Naomi Year One: 5 Months Old

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I can’t even.  There are seriously no words!

Not that I’m so great with words normally, but still.  How do I adequately express the absolute joy this little princess brings to our family?  It’s my hope that a picture really is worth a thousand words.  I don’t really know what she was doing in the top right picture, but I think it looks like she’s blowing her bear a kiss.  She was actually experimenting with her hands feeling her lips I think, but whatever the case: how cute is that?!

I’m a pretty late with this update because I was in the hospital last week.  Who need’s an Appendix anyway, right?  I’m home and pretty mobile again now and I managed to catch up her 5 month photos yesterday.  I am so incredibly blessed to have such an adaptable, easy-going 5 month old who handled my inability to nurse her for a few days so well!  She’s not used to bottles, but she took them eagerly even when I was around.  She just amazes me every day.

This girl is so incredibly sweet.  She literally smiles at the world all.day.long.  She loves to be noticed and she’s ridiculously good at quietly catching the attention of others.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been rushing around and she’s managed to catch someone’s attention from her car seat in the midst of chaos.  I don’t know how she does it, but I guess sometimes a big smile is all we need to brighten our day, right?

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She’s been tall/long since she was born and she’s remained off the charts in length ever since.  I’ve never really gone into her stats for some reason, but I feel it’s worth noting now because I’d like to record them somewhere I can find later:

  • Birth: 22.5″ and 9lbs 12oz
  • 2 month check: 25″ and 13 lbs 1 oz
  • 4 month check: 26.75″ and 13 lbs 15 oz

Just like the boys she started out in the 90th percentile for weight and dropped to 50th percentile there but remained off the charts in height.  What I find amazing (and what I’m pretty sure is different compared to the boys) is that most of her length is in her legs.  They’re so long!

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Another thing I’m not sure I’ve noted before?  She sucks her thumb!  She found her thumb a few times in her first few weeks but it started on a consistent basis at 3.5 months old.  She’s always been hit or miss with the paci.  I keep her little lamby wubanub in her crib and carseat as a lovey, but she’s perfectly content to just pop her thumb in her mouth when she’s tired.  That’s just amazing to me!  Neither of the boys were able to self-sooth like that and neither wanted anything to do with their pacifiers most of the time.  And don’t get me started on bottles… they went on hunger strikes when I wasn’t around.

Ok, so what’s new this month?

  • She laughs about the same amount as she did last month.
  • I can tell she’s getting closer to sitting.  I can prop her up and she’s much sturdier now, but she loves her feet and falls over because she’s always looking at them.
  • A third tooth popped through on the bottom this week and I think a fourth might not be far behind.
  • She likes making raspberry sounds and loves when I mimic her.
  • She grabs at everything and holds on tight.
  • She babbles more and more everyday.
  • Foods: we’ve tried a little banana and avocado.  She’s undecided on the banana, but the avocado resulted in a definite less-than-happy scowl.
  • And, well, this isn’t new but she loves her daddy and brothers so very much!

It’s amazing to me how much development happens each month!  I can’t believe how little and squishy she was 5 months ago!  She looks more and more like a mature little girl each day and it’s completely blowing my mind.

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I wish I could slow down time, but I can’t.  I just pray I can soak it all in and spend her first year intentionally seeking and fully experiencing these fleeting moments.

And because it’s fun to look back and see how much my babies kinda do and kinda don’t look alike, here’s each of them around 5 months old:

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My Big, Tough THREE Year Old

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He’s three!!  It’s official: we’re in trouble.

Our special little Wy man is such a bundle of personality and it’s our pleasure to learn more about him and his sweet heart each and every day!  He’s got spunk and yet he’s incredibly cuddly.  He can light up a room with his beaming smile, or clear it out with his high pitched scream.  He’s reasonable and, yet, often pretty stubborn.  He’s basically all over the place, but he is three.

Because he’s at such a great age and oh so expressive, rather than tell you about Wyatt, I’ve decided to tell the story of this three-nager through a series of images taken over the past few months.  I’m pretty confident that they will convey more than I ever could hope to accomplish through words.

Without further adieu, our 3 year old Wyatt:

Trouble-Maker Vegetarian Mr-Tude Sharer Big-Brother Doer Game-Lover Investigator Explorer Silly-Boy Outdoorsman Little-Brother Sweet-Boy Helper Observer Grump

Naomi Year One: One THIRD of a Year old

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I know Naomi!  I’m just as puzzled.  How are you 4 months old?!

AND also how am I a week late with this?  I know, disappointing…

Oh well!  Yesterday, I decided I wished I’d done more of these plain onsie shots on her beautiful quilt (a gift from a treasured and amazingly thoughtful friend).  You know, like before she turned 4 months.

But, sadly, I did not and I’m going to be probably too honest about how much time I spent trying to fix that problem.  I spent an embarrassingly long portion of my day yesterday trying to recreate one, composite-style, from a less-than-awesome shot I took three months ago.  To say I had a headache at the end of the day would be an understatement.  More like, a sickening headache that wouldn’t go away without medicine and a nap, despite trying a more holistic approach.

I like to make things as challenging as possible for myself, of course, so obviously I used two pictures taken in completely different lighting, in two different rooms, with windows on opposite sides of the rooms.  Because…. um, why not?  I really don’t know.

