Dear Pumpkin – 11 months

Sweet girl,
You are 11 months old, and I can’t believe it! You’re already growing up too fast for my liking, but I am so thankful to get to watch it happen.

You are walking around like crazy, and like to try to run away when someone comes after you on your way to something you’re not supposed to have. You give a little scream & pick up the pace with a huge grin on your face!

Houston photographer letter to her 11 month old daughter, "Pumpkin"

You have four teeth now, with the cutest little gap in between the top two. You’ve been such a trooper with those teeth moving in!!

Houston photographer letter to her 11 month old daughter, "Pumpkin"Houston photographer letter to her 11 month old daughter, "Pumpkin"pumpkin11months-25_web

You’re a curious little thing and love to sit inside a small plastic bin to play. You’re starting to make animal noises when asked, and right now you make a monkey noise & a tiger – which usually comes out as a whispered roar. So cute!!! (And a welcome change of pitch/volume from the screaming you still do allllll the time!) You’ve also started to give real hugs and it just melts me. Especially when you reach over to hug your sister. After all the love, hugs & kisses Peanut has given you (sometimes a little too much), it makes my heart swell to watch you start hugging her too.

Houston photographer letter to her 11 month old daughter, "Pumpkin"Houston photographer letter to her 11 month old daughter, "Pumpkin"

You like to be on the move, so photos are getting to be more and more of a workout for me!

Houston photographer letter to her 11 month old daughter, "Pumpkin"Houston photographer letter to her 11 month old daughter, "Pumpkin"Houston photographer letter to her 11 month old daughter, "Pumpkin"

You had been doing really well with using the baby hand language sign for “more” until recently – then you made the switch back to just screaming. I’m praying the little hand sign makes its return soon!

Houston photographer letter to her 11 month old daughter, "Pumpkin"

You like to point at things, and are starting to be able to point out people when we ask you where they are. You love to dance, and like to play outside. You love to eat avocados & sliced chicken (deli meat style). You also love to drag around blankets, towels, fabric – anything like that. And Little One, you walking around with a blanket trailing behind you makes me think of Linus from the Peanuts cartoon, and I can only hope you have a faith like his!

Houston photographer letter to her 11 month old daughter, "Pumpkin"pumpkin11months-27_webHouston photographer letter to her 11 month old daughter, "Pumpkin"

Your Oma had to help me wrangle you during this shoot (you can see her hand on the bottom right), and my goodness, Little One, you sure do love her! (And so do I!)

Houston photographer letter to her 11 month old daughter, "Pumpkin"Houston photographer letter to her 11 month old daughter, "Pumpkin"

I just love this one…. the little wisp of hair behind your ear & your little hands on that poor sticker that never had a chance. For some reason this just seems so fitting for this stage you’re in, sweet girl.

Houston photographer letter to her 11 month old daughter, "Pumpkin"

(Bows & headbands also don’t stand a chance these days…. but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try for photos!)

Houston photographer letter to her 11 month old daughter, "Pumpkin"

Pumpkin, you challenge me everyday, and while sometimes it leaves me tired, it also leaves me so so so thankful. Feeling you wrap your arms around my neck reminds me that the struggles are worth it, and that I want to do everything I can to be the very best mama for you.

Houston photographer letter to her 11 month old daughter, "Pumpkin"

I love you to the moon & back, sweet girl!!

 

Life Lessons from Library Time with Peanut

While I am in Houston with the girls for a few days to take sweet Quinn’s cake smash photos & look at some houses, I stole away with Peanut to story time at the library.

Watching her sit there in the midst of all of the other little kids, getting completely absorbed into the story, I couldn’t help but smile. My biggest girl seems to be a book-lover, and that makes this mama happy. It was also really interesting to watch her sit back and watch as the other kids stood up and danced the hokey-pokey and sang Twinkle, Twinkle.

I was a little surprised that my outgoing girl didn’t jump right in to sing and dance along, as she’s sooooo full of personality. But the more I thought about it, I realized she’s so much like me (despite looking so much like her daddy!).

In a new place or situation, I tend to sit back and watch at first. I’m not normally the first to jump right in or strike up a conversation with someone I don’t know. Sure, when it’s orientation I can turn it “on”, but that’s also zone I’m familiar with.

As I sat there wishing my sweet girl would join in on the fun, it made me think about how I’m going to need to push myself to just jump right in as we move to Houston. I’m going to have to push myself to reach out to other creatives. I’m going to have to push myself to join in on networking events – and push myself to really network & talk to people rather than just hanging out by the food.

So Peanut, here’s to us jumping in hokey-pokey style as we start a new chapter in Houston. And here’s to more mommy-daughter dates to the library!!

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(And here’s to more sweet hand-holding photos from Snapchat! Follow along – bmariephoto)

 

Web Gems – Round 14

Nacogdoches Photographer compiles great finds from around the internet

It’s time for a good ol’ gathering of internet gems, y’all!

  • Love love love this. I’m so thankful to have a husband who is more than willing to cook & clean, but I know many women don’t. And having not one, but two jobs while also trying to be there for my family means our house looks like a mess a lot of the time, even with Max’s help. And this reminds me that I really need to work on my word of the year, give myself some grace and be ok with the mess sometimes if it means tickle fights with Peanut, baby talk with Pumpkin, or a movie night with Max.

 

  • This is so powerful, and so true. I love her humor and honesty (if you’re a mama who likes some sarcasm and blunt honesty about parenting, read this), but this post is so incredibly real: “There is never any weakness in showing mercy and grace because those characteristics are the very heartbeat of God. Let’s live in a way that teaches our children the importance of loving our neighbor and that peers aren’t our competition. We can cheer each other on without being afraid it takes something from us when we realize that God has each of us exactly where we’re meant to be. The comparison trap is an endless vortex of nothingness that only serves to make us feel insecure and discontent because we are measuring our insides against someone else’s outside.”

 

  • This is absolutely hilarious. I can only imagine what moves Peanut would be putting out there! Also, I would take that class. 

 

  • This is incredibly cool! Takes love of photography to a whole new level, and I love how they stay true to the area while building the camera.

 

  • I can’t tell y’all how much I needed this! It was a great reminder to continue to focus on my word of the year, grace, and to give myself the permission to not do it all. Or maybe to demand that of myself. Because being stretched too thin isn’t pretty, and it’s worse when that streching was one I chose on my own.