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Why yes. Yes I did just post a picture of my 8 month pregnant arse on the internet. Lord help me…I must be insane. Or getting really close to it…but this was an accidental shot. It was not what I had in my head. But what happens in my head is often just the start of something more real. I was planning to zoom in on the bow of my apron (I’ll explain more in a bit) & used the vacuum that was next to me as my BBF point for my self timer–with plans to roll it out of the way. But…I didn’t zoom enough & well…aprons, vacuuming, dirty rags & paint brushes are pretty much my life right now. So…the outtake it was. No matter how many times I asked myself if I really wanted my bum…my very pregnant bum…as the start of my Project 52 this year…it was the right way to start.

The last year has been a roller coaster. 2011’s Project 52 was extremely personal. It caught it all. The love of motherhood. The heartbreak of my infertility diagnosis. The joy of a pregnancy. The loss that followed. The decision to let it be. The finding of faith & the gratitude of a subsequent pregnancy. & all the mommy moments inbetween. I will treasure the 2011 project & the voice it gave me forever. A lot happened last year. A lot of tears. A lot of joy. A lot of growing up and getting comfortable in my skin. & embracing the crazy life that is one of a stay at home (work at home) mom.

But what was next? I felt like I had enjoyed the theme to the fullest extent & was ready for something new. Last year’s Project 52 was for me. This year it is for my babies. (BABIES!!!) I brainstormed & mulled over a bunch of ideas and kept coming back to the same one. I started a little tumblr blog last year after inspiration from this blog/book, but deleted it as fast as I put it up because I just couldn’t do another project. But now it’s time. So…this year’s theme is: “I want them to know…”

I want to put together a little book of lessons for my babies. This project is not for anyone but them. I write to them both in their own journals as much as I can (and those will remain private), but I wanted a mixed media project–so they can see what I see and understand the words I write a little better. So each week, my goal is to give them a peek at their childhood from where I stand. & offer up something that I have learned along the way. Some wisdom from mama…if I dare call it that.

So…this week.

I love my job as a SAHM. But I love it because I had a bustling career first. (& kind of still do…) but I run my house like a business. It’s a job I take seriously. There is infinite planning, executing, project management, scheduling, coordinating, budgeting blah blah blah. It’s no joke. & that’s the way I like it. I kind of love it, actually. But I don’t think, as a woman, that I would feel this way had I not had a corporate life before kids. I had my own money. I had my own identity outside of the house. I had bosses & responsibility & successes & failures. I have talked about this before, but rushing into children was not for me (us) and I am so glad that we waited. My hubby & I are about ready to start our (omg) fifteenth year together. No small feat. (especially for someone still under thirty! ha!) I spent half our our post college life as the breadwinner & it was a VERY valuable lesson. I know what it feels like to carry the pressure of supporting my family & it drastically impacts the way we manage our roles as a couple. I wish–for both my daughter (and if I have a son–for his future wife) to experience working outside the home before they choose homemaking as a career. It is a LOVELY career. One I enjoy to the fullest, but one that I think is best enjoyed after a few years working elsewhere.

& I’ll leave you with this article, which inspired my image & I enjoyed immensely: The Apron: The Ultimate Symbol of a Culture of Life. My favorite quote:

Taking the time to fasten the strings of an apron around your waist sends a message (to yourself, as much as to anyone else)…that self-care has not been shoved to the backburner just because you have children.



& now the FUN part! I know there are a lot of you along with me on this journey this year. Some of you are photographers. Some of you are moms. All of you care to document this crazy thing we call LIFE…and are willing to commit to doing it weekly for the next year. If you’re with me, I’ll link you below each of my weekly Friday posts–but you’ve got to link me back & remain actively participating in the project to keep your weekly link. The biggest struggle with having no boss is finding the self motivation to follow through on our commitments–especially those that are personal. A project like this–that documents such a precious time in our hectic lives–is priceless. So who is with me?! If you are, leave me a link to your blog below & I’ll get you up next week. It is NOT too late if you miss week one. It’s never too late. But once you start–keep on ‘a goin! Your babies will thank you!

If you’d rather add my button on your blog, I’m totally in support of that. You can grab it here (Mac users: CMD-C will copy the html code, PC users CTRL-C will copy the html code–then paste wherever you wish):

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If you don’t know how to post a button to your blog, here’s some help:

You will find these buttons over in the slide out side bar on the upper left to grab anytime you wish! :)

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  • shannon - I’m joining in this year! :) I’ve loved your project 52 and am really excited in doing my own. I struggled thinking of a “theme” so I borrowed your old one. :) Hope that’s ok! It’s kind of where I am right now and it seemed fitting. I can’t wait to have this to look back on!

