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Life upside down


Oh, lots of crazy has happened since August 15. I had anticipated the next blog post would be updates on the photo shoot and pics (coming, I promise), updates on the baby’s room, the office remodel progression and a few other projects. Life gets in the way of your best laid plans though.

My water broke at 1:30 a.m. on August 18 while I was asleep. I was 31 weeks pregnant. And shocked.

I’ll spare you all the details. Chances are if you read this blog and know me, I might have already shared this crazy story with you. In short, once I realized what was going on I freaked out, and rushed to the hospital with my family. Or I should say my husband rushed our family there. He’s amazing in general, exceptional in an emergency. I love that man.

We spend a very scary first few days trying to learn as much as possible about our situation, outcomes, treatments, medications, etc. We hoped for good news. I fully expected to have a baby that night, but we persevered and were very lucky to have made it this far intact (today I’m 33 weeks 2 days). We’ve learned a lot along the way, and are still scared but ultimately trust that we are in a very good place with excellent people taking care of us and this precious little girl. The ride has been wild.

I’m writing this late Tuesday night. If all goes well the rest of our week looks like this: massage on Wednesday (bedrest is really tough on your body, this is such a wonderful option to survive it). Thursday we have an ultrasound to check on our babe, make sure she’s growing and see how much fluid she’s got left to swim in. Friday there’s another test to evaluate her lung maturity. Then Friday afternoon we meet with my OB, the neonatologist, Bill and I to devise a plan to get her out safely. Safely means at 34 weeks. That’s Monday people, September 5. Labor Day. Irony much?

So I think in less than a week we’ll have a real baby girl to hold. A very small little girl, who I truly hope we are able to hold.

My plan is to sleep tonight and then tomorrow post the blog I’ve been waiting for, our family/maternity pics from Dan Woolf. They are stunning and I can’t wait to share my favorites with you and the internets! After that we’ll see. I wasn’t even sure how to document an update of the past two weeks. It’s been surreal. After the photo blog I think we need a post on things we’re thankful for, which in the last few weeks have been many.

If I tell you my plans, will life let me get to them and allow them to come true? Let’s test this theory. Go.


Maternity photo shoot…and lesson from a tot


Bill and I love photography, although we are certainly not pros (he’s better than me though). We do our best to capture every important life change and milestone somehow, usually through photo or video. We’re not great at keeping things up to date, but we have lots of digital content for when “free time” comes around. Ha!

So, of course we had to do maternity photos again.

This time it’s a little different. With Ian we did all sorts of belly shots, skin, etc. Looking back I think some of them are cheesy, and most not appropriate for public display (i.e. there’s the traditional hands holding boobs shot…but it’s a little R rated when your boobs are/were F’s!).  We also really wanted to incorporate Ian, after all we’re building a family and the big brother is an important role! So, we were so excited to find Dan Woolf to help us make awesome family/maternity shots.

I don’t have pics yet, but we had so much fun at our shoot on Sunday that I know they will be great. That and he let me sneak like three peeks while we were shooting. I. am. so. excited.

Here’s the educational part of this post. Lesson from a tot:

We had moved to our second shooting location, this awesome old barn (for background, the wood texture was awesome). There were two miniature horses outside, so checking them out kept Ian busy while Dan set up. Then he poses us on the ground near the bar, which is when things get interesting. From his new lower vantage point, Ian looks over and loudly announces “Mom, those horses have junk!!!”. Oh yes, yes they do. So I tried to respond as banally as I can hoping to deter this conversation, “yup buddy”. He repeats his discovery. I say, “yes, everything has junk.” He keeps it going. “But MOM, I can see it! I can see their junk! They have junk! I did not know that horses have junk! Look, you can see their junk!”

We all are dying at this point. It lasts like 10 minutes. There goes parent of the year. I’m positive it’s my fault that the kid says junk…if you know me you know I have my own language. Bill cannot be held responsible for this.

So right after, I tweet our thanks to Dan. He responds a few hours later, “@Maria7z I had a blast! Thank you for spending some time with me and my camera. It was great to meet you guys. #thosehorseshavejunk“. Awesome. Glad that’s the Myers family’s parting impression, and I’m pretty sure that’s the first thosehorseshavejunk hashtag on Twitter. Milestone or embarrassment? You decide.

I will of course post photos or links to them when I get them from Dan. In the meantime, if you need portraits, family photos, etc, and you want someone who is cool, takes great pics and is laid back enough to appreciate horse junk humor, look Dan up. Here’s his info:



@danielwoolf on Twitter.

Thanks Dan! You were fun and a great sport! 🙂