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August 30, 2017 / shannonwooten

Stuck In-Between

At 38 weeks pregnant, I’m sitting in the ‘in-between stage’ which holds so many mixed emotions. I’m so anxious to meet this little baby boy but at the same time, life will be
so much different once he finally enters this world. Many days I struggle with having an (almost) 8yo and a 2yo. How will it be when you throw a newborn into the mix? I wonder what life is going to be like… then I remind myself that these days of worrying will just be a distant memory.

When you’re pregnant, it feels like it lasts forever. Then, next thing you know, that sweet little baby that you were pregnant forever with, is now 2. Better yet, turning 8 in a few days and starting 2nd grade this year. Then you start to wonder how time flew by.  Next, they will be teenagers graduating high school and one day having babies of their own. In just a blink of an eye.

I wish I had documented my pregnancy with Eli. I remember feeling such sweet emotions… not knowing how totally, 100% different, life would be than I had imagined. I had NO idea how difficult the first year would be. I had to be induced at 38 weeks which took me by total surprise. Then came the tongue tie and lip tie that 6 professionals couldn’t diagnose which was then finally diagnosed and revised when he was 8 weeks old. That of course meant 8 weeks of defeat as we saw one professional after the next. Then, failure to thrive, colic, reflux, and being in denial that he could be reacting the the dairy that I was eating. I was in denial because I was being selfish and didn’t want to give up dairy to see if that was the problem. I finally gave it up, 100%, when he was 5 months old which was extremely hard believe it or not. Just about everything has milk in it and say goodbye to everything delicious like ice cream and other treats. But, problem solved. That means next came the milk allergy that he still has at age 25 months.

When Eli turned 1… I felt a little cheated. I feel like I did nothing but stress, worry, cry, and not sleep for that past year. I felt really guilty for feeling sad and cheated. But then I accepted that it’s 100% okay to feel that way because you know what… we survived. We just made it through an incredibly difficult year and it can only go up from there.  And although dealing with his milk allergy and sleeping issues (or should I say, lack of sleep), has been difficult, by 18 (LONG) months, things finally got better.

As my due date is approaching, I’m stuck in this in-between stage. As anxious as I am to meet this little boy, I’m trying to embrace the calmness before our lives change. I’m so excited and equally terrified. Honestly, I’m expecting the worse. I hate to say that but as much as I want everything to be rainbows and butterflies, it won’t be. We will have some really bad days but that’s okay because I can handle it. And on those really bad days, I’ll just remind myself that soon, it will be a bittersweet distant memory. I got this.

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August 9, 2013 / shannonwooten

A look into the Belize mission trip!

On July 13th, 2013, we made our way to Belize on a mission trip with First Baptist Church of Frederick.  This photo was taken while flying over Florida!

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We had a two hour flight from DC to Miami, FL then another two hour flight from Miami, FL to Belize! Here is our first glimpse of Belize from the air!

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We arrived at the airport in Belize City, Belize where we met up with Mark, the missionary that lives in Belize. We all hopped in the van and started our journey to the mission base. We drove through the city for about 30-45 mins before we got to… the road. This road is about 25 miles long and it took us over 2 hours to drive it since the condition of the road are horrible. The drive wouldn’t be complete without breaking down! We broke down in the middle of no where… luckily a shoe string saved the day!

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On Sunday morning, we headed into the village to go to church. After church, some of the people in the village set up their tables in front of the church to sell necklaces, bracelets, and other hand made items. The children would grab your hand and take you around to the different tables. I spent almost all of my money the first day because I just couldn’t say no! The items that they had for sale were so beautiful!

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A rare photo of me in FRONT of the camera!

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I took this photo on the morning of my 26th birthday. It was so humbling to be in Belize for my birthday. It was so nice not wanting to ‘go here’, ‘go there’, or want ‘this or that’ for my birthday. I spent the day with good friends, amazing people, and doing nothing but serving our God.  This is for sure the best birthday that I have ever had.

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This is just a glimpse of the cabana’s that we stayed in at the mission base. The windows were just cut-outs and had a screen over it. It was amazing waking up to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore and the sun shining brightly through the window. It was so easy waking up in the morning… I was up before our 6am alarm every single morning (and I am NOT a morning person!)

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Every morning, we would walk around a mile and a half from the mission base to the lagoon where we would boat across the lagoon to the village.

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Hard at work! We painted two houses while we were in Belize. We would arrive in the village around 8am and pain until noon or so then have lunch. Every day, a different person in the village would cook us lunch. It’s another way that we can help support them because they don’t have any jobs in the village to bring in money.  After lunch, we would head to the church to teach Vacation Bible School to the children!

Here is Sarah and Mark, the two                        Here is Ricky snapping a photo! He did
missionaries that live at the mission                a good job at capturing this trip and
base in Belize.                                                           updating the church’s facebook page
about our mission.

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Meet Brandon! Brandon offered us two different workshops while we were there! He taught us how to make drums and rain sticks. I really enjoyed meeting Brandon and learning about him and the Belize culture… he surely taught us a lot! He said that he was inspired by a friend that always told him that he could do anything that he wanted to, so he picked up wood work. He is mainly self taught and he is very talented!

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Having some fun before Vacation Bible School!  All of the children gathered to watch a few boys jump over the rope… we all had a good time! Here is our Pastor holding the rope!

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All of the children enjoyed learning how to play the recorder… even the littlest ones!

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I was trying to take a photo of the dog when this child ran into the photo. I just love this photo… I am very happy that I could capture this moment!
During Vacation Bible School that day, they made airplanes! This little boy had the biggest smile on his face while he ran around flying his plane. Sometimes that ‘accidental’ photo turns out to be one of the best ❤


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(To be continued….)

July 11, 2012 / shannonwooten

The blog that will change your life!

The purpose of my blog is to change your life! Ok, maybe not drastically but I hope that you can learn a thing or two from my blog or just simply enjoy reading it. My current goal is to blog once a week or even once every other week since work is slow right now. If there is anything that you would like me to post about, please feel free to leave a comment!

I am growing. My work is growing. My business is growing. There are many changes that will be coming in the near future that will be bigger and better! My website needs a face lift… it needs to reflect me as a photographer. My work has matured so it’s time for my website to mature and blossom. Right now, it just doesn’t satisfy me. There are so many changes coming soon!

I now offer prints and print packages that I order through a wonderful professional print lab. I recently found a new lab to print with and I love them. I placed a large order with this company and when the photos arrived, I was in love. I assure that every single one of my clients will be very happy with the quality of their print orders! 

I look forward to blogging about future sessions! Check out my facebook page for more great posts! 

-Shannon Wooten Photography
Frederick MD and surrounding areas
shannonjwooten@gmail.com