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  • hey there! my name is emily and this is my little blog. i am a professional photographer and i so love my job. while i do occasionally use this space for sneak peeks, the heart and soul of this blog is lulu, my spunky, wondrous five-year-old daughter...my muse. my photography portfolio and website can be viewed here. feel free to email me with any questions you might have. and i hope you enjoy!

18 months.

i missed a few monthly updates. but including a 16 month update that i started (and never finished.)
16 months
10 teeth favorite thing to say: thank you. new words: ball, go duke:) daddy taught you how to sign for more. sadly, it is the wrong sign. but you use it CONSTANTLY. it is basically you go-to for ‘get me THAT now’ or ‘do THIS for me now’. still loves to wear anything on your head. will fuss until i put a bow in your hair in the morning. also love to wear pocketbooks, bike helmets!

so this month you gained 2 new teeth-those back molars came through and oh my that was not fun. you were a grumpy old lady for a few weeks. but now you have a little bit more to help you chew through all that food you eat. you are an eater. you will eat almost anything. but pizza is your favorite (you are my daughter after all!) you also love asparagus. you will chug my green drink no matter how much ginger is in there. its amazing. but applesauce is your obsession. you rummage through the snack drawer and bring me pouches ALL DAY LONG. when i say no you just go grab a different pouch. if i say no to that you take it to lulu. lulu recently said, ‘mommy, harriet has lost her craw.’ and its true-that fantastic little crab crawl is a thing of the past. you walk and run now.


18 months

nope nope can’t believe it-a year and a half!!!

this past month was a doozy with the two bottom molars coming through. they took their time and it hurt in the process! naps have continued to be a 30 minute affair. just enough time for me to make a sandwich and sit down. i start to take a bite and….’WAAAH.’ the words are really starting to come. and finally we have some animal sounds (sheep, dog, cow, horse.) around 2 weeks ago you decided to become a full fledged toddler. that means you now run away from me anytime you are near something dangerous. its terrifying. getting my cardio in at all times. i thought you would be the one who sat by feet and quietly read. but nope. you are going to be as wild as your sister. you think it is HILARIOUS when i chase after you! the all done sign is being abused at this point. diaper change…all done. dinner time…all done. i put you in the car seat…all done. all done. you love your blankets and animals. you call them all MA. that started when you would reach for your pink blanket and were trying to say ‘more’. its funny b/c you want any blanket or stuffed animal you see and will scream ‘maaa.’ harriet, you are so funny! at your 17 month check up you were 19 pounds. you are definitely tinier then most of the babies your age. you love books. your will bring me 100 books a day and say ‘bo bo’. current favorite is ‘good night moon’ b/c you can find the mouse on every page. you love to draw. i am not sure if that is from observing lulu or if maybe i have another little artist. but you really love drawing-even on our furniture (sigh.) you continue to love for daddy to wear you in the biorn. even though you are clearly getting too big. but you will drag it over to him and beg to be worn. you had your last day of school last week-ms jeannie and ms margie were your teachers on monday. you always seemed pretty happy about going to school. the ymca and church childcare have never made you happy-until a  month or so ago we discovered that you love the swing. as in the infant swing!:) it doesnt even have to swing. you will literally sit there for 2 hours. during bible study on wednesdays you are the only girl in the nursery. they tell me you sit in the swing and point to the boys to come bring you anything that falls. and they do! if your blanket falls off you point and one of the boys comes running to retrieve it! you seriously are the cutest. your eyes, that strong little personality. i just love you so much.


15 months.

15 months.

8 teeth. 4 top + 4 bottom.

walking! finally took off at 14.5 months. but will still crab crawl if she is very tired or if she needs to get somewhere fast.

has discovered the snack drawer and all day long brings me snacks. and screams at me when i say no. all. day. long. note to self:move the snack drawer higher.

loves her pink blankie and annie-her little blabla doll.

loves books. demands 500 before bed.

continues to show that strong will daily.

becoming such a quirky, funny lady. i forgot how much i love toddlers. wears a little pocket book around the house all the time.

vocabulary not growing at a very rapid rate-but assuming that is b/c of her vocal big sis.

shakes her head no to everything. and does so with a big smile.

waves all the time.

screams and points when she wants something. wants something constantly.


the months are just flying by. its starting to get realllly fun now that she is walking. we can go to the park and she can actually play around. and man she is just SO funny. i LOVE todddlers. and i love my harriet. every second of the day she is discovering something new. and everything is an experiment. its precious.




14 months.

14 months.

7 teeth. 4 top+3 bottom.

current favorite foods:broccoli + peanut butter

still speed crab crawling like a maniac-but now standing without support all the time. and taking a step/two here and there.

napping maybe total of an hour/hour half everyday (ugh.) some days less.

FINALLY does not cry when she goes to the playroom at the YMCA. this is huge!

has started attaching to a lovey-a little blabla doll.

cant get enough of music. dances and claps whenever it is on.

loves a good dance party.

wears size 9-12 months. tiny.

moved out of her infant car seat and into a big girl carseat this past month. big time!
favorite activities: riding in the wagon + swinging at the park + bath time + being worn by her dada in the biorn + taking everything out of the kitchen drawers + taking everything out of the bathroom drawers + taking everything out of any drawer.

knows what she wants and will point and scream until she gets it! we think she sounds like a caveman.

