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.