Monday, December 15, 2014

And Then We Snapped | Weeks 18-19


November 30 - December 13, 2014


So, it seems I can only handle about a bi-weekly post. I think I'm going to go with that for the remainder of this year and then try to step it up in the new year. (There's another one for the resolution list!) Anyway, the past couple of weeks included more practice and play in my mini in-home studio. I got a new gold bokeh backdrop that I had to break in before a client session. It also included a coffee date with my little munchkin (where I got in the frame), a pretty epic fort that Jax built for Izzy, and an impressive act of strength by my mighty 4 month old. Finally, I included a landscape photo of the winter wonderland we woke up to one morning last week. It was stunning!! Unfortunately, I only had about ten minutes to spare that morning, but I'm happy I was able to capture it... If it happens again, I have a whole shoot planned out with the kids! (Please tell me I'm not the only one that does that.)

Next, head over to the extremely talented, Jenny's blog to see what she was up to over her birthday week!

Monday, December 1, 2014

And Then We Snapped | Weeks 16-17

November 16 - 29

And just like that winter is upon us! Over the past two weeks the temps dropped rapidly and we got our first measurable snow. Jax couldn't wait to try out the little hill in our backyard. At least someone in our house was excited about the snow! We also celebrated Izzy's 4 month birthday and Thanksgiving. (Jackson was more than happy to pass off the turkey headband tradition to his sister...)

Next, head over to the uberly talented Melissa's page and see what gorgeousness she has in store for us!

Monday, November 24, 2014

4 Months

Height: 25.5 inches (86%ile)
Weight: 15 pounds (70%ile)

My little Izzy, now you are a spunky and sweet 4 month old! I say spunky because you have found your voice and just love to shriek and coo and giggle. Yes, I said giggle!! You have the most amazing little laugh and I work day in and day out to hear it. You continue to amaze us with your strength. One day after you turned 3 months old, you figured out how to roll from your tummy to your back. I had put you on a blanket in your room for a little tummy time and then proceeded to straighten up a little. When I looked back at you, you were on your back. At first I didn't believe that you had actually rolled over- I figured I just forgot to put you on your tummy. I put you back on your tummy and you immediately rolled over again! (You showed me!)


Since I'm a little late in posting this, I feel like I have to add that exactly one month later (one day after you turned 4 months) you rolled from your back to your tummy! Unfortunately, I missed this momentous occasion as well. I knew you were really close and had been watching you like a hawk the day before, determined to see it. The next morning, about 10 minutes after I had left the house for a photo session, I got a text from daddy that you did it! I was so bummed to have missed it, but luckily he got the second one on video, too. You've already practiced putting these moves together in order to roll yourself off your playmat. It's still a lot of work for you, though, so you can't get very far, very fast yet. I'm trying to enjoy these last few months (or weeks at the rate you're going) with only one mobile child because I will surely never be able to sit once you're both on the move.

Other observations about you at 4 months:

You have the most beautiful, big blue eyes I have ever seen! Daddy isn't convinced that they're going to stay blue, but I think they are.

Your hair is starting to get a little bit lighter- it's more of a medium brown now than black. It's also pretty wavy when dry (as you can see from the tuft sticking up in the picture above) and curly when wet.

You are totally obsessed with your feet at the moment. You're constantly holding on to them and attempting to put them in your mouth.

You continue to rock your nighttime sleep- we typically get a stretch from about 9pm-7:30am. Although, I have to admit, you still sleep swaddled in a pack and play in mommy and daddy's room. I know we should probably transition you to your room, but I hate to mess with anything when it's going so well. Naps, on the other hand, we really need to work on. As in getting you to take them. I think part of the reason you sleep so well at night is because you hardly nap AT ALL. You take 20-30 minute cat naps here and there (typically in the car). I got spoiled because the first couple months of your life you could sleep through anything. You usually napped in your swing right in the midst of the chaos that is daily life in our house. Now, all that noise and sunlight keeps you awake, but you totally fight naps upstairs in the dark and quiet of your room. (I think you're afraid you'll miss out on something- just like someone else I know). Your doctor said that daytime sleep should start to get more organized around 6 months, so at least we have something to work towards...

