Real Life on Instagram, October 2012

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Daily, LIFE, PHOTO, Real Life Photos

I used to not like writing or reading Instagram posts. I felt the photography was lacking and I like “purdy” pictures. But I am starting to love Instagram photos more and more for one reason. As Alexis gets older and more mobile, it is becoming harder to have my big heavy camera with a big heavy lens on hand for those cute fun and precious moments that happen in a blink of an eye. In addition to that, she is obsessed with pressing buttons on my camera, which means as soon as I pull it out, Lexi crawls to me which makes it impossible to take A picture, let alone a candid one. So taking cell phone pictures is the only way to really capture the amazing girl that she is. I really don’t like to have become on of those moms that ONLY takes and posts pictures of their kids, but that’s most of what I do all day and it’s hard NOT to take pictures of your kid. So lately, as I have been going through my Instagram photos, I’ve been loving how real authentic and fun they are. Just our life: dirty, messy, funny, real every day life. So this feature is here to stay, as evidenced by its newly created category :)

OCTOBER 2012

A massive Zulily order of books. We actually really like these and most of them are impossible to find otherwise.

Halloween 2012: Baby’s First Halloween

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, FUN TIMES, PHOTO

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A quick post about how our Halloween went. We have a love hate relationship with the holiday based on whether we are able to come up with an interesting costume idea or not :)
Those years that we hadn’t or had been too busy, we acted like it wasn’t even Halloween. On other years, we had more fun than one should be allowed to have. You can see our previous years’ costumes in this post.

This year we were invited to a friend’s Halloween party. After some searching I found the perfect family outfit :) I had to search the net for a green mushroom hat and a onesie with the mushroom graphic on it, but our two costumes were super easy.

Mario, Princess Peach and Lexi as our little Power Up Mushroom

Miss Lexi channeling her Holiday Spirit….

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, FUN TIMES, PHOTO

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The other day we woke up early and decided to do a photoshoot.

A Holiday themed photoshoot, that is.

It took literally both of us + 2 cats + 2 books + a drum, a lens cap and 3 cups to get the job done, i.e keep Alexis from speed crawling away from our make-shift “Christmas tree”.

At the end my husband and I were both sweaty, tired, but happy to have gotten THE SHOT. Or more like A TON OF SHOTS that we love love love!

Baby photographers- I BOW to you because you have the hardest job!

We picked out the best shot to be featured in the Mud Pie contest.
Click here to see which photo we picked and vote for Lexi ( you vote by liking the photo on Mud Pie’s FB page)

And after you vote, you can come back here to see which photos didn’t make the cut, but are still so so precious.

Pink Sailor

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, PHOTO

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This week I am pretty much absent from here so I am sorry for half-hearted posts. Lex is sleeping MUCH better during the day which gives me more time to work on the computer but I have a few projects I am working on, which leaves me little time to post on the blog :)

Big news for my family: My mom is coming in December for 4 months. I have been trying to get her to visit during the holidays for 10 years now and finally, she will be here on Christmas. That means another Disney trip to enjoy all awesomeness that Disney whips out for the holidays (I won’t really be blogging about that trip, since you will have your fill of Disney from the upcoming posts, but I will share a few select photos that are the most festive)
My mom being here also means being able to work on the blog at other times rather than naps and off my cell phone. So yay to that! I do expect to spend the majority of time with Lexi and mom but at least I’ll be able to take an hour or two to get some posts written and some work done while my mom enjoys her granddaughter.

So today, we’ve got some pumpkin cuteness from Halloween. Lexi was about to grow out of that pink dress, so I thought I’d take a few pictures of miss cuteness before she does.

Lately in photos

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Daily, FUN TIMES, LIFE, PHOTO

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I’ve been meaning to catch myself up on photo posts for a while now and I think I am pretty close. My goal being, to be able to post current happenings in photos right after they take place rather than wait till I get through the backlog of photos. This is sort of a photodump. As much as I try not to do it, it is sometimes necessary. Next up: my first solo fun outing with girlfriends (which really happened in August, oops) and of course THE REST OF THE DISNEY POSTS (I promise they are coming)

1. Birthday Beaching

These photos got lost in the mess that my TAOMAB folder is at this point. But Lexi is so cute in some of them I couldn’t leave them off the blog. This was the morning after AJ’s birthday. It was stormy and overcast, so we had only a short swim but the beach was gorgeous in its frowny state.

Letters to Lexi: 9 Months

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Letters to Lexi, Monthly Updates, PHOTO

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Dear Lexi,

This is the age! The age when I considered other people’s kids BIG. I look at you, though, and you’re still so small, so fragile, so vulnerable. There’s yet so much for you to learn , so much to master.

But you are growing at warp speed. Mastering one thing after another. One morning you would wake up and just have this new skill. Since the earlier months I have noticed one remarkable thing. I can SEE cognitive jumps in your development. Like, one day you would just be MUCH smarter than the day before. A HUGE JUMP!

New Kiddy USA City’n Move: Stroller Feature + Giveaway

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Best for Baby, PHOTO, PRODUCTS

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Continuing our stroller feature, I bring to you new-to-USA Kiddy City’n Move, a well-priced lightweight umbrella stroller with features that rival its more expensive competitors.

We have been awaiting the American release of this stroller ever since last year and finally it is here and it couldn’t be better. We got to test drive it pretty well during our trip to Disney.

Let me go over the stats and features, as well as give my personal opinion from weeks of use.

Disneyworld: Day 2, Animal Kingdom

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Disney, Florida, FUN TIMES, PHOTO, TRAVEL

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Animal Kingdom!

My favorite park. At least, it used to be. Now with Lexi, Magic Kingdom trumps them all. Yet I was pretty excited to take Alexis to see all kinds of animals.

We arrived really early to take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours that day and raced through the whole park to Kilimanjaro Safari ( my favorite ride) to beat the crowds. We were late. While the timer was showing a 15 minute wait, we could tell by the lines that it was more like 30 minutes and they just hadn’t updated the screen yet. 30 minute was just too long to wait in the heat.  Click Continue reading below…

Pumpkin Patch, Try Numero Uno

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, FUN TIMES, PHOTO

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So we picked a nice overcast day ( those are the best for pictures, clouds act like one giant lightbox), found a random church-run pumpkin patch (mind you, I’d never been to a pumpkin patch before so I didn’t really know what they were supposed to be like), dressed Lexi into a cute coordinating dress and were off to take some pictures.

By the time we got there, it was getting dark from the thunderclouds and I had a feeling we had but five minutes before it started raining. I was right. So 200 pictures of my little girl, 2 pumpkins and soaking wet family later, we loaded ourselves into the car and left.

Did I get some cute first pumpkin patch pictures? Yes!

The best shot, being this: {click CONTINUE READING below}