Monday, January 30, 2012

I’m not an expert nutritionist but…

…this has to be a healthy way to start the morning.
The Green Monster
2 cups spinach
3 kale leaves
1 med orange, halved, peeled
2 bananas, frozen
1 med apple, halved
2 tbs flax seed
1 cup ice (if bananas not frozen)
2 cups water
Blend on high for 30-60 seconds or until it’s nice and smooth.
If you require more protein in your diet, I guess you could just add a serving of your favorite protein powder. This recipe makes a lot (probably 6-8 cups) but it refrigerates well and is just as good to have at lunchtime.
Bottoms up!

Mom’s graduation party.











Originally taken on January 7th, 2012 with a Nikon F100, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G lens and a Nikon 50mm f/1.8G lens.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Leah loves her big sister so much.



I wish Rayla felt the same. Every time Leah makes a move towards her she gets up and walks away. Once Rayla can finally accept the fact that there’s a new, permanent member to our “pack”, she’ll be a much happier dog.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Looking back: One month until the delivery of our beautiful baby girl.



Time sure does fly by. This was a year ago last Friday and our beautiful baby girl is going to be a toddler in a month.

Originally taken on January 20th, 2011 with a Nikon D700, Nikon 85mm f/1.8D lens and a Nikon SB800 diffused with a white umbrella.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

10 new things I’ve learned about babies.


Now that my baby girl is almost a year old, I’ve become so much wiser in the world of parenting. Much wiser than even my previous revelations at 2 months and at 4 months. She has opened my eyes to a whole new world of crazy.

At 2 months old, on April 25, 2011, I wrote:
1. Babies poop. A lot.
2. The more obnoxious I can be making sounds, the bigger the smile I’ll get back in return.
3. Always check the lower back when changing a diaper. How the heck did it creep all the way up there?!
4. Babies fuss. A lot.
5. The only thing that could be more torturous then giving her a bath is putting her clothes back on.
6. Don’t wear nice clothes during the burping process.
7. Just because I’m changing her diaper doesn’t mean she is done going to the bathroom. Eck.
8. Moms always know what’s best. When in doubt, give her back to mom.
9. Babies wait until they leave the house to have a diaper blow-out of epic proportions.
10. Leah already has her dad wrapped around her finger. With blue eyes like those, how could I say no?

At 4 months old, on June 10, 2011, I wrote:
11. Breast milk will inevitably get on me. There’s no avoiding it.
12. If a baby is hungry enough, she will take a bottle! (Small, yet important accomplishment of my early fatherhood era)
13. A 12 amp vacuum cleaner and the womb apparently have the same sound characteristics. It works like a charm every time. Goodnight Leah and hellooooo nap-time for dad!
14. If she fusses, face her outwards. If that doesn’t work, face her inwards. If that doesn’t work, bounce up-and-down while singing. If that doesn’t work, shower her with kisses and make her laugh. If that doesn’t work, check the diaper. If that doesn’t work, try to feed her. If that doesn’t work, ask mom for any suggestions. When all options are exhausted, go back to step 1 and repeat.
15. If mom wants her to wear something cute, mom needs to put the appropriate clothes out for dad before leaving for work.
16. When she lovingly stares into my eyes, I’m always weary… There’s a 97% chance that she’s not infatuated with me, but instead is preparing to have a bowel movement of a certain magnitude.
17. Telling jokes to her does nothing. In fact, it actually has the opposite effect. It’s best to just stick with the obnoxious sounds and faces.
18. When toxic baby poop gets on clothes, wash immediately or forever have a poop stain!
19. If there is an important phone call to make, wait until mom gets home.
20. After 3 1/2 months, Leah still has me wrapped around her slimy, saliva-covered finger. How can a baby drool this much and not become dehydrated?!

At 11 months old, here are the newest 10 things I’ve learned.
21. Reading books every night before bedtime is good for her AND me. Seriously, my public reading skills have improved 500%. I can comfortably go from the easy book, Where’s Spot? to Seuss’ nightmare of a read, Oh the Places You’ll Go! without skipping a beat.
22. Crawling up a staircase for the four-hundreth time is apparently just as fun as the first.
23. If it’s left on the ground, she will find it. If it’s a plant, she will prune it. If it’s a clean window, she will finger-print it. If it’s anything but her toys, she will try and play with it.
24. She’d rather be in her birthday suit.
25. Her poops are 1/10 the size of an adult poop with 10x the stank.
26. When she’s happy, SHE’S HAPPY. When she’s fussy, SHE’S FUSSY. It’s black and white with very little gray.
27. Her laugh is contagious!
28. Only 1/2 of Leah’s food actually ends up in her stomach. The rest goes on the floor, smashed between her fingers or smeared on her face.
29. In the middle of a grocery store is not the time to realize you left the diaper bag at home. Refer back to #25.
30. Being a parent is the most difficult and rewarding thing I’ve ever experienced. Ever.

Friday, January 20, 2012

All-American Girl.


Blue jeans and T-shirts, barefoot and running around like a wild child. Yep, that’s our Leah bean.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fourth of July.











Originally taken on July 1st through 4th, 2011 with a Nikon F100 and Nikon 85mm f/1.4G lens.

Predictable.



We put socks on her. She takes her socks off.

We put shoes on her. She takes her shoes off.

We put a hat on her. She takes her hat off.

We put pants on her. You guessed it.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Thirties: The new fifties.

I sleep less and eat more. I have 10x more responsibility than a year ago. I get a shooting pain down my leg every now and then. Uncomfortable shoes ruin my day. I remember to apply chapstick every 30 minutes. I can only play video games at night when my girls are sleeping. My retirement account gets 1/4 of my check every two weeks. My hair line is on the move- backwards. It’s also turning gray. I have luggage under my eyes. I trip over toys, books, dolls and sippy cups. I snore. I have a walrus hair that pokes from my left nostril and grows at the rate of 5x a normal hair. I’ve developed a bulge under my rib cage. I take vitamins that my wife divides up into a daily container. I’m forgetful. I’m forgetful.

Either I’m aging in dog years or this has been a rough transition into my thirties.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Busy child.



Sit and stand. Sit and stand. Climb the stairs. Sit and stand. Sit and stand.

The life of a busy 10 month old, taken with a Nikon F100 and Nikon 50mm f/1.8G lens.

Monday, January 9, 2012

A boogery, shmoogery, love-filled kiss.

Our poor baby is either teething or sick. She has her booger factory cranking 15-20 lbs of pure, golden-green snot 24 hrs a day. And now that she knows how to kiss, she has been smearing nose grease across my face every time she puckers up.

I can’t help but love it though- she’s just so damn cute.

Whenever the subject of boogers comes up, it reminds me of the childeren’s book I authored and illustrated almost 4 years ago. I initially made it for my (then) nephew and two nieces although I may have to start reading it to Leah.

Outer Banks, NC.



Originally taken on September 9, 2010 with a Nikon D300s and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G lens.

Chicago skyline at sunset.


Originally taken on July 16, 2010 with a Nikon D700 and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G lens.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

My last roll of film.










Taken with a Nikon F100, Nikon 50mm f/1.8G and Kodak Portra 800 film.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Avery.

These are some of my favorite newborn photos to date and not just because Avery is a beautiful baby. The love and positive energy that Marc and Allison gave Avery during the shoot helped me really tell the story of her first weeks on earth. Using nothing but window light from the nursery, the whole session took about 45 minutes. As a sidenote: This was the first time I used a combination of digital and 35mm film during a session. Because I love the look so much, I plan on incorporating film into future sessions.


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