The Perfect Pic

Today, my little wee one is a whole 3 months old!  It feels like time is flying, but going ridiculously slow at the same time… I don’t know how that’s possible…


Each month I carve out a little time to take updated pictures of Miss Joy.  They are pretty short sessions (babies are quite the high maintenance photo subjects), so I try to get the elusive “money shot” as quickly as possible. This usually involves a lot of high pitched noises, quick prop ups, and me saying “Daddy, lift the toy higher!”, “Daddy, get your foot out of the shot!”, “Daddy, she’s face planting!”. My husband is very patient…

I usually average around 100 shots in 15 minutes or so, and out of those 100 shots I’m lucky if I get 5 pics that I really like! Babies don’t really pose, sit still, or at her age, hold their heads up for very long.  Because of this, I have acquired quite the collection of pictures that umm, I’ll just say Anne Geddes probably won’t be knocking on my door anytime soon!

So for all the picture taking mommies out there, don’t fret when you see all the beautifully edited perfect baby pics that everyone posts online, because most likely, there’s whole lot of funny or awkward one’s that didn’t make the cut! (Still just as cute and adorable of course!)

Here are a few unedited funny pics of Joy during our photo shoots from age 0-3 months:

Two weeks old and already flipping off the camera… For shame…


The  1 month “post worthy” pic:

joy grey chair

The not so much:


2 Month happy pic:

joy 2 months

The others….



Not feelin’ the pumpkins…


Over her costume…


More interested in eating the rug…


3 month funny faces:



Silly Songs


I think it’s pretty common that parents make up songs to sing to their children while going through the tasks of the day.  My husband and I make up A LOT of songs! Poor Joy… but hey! she can’t talk back yet, so she’s just gonna have to deal with it.  Here are just a few examples:

(to the tune of “Barbie Girl”)

I’m a baby girl

In a baby world

So many onesies

It’s so fun-zies!!

(to the tune of Beyonce’s “Single Lades”)

If you like it, then you shoulda put a diaper on it! Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh….

(an original song by my husband)

Walkin’ ’round the house

Walkin’ ’round the house

I’m not a mouse, wearin’ a blouse

‘Cuz I’m walkin’ round the house

(continue going through all the vowels… “I’m not a mase, playin’ a bass, I’m not a moose, in a caboose, I’m not a meece, wearin’ some fleece, I’m not a mice, with a device” etc…)

We also sing her hymns and stuff… whatever!

Mommy Blogs

Swapping funny stories about the craziness that is being a new mommy, has become one of my favorite things! Ridiculous stuff happens all the time!  So, I decided it might be fun to chronicle the small and silly things that I, as a new mom, have had to deal with,  in hopes that it’ll show all my soon to be mommy friends that child rearing is far from perfect. It’s really frickin’ hard and stupid stuff happens all the time! But I love it….

Long before I was pregnant (and mainly thanks to Pinterest), I’ve read a good amount of mommy blogs.  I just really enjoy following the stories of new little families, trying to figure it all out while balancing marriage, little kiddos, creative outlets, and more often than not, heartbreak and major life changing experiences.  I always figured I’d have a mommy blog myself one day… and today is the day!

A lot (and I mean a lot!) of my friends have recently had children, are in the process of baking a little bun, or are considering getting pregnant in the near future… All to say, we’re just at that age, and now all we really talk about is baby or future baby stuff.  Doesn’t bother me at all, I love being able to go through these life changing instances with others and frankly, I could talk about it all day!

So for those who are interested in reading about MY little family… here you go! Alyssa’s mommy blog 🙂 (and other things..)