Thursday, February 25, 2010

Five month photo shoot!

Every month we take pictures of Kate with her adjusted age on her onsie. My plan is to have all 12 months at the end of the year and make a collage picture. This month was the five month photo shoot. In general these photo shoots are pretty entertaining. In the beginning we would have about five minutes to get it done before she would have a melt down. Now we can have outfit changes, props and just play. Plus she can now sit up or lay on her belly with her head up, and of course the smiles have gotten better and better. She particularly likes it when I make animal noises so I am always standing behind Ed (aka camera man), mooing or meowing.

One problem now is she is somewhat sensitive about the flash. She likes to act completely startled every time we use the flash and the picture ends up with this startled look on her face. I guess that is the price you pay for a more alert and aware baby. As well she is starting to move and grab constantly so you have to try and wrestle the stuffed animal away from her mouth just prior to the photo.

I think that we may have close to a million pictures of her by now. Or even a million and five. Your first baby is almost just like your first love. You simply can't get enough of them. You think about them all the time, find everything they do amazingly adorable and just have to be with them most of the time. I would have never guessed that I would be this over the top with my daughter but, it sure feels good.

As an equally funny note tonight, I like that I have two followers to my blog. Eddie and Eddie.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Solving the blog mystery and awaiting spring.

Like many things in life, the less you know about it the easier you believe it is to do. It is only because of your lack of knowledge that it appears easy. For me there are a lot of things in life like this, running a marathon, cooking, parenthood and even starting a blog.

Blogging for those of use who have never blogged would assume that it is quiet easy. Look how many people have blogs. You can find a blog about everything and nothing all at the same time. So really how hard could it be?

Enter into the picture that I am somewhat technologically challenged. Ed has to make me post-its on how to use our DVR. I often have to call him so that I can upload pictures, or even turn up the heat in our house (its programed, and I swear it is complicated). A major aspect of this problem is that I don't like to read instructions. Strange for a person that loved school, and went to 8 years of college.

Now before you worry about all the animals that I do surgery on, know that I do read and follow instructions when needed. And also I'd like to point out that is more important for a surgeon to be able to think on their feet. When it really matters you don't want the person with a scalpel to need to read the next chapter before the stop the bleeding. I just would rather do than read on how to do. You name it, I like to learn by trail and error for the most part.

Again though back to blogging. I am trying to create something that I have no prior training in. Furthermore I want it to look good, and reflect our family. So here is the beginning. The messy beginning where I don't know what I am doing. I will struggle to find the font that is easy for all the read, a back ground that doesn't give you a head ache and I also need to brush up on my writing skills. I will also embrace a new techniques on things I know nothing about (Javascript, gadgets and more). Furthermore I will embrace reading some instructions and asking help of those out there that spend even more time with computer than I do.

One might ask even more importantly why blog? Who cares and why figure it out? I started blogging when Kate was in the hospital. I found it was a great way to inform a large group of people what we were experiencing. I've grown tired of the parameters for the caring bridge blog. I want something that reflects our family more, and less of a reminder of the hospital. I also have kept journals for years, writing at night or other times and so I thought this would be a great way to journal about life and our family in a new way.

Ready or not blogging world here I come!