18.2 lbs

perfectly perfect.

wears us out. makes us happy. quadruples the daily joy we feel. cannot imagine life without this baby.

is told 2x a day that she looks like her dada. once a day that she looks like her sister. 0 times a day that she looks like her mama. but who is counting?

she is getting better and better about solo play. i really will never be able to describe how challenging she was that first year. i had to hold her constantly or she would scream. the week after she turned one that started to shift and she continues to get easier and easier. i can actually get a little work done now during the day and let her play around my feet. victory! but leaving the room is still not an option. she needs to be able to see me! sleep still alludes her. some days i am not sure how she survives on so little sleep. then i remember i birthed her-the two of us will forever live in a state of little sleep. zzzz. it really is amazing how many more times a day i smile because of this child. a baby brings so much happiness to a home. and it is just so amazing watching her little personality come out. lee said last night..’she is like a real little person now.’ so true. she has her likes/dislikes/knows what she wants and doesn’t want. i can already see her personality translating to a big girl. man do we love our little haha.

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13 months

thirteen months.
6 teeth.
big brown eyes.
wakes early.
tricks include waving, how big, clapping, saying ah-choo+nightnight+dada+mama+lala (lulu), giving open mouth kisses
points a lot.
loves strawberries and any other fruit.
cruises around furniture but still not too interested in walking.
crawls with one leg tucked in. one arm stretched out. crawls fast.
wakes early. sorry, did i mention that already?
extra snuggly and loving.
hair sticks up on top of head.
thinks her sister is hilarious.
almost 18 lbs.
skinny legs. one roll on each thigh.
nicknames: etta, harrietta, haha, squirt, hattie

apparently these updates are not going to write themselves. so after missing the first year-my plan is to write tiny updates each month of this next year.
this past year FLEW. i do not edit too many personal photos during the year b/c i have to edit my clients photos. so this is the time of year i get to go back and see what i captured for the year. its an amazing way to reflect on the past twelve months. one photo edit at a time. its incredible seeing how much my girls have grown since last january. my dad ask for a letter every christmas instead of a present. so i was able to write a big ole first year harriet update in the letter + lu update. might revise a bit and put here just so i wont lose it. but really it was quite a year with these girls. crazy fun+crazy exhausting. i am in love with my family of 4.







Lu’s birthday was almost a month and a half ago. and i wrote this back then and am just now posting it. if i dont post it here it will be lost forever, so here it is:) still cant believe my big girl is seven…

dear lu.

you are seven.

you love to draw+create, eat dumplings, coo with your sister, play with friends (anyone will do), ivy+bean books and singing frozen ‘tunes’. you demand to sleep with your light on + door open even though we are 2 feet from your room. you still love fairies, but a little less then you used to. you are an artist. you could live without school work-but not without school because so much socializing happens there. you are strong willed. you are HAPPY.  you love to wear dresses, pink, glitter and accessories. you still dip any/everything in ketchup. you weigh 36 pounds. you are in first grade. you have a personality that radiates. you are beautiful and kind and so loved by all.

you do not like salad.

your creativity blows me away. daily i find creations around the house. you take the most random things and produce something incredible. and you play with your creations. as you like to tell me ‘i can entertain myself for hours.’ its true! your imagination is quite something, my lu.

you have a few scattered freckles on your face. but dont make me chose between those or your dimples. i love them all.  i love it when you know i am kidding and your eyes get huge, you tilt your head and say, ‘moooomy’…its so cute.

we sold our house a few weeks ago. it has been emotional for because of the memories we made within those walls. i have been replaying your little life and the everyday wonderful that happened there. it was the home where i received the call that i was a mom. the home where i once sat in your empty room waiting for you. waiting and wondering if you would really ever come home. the home where you said your first words and where you celebrated your first birthday. if i could only contain the laughter and joy we had within our home. as i sit in our new home i wonder what adventures, hardships, surprises lay in store for us. you were sad when we told you we were moving. leaving friends and a street you loved. but YOU have handled the transition like such a brave little lady.-finding the good and positives in it all (mainly your secret room!)

you became a big sister this year. from the moment you first met harriet you were in love. and so, so good with her. i knew you would be a great sister but i never could have anticipated HOW great. you were used to life with just you and mommy + daddy. you had all of our attention for so many years. and all of a sudden that time was split. well, more than split since a baby requires so much. you never complained. not once. you have embraced her in our life in a way i could have only dreamed. she wasn’t a whole lot of fun at first. i once asked you what would be harriet’s ideal day-you said, ‘well, she would nurse and then poop and nurse and poop.’:) and its so true-at first she gave nothing in return and you still adored her. i heard you telling her on your birthday, ‘harriet, you are my favorite present. i am so lucky to have you as a sister.’ seriously, i died. because i know you truly feel that way. my favorite moment in life so far is when you walked into the hospital room to see your sister for the first time. my girls. my family complete. you were gentle with harriet. i could tell you were nervous. you looked so big to me that day. it was like you had grown 10 feet in a moment. but you are still my baby. you will forever be my baby.

oh lu. i just love you. happy 7th to my heart.







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