July 15, 2012
Categories: Felicity, Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
Guess who’s back?! For those of you who might have missed it, on June 29th, I had a baby. Sarah Halstead quickly picked up for me while I adjusted to life with a newborn. I wasn’t sure how long I would be away, but I feel like I’m getting my groove back – rather, I’m learning how to operate in my new reality. I can’t promise that I’ll be back to a full blogging schedule anytime soon, but I would hate to be away from Scavenger Hunt Sunday for too long…to be sure I can take five photos each week, right?
Anyways, welcome back to the Scavenger Hunt. If you’ve participated in the Scavenger Hunt in the past, I hope this week’s items inspired you. If you’re new to the Scavenger Hunt…WELCOME! Next week’s items are sponsored by Jenny Rain.
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
The rules are simple:
  1. Anyone can participate.
  2. You’re encouraged to take five new photos this week for the challenge. Creativity is also encouraged!
  3. If you get stumped, you may use one photo from your archive (although I’m not too strict about it – I do my best to take fresh shots).
  4. Link up here on Sunday (or Tuesday at the latest) – you can use the button above.
  5. Leave comments for at least five entries around yours (we have so many new participants each week, this is the only way I know to be inclusive).
  6. Have fun!
Without further discussion…here are my interpretations this week:

1. Water
Water RS
I’ve been spending a lot of time with water lately. Because Felicity was born early, the doctors and nurses wanted to closely monitor her feeding (she lost about 12% of her birth weight). Unfortunately, going straight to breast feeding wasn’t an ideal option for her situation. Rather than move straight to a 100% formula diet (which for me wasn’t an option), I requested support from the lactation specialists to help me serve expressed breast milk via pump. Up until Friday, I was still pumping every three hours…followed by cleaning my pump parts…followed by adding 3/4 of a teaspoon of formula to my milk (to add calories)…followed by labeling/refrigerating my bottles…and finally, feeding my daughter via bottle. The whole process was time consuming but I felt it was the best possible solution at the time. However, her pediatrician said I should start moving towards exclusive breast feeding on Friday. So far, we’re both loving it, so keep us in your prayers as we start the breast feeding journey – the last thing we want is a set back in weight because I’m breast feeding instead of tracking exact feed amounts.

2. Petal
Petals RS
I’m sure it would have been better to photograph one large petal…but I’ve had a busy week, so I pulled a recent photo I took of the flowers by our front door. There are many petals in this shot.

3. Fresh
Scream for Granddaddy RS
I seriously considered taking a photo of my husband changing Felicity’s diaper – you know, “fresh diaper.” Instead, I am sharing this photo of my dad holding Felicity. I’m fairly certain she was kicking and screaming because she was in the process of unloading a fresh poop.

4. Eight
IMG_8075 RS
Last weekend, my husband’s sister and her family came to see Felicity for the first time. It was Felicity’s eighth day of life. Furthermore, our eight year old niece is in the background of this image.

5. Calm
IMG_8043-2 RS
Most of our days are pretty calm right now. Felicity is such a sweet baby. One of these days I need to capture her emotional exercises. While she sleeps, she makes little faces that range from smiles to frowns. It’s adorable.

So, what were your interpretations of the items this week? Be sure to load your pictures on your blog (or your Flickr photostream) and link up at the bottom of this post. Feel free to grab a button to display on your blog along with your scavenger hunt items. The linky will be open until Tuesday night at midnight (EST). If you didn’t participate this week, but want to participate next week, here are your items (these can also be found at the bottom of my blog each week), sponsored by Jenny Rain:
  1. Wrapped
  2. Time Together
  3. Tell Me a Story
  4. Love or Couple
  5. Duplicated
Again, thank you to Jenny Rain for so many great scavenger hunt items. If you’d like to contribute items to the list, just send me an email with your suggestions (I can better keep track of them this way – and I appreciate all of you that have submitted lists already…my SHS file is quite happy). Each week, I will select one reader’s prompt list, add those items to what is currently on tap and give the selected reader a shout out on my blog during Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Happy Shooting!


