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OUT of town ’til Saturday, the 9th

Adam and I are off to NYC tomorrow for an early 25th b-day vacation.  YAY!!!  I am WAY too pumped.  And so SO sad.  I’ll probably cry about two days into it just dying without “the boy”.  😦 

Ariel will be answering emails and manning the phone as best as she can.  Please be patient with her, as I know she’ll be working hard to keep this up, while also getting ready for her finals (end of this week)!


Parker update!

When everyone told me the infamous line, “They grow up so fast”, I believed them!  But NEVER thought it would happen this fast!  I came across his little onsie he wore in the hospital and couldn’t believe he was that tiny only a few months ago!  😦  My big boy.

We’re heading out the door to go clothes shopping for “Mommy”.  😐  Not very excited.  (It always seems exciting and fun when you think about it, but once you’re in the dressing room with one hook full of 15 things that look TERRIBLE, and another empty “thumbs up” hook, you realize this stinks!)  Well, I’ve lost an amazing TWENTY FOUR POUNDS since February.  Everyone “claimed” you couldn’t even TELL I was at 160 then, but I definately could!  I gained a whopping 50 total lbs from being preggo, and thankfully I’m only 7 pounds away from my original pre-preggo weight!  So, with Adam and I spending a week in NYC (leaving in SEVEN DAYS – omg.), I knew I’ve put off clothes shopping long enough.  Today’s the day.  :\

And just incase you forgot how tiny “da boy” was, here’s a reminder.  (@ 18 days)


And as a bonus, I grabbed the “real” camera (instead of the iphone) last night for a few minutes to get some precious pics of “the boy” playing in his Bumbo.  He loves that thing!  And I love it too – he’ll be sitting up in no time.  🙂


Playing with a new toy him and Mommy picked out the other day.  🙂


Curious about the “clicking” sound of the shutter.  So cute.


That’s my boy.




And lastly, playing with his little piggie toy – it’s a constant goal of his to get it to the back of his mouth.  Thankfully, he has lost every time (so far)!


And lastly – do not EVER say “my living room won’t look like THAT when I have kids!”  Believe me.  You will be eating your words when your time comes.  lol  (And it’s actually pretty simple to pick up – swing and jumpy thing collapse and slide under beds and we just put all his toys in his Bumbo and cap it with the tray.  Slide that sucker right under the coffee table and VOILA!  You can see the rug again!)



By the way…

Just a note:  If you’ve called or emailed me sometime in the past week or so, or placed an order and haven’t received an invoice back yet, please know it’s not you; it’s me.  lol 

It seems like the past three weeks have just been terrible.  Three weeks ago, we experienced Parker’s first earache & sinus infection, which gave me a week straight of sleepless three-hour nights & 10 hour workdays, doctor appointments, and sticky “pink medicine” strewn all over the kitchen floor.  Only four days after that cleared up, I found myself feeling half dead with something that felt like the flu.  Unable to re-schedule anything (due to our busy schedules and the brides’ upcoming wedding dates), I never stopped shooting, which only made me worse off at the end of the day.  To make up for it, after I’d get Parker & Adam out the door in the morning, I HAD to crawl back in bed and DIE for a few more hours before getting up enough energy to shoot & work a little in the afternoons.  To make matters worse, by the time I had time to go to the doctor (Good Friday morning, how bad is that?!), I thought all I needed was some Amoxicillian and I’d be better in no time!  Well, a viral upper respiratory infection doesn’t work that way.  😐  (And I’ve already had my steroid shot the LAST time I was sick like this in Feb.)  “You’ll just have to wait it out.”, he said.  omg.

So, I stayed completely gross and miserable for NINE days, and was almost in tears Easter Sunday – I hadn’t really played with or held Parker in days in fear he’d end up with RSV.

This past Tuesday, I woke up for the first time feeling like I didn’t need a roll of tp tied around my neck.  It was finally passing.  Thank you, God.

Wednesday morning, Parker was back at the doctor for his 4 month shots (late by a few weeks due to the s.i.).  I kissed that baby so much that morning (we finally had a little mommy/baby time) and he handled his shots like a trooper – one little cry for each leg and that was it!  I brought him to daycare right after & gave him to his favorite teacher, only for her to hand him back when she found out he’d just had his vaccines.  😐  It was only 9:15 and I was already WAY passed the point of stressed out now – Ariel & I had an entire day scheduled at the downtown office with meetings & appts.  omg.  It had taken packing & organizing ’til 1:00 a.m. Tuesday night & getting up at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning for me to have everything I needed to look half decent, bring 1/2 the studio to LC, and pack up a baby, so that I could have everything I’d need to be gone ’til 6 that night.  ONLY to turn around and drive BACK in S-town to bring “the boy” to Mom for a surprise baby-sitting day.  (Thank the good Lord she was off for spring break.)

