Maternity Photos.

June 10, 2011

After going back & forth on whether or not to take maternity photos, we finally decided to just do them. Steven said I would regret it if I didn’t get them taken (& he is always right). So we asked our dear friend Hannah Michelle & had a short little session with her at Citrus Ranch Park in Tustin when I was about 33 weeks along. Just got the pictures back today & I have to be honest, I am so surprised how much I love them! Even though Hannah is an amazing photographer, I just thought I would feel so fat & self-conscious looking at pictures of my pregnant body, especially the ones of my bare belly. Not sharing the nakie belly ones here (for my sake & yours!), but wanted to share a couple of my fave from the batch. :)

PS. I think my belly looks so tiny here! It is crazy how it grows exponentially fast in the last month of pregnancy.

Thank you SO much, Hannah! We love, love them. :)



June 6, 2011

On Saturday we celebrated our two year anniversary with brunch at Las Brisas. We thought it was a fitting venue since we got engaged at the gazebo in front of Las Brisas but had actually never eaten there together. We feasted on our favorite meal of the day, walked down to the gazebo, tried & failed to take some romantic pictures together, and people-watched at the beach. It was simple & sweet. :)

Happy two, love! You are my most favorite person in the whole wide world & I’m so thankful I get to spend everyday with you. Don’t remember life before you; can’t imagine life without you. <3

In the past year…

-we moved to our little 2br apt in Aliso Viejo. We went on a painting frenzy. I picked out sample colors & painted swatches on the wall; you helped me narrow down the choices. I brushed; you rolled. You gave me a budget to decorate. Thanks, my friend. I love that we made this place “home”.

-I got my wisdom teeth pulled. I cried & whimpered like a baby. You hugged me, kissed me, bought me lots of yogurt & told me it would heal soon. It did.

-you got your wisdom teeth pulled. You asked to keep your teeth so you could examine them & kept playing with them until the gums on the teeth turned black & you had to throw them away. You downed smoothie after smoothie & were back to eating real food in no time cause you really wanted that chicken katsu.

-you planned a secret spa day for me & some girlfriends from church. You knew I was going through a rough patch & wanted me to have a day to relax & bond with the girls.

-you accompanied me to countless flea markets & yard sales, because you know I like those things. Hours of walking around in the sun (leading to sunburns for you), just to come home with a little vintage trinket here or there. Thanks buddy. :)

-we babysat for so many babies/kids at church. I loved watching you play with the kids, be goofy for them, let them climb all over you, and make crazy faces for the babies. I especially loved seeing your special uncle love for Isaac — you adore him & can’t get enough of him. Now I just can’t wait to see your special daddy love for Ollie… <3

-we got pregnant & you held my hand tightly through every moment of that scary first trimester. You supported me emotionally, physically, & spiritually. Got up in the middle of the night to make me mool-bap, eggos, smoothies, & boiled eggs when I was sick. Sat behind me in the bathroom as I threw up over & over again. Prayed for me & the baby daily… multiple times a day. Held me while I cried cause the morning sickness was too hard & I felt like I was going to die. Cried with me when we saw our baby’s heartbeat & delighted with me when we saw him squirming around & sucking his thumb.

-I grew my etsy shop & design business because you rooted for me all along the way. You constantly encouraged me in all my endeavors & gently pushed me to keep trying when I got discouraged. When critics sent me mean emails, you quietly defended me & helped me to cool down (literally… in the form of store-bought ice cream). You are my biggest fan; I couldn’t do any of it without you.

-you grew out a beard & mustache. Shaved the beard & looked Mexican. Shaved the stache & looked young again. Then grew them out all over again.

-you surprised me by taking two days off of work to take me to all my favorite places to eat in LA & SD. I love that we love to eat. And you bought me the coolest rocking chair ever as a first Mother’s Day/early anniversary gift.

Two years have seemed both so short & so long. Short cause time is flying by. And long cause I feel like we’ve been married forever. Here’s to many more years with you… I love you! <3

Going Cloth.

June 3, 2011

As promised, here is my post on why I decided to go the cloth diapering route. When I tell people I’m going to cloth diaper, I get a lot of funny faces, disgusted faces, & of course the question “WHY??”

I know. I felt the same way before too. The idea of washing poo is a little gross, I admit. But honestly I think the misconception comes from a lack of knowledge about how modern cloth diapers work. Cloth diapers have come a long way since our own baby days. No more of that safety pinned pre-folds with waterproof covers & pants. Well, some people still choose to go that route. But here let me introduce you to the brand I will be using: bumgenius!

Aren’t they cute?! :)

They are super easy one-size diapers that can be used from 10lb, all the way up to potty training days. The snaps make them adjustable & you can just make them one size larger for overnights. You stuff each diaper cover (shown here) with a fleece insert. For overnights, you can double the inserts for extra absorbency. When baby pees (or poos), just pull out the insert & drop the whole thing in the diaper pail. Our diaper pail is an 11 gallon trash can from Walmart. It’s lined with an anti-bacterial waterproof pail liner that you can just dump in the wash with the dirty diapers whenever you do the laundry.

Newborn poo is liquidy & not very smelly, so it can be dumped directly into the washer. I know, it sounds gross. But the way you wash cloth diapers is to do one cold rinse cycle before the hot wash, so that all the “waste” is drained beforehand. Once baby starts on solids, you can use a diaper sprayer (which attaches to your toilet pipes) to spray the waste into the toilet before dumping the dirty diaper in your pail. Apparently, it’s magical. ;)

I actually don’t really care that much about the environment & being “green” (so shoot me), but the fact that cloth diapering saves so much money makes it totally worth it for me. And it helped that Serin gave me her set of bumgenius diapers for free. :) Everyone I’ve talked to who cloth diapers & all the reviews I’ve read make it hard not to give it a shot. There are crazy rave reviews out there about cloth diapers & most of these women were skeptics to begin. They aren’t the all-green, my-kids-only-eat-organic-and-wear-organic-clothes moms. They’re normal people who just happened to give it a try & ended up loving it cause it’s just so. dang. easy!

Maybe if you hate laundry, this isn’t the route for you. But I don’t mind it so much. Laundry is cake compared to cleaning toilets & scrubbing sinks. And can I just say that I am actually excited about changing diapers? I just think these are so cool! Maybe I’ll say otherwise a couple months into the job, but for now, I’m looking forward to the day my baby fits into one of these. I’ll definitely share a cloth diapering report after a couple months of trying it out. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll make a couple converts out of you! ;)

Shim Love.

June 3, 2011

Oh dear, I’m so behind. I know, I know, I’m always behind. Anyhoots, just wanted to post a few of my fave photos from a photo shoot we did for Joan & Dale about a month ago. We shot at their house, a nearby university campus, & the park, but my fave was shooting at their house — it has so much character & totally represents them as a family! Hope you enjoy :)