Letters to My Little One | 9 Month Old

Thursday, March 12, 2018

To my little peanut,

You have officially been outside of my womb the same time you were in it. I love every minute I get to be at home with you. You learn new things everyday. Like just the other day you learned how to pick up a ball and throw it. Then you wouldn’t stop throwing it. You would throw it to me, and I would roll it back, and you would throw it right back to me! It’s so cute. Although, after learning how to throw the ball, you now throw everything just to see if it bounces. It’s still cute, though.

You love to read books. By yourself, that is. You’ll sit on the floor, with books all around you, and you’ll flip the pages and look at the pictures. You are really good at turning the pages when I read to you, it’s probably your favorite part about reading the book. I hope that you’ll continue to love books. I hope you become my little bookworm!

You are getting really good at standing by yourself. You’ve even tried to take a few steps towards your aunt. We were so excited and proud of you! You love to crawl up to something, pull yourself up, and then let go and just stand there. It’s so cute! You also love to stand up and bang your hand on hard surfaces to see if you can make noises.

Speaking of noises … you love any and every type of noise. It makes you giggle and smile so big! This morning you started to scrunch your face up just a little bit more when you smiled. And when you smile big, your eyes start to squint and disappear – just like your daddy! Oh, yeah. That’s another thing you absolutely love. In fact, as I type this right now, you are casually sitting on daddy’s lap, just spending time with him. When daddy comes home from work for his lunch break, you run to him. You won’t leave him alone the whole time he is home for lunch. Then when he heads back to work, you cry. You cry and crawl for the door. I have to distract you with songs and toys so that you’ll be happy. But I love how much you love your daddy. And your daddy loves you so much. It breaks his heart when he has to leave you for work. It’s too cute.

You really are such a joy in our lives. We love you so much. I can’t imagine my life without you or daddy.

I am blessed to be your mommy.

I love you so much!

Love, mommy

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A Boy and Morning

A Boy and Morning

I have to admit something … I’m not a morning person, and neither is my son. He sleeps in and so do I. Am I proud of this? Not really. BUT, if it means nice snuggle time with my son, then I’m totally ok with staying in bed a little longer. And he’s usually happier to stay in bed longer, too.

On this particular morning, I had gotten up, got dressed, and then saw the pretty light flowing in. And I decided I wanted to play with my camera some, while little man played on the bed. It was fun. I experimented with light, shutter speed, composition. It was a lot of fun. I should do this little exercise everyday. Especially the shutter speed, because I always play it safe and just use a high shutter speed for everything. But I love the way slow shutter speed images look. Hmm, maybe the next creativity exercise will have something to do with shutter speed …

Anyways, I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did taking them!

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I love this little boy of mine and I love capturing the memories we make together. Thank you for swinging by.

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Around Our Clocks : 10 am in February

Around Our Clocks : 10 am in February

I am excited to say that I will be in a blog circle this year. I unfortunately missed January due to not having any internet. The Around Our Clocks is a blog circle where we basically do a day in the life, but focus on just one hour each month, and we also have to be in the images! So it’s a self portraits, around our clocks project and I am totally in love.

My 10 am looks like this, most days. My son seems to have a routine of always needing a diaper change around this time in the day. It never fails. The light was so perfect this day, I couldn’t resist setting up the tripod and jumping in the frame!

Interested in taking pictures of your everyday? check out my post on how to do it.

Follow the circle and go to Rachel’s post to see what their 10 am looked like this past month. It’s so fun to see everyone’s different take on it. Come back next month for another round of it!

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A Boy and His Bath

A Boy and His Bath

Boy do we have a bath story for you! Earlier this day my son pooped his pants. Yuck! His poop is starting to change because we started feeding him real food! His favorite food so far are peas. Yummy! Anyways, this was legit our first blow out battle. I noticed he was poopy, so I promptly handed him over to my husband and said, “your turn!”. As my husband (who, by the way, didn’t complain and should earn husband of the year for just that!) started changing him, I heard him panic … his diaper had approached blow out status! Gosh it was so bad, it was on the carpet, my husband’s hands, my hands, my little ones onesie … I rushed him to the bathroom and then proceeded to take off his clothes and diaper. Once we got the poop all cleaned off (you had no idea you were about to read a poop story, did you?) I rinsed out his bath tub and put fresh water in it for him to enjoy a bath. And to get nice and clean …

My son really loves bath time. I had given him a bath just the day before. The light was really pretty in the kitchen, so I gave him a bath in our kitchen sink! Our bathroom has zero light and is not ideal to shoot in (it’s small and compact!). I played around with the different shutter speeds as my little one splashed and splashed. He really loves water. If I am holding him and need to wash my hands, as soon as I turn on the water, he lunges for it! He loves the water.

