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Saturday, October 29, 2011

littlest pumpkin in the patch

Bristol is a tiny little girl. Everyone always comments on how little she is. I really didn't think she would be this small at 2 1/2 months but she is quite the petite little girl. When I was her age, I was a chunkster and so was Brandon. So naturally, I thought she would take after her parents and pack on the lbs fast, but that isn't the case. We are praying that she gains weight every week and will make strides with her weight.

But, in light of Halloween(ie) on Monday, I thought I would do a little photo shoot of our little pumpkin. Quite frankly, I would do a photo shoot of Bristol every day for the rest of her life if I could. Can you just see me now dressing Bristol up at age 18, asking her to sit in the glider and snapping away photo after photo? Ha, in my dreams!

Brandon's parents had bought Bristol some 3 month pj's last weekend and one of them was her Halloween(ie) ( yes, I call halloween, halloweenie) pj's. Since Halloween is Monday, I thought she could dress up in her pj's Saturday, Sunday and Monday and get the use out of it while we can. Who knows, we might be sportin' our halloween gear for a long time. After all, she is still in all newborn clothes - 0-3 month outfits are too big and 3 month outfits are toooooooo toooooooo big. But she has gotten a little longer so the newborn sleepers are too small. Ok- sorry, I totally got off subject. Back to the halloween outfit. Brandon's parents got it for her and they came over today so I dressed her up, put a bow on her head and sat her in the glider for a mini halloween(ie) photo shoot.

Bristol's eyes get more blue every day. Love love love! I was hoping ( and praying and wishing) that my baby would have blue eyes like me. So thank you Lord for granting me my hope, my wish and my prayer! :)

Posing with her pumpkin we got her from the patch. It really looks big in this picture, but it's no bigger than the size of a softball.

My little pumpkin - I love her so!

She looks so sleepy in this picture but I love it because of her eyes!

Hope everyone has a great weekend and enjoys this weather!

Friday, October 28, 2011


Lots going on, little time to post about it. But while my sweet angel baby is swinging away in her swing, I thought I'd post about some random things that have happened lately. So here goes...

This beautiful life planner arrived on my front door step today. Ohhhh happy day! If you dont know about erin condren then you are missing out! Go check out her website, I know you will find something lovely for yourself. Here's a secret, head on over to plumdistrict to snag a voucher ( $25) worth $50 for anything on her website. Plumdistrict is like groupon but geared towards moms. I got my planner for only $25.00 because i waited and waited annnnnnnd waited for a deal to come my way. No way could i justify buying a $50 planner. Brandon would have filed for divorce. No joke. I took a pic of my planner today and sent it to my friend ashley. She hadnt heard of erin condren before, so i told her about my planner, she loved it but likes her planners small. She went to the website anyway, watched the video of the life planner and she ended up buying one. :) The deal on plumdistrict expires in 2 days, so hurry on over and get your voucher!

My sidekick and I at the pumpkin patch. sweet baby had the hardest time opening her eyes, it was quite bright outside. Apparently we live in a bat cave. In fact, I know we do. I need to take her outside more so her little blue eyes can adjust to the bright light. She did a great job while we were there. We couldnt really get a good picture of her with the pumpkins but thats ok, we will next year. I just love making sweet memories like these so we can look back and see how much fun we had.

Bristol got her 2 month shots today. Boo hoo hoo. Poor baby cried but did so much better than I expected. She cried more getting her ears checked last week than getting her shots. She is still super tiny, we are working on the weight gain. We gotta plump her up! Overall, she is very healthy and most of all happy. She loves to coo and talk to mommy all the time. Her smile melts my heart and I wish I had her eye lashes :) I love her to pieces. She makes my heart smile.

I made chicken and dumplings last night for dinner. OH.MY.STARS. The recipe I used was amazing! This is Brandon's favorite meal and so I thought I would try to make it, crockpot style. LOVE ME MY CROCKPOT! It took 8 hours to make and worth every minute of those 8 hours. I snuck about 10 small bites towards the end. I couldn't help myself. Brandon loved it. Wife of the year right here. I used the recipe from crockpot girls . Their site is amazing, has anything you can think of when it comes to your crockpot. I WILL be making this again and again and AGGGGGAAAAIIIINNNN.

Here is my new camera lense. Let me just say, it's fantastic. I've been teaching myself how to use it and it's been very fun to say the least. I have gotten some GREAT photos with it and can't wait to take more!

Well friends, that's it for now. I am off to pump my little heart away. Yeah, I just said pump.

See ya later!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

my sweet little peanut.

My Bristol baby is 2 months old. How is this possible? I feel like I just found out I was pregnant, then having our gender reveal party and finally, popping her out of me :) Too graphic? sorry. In all seriousness, I am the luckiest woman alive to be the mom of this precious angel. I love her oh so much and have so much fun with her everyday.

