Filed under: animals,baby barden,bardenisms,my family,schrute — admin at 8:23 am on Sunday, May 22, 2011

Today is a hard day. While we are still saying hello to our miracle Fitzy – we are saying goodbye to our baby Schrute.

We brought Fitzy home and Schrute did pretty well with him – other than the fact that he is HUGE! The next day he snapped at my sister and freaked out when we got home from visiting Fitz’s. He was jumping and panting and baring his teeth and not listening to us AT ALL. When he did get close to the baby he nudged him – HARD! He slept downstairs with Jared while Samm and I slept upstairs with the baby. Jared has been sleeping on the couch with Schrute since – I can’t have him in the bed with us – Schrute – not Jared!

I was so scared to be at home with my two babies – Schrute proved to be harder to take care of. I can’t lay Fitzy down ANYWHERE without worrying about Schrute getting in his face and nudging him – or stepping on him – or sitting on him. My days have been spent telling Schrute no – bringing the dog to the bathroom with me – anywhere I go while the baby is laying down. I can’t put Fitzy in his swing, on the floor, or on the couch or bed without worrying about Schrute stepping or sitting on him. He hasn’t been listening to us nearly as well as he normally does – which isn’t really that great anyway! I can’t nurse the baby without Schrute having his nose right on top of us – nudging hard.

Last week I took Fitzy over to Gramma’s and spent some time with Schrute alone – only to have him growl at me when I got near him! UNACCEPTABLE! Schrute’s head is about the size of Fitzy’s whole body – all it takes is one time – one chomp for it to be a fatal accident.

Bottom line – we LOVE our dog – but we LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE our baby. Jared and I don’t feel that Fitzy is safe while Schrute is in the house. I’m not enjoying the dog or our baby the way I need to be cus I am so watchful of both of them. I am not relaxed – I am way too stressed and worried that Schrute might snap at any minute.

Jared and I have CRIED and CRIED about this decision – Schrute is our BABY! He is an angel sent from God to get us through our miscarriage and struggle with getting pregnant. I am so thankful for him and the love he gave us the past two years. I cannot describe the impact he has had on my life. He has kept me company and listened to my cries. He has cuddled up with me when I needed a hug. (I know he is just a dog – but he is truly sent by God at the perfect time for us). He gives us that look that says he loves us no matter what. He waits anxiously for Jared to get home from work to shower him with kisses at the door! He cuddles up with us every night to sleep. He has brought so much joy to our lives!

Today Jared and his dad are taking him to his new home in Sunbury. He will be living with a woman and her hubbie who don’t have children – they have their dogs! Three great danes other than Schrute! A farm with lots of space to run – their own room and bed! Love and attention that will be POURED on him!

We know that he will be loved and taken care of – but it still sucks. Just sucks. People have told us to give him a few weeks – and we have – mostly because it took a while to find this perfect fit – and it’s been a stressful couple of weeks. If ANYTHING were to EVER happen to Fitzy because we couldn’t make the decision to take Schrute to a new home – you would have to institutionalize me! I would never EVER forgive myself. I am taking the little things that Schrute has done so far as warning signs. He is SO big that he doesn’t know what he is doing – where he is stepping – who he is sitting on – jumping on – chewing on. He is being so neglected with our attention on this sweet miracle – and he knows it. He deserves better.

It has been a heartbreaking decision but when it comes down to your dog or your child – there is no question.

We are so thankful for his love and companionship the past two years! We are so excited for his new family and the memories they will make together!

I took these photos on Friday – while I cried my goodbyes.

OH MY HEART – I think he knows.

Schrutie – we love you so much! Thank you for your friendship and sweet kisses over the past couple of years. Have so much fun with your new brothers and sister.


Filed under: just because,newsworthy,portraits — admin at 11:20 am on Saturday, May 21, 2011


Saturday – May 28th – from 10 am to 2 pm – at the VFW pavilion in Mansfield! There is a limit to 4 people in the photographs – although individual shots will be taken too! There is no need for an appointment – but you may have to wait to get your photos taken! You will get 15 to 20 photos in the session – they will be emailed to you via SHUTTERFLY to order online! You can get a CD of the photos to reproduce for an extra charge of $10. Actual PRINTS will not be given out. Remember that this is to benefit Nicholas and his FOURTH heart surgery this summer! There is a minimum donation of $50 – ALL PROCEEDS will benefit Nicholas and his trip to Oklahoma City!

