….Well she rocked it. Here are some shots from her shoot. You can always go like my photography page and see more!
Category Archives: Uncategorized
Universally mom’s have a gift that you can’t explain, it’s that feeling in your gut when your baby isn’t ok. Honestly, I feel like it can be compared to twins and how they know their siblings emotions without asking. Logan was a part of me for 9 months and in my opinion, I feel like that is how mom’s just know, you are not connected for that long and then poof it’s gone when they are born.
I got a call from Daycare letting me know Logan had thrown up, it’s policy that if they throw up twice you have to come and get them, this however was just a courtesy call. Not more than five minutes later they called again, and that is when I felt it, that gut feeling that something was wrong. Logan has thrown up before and I haven’t been worried but something felt different. I arrived twenty minutes later at the daycare center, he was in the office with the director where he had thrown up an additional four times before I got there. There was also diarrhea and it smelled weird. I changed him before we left and he proceeded to throw up two more time. The cry your baby has throwing up is enough to haunt you for the rest of your life.
I was able to get him home but throughout the drive I couldn’t help but notice this turning in my gut that something was just not right. I laid him on my bed and looked at him, his eyes were sunken in, his lips a tinge of blue and I just knew…he needed to go to the emergency room. Wes was one minute away so I was able to grab the diaper bag and we were off. It was a twenty-minute drive and I knew he needed to stay awake. Again, I don’t know how I knew, I just knew.
He was immediately whisked into the pediatric ER. It took 6 pokes and 2 nurses to get an IV in him, he was so dehydrated and lethargic. Then we had to change his diaper, the smell was indescribably, not your normal diaper. The nurse has mentioned that it smelled like C-Def (we didn’t think much about it, we were holding on to our little man) little did we know we had our answer.
After blood was taken (another 6 try’s ) and stool samples he was able to rest a little bit. The ER doctor checked on him a few times, and the nurse on call was amazing. They recommended we admit him into the hospital and keep him overnight, we were okay with this. So at 2am he was wheeled into his room.
Logan looked a little more like himself, he was hydrated and alert. The next 16 hours were pure hell. We didn’t know what was going on, we had NO nurses talking to us, checking on him. The IV machine beeped for 20 minutes before I went out not once, but twice to get someone to turn it off. The doctor came in around 11am the next day, listened to his heart, checked his ear and told us they are still waiting for results. That’s it…that was the sum total of what we were told.
Then we waited, and waited…my baby couldn’t eat because he didn’t have his zantac and his belly was burning him. They wouldn’t issue us an order for any, they wouldn’t allow me to have the pediatrician fax over his prescription. So with no answers, my baby not eating I turned into the biggest bitch ever. I was over it, I was over the fact that my baby wasn’t being taken care of and no one was telling us anything.
I went home, got my own medicine bottle so they could see the prescription. I called their hospital risk management to file a complaint and had some words with a few of the nurses. The PICU was not busy, there was no excuse for the treatment or lack of.
We finally had an RN come talk to us after hearing from risk management and over hearing Wes on the phone saying “I don’t even know why we are here.”
She seemed to be appalled at what happened and went to check on his results. Well our results in her words “Slipped through the cracks” and Logan has a serious case of C-Def. This is a very contagious bacteria that can not be killed with hand sanitizer. Logan’s room immediately went on lock down and surprisingly we had nurses coming to check on him.
After we learned more about C-Def we found out that it is rare for a child let a lone a baby to have it. If I would have let him fall asleep he may not have woken up, he just wouldn’t fight it.
He’s doing better now. That gut feeling you get as a mom, always listen to it, it could save their life.
Now that I’ve made one of the hardest decisions ever (more on that later). I have a little bit more time to focus on my passion – photography.
Here is a little sneak peek of what I did this weekend. Abandon Buildings, Perfect Sunset and one kick ass dancer… I can not wait to edit these.
Jacket – The Limited (50% off sale!), Chambray Button Up – Target ($2.99 on clearance), Overlay Skirt – TJ Maxx ($4.99 on clearance), Booties – Ross Dress For Less ($17.99), Bag – THEIT camera bag (birthday present)
I’m going to let you in on a secret…bloggers life’s do not come as close to what you see on paper (or the web..). As a matter of fact, most of us take time out of our day to drive to locations to take outfit pics, stage mini photo shoots with our families on outings and arrange our DIY, Tips, Food etc. to be more appeasing to your eye.
