Friday, August 8, 2014

back behind the camera

I managed to take on a photo shoot for the first time since Christmas.

Look how much this family has changed since this shoot a year and a half ago!
They now have little George and Baby #3 on the way.
Those much-prayed-for children are truly miracles as Katie and Mark have experienced their share of heartbreak when it comes to having babies.

Katie made the shoot part easy with her amazing creativity and fun ideas.
Some of them she got from Pinterest but most (like Bea painting and all of them reading a book together) are just things that their family genuinely likes to do.

It felt so good to get back behind the camera.
I love being able to bless my friends with affordable family portraits but I haven't felt ready to take on photography much since Caroline was born.

...and now it's 2:30 in the morning.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

caroline: 9 months, henry: 34 months

 For the first time since Caroline was born, I can actually say we are doing great.
Something changed when they started napping at the same time every day.
I was able to breath at least once a day.

At nine months, she's also sleeping much better at night.
Sleep makes all the difference in the world.

I feel so much more confident about going out with both of them lately.
I'm guessing that's mostly because Henry has become a great listener, so easy to reason with and very much eager to please.
He's almost three, after all.
I can't believe I just said that out loud.

Caroline is still a bit sassy.
She still demands a lot of attention and I know that's hard for Henry.
However, he gets "Henry-Mommy Time" during her morning nap and "Henry-Mommy-Daddy" time after she goes to bed.
He still gets really excited when she wakes up.
He is always the first to hear her. 
He begs to go into her room, crawls into her crib, and says, "Want to play with me, sister?"

Nine months seems to be a magical age for me.
It was the same way with Henry.
This time around, I feel that it's God's way of saying, 'Enjoy this breather and rest up.  It's about to get crazy again...'
I can't believe she'll be one in just three more months.
Soon she'll really be crawling...and into everything...then walking, (or worse, running!)

Then there's talking. 
I can't wait to hear her talk but I am so not ready to hear her tell me "no" all the time.
Henry has finally exited the stage where I am constantly running after him and physically intervening and I am less than excited to enter that stage again.
Now, when I say, "Stay right next to me while we are walking in the parking lot" I know that he will, and it's amazing!

But this time around, I also know what comes out on the other end of all of those firsts, and all of the physical work babies and one year olds require.
I see Henry play make believe and board games, sing songs and hold his own in a real conversation, and I am very excited for what is to come with Caroline.

Here's a look back and a quick re-cap of the last 3 months:

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Caroline: 7 months, Henry: 32 months

Their faces say it all.
Potty training was a very smooth and easy process for Henry.
We tried the "3 Day Potty Training" method and it worked great.

Sleep training is still a work in progress.
She's not a fan.

MLB opening day, (that's a holiday in our house).

Since we couldn't get to Cleveland, we went to the Indianapolis Indians' opening game.

Fireworks after the game:

Auntie Leesha visited this month and met Caroline for the first time!

Henry melted our hearts this year by running into our room on Easter morning and shouting "It's Easter, guys! Jesus is ALIVE!"
He repeated this to every person he saw that day (and the week that followed).

Caroline with Aunt Sarah:

The annual (adults included) easter egg hunt:

Until we got the sleep thing under control, we were just getting lots of cat naps...

Seriously, though, not sleeping isn't funny.

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Caroline: 8 months, Henry: 33 months

This was such a breath of fresh air for me.
A much needed breath of fresh air.
I can't believe it took 8 months.

Henry, looking like such a big boy as he eats his apple.

REALLY starting to look like siblings.
Check out those facial expressions in the "outtake" shots.
They have the same mouth!

Caroline's favorite thing: walking.

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Caroline: 9 months, Henry: 34 months

Spoiler alert:
Don't be too excited for us.
The 10 month chalkboard should probably say SLEEP REGRESSION!
But it was sure nice while it lasted and I'll save that story for the 10 month post.

This little girl is getting BUSY!

At some point, while I wasn't paying attention in the past couple months, she went through a growth spurt and got really tall.
At her 9 month check up, she weighed 20 lbs, 4 oz. and was 28.5 inches long.

These two together...I can't even handle the chunky, blue-eyed cuteness.
Teddy and Caroline, just get married already!

I love when they play together.

"Mommy, we're on a boat in the Never-Sea!"
(Our bathroom is mostly done, by the way).

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Okay, You Two...
I love you so much.
I'm totally starting to see how amazing this whole sibling thing can be.
Don't get me wrong, you still have your moments.

But overall, it's been really fun lately.


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The older these two get, the less we take cute videos because... well, our hands are busy.
This is a hodgepodge of random moments, Caroline being Caroline (I don't even think she knows why she's fussing half the time), and a glimpse of her long attention span at 7 months as she tries to eat cheerios. 

It ends with a clip of me sneaking around a corner to capture Henry playing peek-a-boo with Caroline.
It's sweet because he doesn't know I'm there until he sees me.
Yep, he's in his underwear and has put my nursing cover over Caroline's head.
He gives her the sweetest hug, then he sees me and says a little poem that his grammy taught him.
I love how patient she is and how she squeals and giggles when he finally pulls the nursing cover off of her head.
She'll put up with just about anything he does.