Thursday, Parker’s at daycare & I’m in Orange shooting Racheal’s amazing bridal session.  My phone kept blowing up in my back pocket halfway through the session when I finally looked down to see Tiny Steps & Adam had been calling.  Parker had 102 degree fever and needed to get to the doctor ASAP.  I cried.  With my iphone in one hand and camera in the other, and a bride & her mother standing there for their long-awaited session, I cried.  Out of guilt for not thinking to look at my phone.  Guilt for not being there for my baby.  And knowing I couldn’t leave, but had to keep shooting and trust God he would be okay.  They tried to assure me they were doing everything they could to break it – he was stripped down and they were wiping him down with cold rags until ANYONE could get there to pick him up.  I cried again.

By 7:00 Thursday night, he was in my arms & I didn’t want him out of my sight.  He’s such a good baby.  My mom said despite his high temp, he was smiling at all the nurses and the doctor.  In ONE DAY, he’d gained five ounces to hit a whopping 17 lbs!  My big boy.  Thursday night was another sleepless night, which brought on a Friday of aches for me (I think the U.R.I. is making a comeback) and Parker came to work with Mommy in the morning downtown – THANK YOU ARIEL – you are THE best.  Friday afternoon, we both napped at home and his fever finally subsided last night.

It’s been nuts.  I feel like I can’t seem to catch a break.  At THE busiest time of the year, I’m having to learn a hard lesson about FAMILY FIRST; business second.  The stress & pressures on my shoulders to keep my deadlines & orders doesn’t seem to get to me TOO badly, until I blink and it’s been a week since anything’s been fulfilled.  But in the end, it’s about the baby first; me second; work third.  It’s a hard lesson I’m just now truly learning, after SIX fulfilling years in business, but my FIRST year as a mom.

Please bear with me, everyone, as I get back on track and get the balance of life evened out once more.

Thank you, all, for listening to my rant.  🙂  More posts coming soon.


Closed Good Friday – Monday after Easter

Just a quick note (as I’m sitting here in the waiting room of Urgent Care):

We ARE closed today, Good Friday, and Monday, the 13th, for Easter. Now that we have Parker, the studio will have to be closed on the same days as Tiny Steps Daycare! Lol. 🙂 I hope everyone has a great Easter holiday! (I’m just hoping I can get out of the doctor’s office soon enough to join Parker and the whole fam for Good Friday fun!)


sick as a dog.

I found this sick puppy shot from yahoo images; I look about like that, only worse.  lol  And I have more tissues than that.

Sick as a dog by petgreetings.

Man, I was feeling fine Tuesday morning & by that night, I was achey, sneezing my head off, and feeling horrible!  I only got worse yesterday – it feel like the flu, but in April?!  Weird, I know.  Spending yesterday afternoon in the wind on a ranch had me so worn out by last night, I was in bed sleeping for over 12 hours & I STILL feel like I haven’t rested or sleep in about a week.  😦  By last night when I laid down, the chills had set in & that was about all I could take before just crapping out and calling it a day.  Thankfully, I have a great husband who took on Baby Duty for the rest of the night & this morning. 

It’s quite a site watching me move around the house, with a box of Kleenex in one hand and a can of Lysol in the other!  (God help us if Parker would get sick again – he’s still recovering from his sinus infection & earache from last week.)  I’m just hoping all the medicine I’ve been taking for the past two days will help to rid me of this before tomorrow when we have a Good Friday get together with the fam!

My goal for today is just to survive the engagement session we have this afternoon with all this wind!  Our cute couple has driven in from New Orleans for their session, so there no turning back or re-scheduling.  Thankfully, they are VERY understanding & SUPER sweet, so we’re just going out to see how much we can get before I keel over & die.  😉


Happy Mardi Gras!

Happy “Fat Tuesday” everyone! 

Adam has work, but Parker and I have plans to spend the day with his “Gammi” & “PawPaw” camping on the lake!  (Same thing we did on Sunday, but we just can’t get enough of this amazing weather!!!)

Ariel and I had our first wedding this past Saturday and I wanted to pull one for the blog.  LOVE it.  This was a very small little country wedding, and the daisies that welcomed guests at the front door entrance made a perfect backdrop for their rings!


More to come soon!  Twins will be posted sometime on Tuesday, I’m sure.  Everyone have fun and BE SAFE!

And (I’m so sorry to bore you all) but I just HAD to share this picture of Parker from Sunday morning when he woke up from his nap!  He’s getting WAY too big too fast!  14 lbs 5 oz, 25″ long  (He’s had two Dr appointments within 2 1/2 weeks – grew 2 1/2″, gained 2 lbs, 1 oz, and even his HEAD grew a 1/2″!!!  Dr. Maust says he’s off the charts for his age – he’s going to be very tall just like his great Uncle Ricky and Great Grandpa Janies!  He’s in six and NINE month outfits right now.  Unbelievable.  But he’s still my little doodle.  😉


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