If you knew that already, you must be a blogger. If this is shocking news to you let me explain why…or at least why I do it.
Working in a stressful job, trying to squeeze as much time of Logan’s infant stage as I can, and being an amazing (his words not mine) wife can leave little time for my creative side to come out. So when I get that brief 5 minutes, I let my creative or non creative flag fly.
I’ll be first to admit I am not a DIYer. However, what I can share is dressing with a tight budget, inexpensive decor options, fun party tips, marketing tips and of course lazy girl fitness.
I know posts are few and far between, that I am sorry for…consistency as a working mom is harder than you think.
I’m hoping you enjoy what I do put out there, as Veronica put it… “I’d still blog even if knew no one was reading” I’m with her there. As much as I’d love to see comments rolling in and knowing that what I’m saying actually matters to someone other than me, I can’t blog like that.
I may not have the “blog” life figured out, but I do have my life as I know it figured out. It doesn’t leave much time for me to do all the creative things I want to do, but I’ll keep chugging along!
Bloggers out there… What are your thoughts? Who do you blog for? Why did you start your blog?
Holidays are so much more fun when you have a child. It’s like to get to experience the joy of celebrations again. Like seeing a light up pumpkin for the first time.
These next few months were going to experience our first Halloween, first Thanksgiving and first Christmas… I can’t wait.
As I took a walk down memory lane the other day, I laid eyes back on this beauty. This picture was one of my favorite wedding pictures, but it’s dark, hard to see, the sky has been blown out…not so frame worthy. Do not get me wrong, my wedding pictures are gorgeous, but this was a small town reception we did in my husbands home town and the only photographers were self taught… and really they just had a nice camera to point and shoot.
So I decided to make a beginner photoshop tutorial (really…it’s only 11 steps) and add some life back in this picture.
Step 1: Open your photo into Photoshop (I use CS6)
Step 2: Search for a royalty free sky wallpaper or use your own (I downloaded mine from Deviant Art!)
Step 3: Drag your choice of wallpaper onto the picture. Press CTRL T or Command T to transform the picture. Hold the shift bar down so it doesn’t distort in any way. cover just the sky area of the picture.
Step 4: Click on the little box with the round circle in it next to the fx on the bottom of the layers bar.
Step 5: Press CTRL I or Command I to invert the layer (it should look black now)
Step 6: Head back to your background layer by clicking on it (you shouldn’t see a sky at all at this point)
Step 7: Click SELECT on the toolbar and then Color Range. Use the dropper to click on the blown out sky, then use the fuzziness bar to make sure the rest of your picture is blacked out…like so
Step 8: Once you click okay your sky will have marching ants around them… like so
Step 9: Click on SELECT, MODIFY and Feather… Change the feather to a 2
Step 10: Head back to the black layer next to your sky and click on it. Then grab the gradient tool and make sure it’s white to black (the colors in the paint boxes I made mine blue so you could find it easier but it needs to be black). Then put your gradient tool in the middle and draw a line from the tip of the blown out sky to just where your picture starts. You may have to play to find what you need (you can hit command or control z to go back once).
Step 11: Make sure you lower your opacity to blend it a little so it doesn’t have a fake look to it.
Then Voila… New and ready to use photo
p.s. If somehow you got sky on your picture… go on the layer (the black one) next to the sky, use the eraser tool and remove what you need.
p.p.s I added some of my own edits to get the sharpness and coloring… Adding a sky doesn’t make everything better.
I have a new chapter beginning November 1st, so I thought it would only be fitting to have a blank frame as my picture today. A new chapter is beginning and while I can’t explain fully right now, just know I didn’t make this decision lightly. My emotions will be going on a roller coaster ride at the end of the month, but it’s for the best.
Logan has taught me the most important thing is family. So here is to a new chapter with my family… Curious? Do not worry I’ll explain.
We have that in the movies, squealing during good news, fighting like sisters kind of friendship. I’m a lucky lady to have her as a BFF and so happy to welcome her husband into our “family”… Without further or do – photo overload.
Still slightly envying the SLC Photographer and Blogger… Within a half of a block I found a cute woodland area and then a grungy artsy look… J’adore