Letters to My Little One | 7 Month Old

Letters to My Little One | 7 Month Old

 

Monday, February 12, 2018

To my little peanut,

 

You are getting so tough, being 7 months old! Sturdy, that’s a good word for it. You are thickening out and it’s adorable. I absolutely love your chunk! And by the way – so does everyone else. You are a cutie, that’s for sure. You’ve got some personality shining through. You are, for the most part, very laid back and calm. You love to bounce. I’d say it’s your favorite thing ever, besides mommy.

Speaking of mommy, you are a total momma’s boy! You reach for me all the time. That being said, you love your daddy, too! There was one night where you woke up, really distraught, and I tried to nurse you back to sleep. You weren’t having it. You rolled all over our bed until you found daddy. Who then woke up (since you rolled on top of him!) and picked you up and put you right back to sleep. Other times you crawl to daddy and like to watch him play games on his iPad. Daddy is your pal, and I can’t help but think about the future when you are jumping up and down for daddy to come home.

Right now, you only have two teeth, right in front, on the bottom. They are so cute. You can especially see them when you are crying or laughing. You are so intent on learning new things. So far I have taught you how to sign ‘milk’ and you definitely know how to do it! I was so amazed the first time you did it. The most adorable part of the whole signing is that you use both hands at the same time. I mean, can you get any cuter? You’re forever curious about new toys, new things. Learning. It’s so amazing how much you learn and how quickly you learn. You learned to sign milk in under a week. You’re starting to work your leg muscles, I fear it’ll be any day that you realize you can stand without support. You’re growing and developing way too fast, and I wish I could slow down time. I can a little, with my photography. But it’s not enough. I wish you’d stay my little baby forever. But we’re already to 7 months out of the womb. It’s crazy to think of all the learning you will do in the near future. From walking to talking to eating solid foods, you’ve got lots to learn. But in time, you’ll learn everything. And I will look at you with amazement and think how blessed I truly am to be your mommy. You will be such an amazing person, I can already tell. You have such wonder in your eyes. You’re soaking it all up. And I’m soaking you up as much as possible.

Being a mommy is such an amazing thing. I love it. I wouldn’t change it for anything. It’s so rewarding and it’s so inspiring. It inspires me to be a better me for you to see as an example. You are so loved, my little one, and I hope you will always feel loved.

I am blessed to be your mommy.

I love you so much!

Love, mommy

 

Aly Dawn Photography 7 Months

Aly Dawn Photography 7 Months

read month 1 here
read month 2 here
read month 3 here
read month 4 here
read month 5 here
read month 6 here

How to Blog for You and No One Else

How to Blog for You and No One Else

There are many reasons why you would want to blog for you or no one else. I came to a realization lately, that I was trying to be someone I wasn’t. I was trying to blog for people that probably didn’t care. I wasn’t blogging for me. And in turn, that wasn’t making me happy! Blogging was a chore. Now, I love blogging. But I had to find my why. Why do I blog?

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why you blog

If you don’t blog for the right reasons, blogging will be very hard. You need to decide your ‘why’. I’ve had to do this recently. My blog used to be a place where I didn’t like what I was producing. And that’s all because I didn’t have a solid why. I was doing it because everyone else was doing it, it helps with SEO, and I heard it could make money. I sat down and really thought about my ‘why’. My why is I genuinely love helping beginner photographers and I love blogging. But first and most important, I love photography and showing others how I achieve something. I love learning new techniques and I love sharing what I’ve discovered. Figure out your why. Your blog might be based on something different, like food, fitness, style, etc. Why do you take pictures? Why do you love food? Why do you love to be healthy? Why do you blog? Focus on what your blog is about. Write down your why. Let it drive your blog posts. Let it drive your blog.

how to blog for you and no one else

There are, of course, a lot of reasons to blog for you and no one else. If you aren’t happy blogging, why do it? For the money? I think blogging will only make you real money if you truly love blogging and what you’re blogging about. Don’t blog for the money. Blog for you, and the money will come. My three ways on how to blog for you and no one else is below, keep reading or just simply look at the headlines to get the general idea.

1. don’t take pictures for your blog – write a blog post based on your experiences

My husband surprisingly made me realize this. I had a blog post in mind and I thought, “Oh now I have to go take pictures to match this blog post”. The pictures I was producing weren’t my style. They didn’t speak to me. But they fit the blog post. Which is great…sometimes. Sometimes you might have to do this. But don’t always do this. Blog about your experience. Blog about how you do something. Don’t try to fit in. Try to be unique. Who wants to go to a blog that looks just like all the rest? I know I don’t. This was a hard realization to realize. Write a blog post based on your experiences.

2. write about what inspires you

To go along with point number one, you should be writing what inspires you. Did you just try a new recipe that you want to share with your fans? Write about that! Did you just figure out an awesome new exercise? Write about that! Did you just learn a new photography technique? Share your experience and how you achieved your end result. If you aren’t inspired by the content you are writing, do you really expect your audience to be inspired? I didn’t think so.

3. blog because you love it

Very important. Don’t blog for the money. Don’t blog because everyone else is doing it. Don’t blog because you think it will help get your name out there. Blog because you love it. Do it for you, I really can’t stress it enough. I’ve had to realize this and it has helped me become inspired again. It has helped me want to blog again. I blog because I love it. I love blogging and I love sharing what I’ve learned. I want to help other photographers.

blog for you

Don’t forget the reason you started blogging. Feeling a little lost about what to blog about? Try reading my 100 Photography Blog Post Ideas post. It’s packed full of wonderful blog post ideas. You can even cater some to whatever genre of blogging you do. Have a question about photography? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below! Are you a fellow blogger? Comment below! I love to connect. Thanks for reading.

