7 a.m. on a Saturday

So you know how I’m not a morning person? Well, tell that to the baby in my tummy. The days many of you have warned me about are here, and I can no longer find a comfortable sleeping postion. Any tips? I keep hearing that it’s just to prepare me for when the baby is waking up several times in the night, but I don’t think that’s really fair. Shouldn’t I be allowed to get every last drop of precious sleep before she comes? I promise I’ll adjust just fine without this two-month trial run. Possibly even better since I’ll be so well rested. *sigh*

Jake took off early (yes, earlier than this post!) this morning for his first dirt-biking run of the season. He’s been so anxious to get back to biking. I think I may have created a monster when I caved in a bought him that thing. 🙂 *sigh again* I do have to admit that it’s fun to see him get so excited about it. I think he’s worried that once our baby comes, his biking days will be limited. I’m sure all you moms with kids are shaking your heads yes, but in my naivete I think, no, I won’t mind if he takes off for a day to ride while I sit at home with our baby, will I?  haha. In reality, I really don’t mind so much. I’m here to attest that the boy deserves a few good days off.

Finally, to end this early morning novel, I just have to share that Jake’s mom and sister threw me the nicest surprise baby shower last night! It was so sweet of them. They cooked a fabulous lasagna dinner and invited Jake’s extended family (boys too!). I don’t know how Jake always manages to surprise me, but he does. I had no idea! Everyone was so sweet and we received some awesome gifts! I’m not sure the guys knew how to react when I kept opening these adorable little outfits and all the girls were oohing and ahhing (men just don’t get it, do they ladies?), but it was great. Jake and I are lucky to have such great families.

Okay, I’m done! Are you still reading? If so, I’ll leave you with this lovely bunch of flowers that make me ache for summertime. *sigh–a third time*

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Saedi - I second the body pillow motion. I had a maternity one, I don’t know how to explain it while typing, but if you call me I can try to give you an idea. Mine seriously saved my life. On another topic, I think you’ll be fine with Jake going dirtbiking, because then you will be able to bargain with him to give you a girls night, or shopping trip, etc. It will all work out.March 2, 2009 – 10:23 am

Katie Holley - I got a snoogle maternity body pillow and it saved my life!! It was the only way I got any sleep (though it was still limited those last few weeks). My doctor also told me it was ok to take unisom (sleeping pill) and that worked wonders for me because it would knock me out even if I was uncomfortable. Good luck!! It’s all worth it!February 21, 2009 – 12:13 pm

Katie - I feel for you! Do you have a body pillow? That was my life saver. As for the whole bike thing after the baby is born, I see nothing wrong with letting him go. Mat does his whole golf tournament things and it has never bothered me. It makes them happy and then you take your turn doing something! You are going to be awesome parents and I can’t wait to see you & your cute tummy on Monday!February 21, 2009 – 10:19 am

Sarah & Ben 01.03.09

My first wedding of 2009! Jake and I cruised up to Idaho once again for this one. It was about 4 degrees with clear blue skies that day, but Sarah and Ben were troopers in the bitter cold!

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After the temple they had a yummy luncheon at the Shiloh Inn. Don’t you just love Sarah’s netted headpiece? Her mom made it along with her dress. Such talented people in this world.

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Some luncheon details:

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The luncheon was followed by a reception in the evening. Check out all these lovely details!

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To see more, check out their slideshow here.

Sarah & Ben 01.03.09

My first wedding of 2009! Jake and I cruised up to Idaho once again for this one. It was about 4 degrees with clear blue skies that day, but Sarah and Ben were troopers in the bitter cold!

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After the temple they had a yummy luncheon at the Shiloh Inn. Don’t you just love Sarah’s netted headpiece? Her mom made it along with her dress. Such talented people in this world.

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Some luncheon details:

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The luncheon was followed by a reception in the evening. Check out all these lovely details!

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To see more, check out their slideshow here.

