BSM (Best Shot Monday) 3/12/07

I have a few to share this week.

These first two were taken during my newborn photoshoot last weekend. They are a couple of my favorites from the session. The little guy was 12 days old.



After having the shoot, I haven’t had time to pick up my camera all that much this week because I’ve been busy proofing the session. However, when Ava came across a punjabi suit that my sister bought for her during her travels in India (during the summer when Ava turned 1), we decided to try it on her to see if it fit. It did! This picture is not technically correct (there are major hot spots and a slew of other things wrong), but I still think it’s sweet and shows off the beautiful outfit.

Ava - punjabi suit 3/2007

We went to the zoo on Sunday, which was a lot of fun. The sun was very bright though which didn’t make for very good pics of the animals. Plus I found it’s hard to take a decent pic with a 17 lb. baby strapped to my chest (I was wearing Julian in the Moby Wrap). ;)
I snapped this one of Jody and Ava though that I like.

Jody and Ava at the zoo 3/11/07

Visit Tracey over at Picture This to see everyone else’s best shots for this week.

Single parenting

Each time Jody travels for work, I have a renewed appreciation for single parents.

This week was the first time he had to leave for a few days (three to be exact) since I had Julian. I wasn’t looking forward to doing it all with both kids on my own, but I’m happy to report that we managed and even did fairly well. (His being out of town was another reason why my computer time was limited this week.)

I was quite happy and proud of myself for having both kids asleep by 8:30 all three nights. That rarely happens when we are both home! I think the fact that I was able to do dinner around 5 or 5:30 then still have plenty of time for Ava to wind down before bed helped a lot. When Jody is here working, he doesn’t get home until 6 at the earliest, usually more like 6:40, so we tend to eat dinner later than most people, which results in a later bedtime for Ava. (Of course we all got up at around 6:30 this morning which was at least an hour too early for me, but c’est la vie.)

We had some friends over for a playgroup yesterday which helped break up the time a bit. It was very nice for me to get some adult interaction and Ava enjoyed playing with her friends. And the weather has been nice the past few days so we spent a good chunk of time playing in the backyard each day. (Hooray for spring!)

Even though we made it through unscathed, I’m glad Jody only has to travel about once every quarter. I wouldn’t want to do this on a regular basis. And I’m glad I’ll have the weekend with Jody back home now so I can catch up on some Zzzzzzs. ;)

Scarce this week

I will probably be pretty scarce in the blogging world this week. Ava’s been having some behavioral issues – hitting and kicking – so, in an effort to give her more attention (which is what I think is the root of the issue), I’m trying to do the majority of my computer time in the evening after she’s in bed. It’s hard because I feel like I need some adult interaction during the day, even if it’s only virtually, but so far the past two days she’s done so much better with no hitting or kicking at all. :)

When I have been on the computer in the evenings this week, I’ve been working on proofing my photoshoot, so not much time for blogging.

We’re having some friends and kiddos over tomorrow so I’m also trying to get the house cleaned up today.

Gotta run. Hope you are all having a good week. :)

Thanks to those of you who signed the dolphin petition. If you haven’t yet had a chance to sign it, please take a moment and do so. Every day since watching that video, I can’t get those poor creatures out of my head. I hope something can be done to help protect them.

the dolphin massacre in japan

I urge you to take a couple of minutes to visit Christina’s blog and watch a video about the senseless and cruel slaughtering of dolphins in Japan narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. (Please make sure your small children are not around when you watch it. It is gruesome and was very difficult to watch. I ended up in tears.) After you watch the video, please take 5 seconds to sign the online petition (below the video or here) to the Prime Minister of Japan urging him to stop the killings.

Please pass this along. Perhaps our combined effort can make a difference in the lives of these poor creatures.

BSM (aka Best Shot Monday) 3/5/07

Is it already Monday again? Time for another round of “BSM.”

Here’s Julian at 3 months, 1 week old. I realized most of my BSM’s are of Julian because he can’t run away from me yet. ;)

Julian 3 months, 1 week - 3/2/07

Visit Tracey over at Picture This to see everyone else’s best shots.

In case you are wondering, Julian did very well without me on Sunday. I nursed him right before I left for the photoshoot. He was sleeping when I got home and slept another 45 minutes or so before he woke up ready to eat. Jody didn’t have to bother with a bottle, which is good because I don’t think he would’ve taken it. We’re still going to try to get him used to one though so that I can schedule more photoshoots without having to time everything just perfectly. I lucked out that this one was less than five minutes from my house so I could’ve got home quickly if the need arose.

Also “Monkeysmama” from Maya’s Mom found out that one of the women in the Maya’s Mom office runs the company that makes the “Breastbottle Nurser.” She gave her a free one to send to me so she had it overnighted here. That was so nice of them! Thank you again, Monkeysmama. ;)

Oh, and the photoshoot went well. I came away from it with several images that I really like.

Kidisms from Ava

And now for a little light reading…

Feb. 2007:
Ava called “Rooster” from the movie Annie, “chicken.”

The day before, Julian was “talking” and I told Ava he was “finding his voice.” So the next day when he was squealing, Ava said, “Is he finding his voicemail?”

Me: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Ava (pausing to think): “A pumpkin!”

Discussing whether or not Ava was going to go to the store with daddy.
Me: “Do you want to go with daddy?”
Ava: “No”
Me: “OK, then daddy will just go by himself.”
Ava: “No, he will get lost in the woods.”

Me: “What do you want for lunch, Ava?”
Ava: “Egg cake.”
Translation – Quiche

Ava took off Julian’s socks and was picking at his toes.
Me: “What are you doing, Ava?”
Ava: “Getting the crap out of his toes.”