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'Tis the Season!

You guys. I decorated for Christmas and put up our tree before Thanksgiving. I know. I don't even know who I am anymore. But in a good way. 

I still miss my Dad and it's so hard to believe it's been almost 16 years without him. But experiencing Christmas through my daughter's eyes is so healing for me. She loves the lights! She dances to the music! She'll probably cry on Santa's lap but that's beside the point. She is happiness and magic and everything that is right in the world. 

It's hard to be sad with her around, but it's nearly impossible to be consumed by it. I'm so excited about this Christmas! Genuinely. And it feels good.

Happy December, friends! 

Feast Mode!!

Oh hey! I know Thanksgiving was almost a week ago, but I've been super busy with photo shoots, family get togethers, etc!

Anywho.

Lucy's 1st Thanksgiving is officially in the books and I think it's safe to say she enjoyed it!!! She has always eaten like a champ and Thanksgiving at Grammy's house was no exception! 

I think it's pretty obvious that this little turkey ranks up at the top of our list of things we're thankful for this year! It's so hard to believe that last Thanksgiving I was super pregnant... we didn't even know Lucy yet... and now, a year later, here she is! She feeds herself! She walks! She talks (well, babbles!) And she's completely stolen our hearts!

Speaking of walking. 

She took her first steps a couple days before she turned 11 months old, and then didn't do much more for a week or so.. then last Wednesday we went up to North Vernon and I don't know if seeing Aidan run around inspired her or what, but while we were at their house she started taking more and more steps and now she's ALL over the place!!! She's a little walking pro and has even mastered standing up without holding onto anything. She is SO proud of herself!! It's so surreal to see her just walking around the house now. WHERE DID MY BABY GO?!

Hope you guys had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!

11 months of Lucy!

I'm a bit behind getting this post up, buuut better late than never, right?! The pictures were at least taken on the right day! I've just been so busy this past week getting all the photos from my Christmas Tree Farm mini sessions edited and sent out! So now a whole week has gone by, and we're only THREE weeks away from Lucy's FIRST birthday! WHAT?! I did her cake smash photo shoot yesterday to get some pictures for her invitations!! I'll share once they're all sent out! :D

Anyway... at 11 months.....she's around 18 pounds, wearing 9-12 and 12 months clothes & size 3 diapers, has 6 teeth and sleeps 10-12 hours most nights! Oh, and CONSTANTLY moving. Sooo busy!

She took her first unassisted steps 3 days before she turned 11 months!!! She did it at home one night when Josh and I were playing with her on the floor. We weren't even trying to get her to walk, she just randomly did it... we looked at each other and said, "I think she just walked!!" and since then, she can't get enough walking! She's taken about 4 or 5 steps on her own, but she still prefers crawling most of the time as it's faster for her, but she LOVES pushing her little walker. I take her outside a lot with it now because she gets mad when she hits a wall inside! haha

I was so happy we were both there to see her very first steps together! We both missed her learning to sit up on her own (she did it when we had both left the room), and Josh missed her crawling for the first time because Lucy and I were in North Carolina.

She LOVES to eat! Now days she definitely prefers real food over baby food. She pretty much gets 3 solid meals a day and only gets baby food if we're out and about or if she can't eat whatever we're eating for some reason. She still nurses a few times a day, usually in the morning, before bed, and before her nap.

Speaking of naps, we're still transitioning to one nap. I think? She seems to only take one most days now, but several days last week she took NONE! Well, not completely none but she'd catnap in the car for 10 minutes and think that counted for a full nap! Luckily this weekend she took a solid 2-3 hour nap both days so I'm hoping we're getting it figured out!

She also learned to stack bowls, drink from a straw, and throw the ball for the dogs which is basically the cutest thing ever! She also loves to hand us things and feed us which is so funny! She is such a sweet girl and we can't get enough!!

Lucy Eileen, life with you is so much fun and we love you so so much! Happy 11 months!!!