Dizzy Swallows

This Belly

August 19th, 2015

Undeniably, there is a certain gravitas to the hugely pregnant belly. It demands respect by virtue of its very existence, its ponderous curvature. It exudes an aura of eminent, profound transition, as a physical manifestation of this ever changing life.

I am fortunate enough to count among my close friends two unbelievably talented photographers, who honored Jacob and I with the gift of maternity photos. Though I have rarely felt less photogenic, I am eternally grateful for their kindness in documenting this incredible time for us.

This first set of photos is from the incomparably lovely and ridiculously accomplished Mercia Moseley.

After suffering through the majority of a summer that has blistered the Northwest with record high heat, we finally bit the bullet and bought a pass to our local outdoor swimming pool. Good gracious, I can’t imagine why we waited so long. (Until now, I’ve been surviving solely … Continue reading

Of Rhubarb and Nurseries

May 26th, 2015

Hello darlings. I hope you are well and enjoying the warmth of spring! Things have quietly been humming along here. My prized peonies have started to bloom, the days are fast approaching the timbre of early summer, and at nearly 26 weeks my belly now resembles a soccer ball stuffed under my shirt (if soccer balls could kick).

One of my favorite spoils of this time of year are the firm, ruddy stalks of rhubarb gracing the farmer’s market bins. A few days ago I went on something of a rhubarb baking binge, transforming several pounds into a pot of silky compote and one fluffy clafoutis.

My normally sure fingers seem to be suffering the brunt of the fabled pregnancy clumsiness, and for the first time in memory egg met floor whilst I was cooking.

The results where nonetheless scrumptious, with that tangy, hearty, sweet bite that only rhubarb can … Continue reading

Gilding the Nest

April 17th, 2015

Hello all you wonderful people! Happy Friday to you, and a beautiful sunny day it is at that.

First off I wanted to share a truly lovely song for your afternoon. It’s no secret that I like a good cover, still less that I love harmony, and this represents both with a vengeance. Performed by The Staves, a sister trio out of England, this take on The Boss’ “I”m on Fire” is ethereal and completely gorgeous. Even better, check out this version with Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon, who produced the sister’s second album, If I Was.

Things have been moving along for us; time streaming along in its relentless flow. Yesterday marked the half way point in my pregnancy, which is at once a surreal and wonderful feeling. We’re suddenly extremely aware of the narrowing weeks between us and the birth of our little one, and … Continue reading

Meet Haku

October 3rd, 2014 1 Comment

World, meet the newest addition to our little family: Haku! He is a 10 week old Australian Labradoodle, and will be about 50-60 pounds when full grown. We just brought him home two days ago and can’t believe our luck.

He is such a little lovebug and has completely captured our hearts already…just look at that face! And he has the sweet natured personality to go along with it.

After a very difficult month of familial and personal loss, he is a fluffy beacon of love and life. I somehow didn’t capture it in these photos but he has a white blaze right over his heart to mark where it shines through.

Welcome home little buddy!

P.S. I apologize in advance if I start posting too many puppy photos.Continue reading