Tuesday, January 29, 2013

25 Week Belly & Baby Update

25 week update!

Estimated Due Date: May 14th, 2013

How far along: 25 weeks

How big is the baby: Babycenter says he is approximately 13.5 inches long and 1.5 lbs.

Total weight gain: I think I'm up to about 18 or 19 lbs now. My scale at home gives me lower numbers than the one at the doctor, but I have only been on monthly appointments up to now, so I try to average the numbers together. I start 3-week appointments on February 11.

Sleep: Same as last time - I will often wake up after 4 or 5 hours, and simply be unable to sleep anymore. However, when I stay asleep for longer stretches, not much wakes me up.

Maternity Clothes: I am completely in maternity clothing now, and have been for a few weeks. And I have to say - it's not that bad! The jeans are uber-comfy, and I love empire waist shirts (always have!).

Best moments so far: It's a tie... I love communicating with Nuggey (I poke back when he kicks or punches, and we play with each other like that.); however, I have been bonding with hubs over fun things (like baby clothes) and serious things (like all the impending changes to our life). This is a whole new level to our relationship that I never knew existed. ♥

Food cravings: Still craving carbs - pasta and potatoes. Cereal. Dairy - eggs, cheese, milk. I wished I craved veggies and fruit. The only healthy thing I crave is grapes.

Food aversions: Nothing anymore! I am back to drinking coffee (decaf only), and I haven't felt nauseous from food in a LONG time.

Movement: Most often when I am sitting at my desk at work... Still true! If I get deep into my work and start slouching, he reminds me with a sharp punch. I also feel him rolling over and getting comfy when I am settling into bed.

Gender: It's a boy!!

What I miss: Wine! And sushi. I made hubby promise that we will get some on the way home from the hospital.

What I’m looking forward to: Snuggling with him. I can't wait to have him in my arms! ♥

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Session Giveaway WINNER!! | Hudson Valley Lifestyle Photographer

Last week, I ran a giveaway to thank all of my 2012 clients for an amazing first year in business. I pulled the winner this morning using Rafflecopter (results powered by random.org). The winner has already been emailed, so she has 48 hours to respond and claim her prize.

Congrats, Jenna! I am so excited to set up another session with your wonderful little family.

To everyone who entered, you will be earning a sweet discount toward the April mini sessions. I'll be emailing that information later this week. Thanks for entering my giveaway, and I am really looking forward to capturing more memories this year.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Session Giveaway | Hudson Valley Lifestyle Photographer

After a fabulous first year in business, I wanted to offer something to clients (both old and new!) as a little token of appreciation.

As such, I've decided to kick off 2013 with a session giveaway. YES, you heard correctly, I am giving away a session!

It will be a regular one-hour session plus disc/USB plus one free 8"x10" print (a $200 value). This can be used for almost any type of portrait session - families, babies, children, individual or couples.

There is also the option to gift this prize to a friend or family member!

And, even better news... Every single client who enters the giveaway will earn a discount towards the April mini sessions! (more info coming soon)

Enter below, quickly and easily. Share, share, SHARE for more chances to win!


This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. I hereby release Facebook of any liability. Winner will be contacted by email 48 hours after the giveaway ends. If you have any additional questions - please feel free to email me at agallagher36 at gmail.com.

Please note that I do have a travel fee for any location outside 30 miles of zip code 12524. If you win and are located outside this radius, the travel fee plus tax will be applied. Also, regular fees will apply for additional prints and products that are purchased after the session.

Friday, January 04, 2013

Memories, Dreams, & Reflections 2012

I participated in the Memories, Dreams, and Reflections bloggy linkup for 2 years in a row, but it completely slipped my mind this year. I didn't blog much during the fall (first trimester, yuck), so I wasn't seeing the usual reminders from Ashley Sisk!

However, when another blogger/photographer's post about it popped in my newsfeed, I was compelled to do it last minute. So, I spent some time the past few days looking through photos from earlier this year. It felt good to see the progress I've made, and how hard I was working to master new techniques. I would love for my friends and fans to comment on their favorite photos!

1. Me...
and my pretty kitty.
Hubby took this photo in December.


2. I love you
My baby boy.
Hubby took this photo in December.

i love you

3. Still laughing
My cat, attacking the snow.

still laughing

4. Winter wonderland

winter wonderland

5. Birthday
November - my 27th birthday, and my last one wearing my childhood Birthday Star crown.
Starting in 2013, my son will be wearing it!
I can't remember who snapped this one for me, probably hubby.


6. Friends
My twin nieces.
Best friends.


7. I was inspired...
By everyone's pretty holiday bokeh photos!


8. Spring fever

spring fever

9. Travel or Vacation
I couldn't pick just ONE photo from our amazing trip to Dublin, Ireland.
So I made a storyboard.

travel vacation

10. Summer days
My cat loves to sit outside on warm summer evenings.

summer days

11. A day in my life
Watching hubs and Katniss love on each other.

day in my life

12. All smiles
My dad snapped this photo of me and hubs after our gender reveal party in December.
We had just found out that our baby is a BOY!

all smiles

13. Autumn harvest

fall harvest

14. Family or home


15. Celebrate
This is the cake from our gender reveal party in December.


16. Let's do it again
Hubs snapped this shot of me with 3 nieces when we went down to TN to visit them.
That aquarium is amazing!

lets do it again

17. I miss you
My beautiful goddaughter!
Haven't seen her since July and I don't know when I will get down to TN to see her again.

i miss you

18. Beautiful
I LOVE purple flowers! Such a beautiful color for a flower.


19. Dress up
No better occasion to dress up than a wedding!
My MIL snapped this shot of me with my hubs and one of my besties.


20. Macro


21. Holidays


22. My favorite
My baby girl, my favorite kitty!

my fave

23. Don't ever change
Hubby... Oh, I love him!
My MIL snapped this for us in September.

dont ever change

24. Just because
The world could use a little more peace.

just because

25. Hopes and dreams
“If you could have one wish, what would it be? We all have hopes and dreams that we do almost anything to make real. And if we get lucky, and our wish is granted, maybe that's what we call happiness.” ― Sakura

hopes and dreams