A Slice of Life // Parker at 12 Weeks

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Miss Parker turns 12 weeks today which seems like as good a time as any for a bit of a state of the union. While I’ve been managing to put together posts during nap times and sneak out of the house for a few meetings and get-togethers, there is so much that is being put on hold for the moment.  However, Aaron is on hiatus for the next five weeks (which I’m sure I’ve mentioned a dozen times because I am just so excited about it!) so I’ve been getting more up to speed with work these days.  (Sorry, if I haven’t responded to your email! I’m chipping away at the inbox as we speak!)

In other news it turns out breastfeeding can only do so much and it does not, in fact, give you your abs back, so I’ve taken a couple Pop Physique classes and have visited the gym a couple of times these past two weeks.  I’m still figuring out how to fit work and working out into my every day routine and even with Aaron home it’s been a challenge.  Any time I have time free there is the constant struggle of what I should be doing with it.  Cleaning the house?  Responding to emails?  Putting on makeup?  Anyhow, I am really excited to get back into shape– here’s hoping!

As for Parker, Aaron and I could not be more in love with this little gal.  She is seriously so much fun and has such a cute little personality emerging.  I think she is going to be a little chatterbox because she is constantly babbling.  She also let out her first real deal laugh after bath time today.  She has been doing this hybrid cough/laugh thing which has been amusing, but the real deal laugh was the thing dreams are made of.  In other news, Parker and I just started a mommy and me class with 13 other babies her age and are starting swimming lessons in a couple of weeks.  She is not a huge fan of the day time nap, but is a pretty good night sleeper.  (Although, I’ve probably jinxed it by typing it here.  Big mistake, mom!)  Breastfeeding, which used to feel all encompassing and kind of daunting in the amount of time it took up, has lately become more effortless and so much more enjoyable.

Also, we are heading to Austin at the end of July.  I know I am supposed to be dreading taking a baby on a plane, but I’m actually looking forward to it.  Travel has been such a huge part of Aaron and my’s relationship and I’m excited to bring her into that.  (I’m also probably a little naive to the challenges.) Stay tuned!  Any traveling with an infant tips you have would be much appreciated!

And this post wouldn’t be complete without a little wife brag.  I can’t possibly imagine a better dad than Aaron.  I knew when I married him that he would be an amazing husband, but I had no way of knowing that he would be such a great father to our little gal.  He adores her and the feeling is obviously mutual.  Plus, he picks up the house every morning before heading off to work and is always eager to help with the errand running and cooking of meals.  He is seriously the best.  Also, since he has been off this week he has become the nap whisperer which of course means he now needs to quit his job and stay home full-time.  I kid.

I am hunkering down this weekend and putting together an editorial calendar for the next couple of months.  I would love to know what you have been enjoying, what you have been missing, and any other little snippets of feedback.  I am so excited to get back to shooting regularly!  In the meantime, though, I am off to spend this sunny Friday with my sweet babe and my main squeeze!

Have a great weekend, friends!

Photo taken by the one and only Aaron Pinkston

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  1. what an absolutely beautiful photo jen!

  2. I personally found traveling with an infant MUCH easier than traveling with a toddler. They usually just sleep or nurse the whole plane ride, whereas toddlers have to be on the move! I’m sure you won’t need it, but good luck with your plane trip!

  3. Awwwww. Jen she is one beautiful cupcake and Mama looks great as well! Thanks for such a wonderful post and lovely picture by the way!

  4. Kaia and I are starting swim classes soon too! What mommy and me class are you taking? I smiled when I read about Aaron being the nap whisper. When Kaia fights her later nap from time to time my husband just rocks with her in the lazy boy and she’s out in minutes. Hope the flight goes well! We have yet to take one with her, but I’m debating a trip home at the end of summer..we’ll see.

  5. Make sure you have a pacifier and your hooter hider for the plane. 1-2 year olds are like bombs on a plane. You never know when they’ll go off. Ha ha. I think traveling with a really little one will go great. But we’ve had our fair share of crazy plane rides. Just don’t do a red-eye. Come to find out, they don’t sleep :/