    My blog is

  • Dana Moran - Super excited to follow you along on this! Our theme is similar but I am sure it is going to be entirely different. Great to see another moms take on life for their kiddos!ReplyCancel

  • Abbi Z. Meadows - Love it! Brilliant theme, and arse or no arse, the first photo is perfect. I especially smile thinking that maybe baby #2 is a boy and someday he’ll have a coffee table book where the first page is a pic of your butt. :)

    I love everything you had to say about our SAHM jobs and I couldn’t agree more. I think “having a life” before becoming a SAHM helps you appreciate both roles for what they have to offer. I know for me, it’s sure helped keep me from being resentful or wondering “what if”.

    I’m in this Project 52 thing with ya. My posts will go up every Friday at midnight at The current one is live now:

    Looking forward to this next year! Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - Hey Shawna! My project 52 is up and live, with one lonely link to your blog! :) (I did take inspiration from your 2010 P52 styling. I hope you don’t mind!)

    If anyone else wants me to link to their blog, I’ll take a link in exchange! It would be great to have more!!


  • Courtney - hmm.. my link didn’t show up in that comment.. take 2!

  • Caitlin - Love your blog! I have been following for a while now and really enjoy reading. I attempted project 52 last year and failed so trying again this year. My blog is :)ReplyCancel

  • Casey - I am determined to stick to this years project!!! Soo sad I let last year slip away :(

  • Zantia - Love the theme of your project! You have inspired me (again!) to jump onboard with the Project 52. I’m excited to see where mine takes me. Here’s my link:

  • Julie Meier - LOVE IT!! Might need to do this next year!! Love the picture too!! You look Fantastic!
    My blog is:www.mistmoments.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Marylin - “Arse” made me literally LOL! I really look forward to your Friday posts. I want to join you in doing a project 52. Would you mind if I used your “motherhood is” theme?ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - So glad you are continuing this into the new year and love the new theme. I really enjoy your creative and very honest take on life as you know it :) Happy 2012!ReplyCancel

  • Kayla - I am in the process of starting a blog, but I am having so much trouble figuring out a name for it !! and I really want to start the project 52 as my first thing on the blog, but I am in a rut on figuring out a name ? Any ideas ladies?? I am a 26 year old mother of a 6 year old red head, my husband is a SSgt in the airforce getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan so i sort of want to document our time without him and my son isn’t a baby anymore but we are trying for baby #2 before he leaves so there’s just so much and I can’t grab one !! aha sorryReplyCancel

  • Project 52:1 | Boy World « Bugs & Boo-Boos - […] have decided to participate in a Project 52. After being inspired (again!) by my favorite blog Styleberry. My goal is to choose one picture every week  that follows the theme that I have chosen. In the […]ReplyCancel

  • Shalini - I thought I put a comment in, but I think it was eaten…

    I’d like to join this project 52!

    My theme is going to focus on my 3 kids, i.e. monkeys!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Cooper - Thank you for an inspiring post, as always!! Started my Project 52 a day early…was planning on posting tomorrow as we are heading down to Danville for belated Xmas with my family today and I was not sure if I would have the time to get the post done today…but I did!! Yay! I hope you do not mind that I used the same theme as you did last year…I went back and forth on themes, but it just felt so right and so *where I am right now* that I just had to. I hope you take it as a compliment :)ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea McCown - You know I’m in again this year! And determined to keep it up despite 3 kids 2 an under! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Sliman - Hi Shawna. Okay, I’m inspired. I would like to join you this year on Project 52. I posted your button to my blog and will think about my theme and start next week.

    By the way, that arse doesn’t look 8 months pregnant!ReplyCancel

  • Tara S. - Seriously, Shawna, you cannot even tell you are pregnant from behind! I love your new theme for Project 52, and I especially love this post. I also left a 10 year corporate career to stay home with my 2 children. I agree with you completely, although I would even go a step further and say that I think it gives you great perspective to go back to work after having your first child. I did (although it was very hard on me), and I tell everyone that I would never appreciate the bazillion little things that make up my days as a stay at home mom had I not had the experience and the stress of managing a dual career household and motherhood. I’ve been at home since my second child was born, and I can honestly say I appreciate every single day with them. Even the tough ones :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura - I’ve been following your blog for awhile now, and I like this idea. I’ve been wanting to live this year intentionally, so that’s my theme. I “borrowed” the look of how you put yours together, kind of. My blog is:

  • Katie - i want to make the commitment and join this year. I am really excited about this! MIne is not super fancy or anything but I am learning. How did you get yours to look like the page out of a book? Also I tried to copy the link to add your button but it wasnt working :/ Anywho here is my week one!!

