Saturday, December 28, 2013

Gio's Birth Story by Kansas City Birth Photographer Morgan Lang

Since starting birth photography in the Kansas City Area this past July,  I've been trying to get the word out why hiring a birth photographer is something expectant moms should consider.

Rather than using words to try to explain how birth photography is so beautiful, I'd like to encourage you to SEE it instead.

Take a couple minutes and watch Gio's birth and experience the emotions and details from his birth day. All of my birth videos are tastefully captured with the focus on the emotion and joy of Baby's birth day, rather than the type of birth you might see on Discovery Channel.



After you've had a chance to watch his video, follow me on Facebook to see more birth stories.  Interested in having your own baby's birth story captured?  Contact me through my photography website to learn more!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Birth Stories | Overland Park, KS Birth Photographer




If you missed my announcement of a new website, go check it out!  I'm working as a portrait and  birth photographer in the Kansas City Metro Area (Shawnee, Olathe, Overland Park, and Lawrence, KS).  For my birth loving readers, you'll enjoy seeing some of the birth story videos (shared with family's permission).  

The most recent birth I photographed went VERY quick!  Mom called in the middle of the night to say she was in triage at the hospital and was dilated to an 8!  She'd been having contractions for a couple hours, but didn't thought she had more time because it wasn't very painful.  Usually I arrive at the hospital around 4 or 5 cm, so I knew it was going to be a close call.  I was out of bed and driving towards SMMC within 5 minutes.  Along the way, Dad called and said Mom was now at a 9; I found out later that Dad wasn't even at the hospital yet.  Things were going fast!  When I arrived at the hospital, Mom was pushing and Baby was born within 15 minutes.  Baby and Mom were both healthy and we got some great pictures after birth and with a Fresh Baby hospital session later. It was quite an exciting day!  If you'd like to see that birth story, you can view it here: http://morganlangphotography.com/shawnee_mission_kansas_birth_photographer/.  

I'll be doing mostly portrait sessions until going on-call again in November.  If you'd like to follow along with my adventures in birth and portrait photography, you can also find them on Facebook at: http://facebook.com/morganlangphotography.



Thursday, April 18, 2013

Johnson County, Kansas Birth Photographer


Hi Blogging Friends!   I started Adventures in Diapering in 2008 as a way to help ease the fears of women facing a c-section.  I've recently started a new blog through my photography business, Morgan Lang Photography.  With my love for birth, children, and photography, I've began to offer Birth Story Photography to Olathe, Lenexa, Overland Park, Leawood, Shawnee,  and Lawrence in the Kansas City Metro area .  I'm excited to see where God leads me in this next journey and how I can bless others by telling their birth story through documentary photography.

If you're interested in learning more about birth photography and why someone would want to have a photographer at their baby's birth, or perhaps you live in the Johnson County, KS area and are interested in this service, you can learn more at: Morgan Lang Photography.  You can also follow my portrait photography on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MorganLangPhotography.

Thanks for following me through my Adventures in Diapering journey and come visit me on Facebook!




Wednesday, June 13, 2012

101 Fun Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers



If you're looking for something fun to keep your toddler or preschooler busy this summer, here are 101 fun ideas to get you started!

 

