Monthly Archives: March 2008

Happy St. Patty’s Day!


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Brayden is 1 Month Old!

When I was pregnant every mom I met told me to enjoy my baby because they grow up so fast. I didn’t believe them. Especially during the first couple of weeks that dragged on and on. But now I realize they were so right. I honestly cannot believe my little guy is already a month old. He has already gotten so big and strong. At his doctor’s appointment last Friday he weighed 10 pounds, 10 ounces! That’s close to 3 pounds in 3 and a half weeks (he weight 8 pounds, 3 ounces but then went down to 7 pounds, 9 ounces the day after he was born). His personality is really starting to show too. Here are some of Brayden Bittel’s likes and dislikes:


His big brother Hauggy

Walks in his stroller

His UCLA mobile

Tummy time with Daddy



All his grandparents

Kisses from his Mommy

UCLA basketball


Diaper changes

Getting his picture taken

Nap time

Baths (although he did have his first bath two days ago where he didn’t cry!)

Anything USC

I don’t want to jinx it, but I think we’re starting to get him on a schedule! I’ve been working really hard the past couple of days to implement it and although we’ve had some tears I think it’s going to make Brayden a happier baby and Chuck and I happier (and better rested) parents. Last night he only woke up to eat twice and didn’t cry or fuss at all! That’s a huge accomplishment!

So happy birthday to my Brayden Bittel! I love my little guy more than words could ever express and I can’t wait to see what life with him brings next!

I bought this chair at an antique store this past weekend. I’m going to be taking Brayden’s picture with it every month to see how much he grows!




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Kyle & Johanna

Since I haven’t been shooting, a little piece of me has been missing. Sure, I take pictures of the baby everyday and that’s fun. But, it usually ends up with Brayden crying and with me covered in pee or spit up. I needed to take pictures of people. Big people. Who take direction and smile because they are happy, not just because they have gas. So when my good friends Kyle and Johanna came into town this weekend I had to shoot their engagement session! No, I’m not technically supposed to be shooting for two more weeks, but I’ve been feeling really well so I decided to give it a try.

Kyle is one of our closest friends. He was Chuck’s roommate senior year of college and one of his best men as well. He met his beautiful fiancee Johanna at Yale while they were both studying to become Physician’s Assistants. I feel like I’ve known Johanna for years. She’s so sweet and thoughtful and makes the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had! I really can’t remember Kyle without Johanna. They are a perfect balance for each other and I’m so glad that Kyle FINALLY proposed to Johanna last summer :) They live in Arizona now and we don’t get to see them much. Hopefully they can move back to California soon!

Kyle and Johanna are getting married in Ohio this October. I love Ohio so I’m very excited for their wedding. There’s going to be barns and hoe downs and square dancing! So fun! The amazing Jessica Strickland is shooting their wedding so I know they are in good hands. I just get to sit back and enjoy. Although, I’m sure I’ll be bringing my camera along!

Kyle and Johanna, thank you for letting me take your engagement pictures! You know how much we love you guys and we are so excited for you two to start your married life together! Here’s your slideshow!

















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