My Top 17 Photos of 2017

My Top 17 Photos of 2017

I promise I’ll get to my tutorials soon. I am really excited for what I have in store for 2018. For now, I would like to share my top 17 photos of 2017. It was extremely hard to narrow it down. I also included a photo that was taken by my sister, I hope that counts! 2017 was a great year for my photography. I grew leaps and bounds and I hope the same will be true for 2018. Since the first half of 2017 was me anticipating my sons arrival and then the second half was enjoying my sons company, I feel as though 2017 went by so fast. I hope the same isn’t true for 2018, I really want to slow down and enjoy life with my son and husband!

my goals for 2018

Like many others, I have goals for 2018. Some photography related, others aren’t. I decided the best place to write down my goals was on my blog! Then people can keep me accountable!

  1. Project 52 weeks – I am late posting my images, but I am going to start posting one image every week.
  2. Monthly self portrait with my son – I started doing this since month one of my son being born. I have a goal of continuing this into 2018.
  3. Apply for and make ClickPro – This has been a goal of mine for a long time, and I think each year I get that much closer to it. I would really like to be known as a Pro by others. Wish me luck this year!
  4. Write 2-3 blog posts each week – I’ve been slacking!!
  5. Be present – I want to do all of these things, but I also want to be present in my sons life. I want him to remember his momma playing with him, not just always on the computer blogging!

Those are my goals for 2018, what are yours? Writing them down is the best thing to do! I’ll keep you accountable if you keep me accountable!!

my 17 of 2017

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Letters to My Little One | 6 Month Old

Letters to My Little One | 6 Month Old

 

Friday, January 12, 2018

To my little peanut,

You’ve been with us for half a year. HALF A YEAR! How is that even possible? It feels like just yesterday we found out we were pregnant with you! I am so happy to have you in my life, I really can’t express how much I love being your mommy. You are amazing. I am so happy I get to watch you grow up.

You can CRAWL! You’ve been army crawling for a while now, but the first week of January you decided army crawling wasn’t good enough and took off crawling everywhere. On top of learning to crawl, you have decided it’s a great time to also start to pull yourself up. When I took you to the pediatrician, she was literally amazed that you could do all of that. I, of course, was proud of you. At your appointment, you weighed 17.4 pounds and were 26″ long. According to the average, you are small. 50th in weight and 25th percentile in height. I love you, anyways!

You have two teeth on the bottom. They are adorable. I love seeing you smile and showing your two teeth off. It’s amazing! Right now you love watching these cute little YouTube shows, reading books, and playing with anything you can get into. Including, of course, things you aren’t supposed to get into, such as cables, wires, cords, and plugs! I have to watch you like a hawk and hide them the best that I can! Please, for me, play with just your toys?

You are also starting to not only pull yourself up, but walk along the furniture as well. Now, I am so proud of you, but please slow down! I don’t want a 7 month old who can walk! 

Another cute thing you are doing this month is giving us kisses. We ask, “Can I have a kiss?” and you will open your mouth and attempt to kiss us. Oh my. A-dor-able! You are also smiling a lot more, which is really cute with your two teeth. You laugh at a lot of things. One of your favorites is funny faces. If someone makes a funny face, you giggle! You also laugh at being tickled and when someone else smiles or laughs at you. You will put on a show for anyone who wants to watch.

You are also started to notice stranger=danger. One time your uncle, who you haven’t seen in a while, came over and you did not want him to hold you! You are also becoming a mommy’s boy. Which is cute and all, but sometimes it’d be nice to let other people hold you. I cherish the time I get holding you, though. Because I know it won’t last forever and I know one day you won’t want mommy to hold you.

I am blessed to be your mommy.

I love you so much!

Love, mommy

 

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read month 2 here
read month 3 here
read month 4 here
read month 5 here

Letters to My Little One | 5 Month Old

Letters to My Little One | 5 Month Old

 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

To my little peanut,

You are adorable. You amaze me almost everyday. You’re starting to want to crawl. You can get on all fours, but you’re not sure what to do after that. It’s adorable. I love how happy you are all the time. You are such an amazing little baby – you really make me proud.

Two little teeth are starting to come in – it’s adorable. I love seeing them. I went from call you ‘toothless’ to calling you ‘toothy’ – you’re too cute! Although, now it hurts for you to chew on my finger. OUCH!

We’re so excited to celebrate your first Christmas this month/year. I know you won’t remember it, but I will. I will forever cherish each Christmas with you! It’s not about the presents, it’s about spending time with those you love. I hope I can teach you that. I hope that one day you will love spending time with your family. I hope one day you will cherish the time you have with us. That’s my wish this Christmas.

You are getting so handsome. I still can’t believe it’s Christmas time and that you’ve almost been with us for half a year. It’s surreal. This time last year, I was announcing that I get to be a mommy. This time last year I was wondering if you were a boy or a girl. This time last year I was excited, yet very nervous about what was going to happen next year. This time last year I was exhausted. But, I won’t hold it against you! My body created such a beautiful baby boy, of course it was tired! It’s crazy to think that this time next year you’ll be about 18 months. You’ll be walking, hopefully talking, and I will be so proud.

You keep growing and developing, little one. I’m watching you with amazement, I can’t believe how far you’ve come, and I’m so excited to see how far you’ll go.

I am blessed to be your mommy.

I love you so much!

Love, mommy

 

read month 1 here
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read month 3 here
read month 4 here