My Life: Second Time Around

It’s been forever since I’ve posted anything personal to the blog!  Let’s just say life with a 10 month old will keep you busy.  I’m actually really excited right now because I have no outstanding work due to clients this week, all my sessions and weddings are edited and out the door!  David and I took this past weekend to work on housecleaning and boat cleaning and while it would have been nice to be out on the water all weekend it is really nice to look at my organized office!  Finally the random boxes of stuff from our move have been unpacked or moved to the basement (at least on the main floor).  There is nothing left in the office for Sammy to chew on which is good and bad because if he finds something now it will be important and I’ll be very upset with him!  It is amazing how refreshing a clean space can be, I feel like I’m clearing the clutter from my brain as well.

I’m 22 weeks along in this pregnancy for those keeping track :).  To be honest I have a hard time keeping track of this one myself.  Sorry second children but yeah you kind of get forgotten.  With Will I knew to the day how far along I was at all times and how big he was and what was growing each week.  This time I’m like oh yeah I’m pregnant and um I’m 20 something weeks.  Usually followed up by pulling out my iphone to check my pregnancy app to see how far along I really am!  I can tell already though this one is feisty and will make his/her presence known plenty when s/he arrives.  This one is kicking all the time to remind me hey mom I exist too, my older brother is going to have to learn to share mommy!  David and I are both excited and terrified at the same time of raising two kids so close together in age.  Honestly I think we are still terrified of raising any kids, I’m not sure when it feels normal to be a parent.  We are those annoying new parents that talk about our kid all the time, we make it maybe about an hour to two after he goes to bed before the conversation reverts back to him and how amazing he is.  It’s annoying, I know :).

In preparation for doing this new baby thing a second time around I’ve been streamlining my processes on the backend so I can spend more time with my growing family but still provide excellent service to my clients.  I’m learning to let go of some things and get help with others and it is so freeing!  I have a feeling I’m going to have to throw any conceived notions of what life will be like next April out the window and learn to be flexible and go with the flow.  Blog posts have obviously gotten fewer and farther between but I’m trying to set a goal of blogging 2x a week.  I’ve got a backlog of portrait sessions to share and I’m working on a new website!  I’m changing up how my clients view their images the first time and making things more exciting!  Plus I’m revamping my portrait sessions and products to better serve everyone.  Basically things in my life have settled down enough that I’m finally able to implement the last 10 months worth of ideas I’ve had running around my brain!  So let’s hope this energy keeps up :).

In keeping with forgetting this second child I forgot to get a photo last week so this photo is about 2 weeks old.  I need to do a new one tomorrow so I won’t forget again!

A couple snaps of my favorite men!

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