Friday, September 28, 2012

32 Week Bump!

T-minus 8 weeks!  Ahem, hopefully, erm, maybe?  It has been my experience that babies toddlers people 
never do what you want them to when you want them to do it : )

Happy Friday Everyone!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Awkward Pregnancy Occurrences:

While pregnancy is a many splendored, wondrous and beautiful thing,
there are a few aspects that are mmm, not so glamorous:

When strangers stop you and predict the sex of your baby. Not necessarily awkward for me, as i don't know who's in there, but potentially very awkward for the guesser if the sex is known and they predict wrong. Also just kind of uncomfortable.

Gigantic, earth shattering, body rocking burps.  Please explain?!?!

Having to pee in public bathrooms all the time - due to the endless need to pee, i find myself in places i wouldn't normally frequent i.e. the Walmart bathroom.  I cannot go in there without thinking about the woman in the states(?) who left her baby in the toilet.  Not to mention public bathrooms are kinda gross.

The Pregnancy Waddle.

Going out to eat and trying not to stuff your face (though that's exactly what you want to do) because you think everyone's staring, waiting for the pregnant chick to do exactly that.  Don't become a cliche.

When the baby kicks straight down.

When strangers ask to touch your belly. Um, can i touch yours?  (btw - if you are known to me, rub away)

Having people (ahem, men!) tell you how large you are / are going to be. Yes thanks, I actually hadn't noticed.

Pregnancy halloween costumes. Seriously, Google it (though not suitable for all viewers.)

Peeing when you sneeze.

: )

Monday, September 24, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

30 / 31 week Bump!

Some Pregnancy Poetry:

I pee.
I pee for you, 
I pee for me.
Sometimes I think I pee for three.

The End.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Alicia & Shaun - Engagement Shoot

I was recently contacted by Alicia to shoot her wedding at the end of September,
as well as an engagement / family shoot with their two adorable little girls.
So much fun!  

Judging by these I think it's going to be a pretty amazing day : )

To see more go HERE

Thursday, September 13, 2012

21 (and a half) Months

I um, almost forgot to do this post, but figure better late than never. We'll just pretend, okay?
(i blame baby brain for all of my forgetfulness lately!)

21 Months

Talk talk talk talk talk talk talktalktalktakltaltkaltaktalktaltaktlaktkaktll......
Yes honey, we do know that the boat is gone.
It's like you are dying to have a conversation but just don't have enough words yet,
sometimes you just throw really random words out there:
"boat. hair. mommy. nanny. hat. gala(water). car-car. eye. hannah. button."
I guess this is considered a sentence.

Car car car car car car  car car TRUCK car car caracacracarcacarcarracrca......
Hours upon hours of playing with dinkies. 
Line them up, shove them under the couch cushions, run them across the window sill, drive drive drive.
Every now and then you actually even play with the hot wheels track daddy bought you.
Real cars are good too, and you talk about them a lot.
"daddy car-car gone!"
Yes honey, daddy's car is gone, and hey: the boat is gone too.

Play play play play play play play playplayplaypaypalyaplayaplayaplay......
With blocks, cars, trucks, sand, and especially water.
I used to think you went through a lot of clothes when you were new, now between the water and the mud box er, 
sandbox it's like three outfits a day, myself as well.
No honey, mommy is not a towel.
There are times when i feel bad because you are playing by yourself and will come to play with you,
only to have you take your toy to the other side of the room.
Independence suits you.  I will just read my book.

Sleep sleep sleep sleep sleep sleep sleep slepslepsleepsleppslepsplepsleep......
erm, wait a second, NOT!
I remember when you were really little and i thought i had it all in the bag and 
would blame the parents for their kid's crappy sleep habits.  Hopefully i didn't say it outloud.
You have never been a good sleeper.  Lord help me when there's two of you crying at 4 am.
"Mommy mommy mommymommymommymommy mommy!!!!  Milk!"

But you are sweet and happy and amaze me every day with your big smiles and giggly laughs.
If there is one trait your daddy and i passed on to you that means the most it is your ability to laugh.
(and i like to think you got my smile :)
Hold on to that my little.

xo, mom.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Muffins make me happy.

They make me happy because they are sweet and yummy and (sometimes) even good for you.
They make me happy because i am always hungry, pregnant or not.
They make me happy because they are usually super easy and quick to make.
But mostly they make me happy because a certain little someone who doesn't seem to eat anything at all
will pretty much always chow down on a homemade muffin.

These muffins make me happy for all the above stated reasons, AND because they are pumpkin. 
 We all know pumpkin means fall, right?  And we all know how much I LOVE FALL, right?
Right.  See?  Happiness is....

Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Yield: 18ish muffins

1 cup white flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven 350F.  Line your muffin pan with liners, or spray with cooking spray.
Mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl.  Set aside.
In a large bowl mix together the sugar, oil, water, pumpkin, eggs and vanilla until smooth and combined.
Slowly stir in the flour mixture until completely combined.

Streusel Topping:

1/2 cup oats
1 tsp flour
2 tbsp brown sugar
Dash cinnamon
2 tbsp cold butter

In a small bowl mix together the oats, flour, sugar, and cinnamon.
Cut in the butter (i used my fingers) until the mixture is all crumbly and well, streuselly.

Fill muffin cups up 3/4 of the way with batter and top with the streusel topping.
Bake 17 - 20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and they are all nice an golden brown.
Let them cool at least a tiny bit before devouring.

The original recipe I followed (found HERE) had loads more sugar and about 3 times as much streusel topping.
And although I am surprised (and mildly ashamed) to admit it, there is such a thing as too much streusel.
I pretended I was making them healthier by cutting back on all that sugar and topping,
and swapping in some whole wheat flour.
Next time I will also try cutting out some of the oil by using more pumpkin
(and because really, have you seen the size of those cans of pumpkin? they are gigantic!)

Happy fall baking!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

A Double Whammy Bumpupdate

I took the photo last week, but just forgot to post it! 

My little buddy is totally out these days, not interested in helping me with these pics at all,
unless that is i pick him up:

( he obviously doesn't know how much i need him : )

Happy friday!!!