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Thanks for stopping by my blog- a place where I share a bit of my photography, a bit of my life, and a lot of me! I am in love with the life that God has provided me. I live with my wonderful husband in central Oklahoma, in the town of Edmond. I am a wife, sister, daughter, and friend. I enjoy my work as a nurse and photographer. I adore sweets, nature, and my pesky (but cute) boxer, Honey. I feel that I am blessed with a passion for photography, and pray that I am able to bless others through it.

Thank you for being here and sharing the experience with me!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Britney's Bridals

Congratulations to Britney and Rejeev! I am off shooting their wedding today, it is sure to be a beautiful event! They have already started celebrating the last 2 days with a Mehndi ceremony on Thursday and the rehearsal last night (with an Indian flair). There's already so many great images, and we have a whole wedding day to go! For now, enjoy Britney's bridals, in both her Indian dress and her traditional gown.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Halle & Cambi's 1 Year Session

These cute cousins are 1 (or almost 1)!!
Check out their adorable session from Easter weekend in Tulsa






Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Isaiah's "Baby Led" Eating Adventure

Isaiah is 7 1/2 months now, and although he isn't crawling, walking, or moving much, he's eating like a champ! When Isaiah was much younger, I went to lunch with a friend who's baby sat there and gummed pretzel sticks and cheese and such for lunch. Without many teeth, he was still able to manage the whole food. I liked the idea! Then another friend sent me a link to an article on the book Baby Led Weaning. The title kind of scared me because I thought it meant I might be nursing until Isaiah's 5 years old (not a part of my plan!). But I later realized that it was really about skipping the purees and introducing solids without cutting back on nursing/bottles. The idea is that babies can get all the nutrition they need from milk , and you start adding in foods that the baby can feed himself when he's able to feed himself. This is usually around 6 months, but every baby is different. Baby learns to chew first, then swallow- no need to mess with baby food! One mom said it was the lazy mom's way to feed their children. At first a balked at this because it meant I was going to have to learn to cook wholesome meals all the time, but as I've learned what to feed Isaiah, I agree with her statement! No steaming, mushing, and spoon feeding (for the most part)!
I've really enjoyed our "Baby Led" experience. I started giving Isaiah solid food around 5 1/2 months. On his first try, he didn't even open his mouth when he put the food to his mouth! He eventually learned to open his mouth, then to gum the food. There wasn't much consuming in the beginning (they say it's more for experimentation), but over time he's really turned into a food monster! I knew the first time he really consumed some because 30 minutes later there was broccoli in his poop- and if that's not TMI, yesterday he had his first (what I call) turd.. it was all solid.. my baby's growing up, and his diapers getting much stinkier! (yes, these are things that you note when you become a mom). So anyways, now Isaiah's eating food at least 3 times a day, and still nursing when he wants (usually 3-4 hours). I enjoy being able to set him in his highchair and let him eat while I prepare food or clean up the kitchen. He now wants to eat anytime he sees someone else eating, which with me can be constant.. I usually just share meals with him (the only things he doesn't eat are honey, popcorn, and peanut butter). I try to watch the sodium content of what I give him, since salt is hard on babies kidneys and I try to keep it as wholegrain and wholesome as possible (but I'm not a maniac about it). It's great to be able to go out to eat, and let him to be able to share some of my food. I also enjoy not having to take the time to spoon feed him while my meal goes cold (although we did start giving him some purees a couple weeks ago when we were trying to see if it would help him sleep better. I don't think hunger was the issue though). My biggest hope out of this all is that Isaiah will not be a picky eater, which so far, there hasn't been a food he's turned down! He's had...
deviled eggs, potatoes, red bell pepper, mushrooms, broccoli, turkey peperoni, chicken, beef, pork, salmon patties, asparagus, applesauce, oranges, spinach, avocado, mango, greek yogurt, cheese, pasta and more!

Here Isaiah is yesterday morning eating a loaded spoon of oatmeal
Yummy chicken for lunch
mmmm.. broccoli
and an all-time fav, bread!
another perk of Isaiah feeding himself- he has really developed his hand-eye coordination! It was sometime last month that he refined his pincer grasp.. (which is usually a 9 month milestone), but he realized he couldn't get some of the food in his mouth unless he changed his grip! So cool to watch-
Here are some ipone pics that I've sent Ray over the past couple months. This is asparagus!
happy eater!
He always makes this face with yogurt (plain greek.. I make a face too), but he continues to eat it!
Daddy's barbequed chicken
Fried plantain, a little taste of Ghana!
This is just a cute face :c)
Things were pretty messy in the beginning, but he's much better at hitting his mouth now!
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This is one of the earlier videos

And since we are on the subject of food, here's a shot of his chompers! This crazy kid got his 1st tooth at 3 months, and hasn't stopped! At 7.5 months he has 6 teeth, 4 lower and 2 upper (still coming in)4-9-540
ahhh.. I love this smile! Can you see the slivers of upper teeth up there? It's the constant teething that I attribute the lack of sleep to...
All gone!

Like I said, each baby is different and not all will take to solid foods like Isaiah, but it has been a really fun adventure!

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