I have a number in my head that I would love to meet – but I’m not going to share it – just in case!


Filed under: babes,baby barden,bardenisms,just because,my family,portraits — admin at 9:56 am on Friday, May 13, 2011

Yesterday our baby boy was two weeks old! I’ve been very blessed with GREAT photographer friends who wanted to photograph his cuteness! You can see all the different photos on my FACEBOOK!

I have been so tired and so focused on spoiling this little guy with love that I kept putting off his newborn photos – horrible right!

When Nicole from Yafeh Photography came to photograph our little guy – I took a few shots – at 12 days old!


I cannot get over the fact that this little guy is ours!!

Yesterday I took some shots of our teeny baby at 2 weeks old!

I don’t normally include outtakes but this one was too cute!

We are having such a great time loving on our little miracle!


Filed under: baby barden,bardenisms,my family — admin at 8:06 am on Thursday, May 12, 2011

Two weeks ago we welcomed our son into the world! It is still absolutely unreal to type those words!

We went to bed earlier than normal on Wednesday night the 27th. I remember waking up and going to the bathroom and then going back to bed around 2:30 AM. At 3 AM I woke up again thinking – wait – I already went to the bathroom – why is THIS happening! I went to the bathroom again and there was a HUGE crack of thunder and flash of lightning – and I said – Jared – I’m soaked! He said – WHAT!!! I asked him what I should do – should I call Johna?

You have to understand – on Wednesday afternoon I ran into Johna at Wal*Mart and we made lunch plans for Thursday. Johna said – that’s fine but we will prolly be at the hospital cus my guess for Fitzy’s birthday is tomorrow! So OF COURSE I had to call her at 3 AM and tell her that I thought my water broke! She said – well I guess you better call the hospital! In my moment of WHAT IS HAPPENING – I said – am I supposed to just let this leak everywhere on the way over? We haven’t put the car seat in yet! I have a bag packed – but do I have everything? What are we gonna do with the bubs? Jared’s parents are leaving in the afternoon till Sunday! I AM NOT READY FOR THIS!

I called the hospital and they said to come over! AHHH!!! I know that due dates don’t mean anything but I wasn’t due till the 5th of May! I was in shock that this was actually happening!!

We called Jared’s parents and his mom came over to stay with Schrute for the early morning hours. I called my mom, sister, and brother to let them know we were on our way to the hospital! Johna and Jared were my support system until Samm got there from NJ – just in time!

We got to the hospital after driving through rain, wind, and a crazy thunderstorm. The nurses met me at the ER door and we went up to the OB floor right into the birthing room to do paperwork and make sure that my water had broken. It had! I made my next round of phone calls to let people know that I would be having a baby within the next 18 hours! The nurse asked if I could feel the contractions – but I told her no. It wasn’t until a few hours later that I realized I WAS feeling contractions – I just didn’t expect them to be so mild – at the moment!

Johna came over and walked the halls with me until it was time to be hooked up to the monitor. At 8 AM my contractions weren’t progressing so they put me on Pitocin – which moved things right along! By 10ish I was 3 to 4 cm and when Samm got there at 12 I was reaching 7 to 8 cm. Samm and Johna switched out and before long it was time to give some practice pushes. I had Fitzy’s birth photographed by Bridget Reed – a FABULOUS photographer – and she spent the morning in the room with us! When it was time to practice pushing – I opened my eyes for one of the first times all morning – and looked around. Bridget was gone! I said – where’s Bridget? As soon as I mentioned her name – there she was – and I knew that I could practice pushing! Crazy the things you think about and don’t think about while you are in labor!

Jared and Samm were holding my legs and cheering me on – telling me to push and counting for me! Pushing was harder than I thought it would be – I couldn’t get the hang of it at all! Samm kept saying – his head is RIGHT there – you can do this! Jared was awesome – he encouraged me to no end! I pushed for about 45 minutes and then there was this miracle in front of me! Jared cut the cord and Samm took some fresh photos to text our family! As soon as Fitzy was out – I got a migraine and couldn’t see the right side of my vision – so I thought he was cute – at least the left side of him! Thankfully the aura went away pretty quickly. He didn’t cry when he came out – and I just needed to know that he was okay and then I zoned out! I really don’t remember much of anything after that until my parents got there!

