Category Archives: Babies

Just for fun

 

Because sometimes, you just need to have a little fun!  In the midst of all the coughs, fever, and runny noses, these pictures make me smile.  I had to go to the studio for a few things, so I took the kiddos with me and we played around a bit.  No special set, no special clothes (I didn’t even do their hair).  I think I love them even more this way.  :)

Then we went to the square for a little walking adventure and play time.  Had to show their true little smiles.

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Joy

This post brings a smile to my face! While we had best intentions to do a newborn session 6 months ago, Miss Eliora needed several surgeries and treatments that delayed our plans. To sum it up, I use the word joy because this family of four is full of just that — joy.  Mom and Dad don’t mention the daily challenges they face, having a little one with Spina Bifida. Instead we only talked about milestones, smiles, preschool, and the joy of parenthood.  Mom is a friend of mine, and she was actually Kylie’s first preschool teacher.  She made me feel so comfortable leaving my first born 2 year old child in her care, and now it’s even more obvious why.  Her capacity for love, compassion, determination, and poise is unmatched.  I feel so thankful and honored to be able to capture this time in their lives.  And if anyone has a doubt that a child with Spina Bifida can live a full and beautiful life,  he or she hasn’t met this little lady.

I think this is my most favorite picture.  Love, love, love it!

Getting lots of hugs and protection from handsome big brother!  I can’t believe how big he is, with that fun, curly hair!  His newborn pics are here.

Daddy was so good at getting all the giggles!

To read more about Spina Bifida, please visit the Spina Bifida Association website.

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And another birthday!

Continuing with my birthday posts, one of my sweet little clients just turned one!  I had prepped Mom for how difficult a one-year-old session can be sometimes, since they rarely want to pay any attention to a camera wielding stranger.  But, Miss Avery proved me wrong!   We kept things moving, and she kept on smiling!  Mom and Dad are the sweetest couple you will ever meet, and I so enjoyed my morning with them.  It reminded me of WHY I love my job so much.   Being able to document these precious moments for people is truly rewarding work.

I couldn’t pick just a couple, so enjoy your long sneak peek!  :)

How adorable is this?  Matching Converse shoes!!!!

It was pretty dark in her room, but I just knew I had to get a few images in her “special” place.  The room where so many memories of the first year take place.  Endless diaper changes, night feedings, peaceful slumber…..

She loves her lamby!  And doesn’t it look like he loves her too!  :)

After the cake, we went inside to play and rinse off in the bath. 

Love you guys!  :)

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Monday Love / Bed Dilemma

Another edition of Monday Love…

A quote:The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.”  Alden Nowlan

Something personal: Well, I think I’m ALMOST at the forgiveness stage!  What a great quote right?  I feel like my entire “mommy-hood” has been riddled with guilt in some way, shape or form.  The latest guilt is about Jake’s bed.  We recently took the front off of his crib so he could get in and out.  He has never climbed out of his crib, and in fact, I think he rather enjoyed the security of it.  But now that he rarely takes a nap, I felt guilty (there’s that word again), that he had to pee in his pull-up when he’s perfectly capable of going to the bathroom on his own.  Jeff and I have had many heated arguments discussions about the bed “situation” in our house.  I feel like we should have gotten Kylie a full bed rather than a twin, since she has the larger room and will be more likely to have sleepovers, etc.  That being said, I’m thinking we should get Kylie a full bed and move her twin bed into Jake’s room.  Then we have the problem of how do we make her bed look more “boyish.”  And then, we have to get some furniture for Jake’s room, namely a dresser.  Rather than deal with all of these things, we decided to just take the front off of his crib (so it’s a toddler bed), and when I look at these pictures I’m feeling guilty (again) because he’s clearly too big for the bed.  He falls off every night because he can’t even roll over without reaching the edge.  This never would have been “good enough” the first time around, but for the second child, it’s just not that big of a deal right? *SIGH*  I guess it’s time to do some furniture shopping.

I thought I would share the snapshots.  These were taken in VERY low light with my point & shoot camera.  Hilarious right?  Jake rolls off the bed, then continues sleeping on the pad we put next to the bed.

I should add a footnote.  Jeff put the bed rail on at first, but I made him take it off since it’s not “supposed to” be used with cribs.  My bad!  

Something I love: Mexican food!!!  I love it!!  At Chipotle, it’s the veggie bowl with peppers & onions.  At La Paz, I love the Steak and Carmelized Onion Quesadilla.  At Taqueria del Sol, I always get a fish taco and a chicken enchilada with lemon cream sauce.  At Rosa Mexicano – GUACAMOLE!!!  And now, thanks to my friend who had her 40th birthday last weekend, I found another restaurant with wonderful “upscale” mexican food — Alma Cocina!   Okay, who’s hungry??

Happy Monday!!!

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Welcome to the world baby Sonoma

This mommy-to-be called me because she saw the newborn pictures that I had done for another client.  It was the baby’s proud grandparents that were showing off my images!  Such a fun way to get a referral!  And we met just in time because Sonoma arrived EARLY!

Mom and Dad are so relaxed.  We had a wonderful morning, and this sweet little girl barely made a peep the entire time.  Here’s a little peek for you!

I fell in love with this little bunny blanket and bunny hat that Mom brought to the session.  So adorable!

 

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