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Lil’ J has loved swings since she first learned to sit up. The higher we pushed her the harder she’d laugh.

The other day we made a quick stop at the park because I was doing some filming for work, and she noticed a swing!

I’ve been trying to teach her how to swing by herself for months but she refused to really give it an honest try. I taught her how to swing on her stomach, and that worked for a hot second until she decided that was lame.

I told her we didn’t have time for swinging, but she didn’t take no for an answer. I gave her a push and walked away and a couple moments later I notice she was swinging by herself!

I already had my camera out but decided instead of taking pictures I’d record some video of it. And of course I couldn’t just leave it at that.

I may suck at scrapbooking, and not be good at turning photos into some marvelous keepsake but by golly, I can whip up a video.

Here’s the first of what I hope will soon become a regular (for special occasions like these) video love letter series.

I made two versions, slightly different. One, with her name, just for her, and this one. I’m sharing cause #1 she’s freakin’ adorable and the world could use a little more sunshine like this and 2. I’m hopeful it’ll inspire other parents to get creative with journaling. You don’t hafta be Martha Stewart and crafty to make something cute.

I did this all by myself with no professional equipment. If you have questions let me know, I’d be happy to share some tips.

Oh, and I know her hair is a wild mess in the video but I promise we did it the next day. See, here’s a photo to prove it.

biracial little girl

This 365 project is beginning to get more difficult than I imagined. It’s not easy coming up with a creative placement of numbers every day, so quite a few of these this month ended up being simple blocks. I am particularly fond of day 61. It was late and he had peed in his PJs so I was changing him, and realized I still needed a photo for the day. The lotion was in front of me and I thought “oh that’s easy!” I also love day 35, we were at his one month checkup waiting for the pediatrician. That’s another fun thing about when I do happen to get a little creative, the objects I use in the photos remind me of what was happening that day. For his baby book I may go back and write captions about each day. I may need to get started on that now so I don’t forget, and so it doesn’t get too overwhelming later.

I’m also going to continue to write open letters for him til’ he’s one, and design a book for him (probably at the same time I finally finish my daughter’s).

So many books! Blurb or Snapfish, or whoever is gonna make a fortune off me. Baby Photo Documentation Month 2

month 2 Take a daily photo of your baby for a year, setting the number of days old they are beside them. This could work as a monthly project too. These are so cute! I love the ideas for inspiration.

I’ve had varying opinions on “the one” and if there’s such thing. I happen to think that in my case, there is.Knowing he was "the one"

I knew your dad was “the one” for me not long after we met. We immediately hit it off and saw each other every day for months. He was very respectful, and chivalrous. He made me laugh and made me feel better when I was upset. We seemed to really understand each other so well.

I think the main reason I knew he was the one was through prayer. I remember praying and asking God about him, then having an overwhelming feeling of assurance and confidence that marrying him was the right things to do. I think you need to have that confirming feeling in order to go forward because you’ll have hard times come up, but if you had a spiritual vote of confidence, it can help you through those difficult times.

Nine years later, we’ve both evolved a lot, but I still feel the same about that decision.

This was Day 15 of the installment of 30 Things my kids should know about me.

Follow the link to play along and link up.

Whelp, it’s a full moon tonight, so if any night is a night to have a baby a little early you’d think maybe it’ll be tonight, right? A friend of mine had mentioned the full moon the other day and it’s had me dreaming about it since. My standing outside at night, willing the gravity of the moon to send me into labor.

It didn’t even work in my dreams so I’m not counting on being so lucky tonight, but we’ll see. Although my due date is Monday I’ve mentally set it for a week from Monday so I’m not disappointed… And so I can keep procrastinating the stuff I still need to get done.

Here’s another pregnancy update letter from a couple weeks ago. Almost caught up on sharing these things!

It’s time once again for me to dump my weekly photos out and do a blog catchup since I’ve been SUCKING so bad! I was doing so good at the whole blog/work/mom thing but I guess once you throw in pregnancy I just can’t keep it all up, and my blog has taken the brunt of the neglect.

I’m 38 weeks pregnant now (ack!!!) Leechie is almost here, and I’m getting SO excited! So, I’m hoping to share weeks 33-38 every day til’ Sunday and then Monday I’ll be 39 weeks and caught up. Then I’ll just have a week or two left depending when baby decides to make his/her grand entrance. Whoop! (And you can make a guess at when that’ll be and win $50 if you’re the closest!)

Also gonna show off the going-home outfits I finished, and the nursery is ALMOST ready! So I’ll share some pics of that too.

But for now we’ll travel about a month back to my 33 weeks photo.

