Saturday, November 30, 2019

1SE: November 2019

This was arguably the best month of 2019...I mean, we got to spend nearly the entire month with our sweet little Teddy Bear!  What could beat that?!?!?

I cannot CANNOT believe we are just a month away from wrapping up 2019 and welcoming in 2020 (and a new decade! AH!).  2018 was such a tough one...looking back on last year's post and my oh my how different things are this year.  Still missing our Clark man something fierce, but we have our little rainbow here with us that we know Clark hand picked for us to join and complete our family as he watches over us from above.

And I really REALLY need to think of a theme for'll be my FIFTH year doing a 365 (or 366 since #leapyear next year!) project and I need to come up with something doable...and maybe different from what I've done in the past?!  I do know they'll be square pics (cause those fit nicer in my collage...see below for the first 11 months of this year!) but other than that I'm stuckkkkk. So I need to get on the creative train and come up with something...soon!  HAHA!

November: you're gonna be a hard month to beat!  But I have high hopes for December and how this year is gonna end BRING IT!  So excited to see how 2019 wraps up :)

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Cops Love Donuts

I've done this same pic with Rosie, Annie and now Teddy and I felt like it deserved its own blog post.

Honestly I went back to 2017 and 2015 to try and find the pic/post from Rosie and Annie's and I either didn't look hard enough (probably it) but I couldn't find it and that's shocking to me cause I feel like back then I did an even better job of blogging EVERYTHINGGGG. haha. Oh well!

Anyhoo, last night was Mike's first night back (in a 8 nights in a row to come. boo hiss.) and Teddy slept okayyyyyish (I mean, he's a newborn...who hasn't even hit his due date yet so I feel like he's just extra sleepy but never more than an hour or two at a time before he's stirring again. And I AM NOT COMPLAINING. I know how fast this stage goes and the up all the time doesn't last...just making a note per the last kid documentation :).  I asked Mike to get donuts overnight so I could recreate this picture with Teddy in the morning...and neither boy disappointed.

Gahhhhh! How cute is his little grin?!?!?  Seriously.  Adorable.  Rosie was just behind him giggling the whole time and asking if she could have a donut now. HAHA!

We obviously took a few shots but ^^^ that one was my fave...

Goodness I could just eat him up!  He was pretty darn cooperative for not having a boob in his mouth as soon as he woke up. haha!

And, for good comparison measure, here's the girls and Teddy all around 3 weeks old in this signature pic.  Enjoy.

Happy Faturday friends! Hope you had a great one!  I'm officially BACK TO WORK tomorrow morning!! Got a newborn session bright and early at 9am! EEKKKKK!! Wish me luck!  Cannot believe this dude is going to be 3 weeks old on Monday!  Goodness gracious it has FLOWN BY!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Snap Happy

Since Teddy was born I've had a bit of down time with my camera.  After the insanity of the fall and million billion shoots I feel like I had, the past few weeks have been SO SLOOOOOOW for me (camera wise!).  I've snapped a few pics here and there, but truly feel like I've relied on my iPhone for photos and that's been it!  And you know what?! It's been okay...but dang nabit I've missed snapping with my big camera SO MUCH!  -- Which I hope I don't eat my words come next week cause minus births I'm back snapping full time again!!

Anyways, this past week I decided to pick up my camera again because we NEEDED a family pic for our Christmas card with all of us in it AND Teddy has a few outfits that I know he's going to grow out of instantly that I need to get pics of him in before he does that!

So we snuck outside one afternoon after school before it got too dark (GOSH I HATE YOU DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!) and we did a few family pics and kid pics.  I just love them.  Perfectly showcases the chaos and such we are going through right now...and we did get a good pic of all 6 of us for our Christmas card too so yay for that ;-)

PS - I totally cheaped out this year and 1. designed our own Christmas card and 2. put the Christmas card on one side and Teddy's birth announcement on the other to save some moo-la and not have to send 2 different cards this time of the year.  Cheap?!  Yes.  But smart too.

Anyways, this outfit below I got from here and was one of the first things I purchased for Clark.  He never got to wear it, but instead of filing it away (like I did with a few things that I bought JUST for him that I didn't want to recycle to another kiddo because they were HIS) I kept it for this next babe to wear when they were born.  I had ideas of hospital pics for this little kimono robe/onesie, but since he was in the NICU that didn't decided to bust it out today to get a few pics of him in it before he outgrew it.

Gosh he's so darn cute.  I am just obsessed with him...and those tiny tootsies!!  I then had the idea to put him next to my camera (so I had to get my backup camera out to snap this one!) in his camera outfit and I am just LOOOOOVING how it turned out!

Golly he is just the sweetest!  Then I snapped a few pics of him on the rug we were sent last year and I kinda am obsessed with these too.

Basically, I am just completely obsessed with our little Teddy Bear. HAHA!  But he was so good for our little impromptu photo shoot and I will cherish these pics (and our family ones too!) forever and forever!!!

Postpartum with Teddy

First off, I have to share what my dear friend Victoria posted earlier this week on Facebook...

Her words literally stopped me in my tracks.  I was a puddle.  They were spot on and it really brought me full circle from a year ago to today.  Gosh.  She's got such a perfect way with words I just am forever and ever grateful to her for capturing all of these huge moments for us the past year.

She actually had a shoot over in Kirkwood this past weekend and came by for some Teddy snuggles...and a few postpartum pics.  We were going to do them in the hospital but with Teddy's NICU stay we decided to scrap that idea.  But when she offered to do some when she came to visit, I leapt at the chance!

Obviously she snuck in some solo Teddy pics too which I'm still swooning over!

I still cannot believe how far we've come in a year.  It truly is mind-boggling to look back at my Timehop and social media memories from a year ago and see how vastly different they are this year.  And Victoria and I decided to recreate one of my postpartum pics from last year...kind of a full circle moment if you'd have it.

Instead of holding my stillborn baby's prints just above my fresh c-section scar, this year I'm holding a very fresh, very new babe over that scar...a scar that will never ever be cut open again to birth a baby...something a year ago after Clark I didn't know would/could ever happen again.  Could I bring a healthy baby into this world again?!  I truly didn't know. And here we are a year later and YES.  YES that could and DID happen.  Truly amazing and I thank God and big brother Clark everyday for watching over sweet Teddy as he cooked away and came to join our family earlier this month.

Victoria also snapped a few nursing pics too...which I always cherish these.  Teddy will be the last babe I nurse and each and every day of our journey is sweet to have this relationship, because I have no clue how long it will last, so I'm trying to savor each moment we get together.

Welp friends, that's about all I've got for today.  Raw, fresh postpartum pics mean sooooo much to me and while I haven't snapped a ton of them for others (I totally would love to!), I just cannot thank Victoria enough for capturing these for us.  I'll cherish them forever and for always.
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