Can you tell I was a little sleep deprived?  Yep.  And a bit (ridiculously) loopy.

Anyway, without further adieu, the fruit of my labor (psst… it’s the one on the left, in case you couldn’t tell. Ha!):
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After some image flipping, resizing, and layer masking (and other such foreign words to most people), I was able to create what I wanted.  I mostly hoped for a comparison on how much she’s changed in so short a time, which I think worked out.  At the very least, I’m happy that I now have that comparison and I learned a little something about composites along the way!  So yay!

Here’s my month-by-month comparison, which took much less time since I was a little more consistent here:

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Side note: I’m going to admit something else because you might notice the tones vary from image to image: the lighting in this room kills me.  The curtains are pink and the walls have pink undertones – pink, pink, pink! – so the light is tinted pink and it just, yeah.  I maybe got a little carried away with all the pink…  Again, I’m hopefully learning a lot by challenging myself!

More about Naomi (or Nonnie as Wyatt affectionately calls her) at FOUR months old:

  • She started rolling over on March 6th.  I was sitting right next to her making superhero capes with one of my closest friends for her 3 year old’s birthday party favor and completely missed it.  I put her down on her back, sat down, started cutting felt, looked back up and she was laying on top of a dog toy on her tummy.  My first thought was, “I didn’t put her on that dog toy, did I?”  Theeen it clicked.  She’s been somewhat obsessed with rolling over ever since.
  • Rolling over = no more swaddle = a few nights of figuring out bedtime all over again.  She now sleeps on her tummy every night and often sucks her thumb to self-soothe.
  • Teeth: two front and center, on the bottom
  • Laughing: she’s starting to giggle a little.  She “chuckles softly” as they put it on her well-check questionnaire.  She laughs when I kiss her cheeks softly or tickle her with my hands.  I’m so looking forward to the giggles!
  • She’s discovered her hands and feet.  She alternates which ones she focuses on, but she’s clearly more fascinated with her hands.  She could spend all day studying her fingers and how they work.  I really don’t remember either of the boys being that intrigued with their hands.  Girl thing?
  • I think that pretty much covers it.  I have a feeling more teeth are on the way.  She has her hands, yes often both at the same time, in her mouth 24/7.

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In any case, she’s our little sprite and we love her so much!  She’s such a joyful and sweet baby girl.  We are truly blessed by her presence in our family.  It’s such a privilege to watch her grow and change.

Centennial CO Lifestyle Photographer | A Little Snow-day Lifestyle Photoshoot

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I pretty much take all the pictures around here.  Well, a majority of the non-cell phone ones anyway.  I have lots of pictures of the kids with and without Andy; pictures of each child individually and together.  On occasion, I hand my camera off or I set up my tripod and grab my remote, but it’s been about a year since the last time I did the latter.

On Saturday afternoon, a fairly substantial snow storm hit the front range.

You might be somewhat amused by the general response around here.  We do live in Colorado after all….

The thing that many people don’t know about Colorado, especially the Denver Metro Area is: it’s not Minnesota.  Or upstate NY or New England for that matter.  The kind of snow we usually get here is pretty powdery, only lasts a day (or even a half-day), and melts away within 24 hours.  Plus, a I’d say a pretty large percentage of the population originate from places like California and Texas, so… yeah. 😉

Hey, I’m from NJ and I freaked out a little when our fridge broke on Friday.  Must. have. supplies.

Believe it or not, the weather’s actually pretty moderate here.  Sssshhh!  Beautiful views, as many sunny days as Florida, 4 real seasons, and moderate weather.  Don’t everyone move here at once.

In any case, we got about a foot. This was my outside view on Saturday afternoon, when the storm rolled in:
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~50mm f/1.4 lens (1/3200 sec at f/1.4, ISO500)~

AND this was my indoor view:

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The boys were watching a movie in the other room and soon after running around, yelling at each other, and getting into trouble.  It can be difficult to catch that with my camera, but trust me when I say, it appears way more calm around here than it actually was most of the weekend.  Little Miss Naomi, however, does add such a bright and calming presence.

When Sunday rolled around, church services were cancelled, everyone recommended staying off the roads, I hadn’t left the house in two days and the boys were busy killing each other, um, playing in the basement, what did I do?  Got showered and dressed and grabbed my camera to get in some photos with the still peaceful child.

I’m pretty much always behind the camera and the one person I have few, if any real pictures with is Naomi.

As always, I started by getting shots of just her.  Because, how could I not?!

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Then, I set the camera on my dresser, got in the frame, and played with my baby!

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~50mm f/1.4 lens (1/125 sec at f/7.1, ISO 800)~

These are the kind of shots I especially love to capture for others.  Especially other moms, since we’re so often the ones taking the pictures.  You don’t need a backdrop, studio lighting, a tripod, or a remote, just a clean, decluttered space near a window, a camera with a timer, and somewhere to place your camera.  There’s nothing more special than the simple, playful, full-of-love moments in a familiar, comfortable setting.  Of course, I’d love to be the one to take lifestyle photos for you, but however you do it, take some time this year to get in front of your camera with your kids!  Even if you never show them to anyone, I believe you and your children will treasure them forever.  I know I treasure all the ones I’ve taken over the years.