I’m so saddened and sickened by the recent high school shooting in Bailey, CO, about an hour and a half from where we live. I don’t understand what possesses people to do these things. After one girl was killed and other girls were reportedly sexually assaulted by the gunman, I can’t help but think about the safety of my own daughter. We do everything we can as parents to keep our children safe, but ultimately, it’s not always under our control. :( Such a scary thought. Obviously a hostage situation in a school is an extreme case, but here are some tips on “What YouRead More →

After my pseudo-complaining about the cost of hiring a midwife (or moreso that insurance won’t cover the cost), I’m actually considering hiring a photographer as well to document my birth. Am I nuts or what?! (Uh, don’t answer that. Seriously.) The way I see it, having a baby – this baby – will happen once in my lifetime. And this may very well be the last baby that we have. (Maybe. Nothing is carved in stone yet.) I would love to take pictures of my own birth, but, as hard as I try, I can’t be in two places at once. ;) I really, reallyRead More →

This looks like fun. :) Breastfeeding Outlook has launched two new photo contests to celebrate families! Parents nationwide are invited to enter one or both of these contests: -Everyday Families -Breastfeeding Multiple entries are welcome. Digital and print entries are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for: -Best Picture -Funniest Picture -Best Breastfeeding Picture In addition, each contest participant will receive $2 for each photo accepted by Breastfeeding Outlook (up to $50), and a prize of $100 will be awarded for “Most Pictures” to the participant with the most photos accepted. All entries are due by November 15, 2006. Awards will be announced by December 31,Read More →

There’s not too terribly much to report on the baby boy front, but I thought I’d post a lil update anyway since I’m quickly approaching the end of this pregnancy. Where did it all go?? I’m 32 weeks and still feeling good, though getting a bit more uncomfortable because of my growing belly. Friends have told me my belly looks small for being due in two months, but it feels huge to me. My midwife sent me for a liver panel (labwork) a few weeks ago to make sure my liver is functioning properly, since liver function is something that breaks down with HELLP syndrome.Read More →

You just knew I would have to take pics of Ava in her new “BabyLegs” from Urban Baby Runway didn’t you? Apparently Ava knew as well, because as soon as I put them on her she said, “You need to take my picture, mama.” LOL She’s a photographer’s daughter, that’s for sure. Anyway, besides being cute as can be, they are coming in very handy (er, leggy?) at keeping her legs warm during this whole potty learning thing. :) And they aren’t just for girls either. There are some cute patterns for boys as well. I am pretty sure baby boy will be getting aRead More →

The season premier is tonight! :) And watch this for a Jim/Pam recap. It’s sure to bring on the goosebumps. Pam & Jim Moments Updated at 10:42 p.m. to say it was a pretty good episode. :) I like where they left things with Pam, Roy and Jim. Should make for an interesting season.