Monday, September 24, 2012

Dear Riley Quinn- 11 months old


Dear Riley Quinn,

11 months. 11 whole months have come and gone. I cannot believe it. I know I say that every month, but the closer we get to a year, the more I am in shock! You are one incredible, spunky, happy, lovely to be around little girl. People that meet you and spend time with you ask me if you ever cry. So many people love you, Riley Quinn. You are so blessed. We are so blessed to have you in our lives. You love to make people laugh and when you know you are being funny you just keep doing what you're doing. It's hilarious. You make a sound like a hyena too. When you get excited. I'll have to get a video of it. 

You are walking all over the place with your walker still. You have been since July 4th. I can't figure out why you aren't giving it up yet to walk on your own. I guess because you are so efficient at your 1 legged crawl and you know we will carry you, so it's no rush for you. I'm OK with that though. You are already growing up WAY too fast for me! You stand all on your own now too. And when you stand you start to clap, since that is what we all do when you stand. It is too cute, because I think you think clapping is a must when you are standing!

You give kisses now too! They are the sweetest when unexpected, but you will usually give them to you now if we ask too. Big, slobbery, open mouth kisses! This morning you even added a smoochie sound to some of them. :)

You still love to eat pretty much anything. I would have to say your favorite at this point is zucchini. I weighed you last week and got about 17 lbs. Still so slim and so tall! I haven't measured you lately, because you won't sit still long enough (hence your 11 months photos...) You like whole milk. Even though we haven't replaced your formula yet, we have been giving it to you to try and you really like it. In the next week or so we will start to transition you one bottle at a time. You are still taking two naps now too, but I think you may drop it to one soon. You are shortening your morning nap to about 45 minutes now. It used to be about an hour and a half. It's still nice for you to get some rest and re-charge though.

You absolutely LOVE the ocean. All summer you played in the sand and in your pools and we tried to keep you under your umbrella. This past weekend though, you weren't having it. Every time we sat you down, you took off full speed for the ocean. One time Grandy even let you get to where you were pretty much covered and he grabbed you up right before the wave came. You have no fear, little one. Well... no fear of the ocean or jumping out of chairs. You are still scared to death of ma-lolo's exercise ball since it bopped you in the head. And any other medium-large bouncy type balls scare you to death as well. You started off scared of the witch ma-lolo has out for Halloween, but we put your cookies on it and you warmed up to her. :) Maybe we should put some of your cookies by the ball too.

You are having a birthday party next month and I am having so much fun planning it. I have been stressing out about your invitations though. I know it will all come together in the end and I am excited to celebrate your first year of life with us. I am just very sad that it has gone by so quickly. This has been the fastest year of my life. 

Riley Quinn, I've said it a million times- you are my EVERYTHING. Your daddy and I want to give you the world little one. Stay sweet, kind, loving and spunky! We love you more than the world. I don't want you to grow up. Please stay little forever. 

We love you!

Mommy and Daddy


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Newborn Session- Baby Brady

This was one of my favorite sessions to date. A family friend sent me a message on Thursday evening wanting to know when I would be back on the island. To her luck (and mine!) I was there! The following morning she brought 2 week old Brady for me to meet and capture moments that she can save for a lifetime. He was absolutely precious. You would never guess by the number of sleepy poses I captured that he was really very alert and awake for most of the session. He was induced into a milk coma for many! He was precious and I would love to get my hands on some more little ones to do some photos. Here are a few of my favorites from Brady's session! Enjoy~

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~let go laughing

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

abc's of life

I am making a book for Riley Quinn for her first birthday. It's one of many presents, I'm sure- but one of my favorites. I am planning one other (well two more...) sentimental gift(s) that will technically be for her birthday but she may not get one of them until she is 20. (more on that one later...) Anyway- Here is a sneak peak of the book I am making. I cannot wait to get the cover finished tomorrow and have it sent out to order. It includes pictures from her entire year of life so far and I could not be happier with how far it has come and I absolutely cannot wait to see it hardback! Am I an elementary school teacher or what??? Our goal is to make her a new one every year until she starts school. And then maybe keep making them just for fun! :)

one of the pages ready to be ordered! I have to say it may be one of my favorite pages!

and here is one more because it is one of my favorites...
she LOVES to play "where's the baby?"

~let go laughing!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

go local

I always like to spend money locally. At the beach and in Durham. I try to help the economy as much as possible, especially when it come to produce and such. This week I feel like I have done a good job. Today we spent all day just loving Durham. :) We started the morning with our daily almost daily... trip to the Bean. (Ok, I went yesterday too- but they're so dang good!) If you haven't been to Bean Traders, drop your things and run there- right now. Seriously. Best. Coffee. Ever. When I say we live there- it's not an understatement. I've blogged about them before and it really is one of my favorite places on earth. I can't say enough just how awesome they are. It's worth a trip to Durham!

oh pumpkin spice latte, how i love thee

Gotta love those pumpkin spice lattes. Even when it's 90 degrees out. Although, it was quite a lovely morning and didn't get too hot until around noon. Anyway- we left there and headed over to the grand opening celebration of the south durham farmers market! It's a super cute, small and perfect location! I've been one other time this summer, but when I heard about the fun today- we had to make a play date out of it! We gathered the red heads and met over there. I kid you not (and even random people pointed it out) it was a red headed party. There were AT LEAST 20 other red heads from about 6 months- 3 or 4 years old. It was so stinkin' adorable. You would have thought it was some type of convention for ginger babies! 

I picked up some veggies for RQ and even got our first pumpkin of the season! RQ got to sit on the tractor and on the fire truck! She even got her face painted for the first time! She is just growing up way too fast for me! 

She had so much fun. We thought it was getting to be nap time, so instead of farmers market hopping and heading over to the downtown market, we decided to head home for a nap. Unknown to us, RQ decided she didn't want her morning nap today, so we gave in after about 30 minutes of trying and had a quick lunch before we set out on our next venture downtown. Papa has been wanting us to come see the cow parade for a while now and it was the perfect day to go. They are super cool and I am not sure how much longer they will be around, but you should definitely go check them out! 

I only took pictures of a few. It was getting hot so we checked them all out and went to Tyler's for garlic fries, water and fried pickles!!! It was a super fun day in Durham and RQ is finally taking a nap. A not so great one at that, as she has already woken up twice in 40 minutes. I'm not quite sure what is going on... I think she may be getting a new tooth or a cold. Silly mommy working in the school 2 days a week is probably bringing home lots of lovely germs to the kiddo. :(

Time for me to cuddle up on the couch and wait for the afternoon thunderstorms heading our way! Glad we made a full day before they set in! 

~let go laughing.