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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Greyson Decker Cohen: Superstar!

I am way delayed in posting these pics but better late than never, right?! 
Newborns are only newborns for so long, so with both boys, I felt that it was really important to capture their newness with some professional pictures. Having Greyson so close to the holidays also meant that this would be a good opportunity to get some pics of the fam that we could use for the Christmas card - added bonus!

While I liked the company we used for Hayes' newborn pictures, the shots were very simple and plain and for Greyson, I was really hoping to find a photographer that was able to really capture the cuteness by using timeless props that would enhance the photos. I had a photographer I'd found online booked to come a week after he was due but when the due date came and went and I looked into rescheduling, she sadly informed me that she wasn't going to be in town for the rest of the month (it was Thanksgiving, after all!). 

Alas, it was a blessing in disguise, for if the original photographer hadn't been unavailable, I would never have found Diana Henderson (a referral from my friend, Lizzie), who was simply AMAZING and turned out to be everything I was looking for. Not only was I able to pick and choose props from an extensive collection (even down to the way the floor looked, people!), her package philosophy was no bullshit - we got to keep digital files of whatever she took (high res and low res - unheard of in the photography business), with a few retouched photos included (most of them not even needing to be retouched). This meant that we would be able to choose from over 300 photos that we now owned the rights to - the possibilities were frankly, overwhelming, but a good problem to have!

On top of the adorable props and great deal, Diana was the sweetest, with two young boys of her own. She was not only a baby whisperer, gently moving Greyson into whatever position we needed our baby model to be in, holding his limbs tight when he fussed and even bringing a space heater to keep his little bod warm, but she was incredible with Hayes as well, keeping him engaged and interested and hamming it up for the camera until the very end. 
We couldn't have been happier with how the photos turned out. Many of you saw a collection of them in Greyson's birth announcement/holiday card, but here are some of my other favorites, as well as a link to all of them on our shutterfly share site. We've gotten a few of them framed and will be hanging them at the house as soon as hubby's cast comes off.


 And probably my absolute favorite from the whole shoot:


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Back in the saddle again...

I've been back at work now for about a week and am slowly re-acclimating to my working-mom role. Of course, it helps tremendously that I am afforded such a uniquely awesome situation, working from home two days a week and from the office three days a week. The schedule really allows me to enjoy the best of both worlds - I don't feel like I'm missing out on too much of the boys and I'm also able to preserve my sanity by engaging my mind in something non-baby and toddler-related (not to mention the amount of personal things I'm able to get done - 10 hours is a long day!).

Coming back to work last week was harder than I expected it to be. When I returned to work after having Hayes, I didn't have any issues; I basically didn't think about him when I was at work, so in a way, I kind of forgot to miss him. I'm not sure if it's because there's double the love now, or if it's because I'm leaving an animated three year old and not just a baby blob (sorry Grey!), but I really missed those guys on my first day back! I physically missed holding them in my arms.  I found myself a little jealous of the nanny because I knew she was getting to spend all of that quality time with my boys while I seemingly twiddled my thumbs at work. 
The second day got easier and then it was already the weekend, where I got to spend a full four days with them. Then yesterday back at work was easier still and so on and so forth. It helps that Hayes could literally care less whether I'm there - when I drop him off at school, he is so insistent on updating his teacher Edith on where "Umi car" is (from Team Umizoomi) that he hardly notices as I'm leaving. And when he wakes up in the morning, he reminds me how much he likes the new nanny, Diana (a huge relief!), basically before he even says good morning. When I told him that I would miss him when I went back to work, he gave me a hug and said "Don't worry Mama, I'll see you when you get home!". So I'm thrilled that he's transitioned easily from having me around 24/7! And Greyson is so young, he doesn't know the difference, although his sleeping has gone to absolute hell the past week so I'm wondering if he's trying to make up for lost quality time with Mama by insisting on waking up every hour throughout the night. God damn 4 month cognitive surge!

Anyways, now that I'm back at work, I ironically have more time for this ole blog so you'll hopefully be hearing from me again on a more regular basis ;-)

Here are a couple of videos of the boys we've taken as of late.

Hayzey has started a soccer class every Saturday at a local park (with about 5 of his friends so that's been nice company for Grant and me). We've only been to one class so far and his enthusiasm was lackluster but when push came to shove, he did what he was supposed to do with the ball and we're hoping he sees the fun in the sport as he gets used to it.

And Grey is still our smiley guy, laughing at the same silliness Hayes used to laugh at, as you can see from the video below:

Man I love those guys...

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Pats!

On my last official day of maternity leave (sniffle, sniffle!), we're embracing the color green, drinking shamrock shakes and pretending to be Irish...

Happy St. Pats!