My baby isn't even a month old and I swear the Walmart photographer was waiting for her to look at the camera and say "cheese". We prop up Sadie and the lady starts shouting "Sadie"over and over again and shaking a teddy bear that was about 4 feet away. For, what seemed like eons, she was doing everything except take a picture. Why wasn't she taking a picture?! Come on, lady we've been waiting for over an hour and she's going to get hungry! I felt like screaming!
FINALLY! She snapped a shot. And... there she goes again "SADIE SADIE SADIE!"
Okay perfect opportunity for picture! Come on take a picture! And GONE goes a great shot. Why didn't you just click the button?
At this point I asked her "Are you only allowed to take so many shots?"
"Oh, no, we can take as many as we want, SADIE SADIE SADIE!"
Another opportunity comes. Perfect! Cute! Awww Sadie you are so cute! And....
CLICK. "AH, COME ON LADY!"
Then came the family photo and again "SADIE! SADIE! Look at the camera!" She CAN"T SEE THE CAMERA FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!! It was the most frustrating experience as a mom so far!
How did I hold it together for the, what, 10 pictures she took in that 40 minutes that passed?
"Okay I'll get these pictures together and call you when they are ready"
Graham and I waited as patiently as we could, trying our best not to rip each others heads off in front of everyone in the store. "Okay, your pictures are ready! Here are the best 5, in my opinion!"
"This one is the best, it's not too bad, it doesn't look like his (Graham's) eyes are closed, it just look like he's squinting a bit" ARE YOU FOR REAL? Where's Ashton, we're being Punk'd right?!
After looking at 4 or 5 very poorly done pictures I tell her "I'm sorry, we're not going to take any of these"
"oh, okay, would you like to make an appointment with a more experienced photographer?"
Thank goodness we did not pay a sitting fee!!!!
Why? Why? Why did we go to Walmart??!?!?! Well, we couldn't find an affordable professional photographer so we gave it a chance. We were pretty much just after the backdrops. How badly could it really go? Worse than I could have ever imagined.
So forget Walmart. I took my own pictures of Sadie! Here they are. Much better than Walmart.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Born November 20th 2010 at 6:58am
Measuring 20 inches
Weighing 6 lbs 11 oz
We are so incredibly grateful for this beautiful healthy baby we brought into this world. It's been two months since our little girl made her appearance and it has been the most wonderful (and exhausting) two months of our lives. It has been so exciting to watch her grow and we are so excited about the weeks, months, years ahead.
Contractions started Friday at about 5pm (one week overdue). I was having a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions with menstrual type pains for weeks leading up to this but these contractions had a new kind of pain/pressure so I was pretty sure this was it! I laboured at home for a few hours got some things done around the house then drove into the city and spent a couple hours at my in-laws. I used a TENS machine which helped in the beginning. Went into the hospital at 11pm. Should have gone earlier! Contractions were so painful at this point- TENS didn't do a thing. I was 4 cm dilated and got my own room fairly quickly. Asked for epidural right away but it was going to take a while for him to get there. Tried laughing gas, only made me dizzy. I wasn't going to try narcotics because of my reaction to Demerol but I couldn't take the pain so I got Fentanyl. This took the edge off and with the TENS the pain was bearable. It took a very long time to get the epidural. Finally got it and it took ALL of the pain away. I was able to get some sleep and woke up to nurses scurrying about. Baby's heart rate dropped. She had a bowel movement. Waters broke when they examined me and baby at this point. My doctor was then called because it was time to push. Baby's heart rate returned to normal. Doctor arrived, did some pushing but because of the drop in heart rate and the meconium dr, wanted her out faster so she used the vacuum for a few pushes. Baby was out half an hour later, at 6:58 am. The umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck twice! Didn't cause any problems though - Dr said this was common. Labour lasted 14 hours total. I remember being wide awake for the delivery, I remember seeing her for the first time and holding her but the following hours were a blur. I next remember waking up feeling like I was hit by a bus! Wow! I must have skipped over the postpartum sections of all the books I read because I did not anticipate the recovery period! Wowza. Took a good two weeks to feel okay on my feet. Thank goodness for my superman husband who did so much during those first two weeks!