Valentine’s Day Toddler Photoshoot

I love taking photographs but it’s very hard with a toddler.  My son moved around so much and will not sit still.  So taking photos is very hard. I always get him looking away and not paying attention.  I still went ahead and had my husband try to help with a Valentine’s Day Photoshoot. I did my best and got what I got.  It was fun and I actually got a few photos of my son looking.

I always try to use props.  This year since he’s a toddler I had limit what I gave him because he would either throw it or put it in his mouth.  I of course got him a eligible bachelor onesie from Carters.  The rest of the props that were used were:  rose petals, cut-out red hearts and a few fake roses.  I placed the rose petals all over the floor and that actually got him to go to the floor and sit. On the closet door, I taped red glitter hearts. He of course picked at them but it wasn’t as bad as I thought.  I handed him a few fake roses and then the snapping started.

Below is a photo of my Photoshoot. The best that I could do as a new time at home photo taker.  I hope this inspires you to create your own backgrounds and use props for photography. Happy snapping!

 

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Christmas 2016 Photoshoot

This year was a challenge with my one year old son to take photos. Last year my son was just one month old so it was easy to take photos.  This year I have a one year old and it was challenging.   He didn’t want to sit still and do what I wanted him to do.

I went outside and took photos that way.   My son has a police little tikes car so I used that.   I also purchased a small tree that lights up and a string of lights.  I also placed a Santa hat on him to help make the photo cuter. It was easier to take photos this way.  I wish that I had the woods to use for the photos but I didn’t ski used whatever I had. I had a great time taking his Christmas photos for this year. Hope these photos inspire you.

Thanksgiving HandPrint Runner

I always am searching through everything on Pinterest.   I came across a wonderful idea of a hand printed table runner.   I wish I came across it last year.  When my son was born,  I had all these ideas to do things with hand and foot prints.   When he was born I was scared to put paint on his tiny little hands.  Now that he is a year old it’s easier to do things like that.

When I saw the idea of a hand print table runner,  I went out looking for one for Thankgiving.   Each year I will use a different color paint and paint his hands and then place it on the table runner.  I will also date it.  I started it this year and it’s a nice way to see how his hands grow and he can see it as well when he gets older.  I started on one side of the table runner and the other side will be for the next child (if we are able to have another child).

The things that I needed were a paint brush, acrylic paint and a table runner.  This year my husband picked the color and he picked orange.   I placed the arylic paint on my son’s hands.   I did one at a time so that he will not get it all over one of us.  Right away we cleaned his hands. It was quick and easy to do.  It also dried right away.   I dated the hand prints the next day with black arylic paint. Below is a photo of the first step.  I hope this inspires you to make your own.  It’s a special keepsake to have.  Happy crafting.

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First birthday frame

As I reflect on my son’s first birthday, I worked really hard to create a Cookie Monster theme. It was very hard to find things to do because boys are hard to find themes for.  As you know,  I picked a Cookie Monster theme.  I didn’t want to do a Mickey Mouse theme because I wanted to do something different from others.  The next couple of blogs will be about my son’s first birthday party.  I hope it inspires you to think outside of the box and create a theme for your child and work with what you have.

The first thing that I made was a first birthday photo frame.  I used a mat from a photo frame.  I painted it with a acrylic paint and then decorated it.

Materials:

– photo frame

– acrylic paint- light brown and dark brown

– letter accents- blue and gold

– tape

  • paint brushes

directions

  1.  Paint the photo frame with light brown. Let it dry.

2.   Paint circles using the dark brown paint. Let it dry

3.  Use the letter accents both gold and blue.  I spelled out Happy 1st birthday Michael.

4. I taped the letters on the frame.

5. Use the photo frame at the party.

I had a great time making this frame. I hope this inspires you to create your own. Make your child’s birthday party special.

First Halloween

This past Halloween was my son’s first Halloween.   It was an amazing experience.  He is walking everywhere he is allowed to go.  I waited a whole year for him to celebrate Halloween.  This year he had two different costumes.   One costume was a shark and other one was a penguin.  We had purchased these costumes a year ago and I couldn’t wait for him to wear them.  I wanted to make this first Halloween special.  I know that he will never remember this Halloween but I have many photos to show him in the future.

I enjoyed seeing my families reaction to how he was dressed.  Everyone does the typical Halloween costume every newborn: pumpkin.  I wanted to be different and I did and it worked.  The Sunday before Halloween, we went to a Halloween parade in Astoria.  We walked down Ditmars and went into Astoria Park.  They had a few stations set up with balloon animals as well as cotton candy.  It was a nice experience. Watching my son walking and enjoying his costume, made me feel great.

Halloween of course, I had to work but after, I went trick or treating with him around my old neighborhood.  I have never seen so many people react to my son’s costume the way that everyone did.  It was a great feeling to hear how everyone loved the costume.  My son did walk with me by his side.  I was the one saying trick or treat and thank you.  He will not eat the candy but it was the experience for him that mattered.  He did have a smile on his face when we walked into the stores and people smiled at him.   I cannot wait to tell him about his first Halloween when he gets older.

 

Trick or Treat

Candy

All kinds of candy

Chocolate

Lollipops

M&Ms

Suckers

Yummy

Yucky

Sweet

Sour

 

 

Breastfeeding 11 months and 2 weeks

As the countdown to one year begins, I noticed that I am not producing milk as much as I did before.  I had to stop breastfeeding my son a month ago but I continued to pump.   My goal to breastfeed was 1 year.  I am sadden that I am not able to breastfeed and/pump anymore.  I almost hit the 1 year mark.  I was 2 weeks shy of hitting a year.  I know that I shouldn’t feel bad because I did breastfeed for a while. I set a goal for myself and I wished that I was able to reach it.  I still do have breast milk to last another month because I pumped into freezer bags.  But I am still sadden by it.   It doesn’t help being a working mom and all the stresses that I get from my job.  I was close to meeting my goal which makes me very happy.   I now look forward seeing the growth of my son and changes that will occur.  I know that I did my best and that’s all that matters.

A special bond

When I got pregnant, I started thinking about feeding the baby. I did not want to breastfeed because my mother never did and neither did my mother in law. I did not have anyone that I could ask questions.  At work, I had a mentor and we got to talking and she convinced me to breastfeed. The more that I talked with her the more I decided that I was going to breastfeed.  I started doing my research about breastfeeding.  I read many different articles on the importance of breastfeeding.  I also looked up research on how to produce more milk. I wrote the tips on producing more breast milk in another blog.   Breastfeeding has been one of the best decisions that I have made. It is the best food source for my son. I have watched him grow for the past 9 months.  Because of breastfeeding, we have a special bond. My son loves to play with me and I am able to comfort him.  This bond which I have with my son is one that I would have never had unless I breast fed. Yes, you can have a bond with you’re child if you don’t breast fed but to me this bond which I have with my son is so special.

 

Breastfeeding

Food for the baby.

Bond between mom and baby.

Every 2 hours.

Love.

Challenge.

Ssacrifice.

Every morning.

Early night.

On every call.