The Family Bed

We've had a rough go with sleep and our first son, Cooper. Since the day he was born he's hated to sleep and when he did sleep, it couldn't be alone. A lot of people say that's our fault and to some degree I guess I agree, but not totally. When you have your first child all you want to do is hold them. One little whimper from them and you jump to soothe them. I still jump to soothe my second baby too but I'll admit my stomach doesn't knot at his every murmur as it did with my first.Cooper wasn't easy as an infant. He would fall asleep easily at the breast but as soon as I tried to lay him down he'd wake up screaming. His first ten months were spent in our bed. We then moved him into his crib because he moved so much we weren't getting any sleep. The move was tough. Recently before his little brother was born we moved him into his big boy room with a new big boy bed (a full size double bunk that he and his brother will share one day). It actually went quite smoothly. We were thrilled! Well not so fast there Mama and Daddy. There is a list of things that Cooper has decided he no longer wants to do since his little brother arrived, at the top of that list are 1: no more peepeeing in the potty/no more big boy pants and 2: no more sleeping in his big boy bed. Cade is almost 18 weeks old now and has been sleeping like an angel in his crib since he was about 4-5 weeks old. And pretty much since then Cooper has been back in bed with us. Now at his age, 28 months, I'm willing to let him cry a little before falling asleep. But guess what? He screams so loud, he wakes up the baby. Then I have two screaming kids awake. No, that's not feasible. So we give in and let him in bed with us. To the point now that after he's fallen asleep and we try to move him back to his bed he wakes and starts screaming again. Ok, ok, back to Mama and Daddy's bed. At first having him back in our bed was driving me crazy. Now I don't mind as much. Yes, it cuts into our alone time, making it practically zero. But this little guy has my heart. He honestly tries to sleep but for whatever reason he can't. Heck I'm 33 and still have trouble falling asleep. I love having him snuggle up close to me, playing with my hair and sometimes he even wants to 'skwatch yer back Mommy'. These are the moments I cherish. The 2am kick in the jaw, not so much. So, even though we never thought we would be, we're still co-sleeping, 28 months after this amazing boy came into our lives. My husband jokes that maybe we can get him back in his bed by the time he's 8 or 9. Not funny I say. Some babies need to snuggle, to be near someone to sleep. Some babies need their space. I have one of each. And I thank God for both of them every day. (right before I ask him to give me more sleep).

apple pickin'

We recently went to visit my in-laws in upstate New  York on Lake George.  It is absolutely beautiful up there.  They have the cutest little cabin on the side of the mountain overlooking the lake.  I had never seen anything so beautiful until I met my husband!  The water is absolutely crystal clear, you can literally see straight to the bottom, even if the water is 30 feet deep!  This was my our (my) second trip up, we went last Summer in August so it was a little warmer than our trip up this year mid-September.  Although, low 70's and sunny with a cool breeze is my kinda weather!  When I was younger I used to just love the hot and humid Virginia Summers but as I've gotten older I've grown to love Spring and Fall weather just as much, if not more.  It was great to leave the humidity here and enter a world that is already seeing the affects of Autumn.  We've alway vacationed mostly in the Summer or if it was during Winter we went somewhere hot so we could bask in the sun (usually Florida!).  Anyhow I really enjoyed my Autumn vacation and definitely looking forward to going back next year! On our trip we took the boys to Billy Bob's Apple Orchard.  It was so fun to see little Cooper running around with his apple bag trying to fill it up.  He mostly wanted to pick up the apples off the ground though so we had to show him how to pick them off the trees.  There was a dog there that lived on the orchard so Cooper was in heaven!  He absolutely loves dogs (and any animal for that matter).  Anyhow I just wanted to share a few images of our apple adventure, mostly snapshots as my husband had my big ol' camera on AUTO when he was shooting!  Hope you enjoy!

It finally happened...

After 5 years of continuous use my faithful Canon 30d finally decided she was ready to retire.  Starting to have some aches and pains we decided it was in both of our best interest if she went to visit Canon for a small operation.  She should only be under for a little while and when she wakes up she'll be ready to click, snap and shoot again.  But before she left she told me how tired she was and that even though she really enjoyed working with me every day, that she felt she really needed a rest.  She was adamant though, that if I ever needed her in the future, she should be the first I call.  So, I agreed. After sending her off UPS I made my way into town to purchase her replacement, the Canon 7d.  I had had high hopes of getting the Canon 5d Mark II, but being a full-time stay-at-home-mama, pregnant, and currently working part-time as a photographer and doula meant that those hopes had to be dashed, but only temporarily.  I have a plan in place and hope to buy that baby in 2012.  So, for now, I'm learning all the new stuff about my 7d and how different it actually is from my 30d.  The concept is basically the same, just updated I guess.  I've only had it for about 24 hours now so I'm still fresh and completely giddy with my new 'toy'.

I've had one heck of a good luck streak these past 5 years with my 30d, I've pushed her to her limits and she's always made me proud.  And I know how lucky I am.  Working with the same camera for so many years without one single issue or malfunction... well it's practically unheard-of.  I knew that luck was going to run out, I just didn't know when.  Bu at this point I'm happy to retire her to her new position as 'back-up' camera.  It's a well deserved break.  So now it's up to me and Miss 7d to build a strong relationship and work together to create images my clients love and keep coming back for...

A flower for you Mama...

 

she loves me...

 

Cooper loves to pick flowers.  As his Mama, I like to think it's because he likes to give them to me.  As a parent, I know he just loves to destroy them!  Either way, I love how curious he is about all the different kinds of flowers, how he picks them, smells them and then finally after careful inspection, proceeds to tear them apart.  Today he gave me the perfect chance to play around with my new camera.  I'm pretty happy with the results.  Memories I'll cherish for a lifetime...