Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It's been almost a month!

 I assumed that with a newborn I would have plenty of time to keep up with my blog. BOY, was I ever wrong! My little sugar bean doesn't sleep all that often- about 3-5 hours less a day than the average newborn, which leaves little time for Mama to keep up with her blogging!

I also have been swamped with orders for boot cuffs. I never could have guessed how much of a hit they would be! I am still six orders behind, and feeling guilty for sitting here blogging instead of crocheting away. But, a girl needs a break, right?!

Anywho, the above picture sums up my life right now in more ways than one.

First, it obviously is in reference to my little love and the work that it takes. Being a mom is hard! For the first four weeks I felt as though my body was battered and on this planet for the sole purpose of the use of my daughter, and I wasn't even exclusively breastfeeding! I still am not exclusively nursing, in fact, I hardly am at all. I mostly pump and try to nurse her, at least once a day- usually in the form of a snack, since she loses interest after receiving a bottle so much. This is very disappointing for me, but is my own fault for not toughing it out with nursing in the beginning. Lesson learned if there is a baby #2! I mean, after giving birth naturally, I thought that would be the hardest and most painful, but I think breastfeeding gives natural childbirth some stiff competition! (mainly for the fact that labor is hours and nursing is weeks!).

We're also following the Babywise method for Everleigh. For those of you that aren't familiar, the concept is to get baby on a routine, which will lead to her sleeping through the night at an earlier time than most, or some, other infants.  It also has other great concepts, like teaching the child to be independent and able to self sooth, etc. Thank God, some friends have used this method as well! They have become my mentors in this quest to achieve nighttime sleep for all! Babies are confusing, and right as we think she's got the routine, she changes it! However, she has started to smile and just yesterday laughed out loud in her sleep, which makes it all worth it!  <3

Second, I am super excited to be getting back into photography! Obviously, after having a little one, I am taking photos more than ever. I'm so excited to continue to learn as much as I can about my camera and how to take great photos. I love nothing more than a great photo to capture a moment in time. I am so thankful to no longer be nauseous when just thinking about photography! I literally had to unlike a lot of the photography sites I liked on Facebook because if they showed up in my news feed earlier in my pregnancy, I would instantly be nauseous. So weird. I can only attribute it to the fact, that my morning sickness first started when I was in Nebraska, doing a photo shoot for my cousin's adorable little girl. Even those pictures, looking at them now, make me kind of sick.

But, now that my pregnancy is over I am nausea free when it comes to photography and continue my quest to become a great photographer! Luckily, Everleigh isn't old enough to get tired of me snapping her photo for practice... though I'm sure that day will come much sooner than I would like!

If I don't get to blog before Christmas (which is likely) I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday!

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