Elizabeth’s Baby Shower

It was such an honor to be asked to capture this special time in Elizabeth’s life. Her family and friends threw the sweetest, most sincere baby shower. It was a privilege to be a part of it.

Here are all the details, including the sweetest cake.

The beautiful mom-to-be and just a few of those in attendance….

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KristenR - February 7, 2011 - 2:20 am

Oh, I love these! Can’t wait to meet that sweet baby in March!

Five on Friday

1. Little Bit is Officially One. Things going on right now… He loves books. He’s still not walking or talking much. He babbles a lot and occasionally repeats things we say, but they don’t really stick. He loves feeding me, which makes us both laugh hysterically. His ear infections are finally gone- after 5 months. WHEW! He loves things that light up and make music.

2. My sister threw Zachary a mini birthday party last night. Even though he had no idea what was going on, he really enjoyed it. Or at least the cake.:)

It was a great night with family. Thanks, Aunt Tori!

3. I’m so happy to have so many good friends around town. Tonight, our neighbors are cooking dinner for us, Sunday we are heading to our friends’ home for a Superbowl Party, and on Monday- Jennifer and Matt are cooking for us. LOVE IT.

4. My sister-in-law has been talking about her homemade healthier poptarts, so this week, I gave it a try. I made brown sugar and cinnamon ones, along with blackberry ones. SO yummy, and they last several days.

5. Zach cooked dinner for me last Sunday and it was SO good. He made BBQ Chip Chicken Bites. I wasn’t sure what I thought about it, but I was shocked with how good they were. Here’s the recipe.

1 Egg
2 tbsp Milk
4 cups BBQ potato chips, crushed
1/2 lb Boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-1/2 inch cubes
BBQ sauce for dipping

In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and milk. Place potato chips in another shallow bowl. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then roll in chips. Place in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 10-15 mintues or until juice run clear. Serve with BBQ sauce.

He also made some sweet potato fries in Olive Oil. I don’t have that recipe, but it was CRAZY GOOD to. I’m a lucky gal!


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My Baby in One

When people tell you how fast it goes, they are definitely not kidding. How is it possible that one year ago today, I posted this cell phone picture on my blog from my hospital bed??

I give my mom SUCH a hard time because as long as I can remember, on each of my birthdays, all day long, she gives me an extremely cheesy play-by-play of what she was doing in that exact moment that many years ago. EVERY YEAR…. ALL DAY LONG.

So, in true Shackelford Mom tradition…. here we go.

Zachary, it was about this time a year ago that I realized I was already 10 centimeters dilated and you were ready to arrive. I remember thinking that I hoped you liked us and I didn’t want you to be disappointed when you found out you got us for parents. I also remembered thinking that I didn’t want the delivery process to hurt you. I knew I had an epidural, but you didn’t have any pain relief. I was SO scared you were in pain.

When you were born, everything happened so quickly, and we were flooded with SO many visitors. It wasn’t until 9:00 that night that I got to sit still with you and really spend some time– just the two of us. If I don’t remember anything else from the day you were born, I will never forget the moment I fell so madly and deeply in love with you. Since that moment, 364 days, and 10.5 hours ago, life has just gotten better.

I could have never predicted how incredible you would be. You are TRULY an amazing, amazing boy. You are so content, so reflective, so observant. You love to soak up the details in everything you do. I love how you are drawn to books, art, music, and all the small details in the things you play with. I love how you love to watch everything that happens around you. I love how you cling to us while you figure out if you’re ready to get involved. I love that you love your alone time, but that you also love being held. I love your little goofy side, and how ticklish you are. I love that you love to hear us laugh. I LOVE that you love to dance. I love the energy and the noise that you have brought into our home. Our family is truly a better place because of you, my dear. I know things are changing, and you are growing, and testing the waters. BUT- no matter how much you push us and how firm we have to be, I hope you always know that we will NEVER stop being proud of the person God created you to be.

We love you with every ounce of ourselves, sweet boy.

Here’s a little look at this past year.

Happy First Birthday!

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Melissa - February 4, 2011 - 7:24 pm

Happy birthday Zachary!! How in the world is he already 1? He is one of my most favorite kids and he gets cuter every single day! These pictures are incredible! I just love his Dr. Seuss birthday shirt!!

Sara - February 4, 2011 - 2:31 am

Happy Birthday Zachary!
The pictures are just precious!!!!

Mandy Collins - February 3, 2011 - 10:49 pm

Happy Birthday Zachary! What a cutie! You are right, they do grow up way too fast :(

Nicole C. - February 3, 2011 - 8:38 pm

What a cutie! Happy 1st Birthday to Zachary. These photo ideas are genius!

KristenR - February 3, 2011 - 6:37 pm

Happy Birthday Little Z.

Elizabeth, these pics are amazing. I don’t remember seeing 11 months…but OMG…my favorite! I love the ones in yellow too, he looks so good in yellow. And the sweet smile on the chair…sigh. He is such a big boy now.
Congrats E and Z, for making it through the first year! Even though it goes by super fast, it only gets better and better….and better.

Jennifer - February 3, 2011 - 4:50 pm

i may or may not be crying right now. you’ll never know.

i can’t believe it’s been one entire year since i first met this sweet boy. he will always hold such a special place in my heart for so many reasons that you already know. not only am i just so proud of zachary and the boy he is, i’m so proud of you and zach for being AMAZING parents. I look up to ya’ll more than you know, and I’m going to take parts of you when I get to parent my own child.

i love your family soooooooooooooooooooo much!

Happy birthday zachary allen wiggs, jr!!!!

Heather Bruce - February 3, 2011 - 4:48 pm

Happy Birthday, sweet boy!!! I cannot believe you are O-N-E … I remember holding you when you were just 24 hours old, just a tiny little guy with a lot of hair! I kept telling your mommy that you were so beautiful, and I think she kinda agreed ;) Enjoy your day!!