Having Bridget in the room to photograph the birth was one of the BEST decisions I ever made – make sure to check out her slideshow here!

Fitzy was born on Thursday, April 28th of 2011 at 2:17 PM. He weighed 7 lbs 7.7 ounces and was 19.5 inches long! 7 is the number of completion and perfection – how AWESOME is that!! He looked so much like Jared when he first came out!

He is only a few moments old in this photo – thank you so much Bridget for this photo!

He is perfectly healthy and happy and so amazingly content! He hardly cries and eats ALL the time! He is a great sleeper and is just the cuddliest baby I have ever known!

Jared took the whole week off and just went back to work on Monday – we miss him so much during the day!

Here are a few shots of our days in the hospital!


My dad with his first grandson!

Momma and Dadda!

My Gramma Geiger and my cousin Vanessa!

Fitzy with Dan Fitzgerald – one of his namesakes!!

Oh sweet baby!

What a sweet baby boy!!

I took some photos during our first week home together too – not nearly as many as I thought I would but I was just so busy loving this little guy!

It’s TIRED in here!!


My friend Jenn is starting a business – Janey Joy – which is where this BEAUTIFUL hat came from!!

And of course I had to include a few of our other baby!


We still cannot believe that Fitzy is here in our arms and is ours! Thank you so much for the prayers during our labor and over the past two weeks! We felt them SO MUCH!!!!!


Filed under: babes,family,kiddos,portraits — admin at 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I love getting together with Jenna and her family! Her little girl *S* is always so excited to see me when I get to the door!

This was my last session before going on maternity leave with Fitzy!

How cute is he!!! Those eyes are just BEAUTIFUL!

She is so sweet!

We had to get a few shots with their Easter baskets too!

I cannot wait to see you guys again in December!!

*E* – 9 MONTHS

Filed under: babes,family,kiddos,portraits — admin at 7:57 am on Monday, May 9, 2011

I love getting together with Dustin and Nicole! They started out as maternity clients and have become great friends! I have enjoyed watching *E* grow!

*E* and his walking shoes!!

He is SO handsome!!

My friend Jenn made this bumblebee hat!! Make sure to visit her facebook page – Janey Joy!

My cousin’s wife Megan made this beet hat for Fitzy and I just had to bring it along! For those of you who don’t know – our puppy Schrute is named after a character on The Office – Dwight Schrute! Dwight owns a beet farm on the show – so Megan made us a little beet hat for our money beet! *E* looks exceptionally cute in it!!

He was THRILLED with being a cute bunny, right Dustin?

Nicole & Dustin – THANK YOU so much for being fantastic people! I can’t wait to see you for 12 month photos!!!


Filed under: family,just because,portraits — admin at 12:14 pm on Sunday, May 8, 2011

Penny & Serena wanted a session together to celebrate their mother/daughter relationship! We met on a chilly morning at one of my FAVORITE spots ever!


Their sweet puppy – Mikey!

Penny & Serena – thank you SO much! You guys are great!


Filed under: just because,portraits — admin at 10:15 am on Saturday, May 7, 2011

Rachel wanted a BFF session with Samantha! We’ve had this set up for a LONG time! Again – the wonderful weather this year postponed our shoot – but we got a BEAUTIFUL day in the end!


Rachel has the most GORGEOUS eyes!!



Rachel & Samantha – thank you SO MUCH for asking me to capture your friendship! I can’t wait to see you both again!


Filed under: portraits,seniors — admin at 9:00 am on Thursday, May 5, 2011

I met Colton on FACEBOOK! We set up a session and then had to cancel and reschedule and reschedule again due to the weather! We almost didn’t make THIS session due to rain – but we beat it!

I love those shots!!

LOVE LOVE LOVE the carts!!

Thank you SO MUCH Colton! I had a GREAT time at our session! Have a GREAT time in college!!


Filed under: portraits,seniors — admin at 10:31 am on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hayley is the representative for Mansfield High School for the Class of 2012! We had a GREAT session a few weeks ago!!

I love that shot!!

LOVE those shots! Favorite of the day!!

Thanks again Hayley! Make sure to see Hayley for a REPRESENTATIVE card!!

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