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[ad] Today I am dreaming of Christmas parties. Anyone else? We’re only halfway through the month and we’ve already had more family gatherings than I can count with so many more to go. And Christmas parties in the Bartlett household means photos…lots of photos. But I just didn't feel very photo-ready thanks to my grays (and yes, I had A LOT of grays). So I picked up @zotosprofessional hair color at @sallybeauty and these days I'm feeling gorgeous, confident, and ready to take on the holiday photos. Today on the blog, I'm sharing how I get myself photo-ready as well as what I plan to wear to this year's Christmas party! #MyAgeBeautiful #sponsored #linkinbio
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[ad] Today I am dreaming...

I've been a bit MIA lately. Why you may ask? Well, because I've been half on the struggle bus and half working on a rather large project that I've had in draft mode for far too long. And I am SO excited about it. I literally woke up the other day and decided THAT was the day I'd get started on it and I've been hooked on it ever since. If you're a mom in Southern Maine, you won't want to miss this! So be sure to sign up for our email list via the link in my bio so you can be one of the first to know what's going on.
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I've been a bit MIA...

Well, it's officially the day Zack and I have been looking forward to for a couple of years now. While we've already unofficially been "moved on" from military life for a couple of months now, today it's official that Zack is no longer an Active Duty Marine and I am no longer a military spouse. The first big chapter of his adult life and our life together has officially ended. It's scary almost when you've been living with all the stability of a lifestyle for so long. A stable job, stable income, health benefits, a home. It's been a challenging couple of months as we get more settled here in Maine and figure out the next step for our little family. But I know we have so much to look forward to in the next year and it's refreshing to know we have the opportunity to start over. I am so proud of this guy and I can't wait to see what the next chapter of our life has in store for us. •
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Well, it's officially the day...

This mama is on the struggle bus today. This morning I spent over an hour searching for Allie's sippy cup of milk only to find it in the shower...where I looked 5+ times considering that's where she was playing while I got ready for the day. I then got the incorrect order from Dunkin and to make that even worse, it was pumpkin flavored...and if you know me, you know I cannot stand anything pumpkin flavored so I couldn't even suck it up and drink it (shoutout to @mwhited8195 for bringing me the correct drink order!). Nap time wasn't any better. A solid 40 minutes of crying before Allie finally went down...then she woke up 30 minutes later 🙄 And now I'm scrambling to get everything on my to-do list done so we can officially launch Blogmas tomorrow 😬 It's been a morning and I'm about ready for my own nap at this point. But at least it's Friday? 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
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This mama is on the...

It's yet another snow day here in Maine. The last winter I spent here was in 2015 and we maybe had three snow storms all winter. This year, we've had 3-5 just in the last couple of weeks 🙄 I'm already homesick for beautiful and warm North Carolina summers 😔 anyone else here who hates winter? If you need us, Allie and I will be curled up inside with some movies and a never-ending to-do list. #bloggerlife •
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It's yet another snow day...

Blogmas starts in T-5 days! I've been working so hard on producing awesome Blogmas content these past couple of months so I'm super excited to finally start sharing it with you all this weekend. Today on the blog I'm sharing a quick breakdown of Blogmas 2018, what you can look forward to on Mainely Keating, and 25 blog post ideas for those of you who want to participate in Blogmas as well! You can find the link to the full blog post in my bio! •
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Allie’s Newborn Photos

Allie's Newborn Photos | KeatingBartlett.com

This wasn’t the post I had originally scheduled for today (that one will come tomorrow) and this post is also coming to you incredibly late in the day. But yesterday I broke out my Nikon and decided to take Allie’s newborn photos before she got too big. 2 weeks is still considered a newborn right? If not, then it’s close enough in my book! Either way, I wanted to have her photos done while she was still super small and thankfully I was finally able to get them done. Now I’m dying to share them with you all!

Allie's Newborn Photos | KeatingBartlett.com

Allie's Newborn Photos | KeatingBartlett.com

Allie's Newborn Photos | KeatingBartlett.com

I’ll have to share some of the bloopers from this shoot because I have a TON of them. I now remember why I did wedding photography and not newborns. This shoot took two hours, two diaper changes, three outfit changes, a bottle, lots of dog treats (for Jack, not Allie), some country music, and 20 minutes of rocking her to sleep in order to keep her calm and get all the shots I wanted. The first hour and the last 10 minutes were all tears. At first it was because it was time for another bottle and the second time was because I kept waking her up to move her around. So I imagine she was getting a bit frustrated with me. I did have a good 45 minutes in between the two breakdowns where I was able to get a ton of great shots. By the time I was done, I had 210 photos to sort through! Totally worth it though. I’m in love with how they came out.

Allie's Newborn Photos | KeatingBartlett.com

Allie's Newborn Photos | KeatingBartlett.com

Allie's Newborn Photos | KeatingBartlett.com

Allie is now just over two weeks old and I feel like she’s already gotten so much bigger. It almost makes me sad to think she’ll be a month old in a couple weeks. Seriously, where did the time go?? I know it’s only been two weeks, but I’m already wanting time to slow down a bit. I wish she could stay this tiny forever. It’s crazy to think that she has zero life experiences. She currently has a clean slate. Nothing to stress over, zero enemies, hasn’t made a single mistake. She has yet to make her first friend or attend school or go to Disney World. She has a whole lifetime worth of experiences ahead of her. I think about this a lot and honestly, it makes me tear up a bit. If it were up to me, she’d stay little forever.

Allie's Newborn Photos | KeatingBartlett.com

Allie's Newborn Photos | KeatingBartlett.com

Allie's Newborn Photos | KeatingBartlett.com

This little girl has been such an amazing addition to our lives these past couple weeks. I don’t know how we got so lucky to have such an amazing little girl. She’s so chill and typically only cries when she needs something. She loves cuddling which I have a love/hate relationship with sometimes. On one hand, I love cuddling with her, but on the other hand it makes it challenging some nights to get her to sleep in her own bed. Like the other night. She’d fall asleep in my arms within seconds, but the moment I went to transition her to her own bed, her eyes would pop open and she’d all of a sudden be wide awake again. If it were up to her, she’d always sleep in my arms.

Allie's Newborn Photos | KeatingBartlett.com

Allie's Newborn Photos | KeatingBartlett.com

Allie's Newborn Photos | KeatingBartlett.com

In addition to being a huge cuddle bug, she also has some adorable facial expressions already. She probably gets that from Zack. He has some great facial expressions as well. But she’ll be super fun when she’s a bit older and we’re able to make her laugh and smile. Her little smirk is already super adorable and melts my heart every single time. I can’t wait to hear what her laugh will sound like or even her tiny voice when she says “mama” or “dada”.

Allie's Newborn Photos | KeatingBartlett.com

Allie's Newborn Photos | KeatingBartlett.com

Allie's Newborn Photos | KeatingBartlett.com

Jack has been incredible with her so far. He follows me into her nursery every time I have to change her and follows me into the kitchen late at night when I’m making her a bottle. He runs to her side every time she makes a peep just to see if she’s okay. He’ll then stare at me until I assure him she’s just fine. I love it. Adding her to our household has been so much easier than I had anticipated and I am so thankful for such a smooth transition.

Allie's Newborn Photos | KeatingBartlett.com

Allie's Newborn Photos | KeatingBartlett.com

Being a mom has been an absolutely incredible experience so far. Growing up, I never had an interest in ever being a mom. It wasn’t until I was about 18 or so that I decided I’d like to have a family someday. Now, I couldn’t be happier that I changed my mind. Being a mom is easily the best job I could possibly ask for. At this point our little family finally feels complete.

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