Finally, you celebrated your first pretty major holiday- HALLOWEEN! We love Halloween at our house (in fact mommy and daddy were known to throw a pretty epic Halloween party back in the day). I am pretty sure it is your brother's second favorite holiday (coming in just behind Christmas). We went to a party in downtown Victoria and one at the Arboretum. Jackson dressed up as a fireman and you were his trusty dalmatian side-kick. You two made a pretty adorable pair!
It was pretty cold Halloween night, but we made it a record of 6 blocks (or so) trick-or-treating. Jackson was a trooper! (I think the fact that candy was involved increased his pain threshold). You started the evening bright eyed and bushy tailed...
...but conked out after about two blocks.
Next up, the holidays!!

Happy 4 months, sweetheart!

Love, Mom

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

And Then We Snapped | Weeks 14-15

  November 2 - 15, 2014

Okay, so I might be kind of cheating this week (and by week I mean 2 weeks). I am really terrible at this "shooting every day" thing. I love the idea of it and know that it would help me grow, but this mama is still getting used to juggling the needs of two little kiddos. Some Most days taking just one picture is too much to ask, so I let it slide (along with other important things like taking a shower). You will see that this week's edition includes photos from one single day when we ventured to the Guthrie to scope it out for one of my sessions. I hope that's okay!

Next, be sure to check out Nadeen's breathtaking work!

Monday, November 3, 2014

And Then We Snapped | Weeks 12-13

  October 19 - November 1, 2014


I am going to free-form this "week." The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of client sessions and Halloween activities, among other things. As a result, I haven't had much time for personal shooting or editing, but here is a bit of what we've been up to. (Please bear with me as a practice with my new back drop stand and flash...)

Next, check out Ally's beautiful week!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

3 Months

Height: 24.5 inches
Weight: 14 pounds

I know I sound like a broken record, but I really can't believe that you're already 3 months old. Seriously. It feels like time goes about 100 times faster with your second child!! While I already miss the tiny newborn you, it has been fun to see your little personality start to emerge. You still have the sweetest nature, but you definitely let us know when you're not happy (which is typically only when you're hungry). You love babbling back and forth and get quite animated with your conversations. I hope you always enjoy chatting with me so much!

Daddy and I continue to be amazed (and eternally grateful) by what a awesome sleeper you are. Most days you sleep from about 9 or 10pm until about 7 or 8am! I even have to wake you up some mornings so that I have time to nurse you before bringing Jax to school. We have NEVER had to wake your brother up. It seems that you like to sleep in like your mommy, while Jax and daddy are early birds.... You don't really have a predictable nap schedule- you tend to just take little cat naps here and there- but I'll take it, as long as your awesome night time sleep continues.

You continue to grow like a weed and eat constantly! You're already wearing 6 month clothes and have officially grown out of your little puj tub.

You're getting really strong, too. You can push up on your arms a little bit now and really lift your head up high. (Mommy was really excited to have another angle for picture taking).

We are well into a beautiful Fall. The leaves this year have been stunning and the weather has been really nice, so we've been getting out to enjoy as much as we can! We went to Minnetonka Orchards...

...Severs Corn Maze (where you slept while Jackson played in a corn pit, rode on a giant slide, watched a pig race, and jumped on a giant air pillow)...

... and the Arboretum (several times). Grammy White even took off of work one day and joined us.
It has been so much fun including you in all of our fall family traditions! Speaking of traditions, I'll end this month's post with a picture of you wearing a sweater knit by your maternal great-great-grandma and lying on a blanket knit by your paternal great-grandma. I know they're both watching over you.

Happy 3 months, sweetheart!

Love, Mom