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iheartfaces – All About Babies

This week’s iheartfaces photo challenge theme is “All About Babies.” I haven’t participated in an iheartfaces challenge for a while for but I had to jump back in on this one.  A few weeks ago I got the opportunity to do a trial photo shoot with a friend’s newborn twins.  I’m still very much learning and was so nervous that I forgot some really important things, but I did get a few good shots.  This one is one of my favorites.  I was amazed that this little guy cooperated as well as he did while wide awake!


There are a lot more adorable babies this week over at iheartfaces!  Go check them out!


I Can't Hug Them Tight Enough

Tonight my heart is broken.  It is broken for Maddie and for Thalon.  It is broken for their parents, siblings, families,  friends, and everyone who knew and loved these two amazing kids.  This just isn’t supposed to happen.

I cried when I read about Maddie on Twitter.  It’s a nightmare, my nightmare, the worst thing I can ever imagine.  No one should ever lose a child.  It’s more pain than anyone should ever have to bear.

I know these things happen every day, but it isn’t every day that I read about it.  It isn’t every day that I read a first-hand account of the worst thing that I can possibly imagine.  That’s the amazing thing about the blogging community.  Somehow it makes it all more real.  I guess that’s why it hurt even more to read about Thalon today.  The tears started rolling and I had an uncontrollable urge to hug my daughter tight.  She’s only a few months younger than Maddie and a little less than a year older than Thalon.  The reality that I could wake up someday and not have her here was just too much.

I see reports of children dying on the news, either because they are sick or some horrible tragedy happens and even though it saddens me, it has never quite hit home like the tragedies that happened this week.  It hurts so bad.  It makes me question so many things – like why my life is so good and why my children are so perfectly healthy.  It makes me question why I take these things for granted so often.

Tonight I’m hugging my kids extra tight, kissing them, and making sure they know just how much I love them and just how grateful I am to have them in my life.  If ever tomorrow doesn’t come – for me or for them – I want to make sure they know that they are my world and I would never be the same without them.

My heart is forever changed.  It may not be completely broken, but it will never be the same again.  It hurts for every parent who has ever lost a child…and I know there are many.  They are all in my thoughts and prayers tonight.

The online community has truly amazed me over the last few days.  You can’t go on Twitter without seeing the hashtags for #maddie and #thalon.  These babies, these families are so loved.  So many have donated to March of Dimes, donated to help cover medical and funeral expenses, donated their time and energy to help in whatever way they can.  Even though I sit over here in my own little corner of the web most days, I’m proud to be part of a community that cares so much about each other.  It gives me a little hope in a world filled with sadness.

There is nothing that can take away the grief that these families are surely feeling, but if you want to help relieve some of the financial burdens that these families are facing, please follow the links below and donate what you can.


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Need A Little Help From the Babywearers

With Baby G’s arrival quickly approaching (only 9 more weeks!) I’m feeling this intense desire to get everything ready.  I’ve got a baby shower coming up in a few weeks, I’ve done the gift registries, and I’m anxiously waiting to see what adorable girly gifts my friends and family are going to bestow on me.  In the meantime though, I’m going crazy wanting to have everything ready.  It is taking every ounce of energy I have to keep myself from buying things while I wait.

The fun part about having a second baby is that I already have the majority of the “essentials” on hand.  I have the car seat, stroller, high chair, pack ‘n’ play, swing, etc.  That means that registering was a lot more fun.  I got to register for some of those frivolous things that I didn’t register for the last time around because I needed so many of the basics.  There are a few things of Zach’s that need replaced (bottle nipples, washcloths, bibs, etc.), and since I’m having a girl this time around I also want a few girly items to replace all of the blue.  Then there are the items I really wanted last time around that I just didn’t have the money for.

One of the things I really wanted and never managed to get when Zach was a baby was a sling.  I had a Snugli front carrier and later got a hip carrier, but I always wanted a sling when Zach was an infant.  Not only do I anticipate needing to have my hands free while mothering both an infant and a toddler, but I’m also hoping to find one that I can use to breastfeed a little more discretely when we’re out and about.  This is where I need help.  I’ve talked about wanting a sling so much that my mom has agreed to buy me one, but I have to pick out the one I want…and there are millions to choose from.  I found a couple that I like on Amazon, but it is so hard to tell from pictures which one would really be the best.

So, I’m looking for recommendations (with links, please!).  If any of you moms out there have used slings, which ones did you like or not like?  What was great about them?  What sucked about them?  How do you choose from the millions of options out there?

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Something To Be Thankful For

We got a call early this morning from my father-in-law letting us know that my little niece was born early this morning.  Apparently she was breech so my sister-in-law ended up having to have a c-section.  Both mom and baby are doing great.  Little Mikayla weighed in at 9 pounds, 9 ounces and is 18 inches long.  Apparently we just aren’t going to have any small babies on that side of the family.  We’re still anxiously awaiting pictures of the baby, but letting them all get a little sleep before we bug them too much. 

As my little girl kicks around in my tummy, I can think of nothing to be more thankful for this Thanksgiving than new life.  Each baby that comes into this world is such an amazing miracle.  I have anothe niece due next month and I can’t wait to meet her as well.  Our family has been truly blessed this year.

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