This was taken September 8th, 2008. It was the day after my 26th birthday, and an awful birthday weekend at that. I had just moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, but Aaron Kennison took this when I was visiting Dayton. The shoot was fun. I covered myself in baby oil gel to get shiny, and he took these in the woods at night with portable flash. He was a pretty conservative looking guy, so I was pleasantly surprised when he played Tool during the car ride to the location. The shoot was the only fun part, unfortunately. An ex-boyfriend ruined the rest of the weekend for me. The year before that, another ex-boyfriend (my baby’s father) ruined my 25th birthday by physically assaulting me in front of our son.. which led me to get a restraining order against him. That was the last we ever saw him, and I spent the entire day filling out police reports & trying not to cry in front of Brennan.
I’ve been thinking about ex’s lately. Last night we were watching Parks & Recreation, and you know how Leslie and Ann are always running into ex’s of theirs or remembering awful dates. Well, I looked over at Patrick, who looked adorable stretched out on the floor with his head in my lap.. and I realized I’m never going to have another crappy ex again. I’m going to spend the rest of my life with this marvelous man. I felt so lucky I wanted to cry, but that might have been pregnancy hormones too.