that one!  

So, we shall see.   I'll know for sure for sure next month, but am hoping for a hint at an elective place before that.   I really would be excited for either because, as cliche as it sounds, healthy is really all that matters. Buuuuut speculating about gender is still so much fun in the meantime!

Let me know if you have any vibes or intuitions about what new baby A is...I will probably take your word for it!


Monday, January 14

Updated Family Portraits!

Last month, my dear friend Brooke updated our family portraits.  I was pretty paranoid about revealing my baby bump prematurely, so that's why you're getting these now and not on our Christmas card. 

Once again, Brooke was AMAZEBALLS and captured our little family perfectly. Like seriously perfectly.   Love love love!!!

My gorgeous boy who had the flu this day.
(I'm not a bad mom, we didn't know till we got home and he puked for the first of 10x as soon as we walked in the door)

I can't NOT laugh at this.  He's too much!

He wants to be just like "Da-dah!"

so much love.

A good, authentic laugh coming right up...

Once again, THANK YOU A MILLION TIMES, Brooke!!! 


Peyton's 2nd Birthday Party!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of taking photos of Peyton Rose's 2nd Birthday Party.  Her mama Jess did an amazing job putting her new Cricut to good use and turned the backyard into Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  It was adorable, and it had a jumpy house, which is a HUGE score for parents (especially pregs) who want to attempt to eat a little bit at a kids party.  So thankful for the jumpy.

On to a few photos...(It was an 11 O'Clock party, so I mean, you get what you get lighting-wise.)


O obviously had to match the color-scheme. Obviously.

Bree's incredibly talented mom Diane painted both this Mickey & Minnie backdrop, and a few amazing  cut-outs. Love.

Pretty proud of Jess for getting her Pinterest on...

Smash(ed) cake.

Yum. Toodle's Veggies, Donald Duck Dogs...very appreciated.

Cupcakes courtesy of Rachel, Domesticated :)

Happy 2nd Birthday, Peyton!  
I hope you have a wonderful third year! 
(Wow!  That's crazy!!)