  • Katie - I love this and waited half the year last year so I could join fresh this year. Mine is not as fancy just kinda simple but I am learning and I look foreward to see my progress as the year goes on. I was wondering how you get yours to look like the page out of a book and also I tried to add your button but was not able to copy the link. nonetheless here is my link to week 1

    • Katie - hahaha so it said there was an error so i did it again and there we go two posts haha oops sorryReplyCancel

  • kandice - I am so happy it is January and you are doing this again! And that I decided to do it, too! :) here is my link!

  • Debbie Mayes - I just posted my week one! I’m excited to follow along with yours, thanks for the inspiration!

  • Meghan - Yup, doin’ it too and I even worked you into the text… here’s the link:


  • Mallory - I so enjoyed your Project 52 last year and am absolutely in love with this year’s already! I’ve linked up to your blog. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for the year :)

    My first post:

  • Kaylie - Joining in on the fun!

    By the way, great picture and honestly, you really can’t tell that you’re pregnant at all!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - I’m in! My theme (and also my One Little Word) is LESS. Not very inspiring to most people, but it is to me!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - I already changed my theme :)

    Moments of Our Day.

    My first post:

  • Rachel - Count me in! I’m a little nervous and excited! This whole blogging is new to me, hopefully I did it right. By the way, love your first post!! It is beautiful in more ways than one.ReplyCancel

  • Meredith Ryncarz - Just posted my first project 52!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Shawna, your blog has become such an inspiration to me since you first emailed me a couple of months ago. You are such a supermom, and I can’t wait to follow along with you on this project!

  • Heather - I am so excited to be joining in on Project 52. I just posted my first photo today!

  • Kavita - Hi Shawna!

    I’ve been reading your blogs for some months and can very much related to your post on loss and hope. Thank you for sharing your story. I hope that one day I will also get to post something like your 52:31 bumpy :-)

    You’ve inspired me to join project 52, my blog is

    Looking forward to seeing the beautiful photos 2012 brings!


  • Kate - I’m in! You had me hooked last year, and I’m ready to re-take the P52 Challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - I’m in too! Totally a non-pregger looking booty BTW!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Clearly I’m a goober because my comment didn’t include a link! Ooops.

  • adriel @ the mommyhood memos - not sure what happened to my comment, but i’ll try again. sorry if i’m doubling up!

    i started a 52 project with my first post yesterday – will definitely link to you next week. i’m excited to stretch myself this year!

    and i love your first shot! hooray for outtakes!!ReplyCancel

  • Nessa - Joining you… and so gladm to have stubbled over here. This is my first 52 project and so excited.

  • April M - Absolutely love the post! I’m in–I had already gotten the project all set up but trying to get the blog up. My first post will be this project. Super excited and excited about reading everyone’s project. It’s going to be my new Friday evening –after they’re asleep-with a glass of wine–ritual. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Ruthie - I have been waiting for you to post so I can link up with you! my blog is: — LOVE this new theme for your 52 project and cannot wait to join in. Thank yoU!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Loved yours last year so much, I wanted to join in! I love watching my little ones interact, so, siblings is my theme. I really love having this kind of goal each week. Good luck with yours!

  • Kim - You look good from behind! =)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Realized I did not post my blog addy in my comment…

    And you so do not look preggo at all from behind!! Way to rock it, Mama!!ReplyCancel

  • Lilliana - Shawna, after a year of following your last Project 52 I finally found the courage to try my own and it is TOTALLY inspired by you. Here is my fist post
    It even includes links to your site and the previous blog that explained the project. Looking forward to linking and capturing this year in at least 52 pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Navigating the Mothership - Hi Shawna. I’ve admired your blog for awhile and really enjoyed reading your archives in the early days of endless nursing with my second this past summer. I’m excited to tackle this project this year. -LauraReplyCancel

  • Monica - ok, here we go. Good luck everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Monica - ok, here we go! good luck everyone!ReplyCancel

    • Monica - ugg, it told me “error” post I did and now it is there twice….ReplyCancel

  • Megan - You can’t even tell you’re pregnant from behind!!
    I really enjoyed your project 52 last year. This year hubby and I are doing it together … he’s the photographer, so thought it would be fun to have a project that we do together :) Our theme is: our lives. We don’t have a blog, so our pictures will be on our flickr account:

  • Ruthie - Okay, I feel like an idiot…I didn’t know we were supposed to come up with a totally different theme, I thought everyone was doing the same. haha! Oops!! Mine started out being the same as yours…but I’m now coming up with my own. Sorry for ‘stealing’ yours! It was just a great theme! :)ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea - Just found your blog through a friend of a friend. It’s so cute and you cannot even tell you’re pregnant from behind! I love the Project 52 idea, though mine is more of a 52/365 goal.
    I’m not sure if you want the permalink or the blog link, so here’s both:

  • McLain - This is my first Project 52…I’m psyched! I hope you don’t mind, but I’m using your theme from last year of motherhood. Very excited about this! Good luck to you!

