Sunday, January 27, 2013

My mommy fantasy

One of the absolute joys of going through pregnancy again is I know what is coming. Yes, I knew that a baby was coming last time (I'm not that blonde!), but to actually experience the incredible miracle of holding your own baby is mind boggling. I could never have imagined how amazing the first time I held Eli would be and having had that experience makes me all the more excited for Baby B the 2nd ( the name...I am sure that baby will have many names by the time she or he makes their grand appearance). I am constantly reminded by Eli of what it means to be a mom. Whether it is the fact that my attempt at being a cute, hip mom totally failed due to the fact that my skinny jeans are no longer skinny. Instead they are stretched-out-worn-at-the-knees skinny jeans (please don't look at my knees the next time you see me...I am still trying to live in my mommy fantasy world). Or whether I am reminded by the laughing, hugs, kisses, running, screaming, sometimes out right tantrums. Not going to lie, it kind of makes me want to go take a nap just thinking about chasing two little ones around, but it also makes me so happy!

Continuing my fantasy of perfect weekly pictures of my belly we bring you week 9. I call it "Run Eli, RUN!" I promise that in one of the weeks to come you will actually be able to see my stomach. But until then, you will just have to take my word that there really isn't much to see yet. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

My pregnancy journey...round 2

As most of you know we are expecting bundle number 2 in late August. We are excited beyond belief and so thankful to God for the blessing He has given us. When we found out that I was pregnant with Eli we were also excited, but felt like we had just run full speed into a brick wall and didn't come out of the daze until months after he was born. Having a baby for the first time is HUGE, wonderful (!!!), but so new!

This time around I feel like I have been able to enjoy the idea of being pregnant (still sinking in...give me time...most days the pregnant brain is so bad that I forget I am pregnant!). I don't feel like I need to rush to Babies R' Us and make a registry, or feel guilty for not reading every book out there that has "Pregnant" in the title, or wondering what in the world is around the next corner. I'm not going to lie to myself and say that this pregnancy is going to be perfect. We never know for what God has planned for us but we are taking each day at a time and enjoying each moment.

So, even though my idea of pregnancy isn't perfect, my expectations are. For example...when I was pregnant with Eli I took a picture every week and frequently posted them so that you could all watch as I transformed into mommabeluga. I thought that this time it would be absolutely adorable if David would take a picture of me every week but to include Eli. I had imagined us going outside,the background being our beautiful neighborhood, and Eli sweetly bending over and kissing my growing belly. I could just hear the "that is so cute" and "a love it" comments that would come... Right! So wrong! REALITY CHECK!!! What was I thinking? Seriously, Kristi! Yours son won't sit for more that two seconds unless you bribe him with snacks and turn on PBS let alone stand in front of you kissing your belly while you are outside when he could be running around picking up sticks, rocks, and pretty much doing anything else! (For the record, he does point to my stomach say "baby" and does give the baby kisses. But it is when we are at home and he is tired because he is about to go to bed...sigh.) Instead of cute, adorable pictures, you are all going to have to settle for crazy, real life, people walking behind your pictures (another story in and of itself), very patient husband, hopefully weekly pictures. Oh, yes, to add...I am a little late with the we go...week 8...(sorry you can't really see my stomach...haha!)

Monday, January 14, 2013

A Homecoming

 At the end of last year I was given the privilege of photographing a homecoming and let me tell you…what a joy! Having gone through our own homecoming just a month or so before made it even more special for me. The day of homecoming is an absolute roller-coaster of emotions. One moment you want to explode from the excitement, the next you are so nervous that you feel like your stomach is tied into 19 knots, now the giddiness comes back, followed by the wardrobe check and counting to make sure all the kids are still present, here comes the annoyance that the ship takes FOREVER to pull in (and that isn’t even counting the time it takes to moor and then get the sailors off!), enter in another 159 emotions and then return to excitement.

The family that was so kind to put up with me was a mom, Andrea, five amazing kids (AJ, Emma, Grace, Joseph, and Will), and the in-laws, all waiting for the return of Logistics Specialist Chief Todd Jarrell. When I look at these pictures (and let me warn you there are lots…but that is what you get when you give me a camera and such a fun family) I can’t help but smile. There was so much waiting and it lent itself to getting the opportunity to capture life. From the empty horizon, the creativity to pass the time, emotions of waiting, excitement at thinking you caught a glimpse of the man you haven’t seen in way to long, jitters of getting closer and closer, and then the moment, the moment that they had waited months for! The joy, happiness, relief of that moment is incredible and one that you remember for a very long time!

But, that is enough of my jabbering…I’ll let the pictures talk for themselves. So glad that you guys are together! Thank you for letting me be a part of your day! 

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