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A few readers recently asked what kind of camera I use so I thought I’d do a little photography post. I actually just got a new camera but up until yesterday, I’ve been using a Canon Digital Rebel XT. I’ve been very happy with it but Conor and I really wanted something with video. I went with the Canon Digital Rebel T1i solely for the HD video but I really like it as a regular camera too. I noticed a difference in my photos immediately. I think the difference is pretty clear just looking at my 34 week photo and my 35 week photo. Ok, so maybe only I see a difference. My go to lens is a Canon 50mm. I use it for absolutely everything and it’s inexpensive.  I’m a fan of close up shots with lots of blur like the photo above but it’s also good for my weekly belly shots.

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The above photo was taken using a macro lens that I borrowed from Borrow Lenses. I have no practical use for a macro lens right now so unfortunately, I can’t justify buying one but I’m happy just to play around with it for a few days. I thought I was content with how close I can get with the 50mm but man, I really want a proper macro lens now. Instead I went the other way and purchased a Tamron 17-50mm Wide Angle zoom lens. One downside to the 50mm lens is no zoom and living in a small apartment means I’m constantly backing up against the wall for wide angle shots. I plan on taking lots of photos of Charlotte so I wanted a bit more flexibility. 

Straight out of camera: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4      Straight out of camera: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro

The above photos are straight out of the camera, unedited versions of the top two photos. I’m as amateur as they get so I almost always have to touch up my photos once I upload them. It’s usually just to adjust the exposure, make the colors pop or reduce some of the noise. I’m not set on one editing program. I use iPhoto, Photoshop, Lightroom and Picnik depending on how much editing I need to do. For simple light adjustments I stick to iPhoto and Photoshop. If I’m editing a series of photos, I go with Lightroom. Picnik is really great for adding fun effects and text. 

So that’s that. Obviously, I’m not  a professional or anything. I just like to play with toys. 

By the way, I linked to Amazon to show the products I bought but I didn’t pay full price for any of these things. Ebay and I are old pals. 

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Gosh, I’m so antsy. I have very little left to do but I can’t bring myself to do anything. My reasoning is that if I get everything done too soon, all I’ll have left to do is wait. Time seems to go faster when I’m procrastinating. Maybe I should be enjoying these last two weeks of child-free living.

I went for a little bike ride yesterday and it was amazing. I know I shouldn’t ride because of the placenta previa but I couldn’t help myself. I felt so light and forgot I was pregnant for a moment. Everyone says I’m lucky not to be pregnant in the summer but I could see myself wanting a summer pregnancy next time. Especially, now in the last few weeks. Walking and standing for long periods of time really does a number on my back, hips, bum and legs. Riding my bike to get around would be such a relief. Walking usually involves stopping every few minutes to deal with a Braxton Hicks contraction or a pain in my leg, back or some inconvenient location. 

Charlie is still measuring two weeks ahead and my weight is still on track. I have to say, I thought I would relax during pregnancy and eat whatever the heck I wanted but it turns out, I couldn’t eat more if I wanted to. Ok, the daily sundae isn’t normal for me but I have a separate dessert stomach so it doesn’t count. I’m not really looking forward to trying to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Hopefully, chasing after a baby will help. 

The doctor told me that I should have my bags packed just in case. Kind of scary. If I went into labor at this point, it could be dangerous to me and Charlie so lets hope she stays put until the 13th. I did end up packing most of my bags last night. There’s a few things we’ll need to grab the day of but I have the most necessary things packed away. It is kind of exciting to see them sitting by the door. Ah, I can’t wait!

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Dear Charlotte,

You must have heard the doctor tell me to pack my hospital bag now just in case cause it feels like you’ve been trying to break out all morning. Hold tight, girlie! We’ve still got 2 weeks and a day.

Love,

Your Mama

PS. That is not my tummy.

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Conor and I got married on August 14th of last year but I’ll always think of March 25th as our true anniversary. Seven years ago today, I asked Conor to go to the movies with me. I was incredibly nervous about calling and needed the encouragement of my friends but I finally did it. It was honestly the BEST decision I’ve ever made. The thing that always sticks out the most from that night is how much fun I had just walking and talking with Conor. I remember laughing until my belly hurt and how comfortable I felt with him. And it’s been that way ever since.

I’ve always felt a little different from my peers. My parents have always said I march to the beat of my own drum. I’ll be honest, I have heard on more than one occasion, “You’re so weird!”. Conor says this on a daily basis but then he follows it up with a, “That’s why I love you” and a huge hug. I found someone I can truly be myself with.

I have no doubts that Conor is going be a great father. He’s going to support her no matter how weird (or normal!) she may be. Although, with parents like us, she’s probably going to lean more towards the eccentric. I can’t wait to watch as he dazzles her with his charming wit and goofy antics.

Happy Anniversary, Conor!

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Photos by Simone Gutkin