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In the Nursery!

The past few weeks at home with our fresh, perfect, little newborn baby have been filled with lots of love, a good amount of learning, limited sleep, and nothing I would ever trade for anything in this the world. I honestly couldn’t have imagined how fast these first few weeks would fly by. These precious newborn moments are fleeting and I feel so lucky to have a handful of them documented to enjoy for years to come.

My awesome sister Kristi (Kristi Mangan Photography) drove over to Naples the week after Jason was born to meet her cutie nephew and help us photograph this precious time. She captured all of the gorgeous images below of Jason at five days old, along with us in his nursery, and we can’t thank her enough!

(PS – Don’t mind all the empty picture frames…we have since filled them with adorable newborn photos of Jase!)

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CarlyMay 15, 2016 - 2:11 am

Congrats to you all three of you, he is beautiful. Love little babes!

JessicaMay 16, 2016 - 12:06 am

How precious! What a beautiful baby boy, and adorable looking family. I love his nursery and also the turquoise blanket you had him wrapped in. :)

Hello World!

He’s here!!! Our beautiful baby boy, Jason Leo Shaidle.

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We welcomed this perfect little baby on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at 12:02PM. He weighed in at a whopping 8lbs. 8oz. and measured 20 inches long! Jason is named after his daddy (Jereme Jason) and his great grandfather (Leo). …and I think he looks exactly like his daddy!

Jason means “healer” and Leo means “Lion.” And he’s nothing short of total adorable newborn baby goodness (as I write this on the eve of my first Mother’s Day, I can’t believe he’s already 3 weeks old! Time, please slow down!).

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^^Jason’s cord somehow became knotted as he made his way out into this world. I feel insanely blessed that this did not become an issue.^^

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After a cozy 40 weeks and 4 days in my belly, Jason had become a little too comfy, so my wonderful doctor and I decided it was time to hand out eviction notices. My induction was a two-part process, starting on Wednesday night with Cervidil and ending on Thursday morning with Pitocin. It was pretty much smooth sailing until the Pitocin was handed out. I went from zero to hero, so to speak, in a matter of three short hours on Thursday morning. Unfortunately, I don’t think the nurses believed me when I explained my contraction pain had gone from next to nothing to holy-crap-it-feels-like-someone-is-stabbing-me-with-a-million-knives-every-time-i-have-a-contraction. Basically, on a scale of 1 to 10, my pain quickly became a 4 million. I guess they just assumed I was a big woose, and there was no way I could have gone from only being 1.5cm dilated to fully dilated that quickly. Turns out, I can! Poor Jereme got to hear the brunt of my displeasure while laboring and got the fun job of massaging my lower back as hard as humanly possibly during each contraction!

It took a few choice words during said contractions and some downright pleading with the nurses to finally get my request for the epidural granted, and by then, it was a waiting game. I had to wait for the anesthesiologist team to wrap up a surgery they were in and also for them to administer an epi to some other lucky lady who got on the waiting list before me. :((( But F-I-N-A-L-L-Y, after about an hour of waiting, the anesthesiologist made it to our room just before 11AM! Phew! They are miracle workers, I tell ya.

By 11ish, I finally felt comfortable again. I thought I’d have some time to rest in my hospital bed or text my family a few updates, but little did I know, we were about to have this baby!

The nurses checked me just moments after I received the epidural, and boy oh boy were they surprised, or shocked really, to discover that I was fully dilated and the baby was basically on his way out. They rolled me on my side to slow things down and called my doctor to get over to the hospital asap. Meanwhile, I texted my photog friend Amanda (Amanda Hillary Photography) to see if she would be able to also haul it to the hospital in time to photograph the birth! I don’t think anyone, especially me, expected to start pushing out a baby by 11:30AM.

Within minutes my doctor had arrived and I was pushing! From what Jereme tells me, I pushed through a solid 10 to 15 back to back contractions before our son was born.

It still all seems so surreal.

It was a whirlwind of a morning as Jereme and I became parents to the most perfect and healthy little baby boy. We are head over heels in love with him and our hearts could not be any fuller. I have lots to share from our first few weeks at home with Jason, but for now, here are more of the beautiful images from his birthday (all courtesy of the talented Amanda Hillary Photography) and a short *VIDEO* at the very end!

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A special note on all of ^^these^^ insanely amazing photos… I was beyond thrilled that Amanda (of the fabulous Amanda Hillary Photography) also made it to the hospital in time to photograph these precious moments for us. I cannot thank her enough! I am in awe of every gorgeous photo she captured and so happy we have Jason’s birth documented in such a beautiful fashion. Thank you, thank you, thank you Amanda!!!

Kelley - Sailing ChanceMay 8, 2016 - 10:20 pm

Such a beautiful video! Congratulations to you both.

LisaMay 9, 2016 - 6:02 pm

LOVE the video so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JessieMay 29, 2016 - 9:16 pm

Congratulations on a healthy, handsome baby boy! It sounds like you were quite a champ (not a woose at all!). I wish you all the best as you settle into this new adventure in your life.


Oh Boy! Shaidle Shower!

How are we seriously already at 31.7 weeks in this pregnancy????????????


Will someone please explain that to me? Because I am starting to freak out.

This pregnancy has whizzed by faster than the speed of light. I guess that is a good thing considering how smooth it has gone. …So far. I feel super lucky, but definitely don’t want to jinx myself with these last few weeks as I’ve started to find myself more and more uncomfortable. I cannot believe we are only two months out from meeting this little babycakes! And no, we have not yet revealed his name! ;)) Although I think we do have it pretty finalized!

