Monday, January 23, 2012

Last weekend was fantastic.  I thoroughly enjoyed every single moment of it.  Normally I don't love jammed packed weekends.  I actually hate them.  I like having some down time, time for just C&I, some laziness and, of course, a little time to clean the house.  Last weekend we had very little of that and surprisingly, I enjoyed it. 

Friday C&I went out to one of our favorite pizza places for dinner.  We overindulged in taco pizza, came home and literally passed out before the 9:00 news.  Tired much?  Or should I say, getting old huh?  At least I have an excuse to be tired.  C on the other hand... well... I have no idea.

Saturday C went ice fishing for a few hours while I ran to Target to exchange a sweater.  I might have walked out with a new bag, ring, necklace and tank top.  Dang you Target.  I get sucked in every single time.  It never fails.  We then got ready for our photo shoot with Noemi.  The outfit I had picked out got totally discarded last minute and I went with a completely new look.  A little black dress, heels, sweater, jewelry and even a headband (gasp!).  And by little black dress I really mean little.  I wore this dress on August 19th out to dinner with C on our anniversary and now, 9 weeks pregnant, it has become a little snug.  I hate to admit it but I got stuck trying to get it over my head.  I was so embarrassed.  I started sweating and almost asked C to help me.  But I just couldn't do it.  I slowly regrouped and somehow got it off and over my head.  Amazingly, no tears were shed.

Our shoot was super fun and I cannot wait to see our pics from it.

Afterwards we went to confirm our lot and model house we intend to build with our builder.  I can't even believe we are doing this.  It's been a long time coming and I'm so excited to finally have a house rather than a townhouse.  The best part is that our estimated closing date is the end of May.  Do you know what that means?  Not only will I be getting a house for my birthday but I also will be able to move in, unpack, get settled and nest a little before our green olive makes his/her debut.  Such a huge relief.  I couldn't be happier about this. 

We then met up with some friends for appetizers and a comedy show.  I, of course, was the only one drinking water at the brewery we were at.  And, of course, I got asked why I was drinking water.  More specifically, if I was pregnant.  Luckily because I was shooting a session the next day I used that as my excuse. I'm not sure if everyone believed me or not, but it was semi the truth. 

Sunday I photographed one of the best and easiest sessions to date.  I had such a great time.  The family I was with was so easygoing and cooperative.  They made my job super easy with their love for the camera and willingness to try anything I recommended.  I came home and uploaded my images and immediately fell in love with what I saw. I cannot wait to finish editing their session and give them their CD. 

And here I am today sitting at my desk with my work pants unbuttoned.  They are getting tight around the waist and unfortunately, they are just going to keep getting tighter.  Wednesday after my doctor's appointment I may need to swing into Target and purchase a BeBand.  Ahhh, the joys of getting larger...


Friday, January 20, 2012

Noemi is a photographer who I have grown to get to know over the last year.  I attended a workshop she taught and learned so much from her that I took a 2 more workshops and even had her photograph C&I last summer.  She's one of those photographers who isn't afraid to help you get started in photography and answers any and all questions you have.  To say I've learned so much from her over the last year is an understatement.  To be completely honest I don't think I'd be where I was today without her.  She gave me a confident boost and the drive to push forward when I wanted to throw in the towel.

Tomorrow she is teaching another workshop.  During her workshops she teaches her attendees how to conduct a photo shoot and get their client into great poses that look natural and effortless.  She's so talented in what she does.  She emailed me last weekend to ask if C&I would model for her workshop (tomorrow).  Duhh, of course we would!  As her thank you to us we will receive a cd of all the edited images from our shoot.  Who doesn't love free photos of yourself with the one you love?

So in planning our outfits tomorrow I asked Noemi what should we wear.  She wants us to dress up, make sure it is something warm since we will be shooting outdoors in a balmy 20 degrees and accessorize tons.  Hold up, accessorize?  If you know me in real life, you know that I'm a pretty plain girl.  We are talking jeans and a t-shirt.  When I accessorize, I put in my stud diamond earrings.

So after spending way too much time in my closet I have finally put together a dressy outfit with a few accessories.  Picture it.  Black round toe heels, black sweater tights, black short dress with pockets (I like black as you can tell so far), grey button up cardigan left open, red thick wool scarf, gold dangly earrings and hair in a pony with a headband.  Can you see it?  Cute right?  And to think I whipped it up all by myself and didn't have a purchase a single new item.  This has to be some sort of record for me.  The Mr. is going to ever so handsome in black shoes, dark jeans and a grey and black sweater.  With his glasses - ohhh, love him in his glasses.

We aren't the type to dress up much.  We will definitely be out of our element a little but it will be good for us.  It will definitely be fun to have photos of us with a different look.  I'm not one who likes being in front of the camera.  As a photographer you get pretty comfortable being behind the camera.  So being on the other side is always a little nerve wrecking and again, out of my element.  So, fingers crossed tomorrow's shoot goes well for us and we produce some kick butt photos.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I slept in this morning.  There was no way I was going to get up at 5:15 this morning.  I was EXHAUSTED.  I hit snooze for a good hour.  I easily could have stayed in bed until 11 today.  Easily.  Over the weekend C's parents were in town and we did lots of shopping and eating out.  I was spent after we dropped them off at the airport and crashed as soon as my head hit the pillow. 

I was trying to find something to wear to work this morning and everything I tried on looked horrible on me.  I know I'm barely showing right now but even with the slightest bloat I feel gross, ugly and fat.  So after 2 outfit changes the tears started rolling down my cheeks.  Pathetic.

My commute this morning was horrible.  With just the slightest dusting of snow everyone had to put on their brakes.  So annoying.  My 20 minute commute took me about an hour.  As I sat in traffic unable to move, the tears started rolling down my cheeks.  Again. 