We had her 2 month appointment on Monday and with her being sick, we decided not to do the shots until next Friday. Good thing, because Bristol and I both cried at the dr. She was crying for obvious reasons, she is sick. Congestion, coughing, sneezing and her poor little ear was bothering her. Me? Why was I crying? Well she has only gained 1lb since 2 weeks old. How is THAT possible? I knew she wasn't going to be in the 95 percentile for her age, but shoot, 6th percentile? It shocked me and I guess I wasn't prepared for that news. She is only in the 23 percentile for her height. So my friends, I have a little peanut, which I am totally and utterly ok with, because she is healthy and happy - that's all that matters, right? So this week and next week we are really working on packing on the lbs on that sweet little body of hers. While I'm trying to lose weight, she needs to gain. I'm hoping for at least a pound or two by next Friday. The Dr. isn't concerned and didn't really suggest I supplement but I am giving her one bottle of formula. Not my idea for gaining weight, but I want to make sure she is getting enough food. I'm having some issues with my boobs making enough milk. I'm going to talk to a lactation consultant in the next couple days.

Here is what's going on with miss priss....

*9 lbs 8 ounces
*22 inches long
* sleeps from 11:30pm - 4:30 - 5:00am, goes back to sleep till about 9 am. then takes a nap at 11-2....overall, pretty good sleeper :)
* still in newborn clothes
* wearing size 1 diapers, WAYYY too big, but the newborns seem to be just a little snug.
*doesn't like her carseat anymore - always gets fussy when in the car
*discovered her feet for the first time the other day
*loves to smile, especially at her momma
*only likes tummy time for about 5 minutes and then will let you know she is done!
*her eyes are getting more blue everyday
*people always comment on her "red" hair. I'm not sure where the HECK they see red. If anything, it's a light brown with a hint ( small ) hint of auburn. Mine was that color and turned blonde
* still loves her baths
* loves laying in her crib after bath time
* loves sitting in her nap nanny after eating
* used to like changing her diaper but now she gets upset from time to time
* enjoys being outside and looking around
*when feeding, she is so bright eyed while eating a bottle but when nursing, her eyes are always closed
* still loves to be swaddled in her miracle blanket with paci in her mouth.
* loves being rocked to sleep and will fall asleep with her mouth open, cutest thing ever
* she listens to "white noise" while going down for naps and bedtime. my life wouldn't be the same without it
* definitely knows who her momma is. She can pick me out in a room, respond to my's amazing
* we watch price is right every morning and she loves it. Her nannie, my grandma who Bristol is named after loved prices right.

Ok - so that's all this fried brain can think of right now :) We love our little peanut more and more everyday and couldn't imagine out life without her. LOVE YOU SWEET GIRL!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

2 months old!

my baby is 2 months! here is a picture until i post the stats about my precious little angel.

its a nice day for a white wedding

my brother got married this sunday. it was a beautiful day at a park in montrose. i was honored to be the photographer for their special day. Here are just a few of my favorites.

My parents with the bride and groom!

The bride and groom with my moms sister ( the other 2 could not come).

All of the guests who came to the wedding

Right after they said "i do".

my precious sleeping beauty. she was sick that day and still is. she was cradled in the arms of her daddy.

the kiss!

my dad officiated the wedding, it was such a special ceremony.

the "minister" and the newlyweds!

Friday, October 14, 2011

today's list

First on today's list......I wanted to say thank you to my "friends" who confessed about reading my blog! I know there are more you... fess up! Only because, I want to get to know you and read your blog, if you have one. I will be adding you lovelies to my friend list on the side of my blog, if you aren't there already. Can't wait to start stalking, I mean reading your blogs!
Second on today's list.... my brother is getting married this Sunday! Holy Moly! I didn't think this day would come, well, kinda sorta, maybe, not really. I don't know. My brother has had several girlfriends - ok that sounds bad. He's had like 4 or something annnnnnnd I hated every single one. Ok, hate is a strong word. Sorry, I'm tired this morning and that's the first word that came to mind. You see, I start off liking the girl and then they cross me and well, I stop liking them. I try really hard to like them, I promise I do. But he just hasn't picked the "best" candidates for a girlfriend. He has been engaged for about 5 or so months, actually, I really don't know how long, I just threw 5 out there because it sounded good. Her name is Margaret. I like her. No, I love her. Really I do. She is sweet, caring, outgoing, nice, funny, fun... the list goes on. They really are perfect for each other and for that, I am happy he has found Margs.

