Amy Schilling Photography Blog

September 29, 2009

he's a lyrical poet

Or more like a lyrical thief really. A couple of weeks ago Deran and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. It was very low-key and that's okay, my parents always do quiet anniversaries and they've had 31 of them.

That night as we drifted off to sleep, he whispered, "My life would suck without you." He's got a way with words, no? But the thing is, I felt like I'd heard that before...somewhere else. The next night it hit me. I had heard that before! On the radio. From this girl. Deran didn't believe me until I made him google it. He loves me.

September 28, 2009


Over the last eight weeks I've taken 145 pictures of Avery with my iPhone. The one below is my favorite. It was taken last week and she was still in her pajamas. I left her in them all day because I thought she looked so darn cute. I love how adorably squatty her body looks in comparison to the size of her head. She is actually much more proportionate, her legs were bent. Man, I love that girl!

September 26, 2009

my point of view

A large portion of my day is spent in a very comfy rocker, thanks Nana & Poppaw! The best part? The best part is the view.

September 25, 2009

a sign of things to come

I hope not. Snapshots? No problem! However, when I actually pull things out to set up...the girl is not happy. Remember
this day?

September 24, 2009

September 23, 2009

it wasn't my idea

The night before Avery was born, I stayed up making a few art prints to hang above her dresser. I really love how they turned out, but I can't take all the credit. I had some awesome inspiration from Etsy.

I knew that I wanted birds and I had picked out several sheets of scrapbook paper in varying shades to match her room. These aren't
exactly like the prints I saw on Etsy, but they are very similar.

The lovely lady bird above is my favorite. I'm not sure who the flowers are for, but love is in the clouds and she just looks happy.

September 22, 2009

this ring

I've lost it twice, and twice it's been found. This ring belonged to my great-grandmother and served as Deran's inspiration in designing my engagement ring. As I started to swell in pregnancy, my mom gave me the ring to wear and I've continued wearing it since giving birth. I love it so much, but it's a little loose.

It was just a tad big while pregnant, but since losing the baby weight it's really become slippery. The first time I lost it was at the baby shower thrown by Deran's co-workers. It was a great shower and as we stood around looking at all of the gifts and wrapping things up, I noticed my ring was gone! Everyone went into full search mode and it was found in the trash bag along with the gift wrap. Thank goodness!

Last week I went for my 6 week postpartum check-up. I had to endure another glucose test and somewhere around the second hour, I noticed that once again I had no ring on! The search began. Office staff searched, I looked through multiple trash cans, my mom went in search of the diaper she'd thrown out earlier. Finally a nurse told me if it was found, they would call. I finished my appointment and sadly counted it as lost. I changed Avery's diaper once more before leaving and there it was, this ring.

It's now safely put away until it's been resized!

September 21, 2009


Nikon and I haven't been very close lately, but I snapped a few pictures early last week while Deran was holding Avery on the back patio and I realized how much I've missed it.

So what have I been doing?

I wouldn't say I've been pumping and saving so much, it's more like my full-time job is nursing the baby--but no pictures because it's not that kind of blog. I can gladly report that the dishes are all clean and the Christmas bowls are back in place waiting for the holidays. Bills are paid. Clothes are folded. Dinners are cooked. Flowers are put in water. My Mamaw is missed. Books are read.

I haven't actually used the crock pot yet, it still has the Foley's gift receipt on the side. It was a great wedding present and that's why five years later, I'm going to start using it! I've been reading chick lit to Avery while I rock and feed her. Only after I've read the board books and sung many a children's song. I realize in a few months such books won't really be appropriate, but right now it's more about tone not content, right? :) A sweet neighbor brought soup and a bouquet of flowers just after Deran went back to work. It was a nice treat and those flowers brightened up the kitchen for a couple of weeks!

So while things do get done around here, the house isn't exactly spotless and I find myself in stretchy pants on most days. I can't help it, there are lots of distractions.

Like this milky mouth.

And these cheeks.

Yep, I find this girl very distracting. Oh well. The house will eventually be restored to a state of clean. In the meantime, I'll just enjoy my teeny tiny baby.

September 10, 2009

fist to face ratio

This post is not actually about my fist in someone's face, though I do often make a similar threat to Deran. Not to worry, it's all in jest. My fist has never actually met his face.

My sister recently made the comment that it always makes her smile when babies raise their arms because their little hands are right above their head, whereas for an adult the elbow is about even with your head when you raise your arm. It's true. Not just for newborns, but it's the same for my niece A at 14 months.

Since she mentioned it, I've really noticed when Avery is stretching and it makes me smile. It's quite funny actually. Take a look next time you see a baby, then raise your own arm and see if it doesn't make you giggle just a little.

September 9, 2009

nick-at-night? not for me.

I know I've mentioned it maybe once or twenty times before, but we don't have cable or any kind of satellite television. We do have an antenna. Actually, cable isn't available in our neighborhood so our only choices for paid tv are Dish or DirecTV.

The lack of channel choices never really bothered me, we don't watch a ton of television in general. However, since having a baby I find myself turning on the tv while sitting in bed feeding avery. There's not much on in the middle of the night. I've seen my fair share of infommercials, people's court, and religious programming.
After spending a night at my aunt's over the weekend with Dish network to keep me entertained at 11:00, 2:00, 5:00, and 7:00--I came home wanting to sign up. HGTV and Nick-at-Night were calling my name, tempting me with their overpriced real estate and re-runs of The Nanny. Unfortunately, my husband did not agree.

I suppose it's better really, not to sign up for Dish. It not only saves money, but it also keeps me from watching too much television. But if you have cable/satellite and I'm coming to visit, you can bet I'll park myself in front of your television. It's like when I was a kid and my parents wouldn't buy a Nintendo because they didn't want us playing video games all day. When I went to my cousins' house, it was ALL I WANTED TO DO. I couldn't wait to play Super Mario Bros.

Dish would be nice on nights like tonight when Deran is working late and the baby & pugs are sacked out. Sure, a couple of books arrived from Amazon today but TLC is probably playing The Half-Ton Man or The 650 lb. Virgin.

Oh well, life is good. This baby will wake up soon and I'll have some company. Yep, I'm still using my iPhone. She really is just the cutest!

September 5, 2009


Deran is currently tucked away in the bedroom, because when Deran gets sick he doesn't just get a cold. No, instead he's all, "I'll take the flu with a side of strep, and I'll end with an eye infection thankyouverymuch." Seriously.

We're headed into the 48th hour of his 72 hour quarantine from me & Avery. However, he still has a fever. So, as long as he has the fever, he's contagious. And can I just say, I'm lonely. He's just in another room but I feel very much alone in the living room with my baby & pugs. I wish we could all be in the same room. Why yes, I am feeling a little sorry for myself!

Meanwhile, Avery celebrated her one-month birthday on Thursday. I have much to say but it's for another post, she deserves her own happy post.

I lost my last grandparent yesterday and that's tough. My parents' parents are gone, something I cannot even imagine. And yesterday as I stood sobbing in the kitchen, I couldn't even get a hug. After leaving the hospital, my Aunt Wanda came over and spent the night before making the drive home this morning. It was so nice to have her company and her hugs. Please pray for our family during this time, as well as Deran's recovery.

On a happier note, Monday is a holiday & I hope you all enjoy the day!

September 2, 2009

all about avery

September's header is all about Avery. I really had more to say, but she happens to be screaming and requires my assistance...
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