Posts from November 2016

Pic(s) Post | Cousins in November 2016

November 22, 2016

0f5a23380f5a2362Maisie, Casey, Graeme, Claire and baby Eileen

My siblings and I threw together a pre-Thanksgiving brunch last weekend and it was soooooooooooo nice.  My littlest niece lives in California so this was the first time I (finally!) got to snuggle her and Maisie was equally obsessed with her baby cousin.  On my Dad’s side I have 11 first cousins and for a while when I was very young it felt like there was a new baby at every family gathering and these pictures remind me of that – especially because there will be one more on that couch in a few weeks!

Here are a few I snapped that day with my phone…

1 Mommy I found this, I’m going to give it to the baby.  2 This is EVERYTHING. 3 Aunt Laura and I fighting over this little lovie.
4Driving Miss Maisie.  She LOVED it.

A Statement On Sharenting from the Inventor of Sharenting

November 17, 2016


Posting these because I took A MILLION pictures of Maisie wearing my hat like it’s no big deal.  I mean, C’MON.

Sharenting (or oversharenting) is a term used to describe the overuse of social media by parents to share content based on their children. 

So the other day I was minding my own business, scrolling through Yahoo News when I saw an article titled “What is “Sharenting” and Should We Be Doing It?”  I clicked through and started reading and soon enough I felt my face turning red as I imagined one of my random Facebook friends (or my rotten siblings) seeing the same article and thinking “UGH…I hope she sees this.”  Even worse, I started worrying – am I putting Maisie at risk by posting pictures of her on the internet?

I thought long and hard about why it is that I feel inclined to post sometimes daily images of my toddler on Instagram/Facebook?  Why it is that I need to constantly take a million pictures or write a blog about our life?

I came up with some reasoning which I think is pretty basic.  I will order from from most —> least normal:

1 – Pride.  I love my daughter more than I can explain or comprehend.  I know my childless friends can’t understand this but just about everything she does makes me proud.  If that is wrong then I don’t want to be right.

2 – Far Away Relatives.  Maisie has a pretty legit extended family – but unfortunately none of them are close to us geographically.  Texting pictures and videos can feel tedious as opposed to broad sharing on social media.

3 –  Posterity.  The last 18 months have gone by so quickly that I can barely wrap my mind around it.  I have so few images of myself as a baby or toddler.  I think I have ONE picture of my Mother and I from my childhood.  I need to preserve memories for Maisie and for Joe and I.  Once upon a time I was a photographer before I was a Mother.  But why do I do it publicly?…

4 – Isolation and Loneliness.  Did you know that I sometimes go to work for 4 days, take care of Maisie alone for 3 days and then go back to work for another 4 days?  Did you know that our closest relatives live an hour away from us?  Did you know we go 6 months or more at a time without seeing our friends?  Did you know that we can’t afford to pay an occasional weekend babysitter in addition to Maisie’s daycare tuition?  I won’t go on and on but sometimes our life can feel really hard and lonely but I always know, even on the worst days, that we are extremely blessed.  So yes I’ll freely admit, posting a picture of Maisie on a Saturday or Sunday during what I call my “pretend single Mom” time makes me feel less lonely and more connected to the outside world.  Sorry random Facebook friends, but I’m not sorry.

5 – What if?  What if something happens to me?  What if I get hit by a bus?  How will Maisie ever know how much she meant to me?  How will she know me at all?  I pray that if something horrible happened she would find this blog one day or be able to scroll through the thousands of pictures and videos that I took.  Is that weird?  I guess.  I mean, it’s probably weird.  Whatever!  Hope for the best, plan for the worst right?

The article did remind me of something I’ve always tried and will definitely continue to be extremely conscious of – her safety.  I never name names of addresses, exact locations etc. – her daycare, our home etc.  Since about 6 months, I’ve never posted a picture of her without a shirt on.  I mean, is there a chance some lunatic could swipe her picture from the MILLIONS of pictures being shared by other parents and do something weird with it?  I guess there’s a chance anything could happen, maybe I’m being naive but I’m not worried.

So the safety stuff was cool but as for the rest I only have one thing to say…BYE FELICIA.  Sorry to disappoint anyone who was hoping for a “the first step is admitting you have a problem” type of post.

Our Family Pictures 2016.

November 8, 2016

We met up with my photogafriend Tricia again this year to get our pictures taken and unknowingly walked into a perfect storm of toddler terror.  Maisie had a few vaccinations the day before and then didn’t end up napping in the car on the way there like we were hoping she would yada yada yada things got ugly pretty quickly.

After we called it quits I literally didn’t think we got even one sane shot so I was thrilled when Tricia revealed a nice handful of photos from the first 9 minutes of shooting hahaha.

I hate being in pictures but it’s so important to me to do this once a year.  I hope I can keep the momentum going as Maisie gets older 🙂

Just for fun – our pictures from last year – SO LITTLE!

Tricia LaPonte Photography

Tricia LaPonte Photography

Tricia LaPonte Photography

I title this one: “The Beginning of the End” (alternate title “If looks could kill”).Tricia LaPonte Photography

Tricia LaPonte Photography

Tricia LaPonte PhotographyAnd that, my friends, is a wrap.

Tricia LaPonte Photography

Some recent Maisie Stuff

November 3, 2016

Maisie recently started at a new daycare (post about this coming soon. or maybe never lol) just in time for picture day.  I had no idea how this would go and when I got the proofs back I died.  Like, literally died.  Way to go Maisie!


Then a few days later was the Halloween parade!  Confession time…I took these pictures with a scarf and sunglasses covering my entire face so she wouldn’t see me on the first parade lap.  I didn’t want to break her stride!  Secondary confession, the cuteness of seeing her and her friends in their little costumes had me fighting tears.paradeSaving the best for last…I didn’t have super high hopes for trick or treating but Maisie totally got it and totally LOVED it!  Every time another door opened and someone gave her a shiny foil-wrapped piece of candy she just kept saying “woooooowwwwwwww!…wowwwwwwwwww!”

Yay Maisie Mouse!

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