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Adorable baby boy

This little boy is just too cute!  His big cheeks and smooshy lips… I just love him already.  Not to mention, I have been around him for many hours now and have yet to hear one little peep out of him – he is laid back and a very content baby  (which I’m assuming is a must when you are #3.)  His family couldn’t be any more happy… I loved seeing his brother and sister love on him.   He is one lucky boy to be born into such a wonderful family.   And if you saw all the animals on his family’s property, you would REALLY see how lucky he is :)  It’s like a child’s paradise on their property!

On a side note, I got mad at this sweet boy’s mom.  She is not allowed to look so beautiful 7 days after giving birth.  It’s just not fair.  She came to the shoot in non maternity skinny jeans with perfect loose waves in her hair.  I didn’t speak to her for the first 30 minutes ;)

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6 Months

Actually the title should be 6 months and 3 weeks because that’s almost how old Lainey is.  Life has been busy busy busy.  And every week brings a new milestone with L.  I don’t even know where to start!

I will start with milestones:

1.  Sleep.  This is huge.  She is still waking up about 2 times per night (usually around 11, then around 3).  This is an improvement over 3 times per night.  And the BIGGEST victory is she takes 2 naps a day at pretty regular times and for pretty consistent lengths.  She usually naps around 9:30 or 10 for about 1.5 hours and again around 1:30 or 2:00 for 1-2 hours.  This is such a huge step for us.  Having a semi-routine after months of absolutely no pattern or predictability is a welcome step for us!

2.  Food.  She didn’t love the rice cereal, so we kind of backed off for a few weeks and reintroduced solids again around the 6 month mark.  This time we tried with food, and she seems to like that better.  I am making my own baby food (which I find quite simple!) and so far she has liked peas, avocados, butternut squash, and pears.  She was not a fan of sweet potatoes.  She is eating usually 1 meal a day (sometimes we skip it) of about 2 T.  She has gotten good at taking bites of food and seems to enjoy it.

3.  MOVING.  She is JUST starting to crawl.  Pretty unbelievable.  She has been working on it and getting frustrated trying for several weeks now.  And within the past 3-4 weeks we’ve seen a new accomplishment almost every day.  Better balance sitting up, getting from sitting to crawling position, getting from stomach to sitting (a few times), lots of planks, scooting, and the beginnings of crawling.  It is so amazing to see her work on her new skills, and even more amazing at how quickly she is growing into a little toddler.

Overall, she is so happy.  She gets frustrated sometimes when she is struggling to do something she isn’t good at yet (and she whines when frustrated).  She also whines when tired or hungry.  She is not as bored now that she has more options… but she will whine and fuss a little if she is bored.  She loves sitting and reaching for all sorts of toys, especially anything that makes a crinkle or that she can bang on something.  She loves her jumparoo, going for walks, reading books, me singing songs to her, me helping her stand and simultaneously reaching for things on the ground, and watching our dog.

I was off with her weight in my last post… she is NOW almost exactly 20 lbs.  She isn’t gaining as quickly anymore, but is still 90th percentile for height and weight so she’s doing just fine ;)  She is quickly growing through her 6-12 month clothes and her 12 month pajamas are surprisingly snug on her!  She is a big baby.  She still is on a diet of only breastmilk + about 2 T of solids a day.

We just love her more and more each day.  I know it’s cliche, but so true.  It’s amazing to watch your baby evolve into a little person.  Part of me is so excited that things like talking and walking are around the corner, but the other part of me bursts out crying at how quickly this baby phase is flying by.  It’s unimaginable how much you can love this little person until you have one.  Her smile and laugh literally make my heart burst.

Here are some pictures from throughout the month.  I wasn’t as good about snapping everyday shots… I think life just felt too hectic and busy.  I did some “6 month” studio shots and some pictures with one of my friends from college’s baby while he was getting his 9 month photos.  My goal over the next few weeks is to be better about capturing the every day.

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This “shoot” was kind of a bust… as pictured below all she wanted to do was pick up dirt/grass and eat it.  We called it a wrap very quickly!Blog_L6M003

 

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Summer Mini Session

I had such a great time catching up with this mom and her two adorable children.  The last time I photographed this family was for his newborn photos!  He has grown into the most adorable little boy.  And his big sister is still beautiful and SO full of smiles for the camera!  We had a great time playing in the yard… and captured a few precious photos.  Here are just a few of my favorites.

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Little sister on the way

I loved getting to spend time with this adorable family.  I think the last time I saw all three of them at the same time was for their daughter’s newborn photos.  I know I say it all the time, but time really does fly!  She is an absolutely adorable little girl now, and I have no doubt she will be the best big sister.

We got a few photos of the family together and a few of momma with her bump (and of course a few with big sis!).  Doesn’t this mom look amazing?  She definitely has “the glow”.  Stunningly beautiful!  Here are just a few of my favorites.  I can’t wait to meet their baby girl in a few weeks!!

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Adorable 2 year old

I had so much fun getting to know this sweet little girl.  She was SO much fun… she kept us moving and laughing the whole shoot!  For this session, we were mainly focusing on miss S, so we just let her explore and play while I scurried around behind and got to photograph her in her element.  It’s always so much fun to see the world through a little one’s eyes.  You look at a place you’ve been a zillion times before in a whole new way.  She had so much fun running around, playing with sticks, playing with a ball, even playing with a chair I tried to coax her to sit in.   I love the photos we got… I hope her sweet family does too!  We got some fun “action” ones, but there are also moments of stillness (brief moments!) that allow me to capture her beautiful eyes, her adorable curls, and her sweet face.  Here are just a few of my favorites.

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