Thank You!

Thank you so much to everyone for your kind comments, tweets, and facebook comments! We are super excited to be welcoming a baby girl into our family. But, more than anything we are excited that she looks healthy and right on track. When I found out I was pregnant with a boy the first time I was DEVASTATED. I had panic attacks not knowing what I was going to do with a little boy. I really wanted a girl first because, honestly, I thought I only wanted one kid. If I had my girl first then I could just be done. If I had a boy I would have to have two kids and the thought of two kids scared the crap out of me. Of course, as soon as I met Brayden I fell in love and all my fears went away. Having a boy is so special. He gives me princess kisses and calls me princess mommy. I love how is such a little man and he’s excited to have hairy armpits and a hairy face just like his Daddy. I love how he opens the door for me, but will also fart and think it’s the funniest thing in the whole wide world.

I realize now why I had my boy first. If I would have had a girl first I probably would have stopped and never had a crazy, funny, handsome, lovable little man in my life. Everything happens for a reason. And now I’m so excited that our little girl will have an older brother to protect her and always watch over her. I can’t wait to see how their relationship grows!

Lots of people had questions about the Stop Motion video! It was fun to make and pretty easy! The hardest part for me was the song. I had been searching for song options for a few weeks. Then, randomly, my friend Tara Whitney posted the video for Whole Wide World by Mindy Gledhill on Facebook Thursday night. It was the same day we found out we were having a girl and as soon as I heard it I knew it was perfect. I ran into the bathroom where Chuck was giving B a bath and played it for him. Halfway through the song I burst into tears (damn, hormones). It just really hit me that we’re really having a girl. The song really made the video I think.

Other than an awesome song, the most important things you need for a Stop Motion video are a great concept or storyline and a tripod. It’s important to know exactly what you are going to do before you do it so you have everything you need and are prepared.  Once you start shooting it’s hard to stop.  You want the lighting to be as consistent as possible (although a storm on Sunday ruined that for me).  You don’t necessarily have to have one, but for the concept I was going for I did need it.  With a tripod the subjects are moving, but the camera isn’t. Except for the beginning of the video, which is video shot on the 5D Mark II, the rest is just a series of pictures (around 125 in my video) all put together. The tripod makes it so it looks like the subject or objects are moving through the frame.  For instance, the parts where the letters and onesies are going up I put a letter up, took a picture.  Put another letter up, took another picture.  I did that over and over again.  Kind of tedious!  For the parts where Chuck, Brayden, and I are all in front of the camera, I had my awesome friend Jamie come down and shoot that. I put the camera on a tripod, set the settings, and she clicked the shutter.  I could have bought a remote, but using Jamie saved me some money 🙂

I used imovie 09 to edit it. It was very easy to use and fun to put my old TV production and editing skills to use. The whole thing took about two half days to shoot and edit. It was a really fun project and I’m excited to show it to our baby girl when she’s older!

And here’s a tutorial that helped me when I first started researching stop motion.


  1. Ashley says

    This post actually brought a little tear to my eye! (Like you said, damn hormones.) I’m 25 weeks pregnant with my first baby, a little boy. At 18 weeks the tech told me I was having a girl, but my body was telling me otherwise. I had always always always wanted a girl, but I just “felt” that he was a boy. I scheduled another appointment somewhere else, and, alas! BOY! I was devastated at first, but like you, I love him already. 🙂

    Congratulations, again!
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  2. Andrea says

    Everything does happen for a reason, your little girl is going to have the best BIG brother!

    And, the always come up with innovative and fun ideas…thanks for sharing them with us!
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  3. Teresa says

    Congrats on your baby girl and I thought that video was one of the CUTEST ideas on how to tell others the gender of the new bundle!
    Teresa´s last blog post ..You Know Who You Are

  4. Kelly says

    Oh Drew – I couldn’t help but get a big smile reading your post – it sounded EXACTLY like me when I found out my little one was a boy! What in the world do you do with boys? Luckily they seem to figure out pretty quickly how to charm their mamas!

    But, my second baby was also a boy! Does that mean I’m supposed to have 3? 🙂 At least I now know how to make a cute video if we ever have a girl! Ha! Ha! Thanks again for letting us know who sings the song – I’m on my way to download it!

  5. Jessica says

    I just loved the video (and I *absolutely* love that you shared with us how to do it! Once again, Drew, you so rock.)! The video itself is of course impressive but not as much as the dear mommy heart who took the time to find just the right song, write out all those little cards, and hang-a-onesie-take-a-pic, hang-a-onesie-take-a-pic, hang-a-onesie-take-a-pic. Absolutely precious. <3
    Jessica´s last blog post ..Home Sweet Home

  6. Holy Guacomole! That is the sweetest, yet cutest video I have ever seen! You made me cry!!! She is going to LOVE LOVE LOVE that!

  7. Jen says

    Your video is so cute! What a great job and the perfect way to make your announcement. It makes me tear up because it reminds me of when found our we were having a girl – and now she’s getting ready to turn 1 year!
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  8. laura says

    Such an adorable and sweet video! I tear up thinking about how fun it will be for your little girl to watch when she’s older! LOVE IT!! I had to check out Mindy on itunes, and bought her “Hourglass” song for a slideshow I just did for my 3-yr old son!! So sweet!
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  9. Allie Christians says

    I love your blog! I just came across it and I am addicted. 🙂
    Your pictures and amazing and it’s so fun to see how you capture everyday life! Thanks for sharing!