18 Months 2 Days

I had to take photos of Little H on this day, the day she turned 18 months and 2 days old, because that is exactly how old Jax was when Em was born.  And since I thought he was “so big” then, I needed to do a bit of a comparison study to see just how big babies this age are.

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Turns out, not very big!  See?  They still love their binkies and their blankies aren’t filthy disgusting rotten yet (although they will be soon considering they are dragged everywhere, even outside).  If it’s one of my kids, his or her hair doesn’t even need to be cut yet.  They still put random things in their mouths and if you didn’t have baby gates, kids this age would currently be en route to the ER.  Little did I know when I thought Jax was “so big,” that in fact he was really so little.

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And here they all are, as close to exactly 18 months as I could get, all with their binkies.  Shocker.

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All my babies, all so very little!  What was I thinking to have another so soon?!

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Hello Again

Hi! I’ve been absent this long weekend because I’ve been hanging out with darlings such as my Wild At Heart (capital letters required) niece, Stella.

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So after a great, family-filled, happy weekend, I’ll be back in full effect tomorrow.  Until then, enjoy that cuteness.

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Picky Picky

Remember that afternoon I had alone to myself with Little H?  Well, we didn’t just hit the beach.  Before that we worked up a sweat “picking” blueberries–and by picking, I mainly mean she walked around and pointed to them and either ate them immediately or squished them and dropped them on the ground.  Developmentally appropriate, right?  At least we had fun.

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Rare moments alone with Little H are each and every one a blessing.  I am currently in a state of high appreciation of every nanosecond of her babyhood, so every unstable step between blueberry bushes, every delighted exclamation or attempt to count the number of berries on a branch is incredibly dear to my Mommy heart.  Call me sappy, but this is my last baby and I’m going to make every memory count.

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Oh, and she’s gosh darn cute.  Can you blame me?

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Love her and her impetuous spirit, her enthusiasm about life and her darling self.  So incredibly grateful to have her.

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Our special baby girl.

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Bye, Balloon!

I don’t always admit it, but we’ve got a good thing going in our town.  It’s safe, it’s rural, there’s lots of places for the kids to roam and explore, and oh, yeah, we see an awful lot of these.

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Which, when you’re 19 months, is a really big deal.

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I know all kids love balloons, but hot air balloon sightings on a weekly, if not sometimes close to daily, basis?  Well that’s just pure happiness to Little H.  Sometimes she just points to the sky and declares, “Balloon!” as if we could conjure one up out of thin air if we wanted to, which sometimes, we kind of can.

Poof!

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Bye, balloon!

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Happiness complete.

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Cousin’s Cousin

Here is a photo shoot I have been looking forward to sharing.  I enjoy what I do and love when I feel like I’ve delivered some really great photos that the family will appreciate and perhaps even frame.  I especially like it when I myself really love the photos and feel like they are true to the type of photos I want to take.  And I really REALLY love it when the family I am photographing is dear to me, and I know who they are as people, and can try to capture a sense of that in my photographs.  That’s when I feel like a shoot isn’t work at all.

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This little love bug will one day be my kids’ cousins’ cousin.  Get it?  They will have a cousin in common, namely my sister’s future children.  So this little guy will be at family events and celebrations for years to come.  His parents attended my wedding, and I just know that there will be lots of children-intermingling in our future.  That’s why I was so glad to be able to capture them at this very special time when Little G is still so new.  Not that you’d know it to be around them, because they are basically some of the most easy-going new parents I have ever met.

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That is definitely why Little G is such a good-tempered baby.  Everyone around him is so busy loving on him; there’s no stress.

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Thanks for sharing him, Greg, Liz, and Auntie Amanda!  He’s a pretty awesome guy!

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Soccer Star

We are finally those parents; you know, the ones who spend their Saturday mornings juggling conflicting sports schedules, with me taking Em to ballet, JDubbs taking Jax to soccer, and some hapless relative helping watch Little H if we can manage it so Mommy might possibly make it to yoga.  I was a little hesitant to give up one of our precious weekend days to the busy hustle and bustle, but it was only for a few weeks, and we knew that it was about time we put Jax in some kind of organized sport.  The kid is dying to be part of a team and put all that aggressive, boy energy into something positive.

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And so, a soccer star was born!

JDubbs and I have been very hesitant to put Jax in soccer because this kid is 100% a linebacker in the making, and all he talks about when we discuss sports is how he can’t wait to play football so he can “sack that quarterback!”, said with a little shake of his butt and jaunty fists raised high in anticipation.   We thought that other kids’ parents would appreciate if we kept Jax on the sideline for as long as possible, but this year, since he is almost six, we thought he maybe would be able to handle it, and keep his hands and feet to himself (and on the ball).

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 Man, we were right!  He loves it and he is actually really good!! All that excitement and barely contained aggression work out really well in sports.  He charges right into the defense and steals the ball while the other kindergartners look on and wonder what just happened and go back to picking their nose or some dandelions, whichever strikes their fancy.  But Jax is there, ready to compete, and thus he scores almost all of his team’s goals because he steals and dribbles and charges right at the goalie with a You’re Going Down! kind of attitude.  And all of it without an inappropriate push, shove, elbow, or tackle.  JDubbs and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Em and I made it to one of his practices and little sister was kind of bummed she hadn’t been able to play soccer this year, but next year we’ll be even busier, hustling her out of her tutu and into a soccer jersey all before lunch.

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I’m so proud of Jax for finding a niche that helps him gain all the benefits of teamwork and exercise, without being the bully we feared he might be.  And although he does often steal the ball, he’s not a ball hog and is a great cheerleader to his friends as well.  I couldn’t be happier for how his first team experience is going.

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And apparently, neither could he!

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So Long, Summer

I’ve been enjoying what has been a really outstanding New England autumn, with impressive foliage and warm, sunny afternoons.  But as much as I can appreciate living in Vermont at this time of year, I feel a twinge of sadness with every leaf that falls to the ground because I know that winter is not too far behind.  So today I am looking back on our incredibly memorable summer and remembering an afternoon at the beach with just Little H.

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I can’t remember where the big kids were, but I can tell this trip to the beach must have been impromptu, since she had neither swim diaper nor bathing suit.  What we did have was glorious, end-of-the-day golden light and time to hang out, just the two of us.  Two of my favorite things.

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When winter comes, although we are often hunkered down at home, it feels like our days are filled with activities and crafts and other ways to keep three kids happy in a small house.  Summer is so much more spontaneous and carefree; maybe it’s not just the warm weather I miss in the fall and winter, as much as the every-day-is-an-adventure mentality.

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Plus, who doesn’t love a baby walking around in just a diaper, with thighs like those?  Sigh…I miss summer already!

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