Happy Birthday, Gavin!

I have several babies who had birthdays while I was off, so I was so excited to get them on the schedule.    Mr. Gavin was first up.   I can’t believe he is a year old already.   I loved, loved, loved his chunky little legs.   Mom brought a cupcake to do a small cake smash.   Gavin was all about that cupcake!   At one point, I thought he shoved the whole thing in his mouth.   Look at the joy on his face!   A little cake makes for a happy boy.  🙂

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Starting off with Twins!

Call me crazy, but I got clearance from my surgeon on Thursday and welcomed these adorable twin boys to the studio on Friday.   These sweet babies were so good for their pictures.    They decided that they wanted to keep me on my toes a bit and sleep at different times, but they are forgiven because they are so cute.   🙂

I always recommend that newborns try to be in the studio between 7-10 days of age because they are still super sleepy and that makes them easier to work with.   However, there is still a window of time that works.   These guys were two weeks old and were still great.   I have had some 7 day old newborns that are wide awake and don’t want to sleep a lick, and then I’ve had 3 week olds that sleep the whole time and are angels.   It’s just really hard to predict.    The odds of the baby being sleepy is best in that 7-10 day window, but don’t let that discourage you if that window has passed for your newborn.   To me it’s important to photograph that sweet baby goodness regardless!

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Back at it – let me snuggle all the babies!

My poor blog has been long neglected so I wanted to do a little update.    This past year has been a challenging one for my family and business.    I had been plagued with back pain for a couple of years but this past year my legs would start shaking after sessions and my right leg would ache constantly.   After a series of referrals, physical therapy, and epidural shots, surgery to fuse the trouble spot was our best option.     I have to admit that I was scared out of my mind that I would not be able to photograph “my kids” (because all of my clients become “my kids”).    I was scared to take 3 months off to recover.   I have never had surgery before and here I was starting out with a big one.    On the other hand, I was tired of living a life where I couldn’t enjoy doing things with my family any more.    I was tired of saying, “I’m sorry, my back hurts, I can’t today”.

November 7th, I had a fusion at the L5-S1 level.  The first month was a little rough but more from the incision through my abdomen than from my back.   My original back pain was pretty much gone right from the recovery room.    I have been told that recovery is like two steps forward and one step back.    I couldn’t agree with that more.   I would feel great for a couple of day and then be back on the couch for a couple of days.   Slow and steady wins the race and each week I would just try to remember that I was better than the week before.

Yesterday, my surgeon released me to start physical therapy and start back to work slowly!   Celebration time!!!    I get to snuggle all of my babies again.    I am starting back to work at a slow pace.    I have been reminded that my body has not been able to bend, lift, or twist for three months and my stomach muscles were stretched apart for surgery.   I need to make sure to strengthen my body before I jump back in to work like I did before surgery.

During my last month of leave, I spent time working on a new web design.   I hope you enjoy the new design.    I love the soft colors and feel of the new design.

As a closing – thank you!   I received cards and meals from clients and friends while I was down.   You will never know how much that meant to me!

And since a post without pictures is pointless – here are a few of my kids from our vacation this past summer.   I finally had a chance to edit a few of them this past week.  🙂

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