So the nuptials are this Sunday at a park in Houston followed with the reception at my parent's lovely home. It's a small affair, only close close friends and immediate and some extended family invited. About 60 people in total. This wedding was put together in 3-4 weeks because Stephen and Margs are expecting a baby. They planned on getting married this coming Summer, but due to the little bambino, they bumped the wedding to this Sunday. I will be the "photographer" that day and I am super excited about this. I've told you before about my love for photography. I know by photographing their wedding, it will only help me improve my skills.
Third on today's list is..... my Bristol will be 2 months old tomorrow!!!. I mean really, where the heck as the time gone? I thought my days would be soooooo long and boring being a stay at home mom but goodness, everyday is the same but different at the same time. The mornings and afternoons fly by so fast! This momma is going to be wreck on Monday because baby girl will be getting her shots. I know she is going to scream and cry her eyes out. I just know it. Prayers would be apprecaited for my sweet baby to be ok and not feel icky afterwards.
Fourth on the list..... It's still not too late to show your face on my blog! I'd love to hear from you! Really, I would.

Ok, that's it! Have a great weekend my friends!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

show your face... or name.

I've been blogging since 2007. Can't believe it's been that long. I never thought I'd be in the blogging world, let alone since 2007. But here I am. I started my blog engaged to Brandon which has been followed by an amazing wedding and a BEAUTIFUL baby girl, my sweet Bristol Elaine. My, time sure does fly.

I know that my blog isn't the most interesting or thought provoking but I love to write down all things on my mind, when I can remember. Of course, my memory has faded, like Brandon pointed out so nicely to me and Bristol last night. I quote " Bristol, your momma is losing her mind". I can't argue with him. It's true. I digress.

There are truly some amazing blogs out in the blogosphere. Some that I stalk on a weekly basis, ok maybe daily basis. You caught me. There are some blogs that I read.... maybe once a month and some I read every couple weeks. I love reading blogs with pictures. Let's be honest, a post isn't as fun without pictures. I'm guilty of not having pictures on each post, but now that little miss Bristol is here, it's real easy to post a picture or 2..... or 10 on each post.

I'm sure you are wondering what the point of this post is. I'm getting there friends.
Like I said, I've had this blog since 2007 and I really don't know who all my "readers" are and I would LOVE to know who they are. I always joke that like 3 people read my blog and to be honest, I'm still convinced that is the truth, no joking there. I'd be lying if I said I didn't get a little sad when no one comments on my blog. Seriously, how good does it make you feel when someone leaves a comment? I think to myself " wow! someone is ACTUALLY reading my blog, let alone, likes this post enough to leave a comment. I must be doing something good". Yes, cheesy, I know. I'm just being honest.

So here's the deal-i-o.

Show your face! Well, maybe tell me your name. I wanna know who you are, how you found my blog. Do you stalk it? It's totally ok if you do, I'm a self proclaimed stalker and proud of it. I really would LOVE to get to know all you people who check my blog. Because let's face it people, I know there are more than 3 people looking at my blog because my "check in" thingy on the right hand side of my blog tells me people from Utah, College Station, Houston, Spring, Sugar Land, Richmond, Alvin Texas are checking my blog. Of course, that's all my "check in" thingy will let me see.

Don't be embarrassed. I REALLY do wanna know who you are.

So tell me your name. Comment on my blog. And if you have a blog, I would love to know about it and stalk it, I mean read it.

Deal? DEAL!

No really.... I wanna hear from you. :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

all smiles

My baby girl loves to smile. It's her new trick. Sucking her hands is so last month. I love to see that sweet gummy grin of hers. It's so precious. When she is smiling, she tries so hard to laugh, it takes her breath away. I remember when we brought her home from the hospital and I thought " I want her to stay this way forever". Boy, am I wrong. I LOVE seeing her change everyday, learn new tricks, become a little woman. What a joy it is to get to see her and be with her everyday. I won't miss one new trick, for that, I am so grateful.

I would hate to leave her with a child care provider and miss all the cute "firsts" she will have. I think I would be depressed if that were the case. Again, I am so blessed and lucky to be a stay at home mom.

Bristol's smile melts my heart. When she smiles, I get all giddy inside, like she is doing for the first time, each time. I love the way her eyes get squinty, her noses scrunches up and her lips curl. Each smile is different every time and I love that. Whether her smile is as big as the state of the Texas or a little smirk..... it will always melt my heart. Oh, how I love my sweet girl.

Another thing Bristol is doing lately is is drooling. The amount of drool that this girl can produce is CRAZY. It's so cute, when she is happy, she drools up a storm. Today, I picked her up out of her nap nanny and her whole mouth and neck was covered in her drool.

Playing on her jungle mat. I don't want to every forget these days of simplicity with my baby girl. The joy that she brings me everyday is unimaginable.

Helllllllo drool! She was is mid "coo" in this picture.