    Fresh, indeed! :)

    Adorable! Can’t wait to meet her! She looks sooo precious. I will be praying for your breastfeeding journey. :)

    Great photos and such a beautiful baby. I know I always say that but she truly is!!
    I will keep you in my prayers on your breast feeding journey. I nursed Taylor and we went through a lot initially. Feel free to email any questions you have.
    You can increase your fat consumption a bit to help her gain some weight and vitamin c supplements (for you) a few days before her vaccinations will help tremendously!!

    Ahhhh calm. So sweet.

    Good to have you back!

    Having a new baby in the house definitely changes everything! Your daughter is a doll. Love your calm picture!

    Oh my goodness. Felicity is so beautiful.. That shot of her in the calm shot is perfect..


    Welcome back. Good to know that you are settling in nicely with your new little one.
    Who by the way is just a cutie pie!
    Your Calm shot is so adorable.
    I also loved the Eight shot, the expressions on the children’s faces are just delightful.


    Very creative water, and calm is just precious. I will keep youin my prayers and hope the feeding transition is smooth!

    I’m so glad you are adjusting well.
    She is just BEAUTIFUL!

    So fun to see those!! My daughter didn’t have that much hair on her first birthday–lucky Felicity! :-) Next week’s prompts must be written with you in mind. Can’t wait to see them.

    she’s adorable – I can’t believe how much hair she has! my kiddos were bald bald bald FOREVER! (ps – for the nursing – nurse on demand as much as she wants – that ensures a full tummy!)

    Your little bundle is just so adorable . . . I love her hair. Lovely petals you captured and eight is perfect.

    She is beautiful. I am so happy you are finding your groove.

    I love petals and your eight, just precious!! And prayers that the breastfeeding continues to go well!

    She is adorable, love calm.
    Then I was looking at your post about your baby shower, now I know why she was born early!!! ;) A girl can’t resist that amount of beautiful clothes and goodies!!! (lol)

    Take care. x

    So beautiful calm photo and that with Grandfather holding your little Felicity is so cute and beautiful !!!!! Congratulations to you and your family !!!!

    Oh my God, Felicity is beautiful! Such a cute little thing! The last photo is amazing :)
    Congratulations, Ashley!

    She is the cutest thing!! So glad to hear you are adjusting – good luck with the breast feeding!

    Ohmygosh, Felicity is so precious…eight and calm are adorable! I’m so glad all is going smoothly for you…it’s good to have you back at Scavenger Hunt Sunday. :)

    Such a cute baby!!! <3

    Love that fresh photo-and the extra details on that, no one would ever know if you hadn’t said so. Glad things are doing well with your sweet girl. Your family looks as delighted as you sound.

    Hi Ashley,
    Great snapshots! Love the black and white of Felicity. She’s so adorable. Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

    A great series Ashley!! Enjoy this wonderful season of your life thoroughly. Children are one of lifes biggest and most beautiful blessings :)

    Yay!!! I am SO glad things are going better getting Felicity to eat & that you are now able to nurse full time!!! Hurray!!!!!! :)

    Sounds like you are super determined to breast feed and I think that’s awesome. You’re doing a great job and I hope it all comes together for you. I love your take on eight this week. So sweet!

    omgooooodness. That last picture- she is so beautiful!!! CONGRATS!!! :)

    Welcome back! Felicity is adorable! She has the same amount of dark hair that my Alex had when he was born.

    Love your set this week! Calm is my favorite. And I love that you were able to participate while taking care of a newborn!

    Love that fresh baby!

    Love the pics of her. I totally hear you on the pumping. Because my son had to be in the NICU for his first 7 days- we did the same thing… and because it worked so well for us the first time around- we did it that way with the girls too. Spent the first year of each of their lives with my pump by my side every 3 hours. Totally worth it.

    Welcome back! I’m so happy that we’ll be seeing lots of Felicity. Best of luck with breastfeeding…

    I’ve been waiting to see this little one! She’s is beautiful! I love your images for calm and eight! So glad things are going well for you!

