And then, there were 3.

So I always love when I am involved in the big “we’re expecting” announcement. It’s like you’re a member of this very small secret club guarding a really cool secret.

I’ve never been good at keeping secrets, this kind of shoot has definitely taught me how to stay contained. Because of course you want to tell the world, even if the people you would tell don’t know the couple expecting. It’s a baby, its ALWAYS exciting!

So, when these two came to me, it was extra hard, because I KNEW them! And I KNEW who KNEW them! I knew everyone was going to flip, cry happy tears, jump up and down and throw a party. Oh the bite marks on my lips from clamping my mouth are still there. I am so happy for these two. And now, the secret is OUT! I got the email from mama just two days ago, “OK, you can post!” I practically jumped out of my chair. 🙂

So, without further delay, welcome baby Bacus to the world! Due October 2013!

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Snowed in.

Ah, yes….I am late. Thought I would for sure, with feet of snow LOCKING me in the house that I would blog my head off. I did my laundry which I loathe, even my taxes which makes my skin crawl, but blog? NO-PE. 

We had such a good time, I was terrified cabin fever would set in the second day but we were snowed in for 5 days and loved it up until the last day when we started to run out of things and started to smell like the carpet. KIDDING…. you all know how it feels. 

The boys are so much fun, and being forced to take it easy really sets it up for success. You are going anywhere…pajamas might as well be a three piece suit. Your house is clean because you have nothing else to focus on after the edits are done so we had time to play, watch movies, build forts, break out the playdough…and of course, the sledding. Image

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My husband and my biggest little camped out in the back yard before the big storm hit so they got a night of serious man bonding and then 5 days of family bonding. Couldn’t have been a sweeter week. 

First morning with my little, we call him “Boogers”…don’t really know how the inception of that stuck but, he even answers to it. Loves his strawberries, all morning long. 

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When he gets his fill, he goes and does his thing while I cook. French toast, eggs and hashbrowns were in order. LOVE when I get the chance to cook a big breakfast.

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And of course….the glorious moment when my Kuerig tells me its “Ready to Brew”….the little things. Yes…there is a monster on my cup. Love Halloween…don’t judge me. 

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About ready to eat, boys coming in. Love hearing their chatter as they come in the door and get all undone and unbuttoned for me to warm them up. We officially had a “snow pile” at the foot of the stairs for wet shoes and clothes.

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And true to form…Boogers taking over Daddy’s breakfast.

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And how funny when you are just….trapped in, to care about nothing else but the mom and wife stuff, you dont seem to mind cleaning up. ImageImage

My soap dispenser made from a wine bottle that has been chalk painted for a cute label with an olive oil dispenser top. Loved that craft. Easy and cute.

And as we are up and rolling for the day….this one still lazes about. 

 

Anyway, wanted to make this more about photos and less about typing so I will leave it at that, that’s what the Payton house was up to. 🙂

 

Cheers!  

Three’s Company

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This year I decided it was time to break into the triplets world. I loved every picture Id ever seen of three babies, even if they were just taken at home with a point & shoot.

So, posted a status looking for models, wasn’t interested in making money on this one, afterall….if I couldn’t GET a shot (which with 3 babies….lets face it….it was possible to crash & burn. LOL,) at least the pressure would be off. I felt I’d perform better if I didnt have the “paying customer is expecting the bomb you better get yourself together” voice in the back of my head.

The shoot started off relatively smooth, then would get interesting here and there. Id get two down, one would wake up, Id get one down, second and third happy and first baby would pee on second baby…all awake and unhappy now. One baby, two baby, one pooped—start over! It was hysterical at times, gross at times, rewarding at times, humbling the whole time. I left with more…..bodily fluids soaked in my clothing than Id had since I was that old. No…seriously…poop in my scarf people.

About halfway through, all three babies were on separate schedules. We shot with one or two while feeding the third, added third, changed one while second slept. SO, I knew it was going to be a matter of breaking out the composite edit skills to make the group shots.

BUT, surprisingly enough, we got a small handful of shots I am proud of considering they were my first attempt at multiples and was working outside my studio with whatever I could fit into the SUV.

Definitely a first, definitely not a last, definitely needed a shower. Meet Carly, Rose and John!

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