  1. Color with Wet Chalk on the Sidewalk
  2. Blow Bubbles
  3. Play Hide and Seek (or if You Have Several Children, Play Sardines)
  4. Make a Dog House out of a Box
  5. Play the "Hot/Cold" Game
  6. Have an Easter Egg Hunt- Anytime of the Year!
  7. Help Them Make a Letter/Picture to Mail to One of Their Friends
  8. Build a Tower Out of Blocks Taller than the Sofa!
  9. Have a Picnic in the Living Room
  10. Make Cut-Out Cookies
  11. Take a Walk Somewhere New
  12. Make Sock Puppets
  13. Create Your Own Movie
  14. Plant Some Flowers or Vegetables From Seeds
  15. Lie Down on a Blanket Outside and Name the Animals You See in the Clouds
  16. Have an Indoor Pretend Campfire
  17. Make Popcorn on the Stove
  18. Have a PJ Party
  19. Play Restaurant
  20. Gaze at the Stars through a Telescope
  21. Go for a Nature Walk
  22. Record Yourselves Telling a Story onto Cassette Tape
  23. Have a Scavenger Hunt
  24. Play in a Little Kiddie Pool Together
  25. Make Edible Play dough
  26. Make Collage Place Mats
  27. Finger Paint with Chocolate Pudding 
  28. Have a Popcorn Movie Night
  29. Write a Story Together
  30. Play Dress-Up Together
  31. Bake Cookies and Deliver them to Neighbors
  32. Act Out a Bible Story
  33. Play on a Playground- TOGETHER!
  34. Set up a Pretend Hospital
  35. Count Your Blessings- Seriously, Make a List and Count them.
  36. Exercise and Stretch Together
  37. Have a Bike Wash
  38. Go Pebble Hunting
  39. Make Ocean Bottles
  40. Have a Color Theme Day
  41. Teach Your Children a Game They've Never Played Before
  42. Look at Old Family Photos Together
  43. Take a Nap Together
  44. Make a Fruit-Loop Necklace
  45. Create Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments
  46. Use Hand Prints to Make Seasonal Pictures to Hang on the Wall
  47. Camp-Out in the Living Room
  48. Color Pictures to Send to Family Members that Live Far Away
  49. Have a Reading Day- Check Out a Ton of Books from the Library, and Then Spend all Afternoon Reading
  50. Make Play Clay
  51. Create Treasure Boxes
  52. Have a Tea Party
  53. Set Up an Obstacle Course
  54. Make Boo-Boo Bunnies
  55. Decorate Your Bikes and Have a Little Parade
  56. Play with Shaving Cream
  57. Open a Doll Spa
  58. Do Somersaults Together
  59. Have a Pots and Pans Musical Band
  60. Play “Rock, Paper, Scissors”
  61. Visit a Petting Zoo
  62. Make Pet Rocks
  63. Decorate Pillowcases
  64. Build a Fort Out of Blankets
  65. Make a “Me and You” Book
  66. Play Volleyball Using a Balloon
  67. Create an Alphabet Book
  68. Use a Laundry Basket to Throw Stuffed Animals into
  69. Attend Free Activities at Your Local Library
  70. Make a Bird Feeder
  71. Go Berry Picking
  72. Play Red Light/Green Light
  73. Create Magnets for the Fridge
  74. Experiment with Color Mixing Using Frosting and Graham Crackers
  75. Make Color Bags
  76. Play Indoor Basketball Using a Laundry Basket and Stuffed Animals
  77. Plant a Garden
  78. Cook Breakfast for Dinner
  79. Create a Mini-Salon and Give Each Other Funny Hair-Dos
  80. Have a Hawaiian Theme Day
  81. Dance With a Scarf
  82. Go Indoor Fishing
  83. Play Freeze Tag
  84. Make White Mud
  85. Camp Out in the Living Room
  86. Go Bug Hunting in the Backyard
  87. Build a Sand Castle
  88. Make Treasure Bottles
  89. Decorate Cupcakes
  90. Make Placemats out of Greeting Cards
  91. Have a Stuffed Animal Party
  92. Send a Message in a Bottle to a Friend 
  93. Decorate a Card for a Family Member
  94. Learn About a Different Country
  95. Play “Go-Fish”
  96. Make Yogurt Popsicles
  97. Create a Lift-the-Flap Picture
  98. Tie-Dye T-Shirts
  99. Visit Your Local Fire Station
  100. Go on a Colors and Shapes Hunt
  101. Have a Backwards Day


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

To the reader who was pregnant with her 4th...

Last night, I received an e-mail from a reader, M., who was pregnant with her 4th. child. I typed a message back, but when I clicked, "send", the message was bounced back to me. It stated that M.'s e-mail address didn't exist. After looking at the original message again, I realized that it was dated April 2011! Somehow M.'s e-mail took 10 months to reach my inbox. Although M.'s message was so long ago, I would like to share it here as well as my e-mail back. Maybe someone else reading this is in a similar situation as M. and needs encouragement too.

M.'s e-mail:

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Hello, My name is M., I have 3 children all born by c-section aged 14, 12 and 8 i just found out this week that I'm about 5 weeks pregnant.
When i was 17 i had my ovary taken out and then after my 3rd baby i had an ectopic pregnancies and my tube was taken, At which time i was told i would not be able to fall pregnant again. So almost 5 years on i was very shocked to find out iam in fact pregnant.
I went to the Doctors today who has advised me not to have the baby, as he thinks you should not have any more then 3 c-sections. I felt the doctors crying and feeling sick to my stomach, when i got home i started looking on the internet and found many women who have had 4, 5, 6 even up to 8 c-section, Which made me feel a bit better after reading this. I'm still very scared as i want this baby more then any thing. Any advice you could please give me would be very appreciated.
***
Here is my response:
***
Hi M.,

My first thought when I read your message is that you probably don't live in the USA, am I right? I say that because although a lot of doctors here say to stop at 3 c-sections, I have never heard of one advising an abortion for the reasons you listed.

Were your first 3 c-sections normal? Did you have any adverse reactions to the procedure or the anesthesia/epidural/spinals?

