And then he was gone.

A few weeks ago my husband was called away to serve our country. He has traveled almost half way around the world, and while we are super proud of him for his commitment to our country and being awesome at his job, we are all missing him pretty hardcore. I wasn't sure if I wanted to post anything about it, but I know that blogging through his absence will help me work through the many emotions that seem to be constantly hitting me in the face. We had a very short notice before this deployment and it's our first. I'm going to be pretty vague about the details, but he's in a hot location and it's for more than a few months but less than a year. Because of his job, he deployed solo and there were no going away ceremonies or FRG parties, just us dropping him off at the airport in his civilian attire.

Here are a few photos I grabbed on our last night together, and at the airport.

Before I know it we will be reunited, and our family will be whole again. Until then, I am thankful for technology and friends (like one special gal who just sent me money and insisted I take the kids out for dinner- it was SO NICE and unexpected). 

Please do a happy dance for me, and I will survive this latest struggle put before us <3



The Birth of Madeline Rose | My Peaceful Homebirth

I'm so excited to share my own birth story with you guys! If you go way back to THIS POST, I talked a little about my first two birth experiences and shared the few photos I had. This time, when my baby-fever having husband finally convinced me to have another one, I knew I wanted to do things differently.

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Baby's First Bath | Missouri Lifestyle Photographer

One of the benefits of having a homebirth was no immediate bath. Madeline was dried off and the vernix was rubbed in. Some benefits to allowing this is reduced risk of infection, improved temperature control, improved maternal bonding, no baby lotion required (vernix is natures baby lotion), and stabilized infant blood sugar. (article here: Delaying Baby's First Bath)

We finally decided it was time, and BOY did she have a lot to say about it!

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Our Life - Janurary 2017 | Fort Leonard Wood Family Photographer

Instead of continuing with the P52 theme from last year, I'll just be posting some personal favorites from time to time. Hopefully 2-3 times a month, depending on how busy and crazy things are. I'm also looking to start including DIY projects, favorite recipes, fitness tips - general mom blog stuff!

So far, 2017 has been good to us. My husband has started interning at his new job and LOVES it so far. Nora is still doing excellent in school, and Nathan's Pre-K assessment went well, as expected. They did want to evaluate him again for speech therapy. I have mixed feelings about this, since we did it before and he was just "going at his own pace." He has a great vocabulary and talks our heads off, he just has a bit of an impediment (maybe?). I know it can't hurt him, so we will see what they say and go from there.

I have a fun photography announcement coming up soon! Learning this area's market and figuring out the logistics for working after the baby is born have been a little bit of a struggle, so I'm implementing new changes and offerings. Stay tuned!

It's only really snowed twice this winter, but this week we got to see an ice-storm first hand. I guess instead of snow, it rains and then freezes when it hits the ground. Everything has icicles hanging and the plants are encased in a glass-like layer of ice. It's really quite beautiful, although the big dead tree in my front yard is loosing a few limbs due to the weight of the ice. Luckily it isn't over our cars or home, so we don't have to worry too much.

This past week we were invited along with one of Charlie's work trips to Old Kinderhook resort, and got to ice skate and enjoy fire pits and smores! It's a little funny- Charlie promised me an ice skating date (I've never been, despite growing up in the Midwest) 6 years ago when we started seeing each other. FINALLY he get's to make good on his promise, but the catch? I'm 34 weeks pregnant hah! No ice skating for me. The kids had a blast though, and it was fun seeing him drive the bus there and back.

See you next time, and stay warm!