He doesn't know how in love I am with it though.... I'm waiting till we get an ultrasound to tell him. No point in being upset if its not another girl... ya know?
I confess DH pisses me off with all his excuses to veto names I like..
When we were PG with Audri we were thinking of boys names, and its kind of a tradition to give boys a B name with Dale as the middle... So I really liked Brody and Brayden.
DH said no because :
Brody - He didn't want his son to grow up and always do Brodys..
Brayden - No son of his will grow up and be "Brayden" his hair...
For us, a daughter will be named Denaysia June and a boy will be James Donald and that's that. If they get teased, well, kids will be kids.
I don't know, the things people can make out of names has never played a role in my choosing.
I confess that I'm using the "dog and pony" style of discipline on my son. Allow me to explain.
At an obedience/puppy class they taught that instead of telling your dog NO when she's doing something, say EH EH in a harsh voice. Not loud, but firmly. They learn to associate the sound (and not a word) with something they shouldn't be doing.
A few years later I found myself (in a class at a university) finish the training on a green-broke horse. Out of habit with the dog, I used EH EH on the horse. To my surprise (and the instructor's) it worked beautifully. We got the award that semester for "Most Improved Horse".
I told myself if I ever had kids, I was going to use the same method.
So last week he was getting into something that he really shouldn't have (I don't even remember what it was). No, and No touch, was not working, whether it came from me or from Tred. I told him, "let me take the next one". The hand reached out, I delivered a well timed EH EH and kept a stern look on my face (it's so hard not to smile at him!). he dropped that hand, looked at me and stuck the lower lip out. He tried again, same thing. And then went off and did something else. I may not use it for everything, but definitely when I need to get his attention quickly (like if he's about to stick a fork in an outlet).
There’s no reason that the government should prevent homosexuals from entering civil marriages because some religions object to the concept, any more than the government should ban atheism because some religions object to it!
I found this and LOVE it!
Ashley - 25, Chris - 27, Elizabeth - 9-22-04, Alexis - 12-19-08
Ugh. I am sooooo sick. I took the maximum daily allowance of Immodium plus a ton of Pepto Bismol by 11 am and could barely manage to stay out of the bathroom long enough to get the twins down for their nap. Luckily they fell asleep quickly, but it's times like this I really wish they could fall asleep independently. I had chicken broth and Immodium for lunch.
Anyway, I think I have five minutes to sit here now, so I can answer the photography question. Rin is the photographer in this section, so she is probably better equipped to answer detailed questions, but I get asked this question in PM about once a month and I have a brief list of things I do that anyone can do to make their baby pictures look decent.
First of all, I don't have a really good camera. I have a decent camera, but it's not great, and it's more than five years old. What I do are the following:
1. Create a plain or uncluttered background. If I'm indoors, I drape a white or plain colored sheet against where I'm taking pictures. If I'm outdoors, I always try to look beyond the subject to what is in the background--if there are a bunch of people, or power poles, or debris, I change my angle to shoot against the sky or the ground or a nice view or I just don't take the picture if I can't clean up the background. If we're doing an interesting activity indoors and I'll be taking pictures, I usually drape the whole kitchen table and the window behind it with sheets and let them do whatever it is right there.
2. Get a removable flash. That way, you can not use the flash that is on your camera that creates harsh lighting and redeye, and you can angle it off to one side and bounce it off the ceiling or walls to create a pleasant natural light effect. The picture in my signature now was created with the flash set to be a little brighter than usual, and it bounced off the upper right wall, but it looks bright and natural
Another trick a photographer friend taught me when I was having so much trouble taking Christmas pictures of the twins was to set them down in front of a video. This current picture I took by dragging a recliner in front of the computer, draping a sheet over it, and playing a Baby Einstein video. Obviously they're in a daze watching it, and I couldn't get them to smile or look at me, but it's better than them climbing all over the place like monkeys.
Those are my tricks. Hope that helps!
ETA: Bounced the flash off the upper left wall if you're looking at the picture. I'm too used to thinking in anatomical terms.
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I confess that I remember when my DH got a DUI (his fourth but only one since we have been together). I was with him and bawling like a baby when he was arrested but then I found myself very angry the next morning and I made him find his own way home once he got out of detox.
This was well over two years ago and we are still paying for it since he has the blow machine in his car and has to have that for two years.