Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Penelope Jules Newborn's

Considering Penny is close to turning 2 and I still haven't published these is a little sad. But better late then never and I will soon have another baby to post newborns of so I better get my butt in gear.
When I look at these photos it's hard to even see the little girl that I see now as a toddler. I feel like she has changed so much and she is barely recognizable.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Last June (like over a year ago)  me and Derrik were fortunate enough to visit Europe with our good friends. I have been dying to go to Switzerland. It has probably been at the top of me and Derrik's bucket list since we met. I remember us watching a hiking documentary set in the Alps, I had never felt a yearning quite like that. Switzerland was calling my name, and I heard it loud and clear. Me and Deek had both felt it but a sad feeling that we would never go there was quickly closing in. Little did we know 6 short years later we would be so blessed to go there. We were also able to visit Italy and boy oh boy it did not disappoint!
This trip was a turning point for us. There is so many places we want to see we are not wasting time. Travel has taken over our lives and the memories we take from traveling to new and exciting places are priceless.

To be honest I didn't take all these photos. photo cred: Kollin and Steph Brinkerhoff 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Penelope's Birth Story

I have been wanting to document Penny's birth story but you have a brand new baby and suddenly they want all your attention.. weird. I did write this down right after it happened but the though of putting it with the pictures seemed too daunting, so I'm just now getting around to it.

I was able to schedule an induction for the 8th of December. Knowing exactly when you will meet your little one is both comforting and nerve racking all at the same time. We knew when she was going to arrive so we were able to be completely prepared. We stocked the house with essentials, double checked our bags, finalized the nursery and re arrange work schedules. We never got the exciting realization the contractions were starting but I'm OK with that. I'm very much a planner and this birth was much more my style. Maybe the next child will be more of a surprise.

We arrived at the hospital early monday morning. I had been dilated to about a 2 for a few weeks. The Dr.  arrived and broke my water. The contractions started to get real bad and I just kept thinking there is no reason for me to continue to be in pain, I knew I was going to get an epidural. I just wanted to kinda see how they felt. Whelp been there done that, give me the dang drugs! Guys I HATE needles, like HATE them, even getting a flu shot gives me anxiety for days before. I'm not going to lie, I started to cry and began shaking. This is the only thing I was nervous for. Not labor, not having a brand new baby, I was scared for the needle. I leaned over shaking, when she finally gave it to me I immediately said "oh that's not bad" it was nothing, getting the IV was way worse then the epidural.

At about 1pm I was dilated to a 7. Family started to show up. "The miracle of life sure is a snoozefest" (10 points if you know were thats from.) At about 3pm I was an 8 and they guessed that I would deliver in about 1 1/12 or 2 hours. I started to get so excited. To think that I was so close to seeing my daughter. At about 4 the nurse had me start to push, she said Penny was facing the wrong way and she wanted to try and turn her around. I pushed real hard for about 5 contractions and Penny turned. I was so relieved. I had to stop pushing so we could wait for the doctor to arrive. When the Dr. arrived and I pushed 1 1/2 times and my little, perfect baby girl was here. I was able to watch her being born and I have to say I never thought I would want to watch but it was incredible. I was very fortunate to have a mildly uneventful labor.

Obviously I fell instantly in love with her, how could you not? My wonderful, talented friend Ciara was the capture it all with her camera. I am so lucky to have these pictures to go back to and remember exactly how I felt.