The 3 of Us

The last few months have been really fun. Matt’s been off on paternity leave, and I have been off as well, so we’ve really been enjoying bonding as a family. Having your first baby is quite the transition – and in our case specifically, to go from being a married couple for 6 years and then having your first baby and now being your own family – it was so wonderful to both have time off to adapt to these changes together!

We have been visiting friends and family in the Niagara region every month or so, which is awesome because Levi has some grandparents, GREAT grandparents, aunts, uncle AND sweet cousins (also boys 🙂 ) to interact with! We went to check out the local zoo, and have been on many walks exploring different parks. He’s just at such a fun age and his personality is starting to shine through. He loves to giggle and explore absolutely everything around him! He just started this drag crawl (army crawl? 🙂 ) and is starting to get around the house. I’m both excited and slightly terrified to see him as a fully mobile toddler 😉 .He is now drinking a bit from his sippy cup and eating some solids – he always seems so eager to try new things! I’m quite proud of our little guy 😀 .

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The other week we got some wonderful family photos taken by Laura Fretz Photography, which was perfect as I wanted some updated shots for our gallery wall!

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I am definitely looking forward to what Summer brings and we are excited to introduce Levi to activities like picnicking, camping and going to the beach.

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I hope you all are enjoying the sunshine this weekend!

 

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A Rainy Day Calls For Some Blogging

Happy Wednesday, friends and followers! I hope the weather is nicer where you are… it’s pouring here, and cold and WINDY! But, nevertheless, it’s Fall ❤ – which I know a lot of you love – and it’s another day on earth. A great day to be alive, and there’ll be sunnier days ahead for sure!

I haven’t blogged in quite awhile, and the inconsistency has been bothering me. I’ve not only been busy working, but lately I’ve definitely been feeling the pressure of prepping as best I can for our baby’s arrival. I’m 34 weeks and he’ll be here before we know it!

We arranged for a day last week to just focus on “Baby K” – and it was so nice. We scheduled a 3D ultrasound in the early afternoon and it was such a cool experience! We only really went because we had heard that the military offered free packages with this one ultrasound clinic…and it just so happens to be in one of the cities we pass through on our way back to our hometown to visit family (I believe God is in the small stuff too 😉 ).

It was SO personal, very comfortable (didn’t have to drink all that water beforehand!) and as non-medical as any ultrasound can be. No gown was required, and we got to view our baby boy on a big screen T.V.! Matt even got to watch from one of the leather couches in the room!

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The package we were entitled to included a free 30 minute session (it actually went longer as we were trying to get him to move a bit for a different picture than what she had already taken), a DVD slideshow (set to nursery music, of course 😉 ) of the whole thing! Also, we got 5 photographs (of our choosing) while he rest of the pictures taken were put on a CD. This is great because we can make as many copies of prints as we like! We also could have had an online broadcasting of the ultrasound (if we were posted where family wasn’t so close by) – which is such a nice thing to have in a military package!

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The pictures were pretty clear, although a lot of them are quite similar as he was (trying) to sleep! There are subtle differences as we saw him move his lips around ever so slightly in a sucking motion. 🙂 From what it looks like, he definitely has his daddy’s chin. And we saw that he has hair already, too!

We even saw him PEE – SO crazy! – but that was before she “started” officially recording or taking photographs 😛 .

I just can’t wait to meet this cute little guy! ❤


Later that evening we met up with our talented photographer for a maternity photo shoot! I was really excited to have some Fall pictures, and we planned for an outdoor session at this beautiful picturesque site called Decew Falls. Home to two waterfalls, hiking trails and a historic mill – I knew we’d get some great shots! Matt and I used to hike here before he joined the Canadian Forces, so it was nice to revisit. Our photographer was awesome, and she really was able to capture my vision in all her pictures. I’m so pleased with the lighting and the angles of every shot! She was quick to put up a “sneak peak” of our maternity session with her! Here are some of my favourites:

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Gender Reveal Photo Shoot

Happy Friday, all! Today’s temperature is nice, cool and comfortable. Which kinda feels like Fall to me, and that makes my heart very happy 😀 . We’ve been experiencing quite the heat wave, so it’s nice to have today to kind of break it up!

Last Sunday we were able to have some ‘maternity’ – like pictures taken. This was such a blessing, as it was a free “Thank you” gift from our real estate agent. We already have maternity pictures booked for the Fall (fave season – remember?! 😉 ) and so we got these professional photos taken for a gender reveal instead! It worked out SO well, as I had been wracking my brain trying to think of a gender reveal idea. We had intentions of having a party, but when you live 3ish hours away from your family and close friends, it can prove difficult for narrowing down a party location!! So this was a great alternative and we’re so happy with the results of the shoot! Melissa from Paper Reflections was so sweet and made us feel very comfortable. She was great to work with!!

We were able to come down to visit our parents again and hand deliver a photo collage ‘reveal’ to them, as well as our siblings. We mailed the rest to our extended family and friends. Here are just some of my favourite shots:

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

The shoot was really lots of fun and I’m glad we did it! We met up with the photographer at a former railway station that used to be Ontario’s Grand Trunk Railway. It was a cool place that a friend of mine recommended, which none of us had been to before. It has a museum there, along with a steam locomotive, a restored wooden caboose, and 2 steel ones. I kept my outfit simple, with just a floral dress (and nails to match, of course 😉 ) and picked out a matching polo shirt for Matt to wear. So, we were both quite comfortable. I also brought a couple props along – the ‘K’ for our last name, my antique steamer trunk, a suitcase, and baby shoes and a onesie (for the gender reveal)!

I was so happy for this experience and with the way the pictures turned out. What a neat way to share the news of our baby with loved ones. Looking forward to sharing the gender with you as soon as all our family and friends get their picture in the mail!