Check out this little model…

I got to meet and photograph one of my new little nephews over christmas break. Meet little Braeden all the way from New York. Isn’t he adorable? Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so, since this little guy just landed his first modeling job with Playtex bottles. That’s right folks. He’s already pulling his weight in the world and he’s not even 1 year old yet. How come the rest of us are such slackers?

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Staring contest with daddy

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Love these next two. I just want to squish him!

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Your Husband - This little guy is a stud! I was fun to finally meet and get to know my little nephew over the Christmas break.February 20, 2009 – 12:05 pm

kara - meredith is the best! No one else could have gotten all these smiles and made him so happy and content. These pix submitted to the NY agents are what got Braeden started in the world of baby modeling! Thanks for capturing him so well.February 17, 2009 – 5:44 pm

Maternity–part deux (but technically part 1)

Nothing makes me appreciate how my clients feel more than having to step in front of the lens myself. I suddenly become very self-conscious, have no idea what to do with hands (or arms, or feet, or anything!), and I forget how to smile naturally. Is this how all of you feel? Do I help to alleviate that feeling when I photograph you? (My goal is to make you feel comfortable and provide good direction, so please let me know if I don’t!).

Jake and I decided to take some real maternity pics (as opposed to the quick snapshots on my old blog), so here you go. Me at 7 months pregnant as photographed by Jake. I’m laughing self-consciously to myself as I post these, but figured I can’t plaster all of you lovelies all over my blog, if I’m not willing to plaster myself, right?

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Nice…real nice

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Here’s a few plays from the studio. We tried some sillouhettes. I like the one of me okay, but the one with both of us looks a little funny to me…

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Apologies for these (though they make me laugh). I just couldn’t resist taking a shot of my stomach from MY point of view. Some people have told me I’m not very big, but I feel huge! Can you see why now? I can barely see my feet! The second shot I’m bending forward.

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Gina - I love all these shots! SO GREAT! The silhouette and point of view shots are so unique! What a creative gal you are!April 4, 2009 – 8:08 pm

Saedi - You are the cutest pregnant woman!!! I love these pictures so much. And yes, we all feel that way when you take our pictures, but thankfully you do ease the discomfort a lot!March 2, 2009 – 10:25 am

Emily Williams - Meredith, you are an absolute betty.
i just got a new camera and i had a little nudge to google you tonight (so glad I did). Now I plan to spend the next several minutes catching up on your life and ogling your beautiful work. Congratulations on the pregnancy! Can’t wait to (blog)meet your little one.
OXFebruary 21, 2009 – 9:59 pm

Carin - beautiful!!!!!! congratulations!!!!!
i love the sillouette!!!!!February 20, 2009 – 1:14 pm

Kayti - girl, you look bangin. i know i have said it before and i will say it again – you have no idea how beautiful you are.February 18, 2009 – 12:39 pm

kara - You look amazing! I cant wait to meet the little bambina!February 17, 2009 – 2:40 am

Carissa - Not only are you the cutest pregnant lady ever…but that outfit is so chic and ADORABLE! I want it;)February 16, 2009 – 3:56 pm

Nat - You’re so cute!February 15, 2009 – 4:39 pm

Aly - Okay, Jeff and I are laughing so hard over the one from your viewpoint… with the tiny little feet! Awesome! I love the silhouette too. You are a beautiful woman.February 11, 2009 – 1:10 am

Angie Brown - Wow, congratulations on your pregnancy! I hope all goes well for you! Preston and I still love our pictures by the way. I always recommend you to people I know who are getting married! I think you’re a great photographer … and I’m sure you’ll be a great mommy too 🙂February 10, 2009 – 2:50 pm

Katie - I wish that I could look like you when I am pregnant…but I don’t! They turned out really cute!February 10, 2009 – 12:56 pm

Esther Parsons - Meredith! You are like the cutest pregnant person I know!!! Wow! Love all your maternity pictures. 🙂February 9, 2009 – 11:34 pm

lanni - what a babe!February 9, 2009 – 9:36 pm