Shirt: Ross; Jeans: Old Navy; Necklace: The Icing

Ready to be completely bombed with photos of my pregnant self? This isn’t even the half of it when you consider all the maternity sessions I’ve had done too… I’ll be sharing of those soon. So I kinda have sucked at documenting this pregnancy on my blog. Like sucked super bad. But I’m glad I’ve still been journaling for this little one to read some day. It’s just been a process getting them all edited and posted in the same week. I’m finally caught up and ready to do a big pregnancy update! Hopefully weeks 33-41 (I’m expecting to go late) I can share on a weekly basis.

A couple other things… Remember that New York trip I went on a while back that I couldn’t share more info about yet? Well, now I can! I’ve partnered with The Birds and the Bees to talk about Today’s Modern Family. I was on a panel with four other amazing women (including Rosie Pope!) to talk about family planning, balancing home life with career, and why I decided to take the plunge and become a mom at a young age. The other women have had different experiences and journeys but all have a special story to share. You can read all about them and watch out interviews here.

Also, you’ll see in my letters to Leechie that our gender guesses have been all over the map! My husband is now team pink (as far as guessing, though he tells me he hopes it’s a boy) and I’m still team blue. If you’d like to make your guess count (sorta), you can join our pregnancy pool over at WhatsInMyBelly.com. They’re featuring Little Leechie’s pool and sponsoring a $50 giveaway for the winner who gets the most points in guessing the gender, birth date, weight, etc. I’m also trying to see if I can line up another sponsor or two to sweeten the deal a little more, maybe for a 2nd and 3rd place winner. They also did a Q and A with me, and I shared some of the craftiness I’ve been up to with the take-home outfit(s), which I haven’t had time to share here. SORRY! I’m such a boring blogger these days. Part of it is because I’ve been re-hired as a BabyCenter blogger (I’m currently giving away $125 to Target, so go enter!) and that takes up a bit of my blogging mojo. I’ll try to do better.

And finally, I haven’t written out the post on how I do these photos but I did make a video tutorial that I’ll embed in a detailed tutorial post soon, but if you just can’t wait any longer, here’s the video tutorial. Hope that helps a little. Now check out how this baby has grown over the last six weeks!

Ok, I’ve fallen off the wagon of posting these again, but by golly, I’m going to finish them all, better yet–hopefully catch up for the last month.

I’m currently 31 weeks pregnant, and I’ve been taking these photos every week, but the editing part is what gets me behind. I’ll take the photo, write a letter in Word and think “oh I’ll edit it tonight.” But then tonight turns into tomorrow, which turns in to next week, and next month. So the last one I shared was at 21 weeks… 10 weeks ago! Seriously? Ack! Time is FLYING!

Instead of bombarding you with 10 today (and ok, I’ve really only edited through week 28) I’m going to split these up.

I also wrote out my workflow for creating these in another blog post and FINALLY did a video demonstration for how I edit them! So I’ll post that, um… Tomorrow? It’s done, I just have to make sure I don’t have typos throughout it, and add some photos. Hopefully those who really wanted it haven’t already had their babies! In the mean time, I also wrote a fun post on BabyCenter showing 19 other ways you can document your pregnancy (and in the comments there’s a link to my video tutorial).

This months worth of photos was basically my “feel good, look bad” phase. I wore yoga pants a lot, and really didn’t do my hair or makeup much, so excuse my face. This was also right after daylight savings time so the sun would set so early and my lighting wasn’t the best, and so ya know… Grainy pics.

I’m hoping to look much better in my week 31-40 photos since I’m on a fun makeup and hair kick (thanks to discovering YouTube tutorials). Something about getting ready in the morning, even nearing 8 months pregnant, makes a big difference for me.

Without further adieu, here’s some more of my Letters to Leechie for pregnancy weeks 22-25:

Sweater: Ross; Yoga Pants: Amazon

Dress: Motherhood Maternity

Shirt: Motherhood; Pants: Amazon

Sweater: Express; Jeans: Papaya; Necklace: Banana Republic

Yoga pants: Amazon; Rushred Grey Shirt: Motherhood; Striped Maxi Dress: GoJane.com

Baby’s Weight: About 3/4 lb.
Baby’s Length: About 10 1/2 in (about the size of a carrot!)
Feeling: Awesome! This is definitely the best part of pregnancy. Feeling the kicks and movements, not feeling nauseous, and not feeling gigantic. My energy isn’t tip top but it’s not drained either.
Excited for: Decorating the nursery. I haven’t done any of it yet, but I’ve been brainstorming. I’m thinking after Christmas I’ll be ready to hit the ground running.

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