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I’ve been on the go-go-go for what seems like forever. Life did not slow down to a crawl for a bit when I had Camden, like it did the first time around. There is no rest for the weary when you have a 4 year old to entertain and get to activities! It was actually okay. Things went so differently with Camden that I was all set and ready to be on the go pretty quickly. I hardly took time off of photography, I was out and about mere days after getting home with him, and I was back to work eight short weeks after his arrival.
And I haven’t stopped since.
Photography is booming, which is awesome, but is also so, so tricky. I am so thankful the school year is almost over and I’ll have more hours in the day to play catch-up! I adore taking photographs and providing memories for people but things are stacking up and I am finding that I have a lot less time for myself and my family lately, which is not okay.
So I have been making time. I have started running again and just finished my favorite 5k last week. I did alright, not as great as I would’ve hoped but hey… I just had a baby 3 months ago. I am also trying to enjoy my boys. This will be so much easier when I get to spend my days in the backyard, lounging around with them! Next week, next week, next week!
Finding my mojo and striking a balance has been really difficult. I feel like I’m experiencing deja vu as far as the timing thing goes – throw another child into the mix and our routine goes right out the window. Its time to come up with a new “normal”!
Can you believe it has been three months today since I had my second baby boy?! I cannot. I can believe that I have done an absolutely horrid job of keeping up with everything on this blog though, because its true. I keep telling myself I’ll do better, I’ll write, I’ll write and sure enough… I don’t.
I don’t really have an excuse. I have reality. Life with two boys and a part-time-but-is-really-full-time job and a photography business on the side pretty much sucks up all my energy. And time. And I love it. But I want to have memories to look back on here!
So, Camden is 3 months old today! He’s growing so much!
He’s got blue eyes just like his big brother’s, his hair is coming in light just like his brothers, and he’s growing strong just like his brother. I have two VERY handsome boys on my hands!
What can I say about him? He is in an amazing routine of sleep – eat – play. Which means for the most part I do not have to nurse him to sleep, which is awesomesauce. He is also a self-soother – and by that I mean he sucks on his hands/thumb/finger/blanket if he needs something. He also takes a pacifier but it is so nice to know he’ll help himself if necessary. Also? He’s SUPER smiley. He’s a happy boy which of course makes me happy <3
Ahhh, but does he sleep? Yes! Yes, he does. Camden has already gotten into a great routine at night. He’s not a solid napper per se, but at night he’s ready to sleep by 7 or 7:30 like clockwork. I’ll feed him when I go to bed and he’s only up once after that. Sometimes not at all. I never thought I’d have to admit my 4 year old gives me a harder time about sleep than my newborn!
We are very lucky to be blessed with another incredible little guy. He loves the swing, the rock n’ play, and the bouncy chair. He can hold his head up like crazy and can hold himself up during tummy time for a little bit. Speaking of tummy time… he only holds his head up for a bit because he is not a huge fan in the first place and rolls himself over almost every time we try. He likes to play with the oball, likes watching the dogs, and smiles every time his brother comes in the room.
Its been a wonderful 3 months and I can’t wait to see how much he grows in the next few weeks. I only have 14 days left of school and then it’ll be all day every day with my boys and I can’t wait!
Yesterday was my fourth mother’s day but my first as a mom to two. I feel so blessed to be mom to these two beautiful boys. It is really incredible. I was concerned about finding enough love for a second child, but it just comes, and it is amazing. My heart has enough space for both of them.
It was pretty much like any other day for me. Collin actually went with his dad to his very first Red Sox game and had a blast. Camden and I spent the day together – shopping, relaxing, and walking a 3k race. It was nice. I didn’t get any extravagant gifts, I didn’t get breakfast in bed, or a massage, or jewelry, but its okay. I did not and will not complain about any of that because I have all I need. My boys are everything to me and while those are nice little bonuses, they aren’t necessary.
In the end we were all together for dinner and were able to share some laughs and spent the evening together. And that right there is perfect for me – just being surrounded by the boys who mean the most <3
Here we are, almost a month later – again. I need to get better at blogging. If not for my own sake, for Camden’s sake. For Collin’s sake. This has been my journal for more than four years now! I just haven’t had time. Its not easy to find time at all with two kiddos! I don’t know how everyone does it – we are still working on finding our groove.
Speaking of Collin and Camden… well, they are awesome.
Camden is two months as of Sunday and yesterday we headed to his well baby appointment to hear the doctor say he’s perfect. It was music to my ears to hear that he is very healthy looking, his weight gain was great and he seems to be thriving just fine now.
I can’t help but go back to that appointment at two weeks every now and again. That point in time when all I could hear was failure to thrive swirling around in my head. Failure to thrive for my baby translated to failure to be a good mom and it has taken a long while to overcome that. Seeing the numbers and hearing his doctor say that he is doing great yesterday pushed the last bit of doubt I was holding onto aside. We have a great breastfeeding relationship now, he is growing and is incredibly happy. Who could ask for more than that?
My smiley, happy boy:
He weighed in at about 11.6lbs (43rd percentile) and was 22.8″ long (45th percentile). He’s very proportionate! We got him a new monkey bouncy seat last week and he seems to really enjoy that. He also loves listening to his big brother, looking out the window when he’s laying on his changing table, and cuddling with anyone who will hold him. He’s doing a super job sleeping – usually only waking once in the middle of the night. He’s got a dimple on his right cheek and big bright blue eyes like his dad and Collin.
Collin started spring soccer last week and I am looking forward to his games. He’s doing really, really well with it this season and will be a very successful player. What he really can’t wait for, though, is the opportunity to play baseball. He’s going to be a real slugger if our backyard games are any indication.
I’m back to work and its going well. The count down is on until summer and I am already looking forward to all the possibilities with my boys! <3
Happy 6th Anniversary to us! Brian and I are happy to be celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary today. Usually we go out of town for the weekend of our anniversary to celebrate, but we are not quite ready to leave our littlest overnight yet. Instead, yesterday we headed into Boston for our first date night without the kiddos and had a great time.
I’m still battling pregnancy body issues (I’ve lost the weight but my stomach/hips are no where near what they were like pre-baby) so I’m not always comfortable in my clothes, things may not be glamorous right now with an infant’s diapers to change and a pre-schooler’s demands to be met, we may be working long hours and not seeing each other as much as we’d like, but life is good.
Today we are working on the home we’ve built together, spending time as a family of four, and enjoying what we have been blessed with. Brian and I might not be in a fancy hotel room, or getting massages, or eating at an upscale restaurant, but I couldn’t be happier. Six years later and I’m more in love than ever. I can’t wait to see what the next six and beyond bring!