    Oh my goodness, she’s so precious Ashley!

    So very happy for you! Lovely little baby…enjoy these precious moments with her. Congratulations!!

    Wow, I’m impressed! I have no excuse not to participate!! She is so adorable!! I love seeing all of her little expressions already!! Great shots, as usual!!
    I will keep my fingers crossed for you!

    ahhhh that last photo is beautiful!

    Amazing shots! Love her calm shot. PERFECT. Wow does she have some hair.

    She is so adorable! I love the pic of her sleeping.

    Felicity is breath-taking! Congratulations Ashley. And congrats on getting your groove back so soon. I pray for many more calm days ahead.


    So easy to get 5, only 5?, with such a precious little one. Happy for your family, isn’t that a special word, family…

    Felicity is beautiful! I’m sure you will both find a nursing groove soon. My first wouldn’t latch, at all for 3 weeks. Had to supplement and pump, but at 3 weeks she got the hang of it and we were able to exclusively bf from then on.

    What a beautiful baby girl, Ashley! She’s adorable!

    Congratulations of the birth of your beautiful baby! Wonderful pics for this week’s prompts!

    Such wonderful photos of your fresh, beautiful baby.

    I’m playing along here for the first time. It’ fun.

    Thanks for hosting.

    Ashley, Felicity is precious! and beautiful!
    Welcome back!
    I think it’s great that you are working so hard to breastfed Felicity. many kudos, and I will keep you two in my prayers.

    I just love that ‘fresh’ shot. She is simply beautiful (I know you hear that a lot, but some things can never be spoken too often).

    whooo hooo! welcome back Ashley :) Missed you!

    Ashley, your “calm” is so precious. She is such a beautiful baby. Glad you’re still finding a little time to take some photos!!

    So glad to have you back. I’m glad things are going well. I hope the breast feeding goes well for you. She certainly is an adorable little girl.

    Your precious baby is so sweet. Valerie

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl – your photos are precious!

    Felicity is such a beautiful baby! Love her name. :)

    And that Tommy Tippee cup is so different from the last one I saw (my childhood). ;) Praying for you!

    Congratulations, Ashley. Felicity is precious!

    Great set, I just love that last one, I could stare at it for hours. :0)

    Love these! Especially the last one ;o) SO adorable. Praying that the exclusive breast feeding works out!!!!!!

    Felicity is such a beautiful baby. I hope everything is going well! I will be praying that the breast feeding goes well for you both!

    omg that last one is to DIE for

    she’s fresh and beautiful!! =) nearly 12 years later… I still remember those precious first days!! my little blondy was born with dark hair like that … and lots of it!! I wonder if your sweet babe will go blond like her mommy?!! Love love that last shot!

    she is absolutely beautiful! I love her hair. My babies had hair too! God Bless you for breastfeeding. It’s really hard sometimes, but so worth it.

    Woof, I’m back, Ashley!
    Keeper remembered our online life again!

    And Felicity is such a woofy baby! Do you think she might want a dog BF?

    Great set! Loving your calm shot! So sweet! Congrats on a wonderful baby girl.

    I had to stop by and visit to see if you posted any pictures of the baby! She is just all sorts of SWEET! That calm picture is fabulous! I remember when my Alivia was that little (I miss it)!Hope you are all doing well as a new family :o)

    Oh my gosh! She is SO beautiful. What a perfect baby girl. I love her dark hair. I am so happy for you.

    Congratulation with your beautiful baby ;)
    Lovely picture you post this week
    Have a great time :)

    Congratulations again on your sweet new addition. I absolutely love the image with the little boy looking so sweetly at your precious one.

    she is just beautiful! I’ve been out of town and looked forward to logging in to see more photo’s of her. I love her dark hair.

    Have a great week!

    The sweetness!

    Such good shots, the sleeping one with the smile is my favorite. Positive vibes your way for the breast feeding journey!