Sarasota Florida Family Photographer | In Home Family Photojournalism Storytelling Documentary Photographer | On location and beach vacation photography » Jessica Thomason is a storytelling lifestyle photographer specializing in family photojournalism or documentary style family sessions in home or on location. Serving Southwest and Central Florida - Sarasota + Anna Maria Island + Orlando or Disney area

Day in the Life {volume 4}

This was by far the most challenging DITL to shoot… but I’m already so glad I did it. Before I even opened my eyes Saturday morning I was over it. I thought to myself, ‘maybe next weekend’. But that’s the 4th of July so it’s really not our average day and I should probably just do it already and where did I leave my camera and am I laying in pee??

But I looked over at Cora, poor baby Cora who developed in utero with only a bag of water separating her from the loudest, shriekiest 3 year old on planet earth. And I thought, ‘we are doing this dammit! It’s my first DITL with Cora and in two seconds she’s gonna be 3 years old.’

Just then Brett walked in with our mobile order Starbucks iced espressos…. Hallelujah!! This should get me through at least a couple hours!

Navigating the day with a 7 week old makes everything a little trickier. Two kids is hard. HARD. I never realized how easy things were with one. Cora is a super sweet, happy and easy going baby so far, but we simply have fewer hands between us for things like my DSLR. So there were moments missed and out of focus shots that I kept anyway because if nothing else, it represents our lives completely accurately right now. Sometimes you just go with ‘good enough’.

Saturdays are awesome because Daddy is home and we go to ‘mermaid school’ (a euphamism for swim lessons that we made up to get Isla excited about it – but as it turned out she needed zero prompting to jump in the water without Daddy!) Another huge part of our summer has been Sodapalooza… It’s such a simple thing but Isla loves going to RaceTrac to get unlimited fountain drinks with Dad SO much. (We only fill hers up half way so she hopefully doesn’t have diabetes quite yet.)

We thought it would be a great day to take Isla to her first movie with us… she went once before on a playdate with Amber and Chase but she slept through most of it. I kind of thought timing it for her usual naptime would be a smart thing to do. Yeah no. After spending approximately $2,784 at the snack bar and watching the first 20 minutes of Inside Out (which looks like an awesome movie), Isla insisted we go home. (HUH?!) Whatever! So we rode the $3 train and went home, praying for a successful nap when we returned.

Except that didn’t happen… it seems like if she misses her 1-3pm window, naptime is a lost cause. So while I tended to Cora (my easy breezy sweetie pie), Daddy watched Trotro for about an hour hoping it would lull Isla into dream land. Nope.

After dinner and some night swimming, no one was more ready for bed than Mommy and Daddy! Daddy took Isla duty (which is no easy task and involves getting her chocolate milk in a bottle and begging her to brush her teeth and wear a Pullup ) while I fed Cora and changed her for bedtime. We all went to sleep with sore feet, slight headaches but with hearts so full of love we didn’t even care.

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  • June 29, 2015 - 12:55 pm

    Sandi - OMG, I love all of these!!! Aren’t you so glad you pushed through and did it? These are so priceless. <3 <3 <3ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2015 - 7:23 am

      jessicathomason - Thank you Sandi! Yes, I’m so glad I pushed through. It’s always toughest first thing in the morning but it’s always been worth it.ReplyCancel

  • June 29, 2015 - 1:54 pm

    Brittany Gillman - Okay so 1. Bretts beard is awesome. 2. Love you you showed how helpful he is, making dinner and baby wearing! What! So cute. 3. Keeping still needs a bottle for bed too! Does it ever end? No? Ok. I’m prepared now. 4. That shot of all of you guys in bed is gonna make me cry. Loved this post!ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2015 - 7:22 am

      jessicathomason - He is so helpful!! And I’ll tell him you like his beard – I love it too!! Yeah I hate to break it to you but the bottle NEVER ENDS EVER!!!! 😉ReplyCancel

  • June 29, 2015 - 7:49 pm

    Agata Cicha - I love how you always, no matter where, find this beautiful light. I love how daddy will let Isla do anything, I love how he’s holding Cora while cooking. That’s a delicious and heathly looking dinner btw. Haven’t had one in weeks 😉 I have to get baby carrier asap! I love all the baby Cora outfits, so many changes a day! I love how you named swim lessons and drinks at racetrack. Isla and Cora are so lucky to have you both as their parents. Every time I look at pictures of your family, I wanna hang out with you guys…. Every single day!! is that a bandaid on Cora’s forehead? :) I love your family!! <3ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2015 - 1:17 am

    Ashley - You captured your day beautifully!! Your description sounds like our’s almost 4 years ago, eek!ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2015 - 7:22 am

      jessicathomason - How fast did those 4 years go by?? I imagine it’s like a blip! I’m trying to slow down and enjoy them but also keep my sanity hahahah :)ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2015 - 2:17 am

    Lauren Kamenitz - really beautiful jessica! my favorites are daddy with the baby carrier making dinner! love all the color and your day seems like a lot of fun & super busy!!! inspired to shoot a DITL of us now!!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2015 - 1:20 pm

    Beckie - as always, LOVE your images jessica! what a wonderful day <3 all I can say is – wait until Isla is no longer napping. ugh. My oldest quit napping altogether at about 3 and we had another baby then, too. Gosh, those are some looooong days!ReplyCancel