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Sep 28 / 2018

September 2018 | 365 Project Favourites | Busy Season Confessions

by Laura

Category : 365 photography projects, Living Daily, My Family, Personal

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November is usually my busiest month of the year between editing and last-minute family shoot bookings before Christmas.  However, maternity leave made that month September for me this year.  Couple that with a 2.5 year-old, a 1.5 year-old, a complicated pregnancy with 2-3 appointments per week on average (and one shared car), and being 8 months along… well…. some things I excelled at, and other things I just waved the white flag on and surrendered right away.

Things I rocked at:

  • Staying on top of all my clients with super fast turn-around times (because, hello, baby is coming).
  • Keeping the house relatively tidy and clean because mama can’t function in a mess.
  • Lots and lots of couch cuddles and snuggles, because mama is sore and tired and that’s where the t.v. is.
  • Finding little things to do for self care.
  • Weekly date night with hubby.  We may have moved it once to accommodate shooting schedules, but it always happened.

Things I threw out the window:

  • Meals.  Nope…. hello snack foods and toast for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and take-out more often that I will openly admit on here.
  • Restricted screen time.  Hahahahahaha hahaha ha ha ha…. My kids are averaging like 5 hours a day, but hey, Micah’s learned all his primary colours.  Thanks, YouTube!
  • Socializing.  All play-dates were put on hold this month.  I still get my mommy-sanity time through messenger and chat, but I think I only saw one friend face-to-face in real life this month and that’s because we both had an unexpected rained out shoot the same day and met up at Chapters for coffee instead.

So here’s an awful lot of photos (in no particular order) from my living room which is about as far as I like to move these days if I don’t have a shoot, and at least one from when I pulled myself together and got the kids outside.  You will also find, in three of these photos if you look closely, what happens when I go to Chapters.  Money gets spent, lol!

toddler boy in footie pajamas laying on couch

toddler boy in diaper playing the drums

shot of book and tea from above

dad reading to toddler son

pregnant mom holding toddler while other toddler hugs her legs

toddler boy laying on couch covered in blankets with foot sticking out

toddler boy reaching out towards light beams from his crib

toddler boy wearing adventure shirt and hiding in playground

two brothers as toddlers sitting together on the couch

toddler in diaper playing peek-a-boo in curtains

baby sleeper and stuffed fox laying on bed

Also, just so you know, third babies DO get more than a single sleeper to welcome him to the world and a stuffed animal of his very own.  I also picked up some diapers.  You’re welcome, Benjamin.  (He doesn’t care.  Spoiler – first babies don’t either.  You need half as much as they tell you, you do).

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Hi! I’m Laura, a coffee-loving, outgoing introvert with a passion for motherhood and photography. This blog is an extension of who I am. I’m a mommy to three little boys, and I love to create and write. I’m also loud, tend to over share, and am a type-A personality in the extreme. I’m a little pensive and can be a lot sarcastic.  I believe that motherhood is something more than just to be survived! This is both a space where I share glimpses into my business and the photo shoots I do, and also my personal space to just write about whatever is on my heart. So grab a cup of coffee, come stay for a while and let’s get to know each other. 🙂