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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Hans’ First Birthday

Friday was our sweet Hans’ 1st birthday!  It was a year ago that I was in a hospital room dilating faster than Hot Pockets cause diarrhea.  4 hours of labor and 3 pushes later, Hans Ward joined our crazy family.

To celebrate Hans’ first year, my husband took the day off work and we lined up Effy’s favorite babysitters (Grandmama & Grandpa) and we took Hans out for some 1 on 2 time for his birthday.  Before we left, he opened up his birthday gift (a toolset…which is great because I love toys with 20 pieces).  We set off for his Kindermusik class (the last one of the school year), and then went out to lunch.  I am SO SO glad I brought my DSLR with me.  One month ago, I definitely wouldn’t have.  I felt ridiculous taking it in public because I was so fumbly and under-practiced that I just focused so much time figuring out my camera that I missed whatever was happening right around me.  I’ve been trying to practice with my camera around the house more so taking it out for Hans’ birthday was no big deal.  Scott even noted the same thing — at the restaurant I was snapping pictures and it seemed natural.  This is not something I anticipated happening so quickly.  I met Cathy Mores (a photographer and photography teacher) a few weeks ago and sat in on a one-hour class with some quick photo tips.  She was so encouraging and positive that I actually got a little twinge of confidence and have been consistently taking pictures ever since.  I’ll be taking a full-day class with her in just a couple of weeks and I am SO SO excited about it!

Below are a handful of my favorite pictures of the day, all taken with a camera comparable to this one.  I am also toying around with photo editing a little bit but have done no editing to the images below.  Is it strange to say, “I am proud of these pictures?”  Because I am!  They might not be professional quality, but I would totally print them and hang them on my wall.  That is a big step up from where I was at not that long ago!

Happy birthday to sweet Hans Ward!  I’ll be sharing some details from his first birthday party soon.  {Spoiler alert: there were presents and cake}

This is the May spread of the "Seasons of Hans" calendar.

This is the May spread of the “Seasons of Hans” calendar.

Kindermusik is our jam.

Kindermusik is our jam.

Tiny hipster jeans.  Baldwin should make baby jeans, no?

Tiny hipster jeans. Baldwin should make baby jeans, no?

Chicken salad sandwich at Westside Local.

Chicken salad sandwich at Westside Local.

The peek-a-boo king himself.

The peek-a-boo king himself.

Little Freshie for dessert.  I would have food pics, but the fat kid in me came out and I ate it too fast.

Little Freshie for dessert.
I would have food pics, but the fat kid in me came out and I ate it too fast.

Hans was just happy trying to eat his leaf.

Hans was just happy trying to eat his leaf.

And a chocolate fu manchu to finish of the celebration.

And a chocolate soul patch to finish off the celebration.

Michelle

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Breastpump Shenanigans

This post talks about boobs.  It’s your lucky day!

When Hans was about 5 weeks old, his pediatrician said he wasn’t gaining enough weight.  If I wanted to continue trying to nurse him, she suggested nursing him, then pumping, then offering him a bottle…every 2-3 hours…until he figured it out.  I was bound and determined to breastfeed, so we started offering Hans bottles after his feedings.  Well, he figured out pretty darn quick that milk comes out easier/quicker from a bottle, and when I would try to nurse him he would SCREAM at me.  Que tears.  Que guilt.  Que lots of sad feelings.  So, I made the decision to exclusively pump for Hans and OHMGOSH he became a whole different baby.  He was so much happier, had a full belly, and started to gain weight like a champ and I became a much happier mama.

Hans will be 1-year-old next week and Effy has seen her fair share of my Medela Pump-in-Style, since I spend about 90 minutes attached to that thing every day.  In fact, one of the first things she wanted to do when we presented her with her cedar playhouse was to go to the little plastic sink and pretend to wash pump pieces.  Oh sweet girl.  Today, Effy said, “My kitty needs to pump and get some milk for her mama kitty.”  Not totally accurate, but still pretty adorable.

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Also, let's be Instagram friends {@lovablelens}!  I'm sort of addicted.

Also, let’s be Instagram friends {@lovablelens}! I’m sort of addicted.

Michelle

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Deck Party!

We moved into a new house in October and so since spring has sprung, we’ve been really enjoying spending time outside and exploring our yard and our new neighborhood.  We added a small deck onto the back of our house (aka a giant playpen), and we recently bought a patio dining set and have enjoyed some fancy meals al fresco (and by fancy meals, I mean one that involved Fritos).  Since I’m trying to be more purposeful about my picture taking, I grabbed my DSLR off the kitchen table and brought it out after dinner last night.  Just bringing it outside meant two things: (1) it was already charged and (2) it was already sitting out and easily accessible.  If you have a “fancy” camera that you don’t use very much, try those two things for just one week…charge it and sit it somewhere visible.  See what happens!

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The love between this sweet girl & and her grandmama is unreal.

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A little lesson about cause & effect…

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At the playhouse enjoying a pretend dinner of rock & foam shaped like the number 3. Tasty!

Michelle

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