I absolutely love taking first birthday photos! They can be hard – toddlers don’t exactly sit still – but their first steps, smiles, and laughs are the best. As you can see, sweet Hollyn is one happy baby! See how she’s changed since her newborn photos a year ago.
This girl. I feel like I was just bringing her home from the hospital, but last weekend we celebrated her second birthday. It’s funny to look back on how we thought she’d be our easy-going child. She’s fierce. She’s opinionated, she’s a talker, she doesn’t take “no” for an answer. She has the biggest personality! She and her sister are best friends – it’s a childhood bond I never really understood until I had two of my own, since my sister and I were twelve years apart.
Miss M loves Elmo and swimming, so we had an Elmo pool party! (Can I just say I love summer birthdays?)
It has been fun to take monthly photos of her, but as she grows, she won’t change as quickly, so I’ll concentrate on filling out her baby book rather than posting monthly. 😉
Baby Hollyn made her appearance just about two weeks ago, and I had the privilege of meeting and photographing her last weekend! She did an amazing job – sleeping when she needed to, barely crying, giving me a couple of smiles, and being chill through the whole session. She’s one beautiful, sweet baby! Here are a few of my favorites.
Whew. My baby is officially getting close to two. She has started putting more words together, saying things like, “Found it!” and “Where’s Sawyer?” (her friend) and, “My turn!” She likes to sit on the potty but hasn’t quite figured out what it’s for. And this spring weather has certainly reminded us how much she loves being outside. She’s tries to ride the Strider bike and has learned proper technique for riding a scooter (but still needs help, of course). She has a huge personality and gets people laughing constantly. Gosh, I sure wish time would slow down.
Another month came and went, and this girl is seventeen months old now. She’s learning new words every day. Our current favorite is “no ‘iting,” which we assume means either “no biting,” or “no Ezzy” (our cat). She uses it whenever someone (or some animal) is doing something she disapproves of. I love watching her run, march, and dance, too!
I know my girls will be teenagers before we know it. We’ll be arguing and bickering and trying to get them to put down their devices and speak to us. But right now, dinnertime–the spills, food throwing, and coaxing to eat aside–is pure joy. It’s the time we have together where we pray as a family, our girls giggle and laugh, and my cheeks hurt from smiling so hard. I never want to forget that.
“Cheese!” That’s the face she’s making here. We shot these photos quickly after getting home from a short trip Sunday evening, knowing that after the time change, we wouldn’t have any daylight hours after getting home from work to take her monthly photos. I was lucky to get a couple of decent ones.
Miss M is sixteen months old now, and in full toddler mode with a lot of sass and a growing vocabulary. She likes to point at our cats and say, “NO!” Hmm, I wonder where she came up with that?
They’re baacckkk!! The days are long, but the years are short. This family, especially baby Abby, has grown so much in the last year! Check out all the adorableness (is that even a word?) below, then take a peek down memory lane at last year’s session.
Miss M turned fifteen months old a few days ago – man, time sure does fly! I’m posting her fourteen month picture too, since I missed that one.
She’s a little person with a ton of personality, toddling around and making us laugh constantly. She gets into everything, screams when she doesn’t get what she wants, dances her booty off, scribbles on the walls, and has no fear of climbing onto big sister’s scooter and taking off down the driveway.
She’s catching up on the growth chart, weighing in at 20.5 pounds & 30 inches, putting her in the 40-50th percentile.
She’s a talker too, with probably 20-30 words in her vocabulary, although a lot of them sound similar and Mommy and Daddy are probably the only ones who can decipher most of them.