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Joy Joy Joy

3 Aug

Growing up, I was never really the mommy type.  I never played mommy with my dolls.  Oh sure, I enjoyed dressing them up and fixing their hair, but I was never the mother.  When my best friend Becky, who lived next door, would come over and want to play house, I much preferred to be the dog.  She would, of course, be the baby.  I don’t know what we were thinking with a house that included a dog and a baby and that was it, but kids and their imaginations are wonderful things.

My favorite toys were always the animals.  My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop, Care Bears….all filled my closet.  My bed was covered in stuffed animals of all sorts.  I had Barbies, but mostly to add to the collection my mom gave me of hers.  And I much preferred, again, to dress them and fix their hair than play house.

I babysat occasionally, mostly family members.  The occasional friend of a friend of a friend, but only if they were “real people”.  Preschool was the youngest I felt comfortable watching.  Elementary School kids were my favorite though.  Helping them with their homework.  Playing games.  Letting them stay up later then they were suppose to.

Even once I got married, I was iffy about having children.  Newborns scared me to death.  The eyes!  The floppy limbs!  The lack of sleep!  OMG, the lack of sleep.  I have always needed more sleep than usual, and the thought of not getting sleep made me seriously worry about what I would become.

I remember the weekend that mindset changed.  We were in Colorado with a bunch of our friends.  A couple there brought their son.  He was only a few weeks old and I was smitten.  The running joke was that there was something in the water and I was chugging it bad.  I would snuggle and love on that tiny little man for hours, giving his mother and father much needed time off.

At the airport, before our flight home, Mr. Soup and I sat down.  And we talked.  Seriously talked.  Our path to becoming parents would begin.  That path would be short, and the pregnancy would seem like it would last forever.  I was horribly sick the entire time, even on medication.  I worked up until 41 weeks, when I went home because I was having contractions.  My coworkers were happy to see me leave, especially since it meant I was no longer vomiting in my trash can around them.

Later that week, less than 12 hours before I was scheduled for an induction, I went into labor.  Five and a half hours of intense labor and I was a mother.  I felt like my heart would burst.

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This was what people were talking about.  This is what little kids strive for when playing house and mommy.  In that second, I knew I would do anything for this little person in my arms.

The joy she brought to my life was indescribable.  Time passes, and I only fall more in love.  Her personality grows daily and she’s grown into a “Strong Willed Child”, as Dr. Dobson put it.  Even in the midst of the toddler terrors, there is joy.

The silence when she is screaming so high pitched no sound escapes her mouth.

The head tilt she has MASTERED when she tries to manipulate the remote or phone or some other electronic from your hand.

The look in her eyes as she watches to see if you’ll come after her as she reaches for something.

Being able to recognize the good things in the midst of a breakdown has brought something else to my heart.

Motherhood doesn’t scare me anymore.  I know that this was how it was suppose to be.  I just needed to wait for this little princess in my life.

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I now understand why children play with baby dolls.  The desire to snuggle children.  The twinge in the ovaries when seeing squishy baby toes.  This joy in my life has changed so much, and all for the good.

Well, except for my waistline….

“This post is part of SOYJOY‘s What brings you joy contest. Learn more here.

Lens Rental

26 Apr

I have a wedding that I’m taking pictures of this summer.  I’m nervous.  But ready.  I’ve been doing research up the wazoo, set expectations of the couple (I work with the groom) and been practicing practicing practicing.  Two weekends ago, we met them at the zoo to take some engagement pictures and had a blast.  I was able to work with them, see how the work with the camera and whatnot.  Unfortunately, it was a little short due to a little baby girl who was EXHAUSTED, but I think we got some good ones!

For the wedding, I’m borrowing another coworkers camera so that I can have a backup.  I’m also hoping to rent a lens.  I didn’t know who to go with, but after Leah’s fantastic review at GO{4}PRO, I’m going to try out Lens Pro To Go.

They are also having a giveaway.  How awesome would that be?  I would love to win and get a chance to try out something new to save up for.

How is your Monday going?  Any good giveaways going on?

iHeart Faces – Happy Birthday!

8 Jan

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So this was going to be my entry for iHeart Faces contest.  I was going to edit it into a single photo, with 5 faces of my daughter to signify the faces.  I even managed to get my Photoshop working!

It was looking awesome….until that angelic looking child turned off the computer.

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I went to bed after that.  It was not meant to be.

Good luck to everyone that did enter though!

Presents from Aunt Becky

14 Oct

I was going to do this for my Wordless Wednesday, but decided against it.  Too many words are needed!

I won the contest that Aunt Becky put on a while back to win her BlogHer swag.  We had fun with her visit and so winning was just the cherry on top!  Here is my entry if you missed it.

Imagine my joy when we came home last night to a happy little box sitting on our deck.

(Forgive the horrible pictures to come….)

Baby Soup was VERY excited.

I couldnt open the box fast enough for her.

I couldn't open the box fast enough for her.

Hank the Monkey!  Baby Soups stuffed monkey is named Hank too...so this was perfect!

Hank the Monkey! Baby Soup's stuffed monkey is named Hank too...so this was perfect!

Half the makeup included!

Half the makeup included!

Some of you may remember the great makeup loss of September.  So this makeup was truly welcomed.  And it’s E.L.F. makeup, which is even more awesome.  If you haven’t heard of it before, check it out.  Inexpensive (most things are $1) and worth 40 times it!

Woohoo!  Mini martinis, here I come!

Woohoo! Mini martinis, here I come!

The geek in me squeeled at the happy Pink lego keychain!

The geek in me squeeled at the happy Pink lego keychain!

Know what Baby Soup liked best....

Know what Baby Soup liked best....

She LOVED the Strawberry Shortcake doll.

She LOVED the Strawberry Shortcake doll.

She LOVED the Strawberry Shortcake doll.

Wouldn't let me take it from her.

Lots of other little fun bits and pieces of joy.  It was so much fun to open and discover the little treasures.  Thanks, Aunt Becky!  YOU ROCK!

Beautiful Photograph Giveaway

24 Aug

One of my most favorite photographers is hosting a giveaway!

The beautiful and amazingly talented Keli of twelve paws is giving away TWO of her gorgeous prints from her Etsy shop.

Some of you may remember my Inspired post. (For everyone other than my mother, here is the link.) After making that post, I realized that Keli had been inspiring me as well! And she was so kind as to comment with help too!

If you are looking for some prints for you house or anything, go visit her Etsy shop.  Or for a chance to win some, visit her blog.

You won’t be disappointed.