Monday, September 26, 2011

The Adventures of Michael's Dedication

I thought that I would take a moment to write down a memory that I am sure will lose it’s humor and details over the years… but in this moment is vivid and funny.  The adventures we have with babies in tow are always surprising and keep me guessing.
Things around here have been pretty busy in the past few days.   Yesterday was my son Michael’s dedication and went off without a hitch, well as much so as anyone can expect with my husband Sean and I first time parents and a 4 month old!  
In an effort to have a content baby for his dedication I left our church service 15 minutes before it ended to get Michael from nursery and feed him.  As we all know, a full baby is ALWAYS a happier baby.  Leave it to me to leave my sticker to retrieve Michael with my husband.  You see our church has very strict childcare facility security, and I needed this sticker to be able to retrieve him.  We attend a very large church with 3 venues each holding 2 services a Sunday, so the childcare cannot know every parent without their child’s code.  After pleading with the woman to not make me go back into the service (Sean was sitting in the very front of the sanctuary!), showing my i.d. and answering some security questions they finally let me get Michael out.
After an uneventful lunch for him, a diaper change and some burping, we were all set for the dedication service to start.  Thanks to my sister in law’s genius, we got everyone’s seats in the front row for better pictures and videos (soon to come).  Michael fell asleep in my arms waiting for his turn and all was well… or so I thought!
Right before we went up, Michael unloaded a rather large and smelly package into his diaper for me.  Having no time to change him, I stood, holding in the giggles as the smell wafted around us and the Pastor as he asked us a few questions and prayed for Michael.  It was a humorous moment for Sean and I, bettered by the fact that Michael tried to pull down my top while we were up in front of everyone as well.  Thankfully we kept the giggles (and my bosom) all hidden away and made it through his dedication in one piece.
After a few more photos and some hugs, we all parted ways at the church and it was off to the races again for us, as we still had a family dinner and a wedding shower to attend to.  Needless to say, the day ended with many great memories and 3 very tires members of my family!
Who would have thought that a baby dedication could be so chaotic, fun and exhillerating?
Ahhhh the fun never ends around here…
p.s. I just read this latest instalment of my blog aloud to Michael (my 4 month old), as he sits here chewing a hanging Tigger toy attached to his vibrating chair (what a life!).  Michael jabbered away as I read to him, I would like to assume that my child is a baby genius and he was commenting on my wonderful writing abilities.  Unfortunately, reality has a better grasp on me, so I will assume that he was just talking with Tigger.  Although if he could talk, I am sure he would be asking me to pass on his hellos to all of you who faithfuly read me!  Thank you for your support -  

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Photo Shoot on a Budget

So far we have only had 2 months to play around with this idea - but the goal is to keep doing this until he is 12 months old. 

I just couldn't resist sharing my sweet little man with you all!

We were given this HUGE giraffe (whom we have named George), when my son was born.  I was in love with it as it is so adorable and huge, but I didn't know how to use it just yet.  Then the idea donned on me to take a Month by Month photo of my son with George to track his growth!

I decided that I did not want to pay to have his photos taken every month (can you say EXPENSIVE?!), but I really wanted to have a nice photo to capture each month’s growth and changes... I had a dilemma on my hands for sure.  So I turned on my “frugal” cap, and came up with an easy, quick and free solution!

Month 1

Month 2

We were given these great month by month stickers (found at ) as a gift when I was pregnant.  These are FABULOUS!  I love them more than anything, as they make a perfect way to capture these moments.  They are truly made to be put onto a onesie, but I want to have the option to reuse them, so I simply keep them on their backing and place them into the photo.

The rest was easy; I use the comforter from my bed and drape it over the couch for a free but good backdrop.  It is a good neutral color and keeps each month’s photos consistent. All that is left to do is to put my little man into the home made “photo studio” and start taking pictures! 

It is truly so easy, and I think they are turning our great!  I used the Picsa photo editor (free download online if you’re looking for a GREAT photo editor), and made these collages.

Needless to say, I can’t wait each month to set up another photo shoot and have fun with my little man capturing his growth! 

These photos already melt my heart; I can’t imagine how invaluable they will be to me in the years to come J

Hope you enjoyed, and I can’t wait to hear from you on other photo ideas you have done at home!  I love taking pictures and can always use a new idea or 2!



Friday, September 2, 2011

Before I was a Mum, I was published...

Back before I was a Mum on maternity leave, or off work due to medical complications with my pregnancy I worked full time as a Business Development Manager / Media and Social Media for a wonderful company.
I am quickly learning that it is important to still do the things that I love, even though my days are typically consumed by dirty diapers, feeding, throw up, crying and baby talk!  I am working to spend a few moments each day for myself.  Yes!  This often means that I finally get to take a shower, or update my blog here, but it is important none the less.
I was thinking the other day, of some articles I had published… a very proud moment for me!  So I thought I would share them with you, little by little over the next few posts.  Sometimes I find that bragging about accomplishments is what keeps ya’ motivated to achieve more! 
Part of my daily tasks when I was working full time, was to look at (and help our company properly use) different social media sites.  In doing this I decided to start up a blog on the topic.  It quickly became very popular and I was asked if I would write some articles to be published.  Of course I readily agreed!
Here is a 3 part series I did on the proper use of Linked In…
I hope that you enjoy them, and I would love to hear your feedback.  I had many other articles published as well, and would love to share them with you over another few blog posts here.
If you are interested, feel free to hop on over and take a read of my social media blog here:
I would be DELIGHTED to help any of you with any social media questions you may have.  Feel free to ask away!  For business or personal use I find the power of free advertising amazing (and am ALWAYS happy to talk about it!).
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