I love giving him a bath because as soon as he’s done with it, he is exhausted and it’s the perfect time for a nap (which means blogging or cleaning for me!). Win-win in my book.

So, just a boy and his bath …

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I love this little boy of mine and I love capturing the memories we make together. Thank you for swinging by.

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Letters to My Little One | 8 Month Old

Letters to My Little One | 8 Month Old

Monday, March 12, 2018

To my little peanut,

Eight Months. That means we’re fast approaching your birthday!! You’ll be a year old before I know it! How is that even possible? The saying, ‘they grow up too fast’ is definitely true. I have loved these last eight months with you. You are such a blessing in my life. I was incredibly blessed with such an easy & lovable first born. You make being a first time mom look easy!

I was just looking at your birth images & reminiscing … you were so tiny! You had a small head … and you were skinny. So fragile! I’m so thankful for my photography skills. Because of those skills, I have these images to look back on. Just the other day I was holding you while your slept … I realized how big you are now. Your hands & feet have gotten a lot bigger & you’re starting to look more like a toddler … Your wrist is so chubby it has a cute wrist line. And your knuckles are so chubby you have dimples! You thighs now have rolls that I am absolutely in love with. Rolls for days. Your cute little chubby belly sticks out when you sit or stand! I love it so much! Your chin is now so round – I love it! Before I know it, you’ll be a toddler.

I’m hugging you closer this month. Our little family had an accident and it made me realize how short and precious life is. Luckily no one was seriously injured. We were on our way from my grandpa’s funeral (you would have loved him … I know you’ll meet him again someday) to the church for a little gathering. Long story short, we hit the car in front of us. Right after we the collision and I realized what had happened, I asked daddy if he was ok, and he was. Then I panicked! You weren’t making any noise. I frantically unbuckled my seat belt, thinking for sure something was wrong. When I went to open the door, it was a little stuck from the impact (our poor car is most likely totaled) once I got that open, I quickly opened the back door and looked at you. You looked at me, and then smiled. I knew right then and there that you were OK. But we of course got you checked out just in case. All in all, the accident could have been much worse. I’m so thankful we all walked away with just a few bruises (daddy hurt his arm and I sprained my wrist). I know we had a guardian angel watching over us that day.

This month has been a fun one. You’ve learned how to sign ‘milk’ and you do it often. You now have a third tooth coming on top, your other two are on the bottom. You’re starting to talk more & say dada & mama – which I am not counting as your first words because you’ve said them for a while now. You can pull yourself up and you can now successfully ‘cruise’ around the furniture. You love to cruise around your table. We also do this fun game where we plant your feet & say … 1 … 2 … 3 … and then let go. You stand there for a few seconds before slowly falling to the ground. I don’t think it’ll be long before you can stand there for as long as you want! And then shortly after that … walking. I’m not sure I’m ready for that! I feel like once you start walking, you’ll suddenly turn into my little toddler instead of my little baby. But in my eyes, you’ll always be my little baby.

One of your favorite things right now is a game of ‘catch’. I throw a ball to you & you laugh. It’s so cute. You can bet I got a video of it! You also love it when daddy & I sing to you. Your favorite song is Baby Shark. You smile so big when we start singing it.

You’re adorable, my sweet little one. I can’t get enough, and neither can daddy! And you absolutely love your daddy. This morning as he was leaving for work, you reached for him and gave him a nice long snuggle … daddy said it was really hard to go to work! I can only imagine the type of relationship you will have with your daddy when you’re older. I picture you and him playing catch in the back yard. I picture you talking to him when you need advice. I picture you looking up to him as an amazing example in all things. I’m excited to see the relationship grow and develop over the years.

Right now as I type this up, you are playing with your toys. Experimenting with how different toys make different noises. You are so smart. You know what you want and you know how to get it. You also love reading books. There’s this one book that we read to you that has things you can touch, like soft, fuzzy, rough, smooth, etc. You love touching the different spots! You also like turning the pages.

Your curiosity is so cute. One of your favorite games to play is any version of hide & seek. You also love to put things in a box and then take them back out. But your all time favorite toy is a spoon! It’s hilarious! If I ever use a spoon to eat, you try so hard to take it away from me. Motherhood is great. I love all the cute & funny things you do. And staying home with you only makes it better. I don’t miss a single moment!

You love music. If we ever watch a movie & a song suddenly comes on, your face lights up and you immediately look at the screen. You watch the whole scene that has music before getting bored again.

It’s such a pleasure to watch you grow … to learn … it’s so amazing. I’m amazed that you were once in my belly. You were so little … and now you won’t stop growing! You talk, you explore, you stand, you crawl, you laugh & smile, you’re amazing. But one thing you will always be to me, is my little boy. No matter how big you get. When you’re taller than me, you will still be my little boy. Thank you for being such a sweet little one.

I am blessed to be your mommy.

I love you so much!

Love, mommy

 

 

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