  • bethany - I’m participating this year! I am excited to see the project through your lens, too.

  • Heather - Taking the plunge. Here is my Project 52.

  • Lizzi B. - I’m excited to do this again for 2012! Thanks for inspiring me to do it in 2011… now, I just have to print those pictures out! EEEKS! Here’s my link:

  • Lizzi B. - I’m so excited to do this again for 2012! Thanks so much for your inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - I’ve started my own project 52! So excited!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - I’ve started my first project 52! So excited to see what this year brings!ReplyCancel

  • Challenges and My Project 52: Little Boys Are… - […] on the idea, I set out to find a theme and accountability. I owe all of my inspirations to  Shawna and her awesomeness last year with her Project 52 on Motherhood. You should go to her blog and fall […]ReplyCancel

  • Candice - I’m in!ReplyCancel

  • Krista - just realized I didn’t comment! So excited to take the challenge and journey! woohoo! linked back to you last week, can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with next week!ReplyCancel

  • Meghan T - Hi! I am a new mommy and a newbie to the blog world; I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago. My friend Mehren has been a fan of yours for a while now and told me about it. I have to say I’m hooked. Not only hooked, but inspired. I started my own blog a few weeks ago, and now I’m starting a “Project 52”. I started with my baby girl’s birth story. Can’t wait to see how it goes! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Meghan T - Ok, so I tried to copy the html code, but it keeps saying I can’t. I’m using a PC…I just added your website to my page, but I’d rather have that button!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Lynn - I’m with you! I missed week one but I’m starting tomorrow! I’m SO excited about this. Thank you for the inspiration!!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Guzman - Beautiful arse, my dear!! Thanks for your inspiration in a gagillion different areas of my life. DaniReplyCancel

  • Korin - Here is my p52:1! I can’t seem to copy/paste your button in though, I will keep trying :)

  • Jenny -
    here is my link! Can’t wait to see all of the projects!!ReplyCancel

  • Project 52:2 | Boy World « Bugs & Boo-Boos - […] Styleberry ~ The Carter Family ~ McBaby Bump ~ LucasandMahina Like this:LikeBe the first to like this post. […]ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - I wish my non-pregnant bum looked as good as your 8 month pregger bum! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - I just found your blog… love it! (And I wish my arse looked as good as yours and I’m not even pregnant… just sayin’).

    Looking forward to reading your delightful posts… I feel like a kid in a candy shop right now!

    Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - Hey, I’d love to be linked to your project! I’ve had your blog on my sidebar, but I’ll replace it with a button. However, I can’t copy and paste from this post or the side window. I’m on a Mac. It works on other sites, but not this one. Any suggestions? Could you email me the code? Or I guess I can just type it out! Anyway, here is my link:
    Thanks, and I love this pic by the way. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Lynn - Hey Shawna! I’m participating in Project 52 but I can’t add your button :( I’ll link to your blog but would much rather have you button – it just won’t let me highlight it so that I can copy it. Tried it on a couple of different computers (macs and pcs) and I tried from this post as well as your “grab a button” thingy over on the left. Just wanted to let you know!ReplyCancel

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  • Lani - Hi Shawna – love the blog! I’m a little late jumping on the bandwagon but I’m starting my (belated) project 52 (aka Project 48). If you could link me up that would be great. I’ve tried copying your button but it doesn’t seem to allow me to do that. I tried retyping the html, but the image doesn’t seem to follow suit. I’ll just leave the link for now. *LReplyCancel

  • Project 48:1 Lessons « Squamish Baby - […] (leave a reply if you’d are also participating in Project 52 & would like to trade links) StyleberryBLOG Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailRedditLike this:LikeBe the first to like this […]ReplyCancel

  • Project 48:2 – Milestones and Moodswings « Squamish Baby - […] (leave a reply if you are also participating in Project 52 & would like to trade links) StyleberryBLOG Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailRedditLike this:LikeBe the first to like this […]ReplyCancel

