Monday, September 24, 2012

Luke's Newborn Pictures

Here they finally are! This is Luke at 2 weeks! Tomorrow he will be 2 months! He looks completely different! Now he has rolls galore! My little chunker is growing and growing!

So we took on the challenge to take Luke's newborn pictures. Probably the hardest shoot we have done! But also probably the most rewarding cutest pictures ever! I know every mom thinks they're baby is the cutest in the world but I really do think I have the cutest baby in the world! LOL!

It almost didn't happen because I had kind of a meltdown! I'm sure it was just my crazy hormones! Well before I knew it Luke was a week old and after settling in, getting used to sleepless nights, doctors appointments, I realized, we need his newborn pictures! We need to get them done! So Fred and I went to Hobby Lobby to get cute baskets to stick him in for the shoot. We bought a fury blanket from Costco  and used a wood table and a curtain panel for the background. The knitted blanket was made by our sweet friend Kelly, we love it! Its his favorite to sleep with!

The first time we tried taking his pictures was sooo stressful, and the kid would not stand still! We set up a room with great natural light got everything ready and the moment we stuck him in the basket he started screaming and crying! He was not having it! All I wanted was those cute pictures where the baby looks all dreamy and sleeping still! So that photo shoot ended early and we had no pictures!

After that stressful event I decided to youtube how to take newborn pictures. The video I was watching was very helpful! They used a portable heater to keep the baby warm and the mom nursed the baby right before so he would be knocked out and then they would pose him perfectly for the picture. Then the lady says, "the best time to take newborn pictures is between 7- 10 days after they are born." WHAT!!! When I heard that I lost it! I bursted into tears! I was devastated because Luke was 14 days! Blame it on my hormones but I thought to myself it was the end of the world! I could not turn back time and Luke was probably already too big to take the kind of pictures I wanted! I cried like Luke did when we stuck him in the basket!

Then I was reminded why I married my wonderful husband! He calmed me down and reassured me that everything was going to be ok and he was going to make sure we got great pictures of Luke. The next day we tried again.

After 3 hours, 2 sweaty foreheads, 2 stiff backs, 3 short feedings and lots of whispering we got Mr. Luke's pictures! Boy that was some work! But daddy came through with these beautiful pictures that I will cherish forever! And I am so thankful for how talented my husband is!

Unedited and me trying to calm him down to pose! (He's still so cute!)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Family Day at Denton Square

Labor Day weekend we had a little family date. The weather had been cooling down so it was the perfect day to be out! And by cooling down I mean mid 90's not 100's! So i grabbed my hipster hat and hipster glasses and headed to old hipster Denton Square!

We had lunch at Mellow Mushroom, Fred and I had always heard great stuff about it from friends so we thought we'd give it a try! It was pretty good! but I'm always down for a fresh mozzarella basil and tomato pizza. We also heard they're opening one up in Frisco by the mall where Taco Stand used to be

After we headed to the thrift stores. I love thrift stores! Recently though I've been a little creeped out because of that dumb movie that just came out where the little girl is possessed from some box she buys at a yard sale, not sure what it's called because every time a preview comes on I run for the remote to change it! Too creepy for me! Anyways we didn't find anything but we had a good time looking through stuff some people think is worth selling!

Well then it was time for Luke's lunch! I nursed him outdoors for the first time, it was really nice with the nice breeze flowing and plus we didn't really have any other choice of where to feed him! I don't mind feeding him in public as long as have my hooter hider! Really thats the name of the brand! It's the cutest nursing cover I got for my baby shower. At first I did feel a little awkward and self conscience about nursing in public but now Luke and I have got it down! I was surprised though at the looks some people give. I totally ignore it but wish I could say to them, I'm not an alien, this is human, God made it this way! I know some people may find it strange and not feel comfortable with it but for me its a trade off, I love going out without having to worry about pumping or bottles and having to feed him isn't going to keep me stuck at home!

We ended the day at the square with Beth Marie's ice cream! Lately I've had such a kick for chocolate! I cant get enough! So i got my chocolate fix there. I love it Beth Marie's! Every time I walk in it makes me feel like I'm back to the future in the 60's! Such a cute place, fun environment and wonderful ice cream! Im excited to bring Luke back when he is old enough to eat ice cream!

I look forward to make Denton Square part of our family traditions! I'm so blessed to have my wonderful husband and my little guy to build family memories. Thankful to the Lord for all they joy he brings me as I get to enjoy life with my guys.