This weekend Sarah and Phil met up with me for – nay, REQUESTED – a winter maternity portrait session mere days after the January Snowpocalypse shut down the city for several days with record setting snowfall and a polar vortex delivered unbelievably cold wind chills. So I made like a Photoshop file, added on some layers and exported with options of location photography gear for an evening of laughs and portraits.
Tomorrow’s the big day – Madeline’s first birthday!
For some reason I always feel the need to preface a post with a back story. When I found out we were expecting our first baby Adrian I grabbed a journal I hadn’t written much in since blogging came about and wrote my news in ink. Not quite two years later when I found out I would be expecting my second child I made sure to write again.
Since the firstborn already has his story on a few dozen albums, a birth video, and a fair amount of spoiling, I’m sharing the letter I wrote to Madeline when I found out she was joining our family.
March 28, 2009 – 2:25am
To my child, announced with joy and surprise this evening! Your mother and big brother Adrian are sleeping while I am awake late. We are all excited to welcome you to our family. You will love the snow this winter when you meet us face to face. It is chilly but it sparkles in the sun and makes for great snuggling weather. It is now spring and there is new life and new starts around every turn!
Already your mommy and I are talking about the fun we will have when we meet you, your baby smile and wiggly fingers and toes. We may not know if you will be a daughter or our son but we do know we’re excited that you’re part of our family!
For tonight, and until we meet you, stay cozy in mommy’s tummy while you grow. We love you more than there are words to explain it – that’s why there are snuggles, hugs and smooches!
While today is my youngest sister Genna and cousin Jeni’s birthdays, 5th wedding anniversaries of two cool couples (Kristin & Nate, Kristy & Matt – both with new little daughters!) it’s also MY daughter Madeline’s 6 month birthday.
She hasn’t wasted any time learning how to roll over, working on crawling, and gabbing away to let everyone know what’s on her mind. She’s not a fan of teething but likes the frozen fruit smoothies Dad made for a snack. When she’s not teething or napping she’s pretty much all smiles and giggles. Sugar, spice, everything nice, things like that.
Happy half birthday Maddie! Dad, Mom and big brother Adrian love you!
(She said I could have the last piece of chocolate cake, too.)
I’m convinced there’s nothing more peaceful than a sleeping baby. Madeline was busy reinforcing this conviction with all her newborn naps this past week. After Thanksgiving flew by it just occurred to me that today marks her first week out here with her family. I grabbed the camera with the loudest shutter I could find (and if it weren’t the D700 I’d probably ditch it) and snapped a few photos of the peaceful Princess in pink.
I love the way she squishes up her lips and little cheeks 😀
It might be because Adrian hasn’t been this small in 22 months, but I think she has some cute tiny fingers and toes! Here she showed me a fits full of knuckles reminding me to let her sleep or there’d be trouble.
We love our little Madeline Suzanne! Big brother Adrian is getting a little more adjusted to having her in the house, walks up and points to her facial features saying each part he’s learned – nose, eyes, teeth, hair, ears, chin. He doesn’t call her “sister” or “Madeline” yet but he does walk up to see “baby” when they’re in the same room.
We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too! – Eric, Adrian and Madeline
My little Madeline Suzanne arrived at 5:19am, 8lbs 2oz (2oz heavier than Adrian) and the same length as he was at 20 inches. And cute without question! 🙂
Things still feel like a bit of a whirlwind after a long work day, heading to the hospital, and almost immediately into delivery! I was even a bit spoiled that Madeline arrived a few days early so she was home before Thanksgiving!
This afternoon Adrian had a giggling blast with helium balloons we brought home from his first birthday party last weekend. It made me stop and think how strange and entertaining it must be for him to let go of something and see it go to the ceiling instead of the floor.
High flying fun – Adrian and the balloon
Our big boy turned 1 year old last week!
Almost got it!
Peek a Bu
Give us a call or contact us to set up an in-home play session for lots of baby giggles and fun while your little bundle of joy has a blast! You’ll get lots and lots of photos as natural as the grins on their faces. 🙂 Besides, have you ever tried posing a baby?
Here’s a handful of favorites from our family’s first Christmas with Adrian. He loved playing with the boxes and paper more than most of the things that were inside the gifts. Who said joy has to be anything complicated, expensive, or obligated? This kid has it down plain and simple.
Adrian and Daddy decked out for Christmas
One of the coolest ideas for a first Christmas ornament I’ve ever seen. My sis Genna knew a painter at the local Farmer’s Market and used a photo my mom took from a phone and made the coolest baby ornament I’ve seen!