Sadly, I haven’t done such a stellar job documenting the pregnancy thus far, so I would kick myself in the butt if I didn’t, at the very least, post a few favorite photos from the AMAZING baby shower my sisters and mom hosted for me this past weekend. And a few snaps of my belly before it gets totally out of control.

The shower was absolutely perfect. Period.

I can’t thank my sisters and mom enough (and my bro-in-law too!) for all their hard work! Jereme and I are so blessed to have such wonderful, supportive friends and family who showered this baby with tons of love and all the necessary gear he’s going to need in the very near future. From strollers and car seats, to swings, cribs, diapers, blankets, bottles, you name it. I think we are just about ready around here!

Side note, Oliver has already decided that our current work-in-progress nursery is his new personal poodle pad. Baby? What baby? ;)) He may or may not have adopted the baby’s boppy lounger as his new dog bed in that room, and tried to help himself to a few new stuffed animals. Gotta love it!

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AlyseFebruary 11, 2016 - 3:25 pm

So, I’m basically a total stranger, but I’ve been following your blog since a little after you guys started sailing, and it really solidified mine and my husbands dream to start sailing and get our own boat. You two inspired us so much, so first, thank you!
Second… WOW!!! You look amazing! You’re going to be such fantastic parents, and Oliver is going to make an amazing big brother. 😉
Super congratulations! That term mamma’s boy has held true over here, I still can’t get enough of my little guy. You’re going to love it.
I wish you the very best of luck.

Kelley - Sailing ChanceFebruary 13, 2016 - 3:33 pm

Such a pinterest perfect shower! Absolutely adorable. Where is that “Never Stop Exploring” image from? LOVE that!!

Our Wedding!

Life has been a bit of a blur lately. House renos, jobs, weddings, babies, you name it. But one day definitely stands out from the rest.

On December 19th, Jer and I tied the knot in the most amazingly perfect, beautiful,  simple ceremony on Barefoot Beach surrounded by 65 of our closest friends and family.


We truly couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. And as we get closer and closer to expecting our first baby (due April 9th!!! we are SO excited!), I’d be a total idiot not to take the time to post a few of our favorite photos from our wedding day! I’m pretty sure life is not going to slow down from here.

And by a “few,” I mean it took everything in me to narrow down 700+ photos to the 100-ish below. Typical. ;)) Here is my “little” photo dump of personal favs… xoxo

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A huge thank you to our amazing photographers, Concept Photography, for capturing this special moment in our lives. And the rest of our fabulous vendor team…

Ceremony/Reception – The Club at Barefoot Beach
Music – Brandon Shane Reeves
Flowers – Fresh Naples
Hair – Andrea Alikaj
Makeup – Duality Artistry
Officiant – Russ Winn
Cake – Publix

Lara SpragueJanuary 25, 2016 - 12:53 am

Absolutely breathtaking! Congratulations for this last year, and the year to come!😊⛵️🏝🏡🛠💍🎉👶🏻

Life Update.

Well, well, well. It’s been, what, only about four months since I updated this little ‘ol blog???


Time flies, I guess, when you’re having fun!

Or maybe it flies faster than the speed of freaking light when you are up to your eyeballs in wedding planning (Jer and I are tying the knot this December!), renovating our house (total gut job of the floors throughout, the entire kitchen, a full bath, new paint throughout, etc. etc.), living at my future in-laws in the interim (a huge thank you to them or we’d be homeless!), packing up all our crap and moving back to our house (hopefully soon!), crazy busy season for the photography business (yay!), and going back to a full time career (we knew that was bound to happen sooner or later).

Yup, that must be it. ;))

We’ve been a teensy bit busy to say the least. But with all good, exciting, fun things! And since I keep telling myself that I don’t want to miss out on documenting some of these amazing times in our life, I had to pause for two seconds today and upload a few of my favorite photos from our recent engagement session with the fabulous Concept Photography!

As I’m sure you can imagine, photos are at the tippy top of my wedding priority list. Other than marrying the man of my dreams, that is. ;))

Needless to say, securing a location and date that matched up with my favorite wedding photographers’ schedule was a must-have, and we found the perfect match in mid-December. And the cherry on top of securing my favorite photogs for the wedding, was that Sara and Jason, the married duo behind Concept Photography, actually drove down to Naples in early October to shoot our engagement photos too!

We had a great time exploring downtown Naples by the beach and I am absolutely head over heels in love with the photos! I really cannot say enough good things about those two. They are truly awesome and uber talented in so many ways. I would recommend them in a heartbeat, but I’ll let a few of my favorite photos from the shoot speak for themselves…

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^^All photos from the fabulous Concept Photography.^^

Other than that, I am frantically trying to wrap up all of our remaining wedding details (although, let’s not lie, I still have an enormous wedding to-do list), and we are anxiously awaiting a move back into our home…sans much furniture (or any worldly possessions really), but hey, at least we will be home. It’s about freaking time. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we are in our old house by the end of the month!

Adios for now.

Sandy McCoyNovember 15, 2015 - 8:50 pm

Hi, I followed your blog when you were sailing ( we are in VI) and am glad to get an update. Beautiful engagement pics – my favorite is the one with reflection in the water. I hope ou do before and after of your house! Have a wonderful wedding.

Nate McGowanNovember 16, 2015 - 5:04 pm

Hey guys,

Just stumbled across your blog today. Glad you had so much fun in the Caribbean, and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

Here’s wishing you all the best, and please do look me up if you’re ever in St. Thomas!

Captain Nate

caroline van ewijkFebruary 8, 2016 - 1:43 am

Absolutely georgeous. ♥ Happiness and love to both of you