To give you an idea how laid back doctors are here (in the state I live) about c-sections- I have had 5, a former neighbor had 4, a friend at church had 4, my doctor's sister-in-law had 5, a lady in my mother's group had 4, and I have met many other ladies online that have had 4 or more.
One lady I met through a c-section group has had 11. Another had 7 c-sections. The one who had 7 did develop placenta percretta during her 7th. pregnancy and had to have a hysterectomy afterwords, but and her baby are fine. Her name is Sabrina and I believe her birth story is listed under my c-section link up top.

If your doctor is that concerned about your pregnancy, then you need to find a new doctor ASAP. You need a doctor that is confident enough as a surgeon that they are not scared at the prospect of a 4th, 5th, or 6th. c-section. Try to find a doctor that is pro-life and pro-family.

I'm telling you all this because I want you to know that although the risks do go up with a 4th. c-section, many doctors are not concerned about women having a 4th. when there have been no complications with the first 3. If it is uncommon where you live, then you are going to have to work harder to either find a doctor experienced in delivering 4th. + c-sections, or a doctor that is a highly skilled surgeon and is confident in what he/she does.

Keep reading positive stories and try to find a good doctor. Read as much as you can about how to make this birth a good experience and try not to worry.
***

M., if you read this, I'm sorry I didn't receive your message earlier because I would have encouraged you to keep your baby and enjoy the blessing that child would bring to your life. I hope that you were able to find joy in your pregnancy and look past the fear and that your c-section went smoothly.

All the best,


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Example of a Candy Land Cake


For all you candy lovers out there, here is another example of a Candy Land Cake. Evi, an Adventures in Diapering blog reader, made this cake for her daughter's 5th. birthday. Check out the candy path she made- complete with the pink candy spots like the ones on the board game! The game pieces and the candy along the bottom edge of the cake were nice touches too. Apparently the cake was a big hit; Evi says, "14 little hands descended on her cake all at once and it was undone in about 45 seconds!"


Thanks for sharing Evi!


Friday, September 9, 2011

How to Make a Candy Land Cake

Today I'm reposting one of my most popular posts- How to Make a Candy Land Cake. I'm adding back in tons of pictures which should be helpful to anyone making their own CandyLand Cake.



This week I made my first Candyland Cake! It was a HUGE hit with my kids. So much in fact that my other 3 children are all requesting Candyland Cakes for their birthdays too.

The cake was fairly easy to make, but very time consuming. If you decide to make a cake like this, you will probably find it easiest to assemble the candy by looking at a Candy Land game board. Then just use whatever candies you want.

If you have any questions that aren't answered here, leave me a comment or e-mail and I'd be happy to answer them.
Candy Land Cake

Supplies:

*Wax Paper

*13x9 in. sheet cake (the one I used was 2 cakes put together- half yellow, half chocolate)

*Buttercream Frosting:
*Purple
*Pink
*Red
*Orange
*Yellow
*Green
*Blue
*Black
*Chocolate

Various Candies, such as:
*Gum Drops
*Mini-Candy Canes
*Itty Bitty Marshmellows
*Peanut Butter Brittle
*Gummy Bears
*Licorice strings
*Suckers
*Heath Candy Bits
*Small Ice Cream Cones
*Cotton Candy

Directions:
The day before my son's birthday, I made the cake and put a base coat of frosting over the entire outside of it. I then put the cake in the freezer for an hour or so to harden up a bit before decorating.

After pulling the cake back out, I started to make the background colors (grass, sky, mountains, ect.) using frosting.

I traced the outline of the cake pan onto wax paper. Inside of the cake shape I had just drawn, I sketched out the Candyland path making just a simple curvy line that copied the game board.




Using scissors, I cut the wax paper along the line I had drawn. I placed the wax paper cutout on top of the cake and made tiny frosting dots to make the path outline onto the cake. After the frosting outline was on, I removed the wax paper.

I touched up the background scene and started making the path and bridges using the buttercream frosting. I also placed some of the candies on that wouldn't go bad before the next day.


After everything seen in the picture below was completed, I stuck the cake in the fridge until the next day.

FYI- The candy assembly the next day went MUCH quicker than the pre-assembly work day.

The Day of the Party

The next day I pulled the cake out of the fridge and started assembling all the candy details. Candy Canes in the bottom right corner, along with some tiny marshmallows for snow.


I stuck suckers into some of the gum drops, made a castle using 2 ice cream cones, frosting (including red to make a cherry at the top), cotton candy, and 2 toothpicks stuck into the back for support.
In the right corner I made Queen Frosting's place using pink cotton candy.

A licorice bridge was made using pull and peel licorice twisted and stuck in place with frosting.


I sprinkled Heath candy along the side of the peanut butter brittle house.

To finish the cake off, I tore little pieces of cotton candy off stuck them all along the base of the cake.



Voila'! The cake was finished and the kids were thrilled!