Those pants fit me last summer. I don’t think I’d realized just how far I’ve come until I looked through pictures today.
I reached Lifetime status with Weight Watchers this week. I feel like I could still stand to lose a few (don’t we all?), but I’m proud of my accomplishment and I feel great.
Here are my stats:
Weight: 180 to 136
BMI: 28.2 to 21.1
Size: 14 to 6
Percent weight loss: 21.4%
My advice for anyone on Weight Watchers is to do everything the plan tells you to do. Follow every rule. My weight loss didn’t happen until I stopped resisting the plan, and started embracing it. WW is a solid program that really works.
I love this picture! Not only is it a great moment – the three of us at the finish line of our first race as a family – it is also hilarious, thanks to Danny.
Last week I mentioned to Mike that I was considering running the Twilight Festival four-mile race in Ashburn on Saturday night. I asked if he’d be willing to come along and bring Danny to cheer for me. I was shocked when he suggested that he run it, too! Mike isn’t a runner, and has never done a race before. He just thought it might be fun. (It is!) He plays soccer regularly, so he’s in good shape, but he had no idea whether he could run four miles.
We decided to go for it. On Saturday night, we packed the Bob running stroller into the car and headed to Ashburn. Then the three of us ran the race as a family. I was so excited that we would all do it together.
Last year on March 11, I photographed most everything that happened in our family. I chose the date at random, as an example of a typical day in our lives at that moment in time. This year I decided to do it again, and compare the same date in two consecutive years. What a difference a year has made in our family!
On March 11, 2011, Daniel was 2 months old, we were sleep-deprived, and it was a chilly, late winter day.
On March 11, 2012, Daniel was 14 months old, we were much more energetic, and it was a warm, early spring day.
On both days, we had early morning cuddles, frequent feedings, outings for coffee, walks in scenic locations, and time with grandparents. Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures of dinnertime or naptime last year, so that story ends upruptly. This year I kept the camera going until Danny was tucked into bed.
Here is a fun comparison of the two years, side-by-side. I think I’ll do this every year. Give it a try with your families! It was so fun to go back through last year’s pictures and see how far we’ve come.
I’ve decided to start blogging again. For the past year, I haven’t known what to say here. I’m not taking wedding or portrait clients at this time, and that’s pretty much all I’ve blogged about for the last few years.
I’m still taking care of Danny full time. I’ve done a lot of soul-searching about my career in the meanwhile. I haven’t done any portrait or wedding assignments since August, and I’m still not taking bookings. I haven’t decided when or if I’ll go back. I did wedding and portrait work for eleven years. I feel like I might be ready to move on to something else.
Welcome to the world, Daniel Anthony Pritchard! He was born Sunday, January 9th, weighing 7 pounds 10 ounces. He’s adorable, healthy, and very cuddly. Mike too this picture just minutes after he was born, when I held Danny for the first time. We are already smitten with our little blond cherub.
I will share more pictures after I get home and settled. In the meanwhile, I’m resting comfortably and loving all the cuddles with the baby.
Mike and I are so touched by the outpouring of love and support from all our friends near and far. Thank you for cheering for us – every message has been cherished.
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My official due date of January 3rd has come and gone, so we’re officially on Baby Watch 2011 around here. He could come any day now, so stay tuned for our exciting news! I’ll update my blogs with baby photos as soon as I can, and I’ll be keeping my Facebook and Twitter accounts updated as we go.
In the meanwhile, I thought I’d share a few things that I’ve learned this year about how to photograph weddings while pregnant. I know that I was nervous about how to handle a pregnancy with my hectic and physically demanding career, and I would have loved to have someone offer me tips before I got started. So if you are a wedding photographer who is planning to have a baby soon, here are some tips to help you out.
After posting several of my favorite wedding photos of 2010 last week, I thought I’d complete the set by including a collection of some of the portraits that I’ve loved through the year. 2010 gave me an opportunity to photograph engaged couples, families, children, and two births.
It’s been such a full year for me! In addition to nine months of pregnancy and a move from Colorado to Virginia, 2010 also marketed my busiest photography year so far. I had fun looking back through the year’s images and choosing some of my favorites. It was hard to narrow them down, but here are some of the ones that really stood out to me this year.
Mike + me + 1
December 19, 2010
Today I’m 38 weeks pregnant! The baby is full term, and we’re just waiting for him to make his debut. The pregnancy has been going well, and the baby seems to be doing great. I feel fine and I’m reasonably active these days, but I do have more backaches and insomnia than ever. I think we have just about everything prepared for the little guy’s arrival, so at this point, we’re just waiting. I’m excited and trying not to get nervous!
Today my mother took some pictures of Mike and me and the baby bump. Thanks, Mom!
Hi, I’m Charlotte! I’m a photographer in Reston, Virginia. I love hiking, running, and exploring the world with my husband and young son.