Since I took the day off yesterday to spend with my in-laws I came to work with piles of files, papers, mail and priority projects staring at me.  I didn't even have my coat off and hung before I felt my vision getting blurry with tears about to fall. 

Can we say emotional much?  All of the above are not things I would ever cry about or even get the slightest bit upset about.  But today was just too much for some reason.  I know my hormones on are overdrive right now but I never expected to be able to cry like this at a drop of a hat.

In other news I'm meeting Heather for dinner tonight.  I haven't seen her in months and I'm so excited to catch up with her and share my news with her.  Although, I have a feeling she already suspects something.  Either way, it will be a relief to finally tell her.  I've been wanting to tell her the day I found out I was pregnant.  I am really surprised I've kept it from her this long to be honest!

I follow hundreds of blogs on my google reader.  They are mostly photographer blogs.  One of my favorite photographers posted the cutest belly pics she took for one of her friends.  It totally reminded me that I have not started documenting my belly's growth.  This is week 8 (my blueberry is now a raspberry!) and I have only snapped one picture with my camera phone of my growing belly.  So tonight I will be trying to think of a cute spot in our house, an outfit to wear for each photo and a way to document how many weeks I am for my belly shots.  I really love this idea...

photo credit :: drewbphotography

Where's the Glow?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I've read so many times how pregnant women have that "pregnancy glow" to them.  I'm seriously wondering if I'm an exception to this.  I don't feel like I'm glowing.  I have 4-5 huge acne scars on my face from my face breaking out 3 weeks ago.  I feel bloated and disgusting 98% of the time.  If it were really up to me I would skip makeup, throw my hair in a pony and wear yoga pants daily.  I don't feel pretty, I don't feel like I'm glowing and all I can think about is my next meal.  Perhaps it's too soon and the glow happens later in pregnancy?  Right.  Let's go with it's too soon.  I'll glow ... eventually.  Right?  Right. 

Yesterday I thought I escaped morning sickness.  I was thrilled to not have to rush off to the bathroom during work holding a hand over my mouth.  On my drive home from work I snacked on an apple.  It was a honey crisp - gosh I love those.  So juicy and scrumptious.  Not to mention, good for me and the blueberry.  I wasn't home from work 10 minutes and found myself running to the toilet.  Goodbye delicious honey crisp apple :(  It's really ashame that when morning sickness strikes I end up losing the things that are actually good for me and the blueberry.  Why can't morning sickness occur in the morning after I eat 4-5 golden Oreos?


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

We saw it yesterday.  We saw the flicker of our baby's heartbeat!  Ohhhh, what a great sight!  I won't lie, right before the tech showed us the flicker my stomach dropped thinking nothing was there.  But 2 seconds later we saw it plain as day.  What a relief.  We have a nice strong heartbeat of 154.  Our little blueberry measures 7w3d, only 1 day ahead of schedule.  Everything is right on track which makes for such a great feeling.  We left with 4 pictures of our little blueberry and I, of course, immediately framed one as soon as we got home :)

My original due date from my LMP was August 26th.  According to how the blueberry was measuring the tech bumped it up 2 days to August 24th.  It is still crazy for me to think that a) I have a baby growing inside of me and b) I'm going to be a mom. 

Today I woke up smiling.  Although I may not feel my best physically, emotionally I'm on an ultimate high. 

C&I left the doctor's office with huge smiles on our faces.  I stopped at Target before heading home to pick up 2 pregnancy DVDs.  Once I kick this cough/cold that has been wearing me down I'm going to start a workout regimen.  I'll be honest - I've been very lazy the past couple of weeks.  Making a baby makes a girl tired!  But I really need to keep fit during this pregnancy so no excuses once I'm healthy again. 

Due to my history we go back to the doctor in 2 weeks for another ultrasound.  I can't wait to see that little flicker again :)

Hello 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

Well, here we are - 9 days into the new year.  2012 came so quickly.  I remember 1990 so clearly.  At 10 years old I would always wonder what the future would be like.   What would I be like in 2000?  2010?  2020?  Will I be married with a family?  What kind of house would I have?  How will I look when I'm "old?"  I just totally dated myself didn't I?  Crap.

Anyways, here's to a new year and a new blog.  I've gave blogs a shot before in the past but always seemed to neglect them.  This time will be different.  Or so I think/say.  I plan on using my blog to document our life, my endless ramblings and thoughts, and, of course, the baby growing inside of me.  GASP!  Yep, I said it.  I'm pregnant!

It took a while for us to get here.  After almost a year of trying and one miscarriage, we are pregnant.  I'm officially 7 weeks this week.  Do you know what that means?  My baby is a blueberry!  This tiny little blueberry has been the cause of my nausea, exhaustion and mood swings.  Not to mention my bloat.  Ohhh the bloat.  I hate the bloat.

Tonight we are going for our first ultrasound.  I'm trying my hardest to contain my excitement while I'm at work but it's so hard.  I am not being productive at all today.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that everything looks good and we see a heartbeat.  And not to mention take home a picture of our little blueberry.  And frame it ;)

The next few weeks will be hard to keep this little blueberry a secret.  I wish I could tell everyone I know and see.  But, of course, due to our first pregnancy ending in miscarriage and being so early still, our lips are sealed.  We have told our families over Christmas.  I captured telling C's family on video.  I love his mom's scream.  I watch it over and over with the biggest smile on my face. 

I also got to tell Jess & Lauren in person over Christmas.  I knew I wouldn't see them again for a long time and definitely wanted to share the news in person.  And since they are both new mommies they will be more than happy to answer my 4,827 questions :)

So here's to a new year, a new blog and a healty pregnancy!

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