11 months

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Uh oh… it’s almost birthday time! Which means last year at this time, I was in full belly mode, anxiously awaiting little miss’s arrival. I remember it was HOT, I could hardly remember not being pregnant, we were only 90% decided on her name, and we were dying to know what she would look like. It is so strangely wonderful to be approaching the same date this year knowing our girl so well and getting to spend time playing with and keeping up with her sweet self every day. (Emphasis on the “keeping up” – she took her first steps!)

She’s the cutest and the sweetest (I’m allowed to use superlatives on my own kid), and we love her. Birthday cake is so close she can taste it!
But not, really.

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Which month is your favorite? Mine is all of them. :)

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luisa: one year!

I got to hang out with this sweet little blondie the other night. Her three older sisters were on duty jumping, playing “peek” and making fun faces to get their baby sis to giggle. We recruited them at the end of our session to be official ice cream cone holders. Any excuse for ice cream is a good one for me. Little Luisa was such a treat to photograph – so much beauty bouncing around in so many dainty, curly, dirt-covered, melting-ice-cream moments.  Enjoy the cuteness, and Happy Turning One, Lulu!

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miss emma pants

Some of our very favorite people came through town and I snagged an evening of pictures with them before they whisked their sweet baby Emma back to Oklahoma. “Emma-pants”, as her daddy affectionately calls her, is incredibly soft, dainty and sweet. Her little grin gives her away though – she’s got a world of mischief in those stunning baby blues! I’m hoping they come back soon, so I can find out what she’s got in mind. :) Tanner & Amy, your family is beautiful beyond words.

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10 months

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She is ten months old! We’re having so much fun with her. My favorite thing lately is watching her learn things I would not have imagined happening already. She is mimicking us, and you can see her little wheels turning. I’ve added brushing her hair and brushing her teeth to the bedtime routine we try to follow with her. I was surprised when I let her have the little hairbrush after I was done, and she reached back with it and started running it along the side of her head. What?! She then wanted to hold the toothbrush while we brushed her four little teeth. Such a little thing, but it made my heart swell – I’m so proud of her. We laughed though, when the next night, as I was showing David her new skills, I realized she has yet to realize the uniqueness of each brush – hairbrush went in the mouth after finishing it’s work, and she may or may not have gotten toothpaste in her hair. :) Happy to be in this stage with her.

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With her daddy on Father’s Day.

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the smiths: some of my faves

How many times can I say “I love the Smiths”? Do I say it too much? I don’t know. I just really love the Smiths. They are some of my favorite people. I jump in my car after photos with them, totally exhausted, with worm slime and watermelon juice on my hands and the giddy feeling that I get from seeing heart explosions of family love through the lens of a camera.

This time we went fishing.

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Yep. I love the Smiths.

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9 months

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A few weeks back, my little lady turned 9 months old! That little milestone had me thinking so much about her independence. For 9 months, she was inside me, depending on me in the most natural, basic ways, and I was constantly and involuntarily meeting those little needs with every breath. I loved having her with me all the time, wherever I went. Now in addition to that season, we’ve had 9 months of seeing one another and being together in a different, less constant way. There is a separation that is necessary for her growth and independence, and she is not defined by me anymore. I still get to meet her needs, but now I have an awareness of them and have to set myself aside to serve her and that is so good for me. I’m surely grateful for the season we spent necessarily tied together, but I’m overjoyed to see what she can do on her own. She is a wonder in every sense of the word.

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the orton family: will is one!

My nephew is one year old. So crazy! I am so proud of him and so lucky to know him, much less be his aunt and get to spend special time seeing him become who he was created to be. He is thoughtful, funny and adventurous, and the cutest redhead ever. I think he likes me, which is pretty awesome. :) I’m also pretty lucky his parents still want me and my camera around to document their family from time to time. Happy birthday, Will!

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