  • Project 52:5 | Boy World « Bugs & Boo-Boos - […] Styleberry ~ The Carter Family ~ McBaby Bump ~ LucasandMahina Like this:LikeBe the first to like this post. […]ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Wyatt - Thank you so much for taking the time and effort for your blog. I have learned a new way to make baby food – sooo much easier. I have been inspired to use my cloth diapers for baby #2 with the great inserts. And best of all I have started my own blog just for the project 52. I love it and friends and family love it! Thanks again. I pray your birth for #2 goes well and that he or she is happy and healthy. I would love to be added to your list – pineconesanddaises.wordpress.comReplyCancel

  • Project 48:1 – Lessons « Squamish Baby - […] (leave a reply if you’d are also participating in Project 52 & would like to trade links) StyleberryBLOG Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailRedditLike this:LikeBe the first to like this […]ReplyCancel

  • Project 48:4 – Dancing Lessons « Squamish Baby - […] Other Inspired Project 52 Bloggers (leave a reply if you are also participating in Project 52 & would like to trade links) StyleberryBLOG […]ReplyCancel

  • Project 48:5 – Pain with a Purpose « Squamish Baby - […] Other Inspired Project 52 Bloggers (leave a reply if you are also participating in Project 52 & would like to trade links) StyleberryBLOG […]ReplyCancel

  • Project 48:6 – Perspective « Squamish Baby - […] (leave a reply if you are also participating in Project 52 & would like to trade links) StyleberryBLOG Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailRedditLike this:LikeBe the first to like this […]ReplyCancel

  • Christina - I started following you because I needed to feel ‘part’ of a Project 52 project. I didn’t realize you were linking up at the time. I’d love to join. I’m doing well and have managed to keep up every week:) Here is my link: And congrats on your new little one! I’m hoping my son will come this week *fingers crossed*. And you have inspired me. If you can keep up your p52 with a newborn, so can I, right?ReplyCancel

  • Project 48:7 – The Ugly Cry « Squamish Baby - […] (leave a reply if you are also participating in Project 52 & would like to trade links) StyleberryBLOG Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailRedditLike this:LikeBe the first to like this […]ReplyCancel

  • {Link Up} Project 52 | - […] Project 52 is a yearlong photography project based on a specific theme (this year Shawna’s theme is “I Want Them To Know…”, mine is a more basic, “Our Family”) that’s meant to chronicle your life. At the end of the year, you have 52 photos and 52 captions that tell the story of your family over the last 52 weeks. My plan is to make a photo book and keep it as a memento of the year we became a Family of Four. […]ReplyCancel

  • Project 48:8 – Changing Sleep « Squamish Baby - […] (leave a reply if you are also participating in Project 52 & would like to trade links) StyleberryBLOG Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailRedditLike this:LikeBe the first to like this […]ReplyCancel

  • Project 48:9 – Bedtime Hum-dinger (or: Thank you Tom Selleck) « Squamish Baby - […] (leave a reply if you are also participating in Project 52 & would like to trade links) StyleberryBLOG Share this:Like this:LikeBe the first to like this […]ReplyCancel

  • abby - Shawna…I absolutely adore you and your blog! I decided about 10 weeks ago to start a Project 52 on my blog…but it was 42 for me (weeks left in the year! ;) I am having a hard time creating a button so I have been putting your link at the end of every post! You are such a great Mama!ReplyCancel

  • Hope - I would LOVE to join Project 52:

    I tried to link you to my blog and couldnt get the code to copy. If you will email me the code I will get you linked! I love the “what we make out of it” link! So excited to be apart of this project!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - I’d love to join! I’ll go add your button right now :)ReplyCancel

  • Kaley - Thank you so much for this post! I am 23 and have been married for almost 2 years. I’m currently in grad school and because of school and the necessity to use that degree for at least a few years it will be about 4 more years until we have kids. My husband is ok with that, but its been hard for me to accept! But your post was so encouraging and exactly what I needed to hear!!ReplyCancel

  • Project 52 | Coming Soon….are you in? « The Blog - […] So what is Project 52 you ask? 52 weeks – 52 thoughts, or photos, or references or what ever inspires you. What captures your imagination, lifts up your spirit, makes your heart beat faster, gets your creative thoughts flowing…what ever it is that shapes that particular week for you. This project captures just that – where you are at, in that week, in that particular year. Here is a link to styleberry BLOG’s Project 52: […]ReplyCancel

  • Project 52 « A Happy Hodgepodge - […] (seriously delightful) about her plan to undertake what she calls Project 52 (originally from styleberry Blog). I still have to read a bit more about what it entails, but from what I was able to gather, the […]ReplyCancel

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