Her smile is precious in this picture. It makes me want to cry. She was so happy, and what for reason? Who knows... but the song " the joy of the lord" comes to my head when I see this picture. That song always makes me smile.

I mean really? Seriously? Can she be any cuter? Goodness gracious, this girl melts me. I love her squinty eyes, long eye lashes, uneven ears ( one sticks out more than the other) her chin like her momma, little rolls on her body, and her soft brown hair.

soft sweet smile.

Oh Bristol, momma doesn't ever want to forget moments like this of you. You're innocent sweet smiles makes your mommas heart smile.

Playing on her jungle mat.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

the tale of the missing camera charger

oh me oh my. i'm losing it people! seriously, i cant keep track of anything anymore. before being pregnant i considered myself a put together person when it came to remembering things, writing things down, staying organized and other things of that matter.

well, bristol sucked more brain cells out of me than i thought was possible. love my baby but her momma is officially nuts. on a daily basis i lose my phone, tv changer, mylicon, bristol's paci, misplace my camera.... need i say more? my recent casuality? my canon camera charger. i gotttta find this. for one, they arent cheap and replacing it would mean my husband would kill me for buying a new one and second - i work at my old job from last year as the school's photographer. umm.... my battery is dead and i have a big week at school for pictures.

please lord, help me find my charger!!

in other news.... we have a big weekend coming up. my brother is getting married next weekend, the reception is at my parents house. we are going to be busy this next week preparing for that event. bristol will be the belle of the ball.

and lastly, i'm so happy ut lost.

have a good weekend!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

because i'm obsessed

I'll admit it. I'm totally and completely obsessed with my daugter. She is perfect in every way. God created the most amazing blessing and gift that he could ever bless Brandon and I with. I could stare at her all day, in fact, I could take pictures of her every move. She is so sweet, precious, beautiful, gorgeous, pretty and perfect. I love her with every fiber of my being. I never thought I could love something so much but goodness, I do and for that, I am so thankful.

Thank you Lord, for blessing me with the most beautiful baby. I am so lucky to be Bristol's mommy and get to spend every minute with her every day. I don't deserve the things you bless me with everyday but somehow, you continue to be there for me and bless me with the most amazing gifts. Thank you.

Bristol loves her crib. Has she slept in it yet? NO. I'm too scared to have her sleep in her crib. After all, her bedroom is upstairs and mine is downstairs. I'm being a wimp about it, but hey.... I still want her close to me. After bath time, I always put her in her crib to get the feel of it and whatnot. Boy, does she LOVE IT! She stares at her bumper pads and talks and talks. It's the most precious thing ever. She is the most precious thing ever. So today, after her record setting blowout, I gave her a bath. Did I mention that the blowout was so bad that I almost had to cut her onesie off to ensure that the poop would not get on her face while taking the onesie off? Yeah, pretty gross. Luckily, my mommy skills were used and I figured out a way for it to not get on her head. I promise, it did not get on her head. Maybe her foot, but not her head. ha!

I took about 35,353 pictures of her in her crib. I got a new lense remember? So of course she is going to be my model.

Angel baby also sat in her bumbo for the first time. We will be using this more and more!

I'm a big girl!

The love look on her sweet face.

Angel baby. Nothing sweeter than my baby girl.
Bristol loves her to use hands any way she can.

7 weeks and a few days old. Time is going by so fast. She changes everyday. Love her so much.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

beauty queen in the making

Total beauty queen in the making. Actually, she's a softball player and golfer in the making. Forget this beauty queen crap. She's an athlete!

She loves her daddy so much. It's so cute to see Brandon interact with Bristol. He is in love, that's for sure.

Here she is being held by my brother, Aunt Ste-Ste ( stephen ). He was just talking to her like crazy and she kept staring at him. Uncle Ste-Ste loves her so much. In fact, my brother is going to be a daddy too. His baby is due May 8, 2012. Bristol will have a cousin less than a year apart from her, how cool!

Can this be any more precious? Bristol loves when daddy wears a hat. She could stare at it all day long. I love this picture so much of Brandon and our girl.

Look at those cheeks! Her momma and daddy both had chunky cheeks when they were babies. Looks like she is taking after both of us.

This is one of my new favorite pictures of Bristol. I had placed her in her boppy for a minute to grab my camera and she was smiling away. I wish the paci wasn't in the picture, but then again, it's fitting because she always has her paci with her.

I got a new lense this past week. It's the type of lense that creates the blurry background shots, that's if it's set manually on the correct settings. I've been playing with it and it's amazing! All these photos were taken with the new lense, I didn't photoshop the blurry background, the lense gave it to me! How awesome right? I love photography and I'm hoping to enhance my skills in the next year. :)

Gotta go, baby is crying!