There is a mohawked, karaoke-loving, extremely creative Asian man in Lincoln, Nebraska named Johnny Le. That man is my boss. :) I’ve had the privilege of working for him since college and in the past year have gotten to meet his family twice for photos (see last year’s here). I certainly have to drink an extra coffee beforehand with these spunky littles, but they are so much fun. He asked if we could do a soccer theme this time. Um, yes. Absolutely.
There’s a beautiful new baby girl in the world, and she belongs to these two. Welcome to the world, Adynn. You have quite the adoring entourage, and you’re worth every little hug, cuddle, and kiss.
I think this little man deserves a shoutout. Being a big brother is exciting, but it can be hard to adjust. He seems to be doing an amazing job and is so sweet with his little sister. She is one lucky girl. Attaboy, Trey!
Despite the fact that I didn’t blog about Claire turning 3 months old, she did, in fact, do it. We’re nine days out from 4 by now, but I wanted to share some photos from month three anyway. I mean, I did take the chair picture. I knew from the beginning I would not always do this ON the 14th of each month. Close counts in my book. So here are a few snapshots of Claire’s life at this stage.
This month covered a few fun events in our family: Halloween and our 5 Year Anniversary. We actually sort of did Halloween this year. My mom was awesome about Halloween. She sews, so she always made us unique, amazing costumes by hand. It was such a special thing, now that I look back on it, that we were able to be whatever we wanted to be each year – she made it happen. I remember being a gypsy, Maid Marian, a spider with legs made from my dad’s black tube socks and strung together so they moved together when I raised my arms. My sister was a belly dancer one year. It was so imaginative and exciting. I can’t sew at nearly the same level, but I’d like to think I’m creative enough to make my kids costumes each year if I just plan ahead and put in the time. For some reason, even though Claire is still so tiny, I wanted to make a costume this year to start the tradition of doing it annually. I’ve found myself scrambling in this way on several occasions. I want to start traditions for our family that we’ll be able to say we did every year, even if I barely scrape them together this year in the whirlwind of having our first child. The holidays are bringing out this desire in a big way, and I am having to be careful not to let those ideas overshadow the meaning of celebrating holidays or put pressure on David and I to create some kind of perfect childhood for Claire. That’s not going to happen, and that’s ok. These are the rambling thoughts that barrel through my “new mom” mind throughout the day. :)
Anyway, all that to say: Claire was a gnome for Halloween.
And not just any gnome – the Travelocity one. Because she had to fit our Amazing Race theme.
We spent a quick weekend in Nebraska City at the Lied Lodge to celebrate our anniversary. It was really fun to have our little with us, and she did so good on the trip. We even tried swimming with her and she didn’t mind too much. She doesn’t exactly think water is fun yet, but she was willing to accomodate us. We walked all over the grounds of the lodge and enjoyed one of the last nice-weather weekends. This was right before I went back to work, and I am so thankful we got a little retreat to celebrate and enjoy time together as maternity leave came to an end. *Sniffle* :)
I made Claire a mobile for her room a few months ago, and she loves it. That changing pad is one of her favorite places to be right now.
*Sigh* We love her so much. Happy belated 3 months, little bear!
They’re back! Some of my favorite people to photograph have been in front of my lens lately. My friend Amy (see my favorite pics of her family here) asked me about taking photos of her whole family (siblings, kids, parents, grandparents…) and I was both excited and overwhelmed. I’ve never done a session with this many people, but I knew the challenge would be worth it. I’m so in love with the result. Plenty of jokes were made during this shoot (some definitely directed at my backdrop choices!) and we had a really good time. These are fun people. They make my job extra fun.
Thank you so much, Severinson family. Let’s do it again!
In terms of Chinese New Years, this is certainly not the Year of the Blog for me. Not only have I all but given up reading the thirty-some blogs I used to follow on a daily basis, but I’ve also entrenched myself in another slump of neglecting my posts here. It seems there are a few of you who still stop by to check for something new, and to you I offer a humble thank you. It is encouraging to me, and I need that from time to time. I can pretty exclusively blame my baby girl for my infrequency, but the good news is, whatever she’s not responsible for is due to the fact that I’m back in the photography ring after my maternity leave. I’m working through virtual “stacks” of editing, and hope to post the final products very soon from some wonderful shoots with some very precious people. To those of you waiting on your photos, thank you for being patient. They are coming!
Here’s my peace offering: this enamored mama and her sweet baby girl.
Our girl is two months this week, and she is so much fun! I freaking love being her mom. :) She’s smiling a lot, making tons of crazy noises that get louder every day, and we’re soaking up our last few weeks of hanging out all day before I go back to work. We are certainly tired, and often overwhelmed, but also so thankful for such a sweet gift and the way we’re constantly being humbled and shown the reality of our neediness before the Lord. He is always faithful to be sufficient for us, day after day after day.
At one month on the left, two months on the right. Fingers crossed for remembering to take this photo each month!
Our daughter, Claire Amelia Rawson, was born August 14, 2013. She weighed 8lbs 6oz, and measured 20.5 inches long. She is so many things. Wondrous, innocent, stunning, curious, needy, funny, seemingly flawless…my new parent’s heart could go on and on. David and I are so wonderfully fortunate to get to be in her life and study her day in and day out. She is joy, and has shown us God’s goodness in a million ways in the last six weeks.
These are my favorite photos from the few times I’ve put my lens in front of her little face in her short life thus far. There will be many more to come!