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Looking Back

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Looking Back

Last night, at around 11pm, we remembered we had a Shutterfly coupon.  100 free photo prints, that we had meant to use but it had apparently slipped our mind until then.  One hour before the coupon expired.  We debated for a minute… it’s late… we’re both tired… Mark has to get up for work in the morning… is it going to stress us out to try and pick 100 photos out of the 3,000 (no joke) that we’ve take since Mason was born…

But hey, 100 free photos right? We narrowed it down to just the photos we had taken on Mark’s iphone so we could see how the square shaped, vintage-y hipstamatic photos would turn out in print.  Plus, looking through 1,319 photos is easier than looking through 3,000… right?

We were down to the minute.  3 minutes to be exact.  At 11:57pm, we had our 100 photos selected, uploaded and clicked the order button.  Phew!

And afterward… simultaneously exhausted and adrenaline spiked at trying to finish this project before midnight… we collapsed into bed.  Thoroughly pleased that we had decided to spend that hectic hour on a visual tour of our last two months.

We marvel all the time at how much he’s changed and grown.  But it was so fun to sit side by side, sleeping baby in the bassinet next to us and relive all those moments.  And even though he’s still a little babe, we could see how tiny he was such a short time ago.  The way his skin bunched up in little baby wrinkles the first couple days he was alive, like he hadn’t quite grown into it.  How he used to swim in onesies that he’s now grown out of.  How adorable he looked in his newborn tiny gdiapers.  How he would scream everytime his clothes were taken off.  His bewildered little face when he took his first bath.  And think about how far we’ve come as a family.

Since 100 photos would be a lot to expect you to look through with as much entertainment as we did last night… I’m posting up just a handful of the ones that we choose that we haven’t posted here on the blog yet.

I hope you get even a smidge as much delight out of them as we do. 🙂

(Disclaimer: I tried to narrow it down to a “handful”… but I could only bring myself to cut it down to 25.)

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Going Out Means Something New

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Last night we went for a long walk around town. The small sliver of the moon was above us and SB was buzzing as locals in our age group began their pre-pre Halloween celebrations. We saw dozens of people in their Halloween get-ups going out for a night on the town. While that was last year for us, you won’t find us lamenting about not being in that crowd right now. Elaine said it best today, “I’m so glad we have a baby”. How things change and change quickly.

In year’s past Elaine’s had classic costumes that ranged from an Indian, Tinkerbell, and a Bee. This year she is a Mom and I think it fits her best.

We were talking today on how our lives have changed in the last year . In a lot of ways both of our lives have done a 180 (some parts more than others). Over the last 4 weeks I’ve been so impressed with Elaine. No matter the time of day or night she exudes patience, confidence, and love towards her baby. When my ears are about to bleed from screaming or my arm about to dislodge from it’s joint Elaine is calm, cool, collect, and in control. She coos to every noise Mason makes, gives him lots of fun nicknames, and snaps a photo of every yawn, stretch, and half smile. You amaze me Elaine, I can’t imagine going through this process with anyone else. Mason is a lucky kid to have a Mom like you.

On a similar note Saturday night used to a going out night. You know seeing friends, having a drink, watching a show, catching a flick, or going dancing. It’s just what we did, either together or separate. Things have changed and in a good way. Last night’s highlight was Mason’s first bath. It’s not like he’s gotten very dirty, but he had about 4 weeks of gunk on him and we thought it was time. Other than a leaky bathtub everything went smoothly.  After he adjusted to being naked in our kitchen, his eyes got bug-eyed and he seemed to enjoy the water and rinse.  After we got him out he got a little fussy but then laid on the blanket and looked very content– yes he was staring at a ceiling fan but he was content.

Going out now means something totally different and we are both okay with it. We’ve got our baby and he’s got us 100%.


Today we went on two trips, one to Ellwood Mesa and the other was a pre-Halloween party. Hope you enjoy some photos from our day and I promise you that even though the photos may look otherwise Mason loved the Monkey suit.  Be nice and make good choices, Mark