Caroline, what vibrance you add to my life. You keep me on my toes and delight me with your imagination and sweet spirit all at the same time. Our days are so busy. With a toddler and a baby I can not leave the house all day and still feel overwhelmed by the busyness of the day before me. But in the midst of this busy season I don't want to forget the little wonderful things about you and your sister at the exact ages and stages you two are at. So here's a post just for you.
You are such a talker. One of my favorite things is to hear you talk to your stuffed animals or baby doll saying things I say to you. You like to hop into your little pink cozy coupe and "drive" to Coscto (aka the kitchen) for samples. You wave to me and say "I'm going to Coscto, Mommy. Be right back."
You like to put your socks on your hands and pretend their puppets while singing the "lalala" song from Music Makers. You are convinced that the only acceptable Christmas music is either Jingle Bells or Away in a Manger.
You're starting to get better about cleaning up some. You especially enjoying pulling the books out of the book basket and stacking them up. Not exactly cleaning up- but at least it's very organized of you!
You enjoy watching Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and it's such a life saver when I need to nurse your baby sister and you're not in the mood to play on your own. You sing along to the songs sometimes.
Your favorite foods are mac & cheese, crackers, and juice.
Your baby days are flying by, yet at the same time it feels like you've always been a part of our lives. I'm treasuring the babyhood so much more this time around because I know how quickly you'll grow and change. In a year you won't be a baby anymore. And though I feel oh so tired now, I know I'll miss the feeling of having a tiny little you snuggled in my arms.
You are just a wonderful baby. Very pleasant and well tempered. The LORD knew with a busy, precocious toddler to keep up with I needed a well tempered baby who could go with the flow.
Your sister got so excited about you smiling today. I hope that you'll grow up to be very good friends. I've heard sisters are a wonderful and unique bond and I hope you two will be friends for a lifetime. And only very rarely raid each other's closets without permission.
2 years ago I was holding this precious bundle in my arms for the first time. Now fast forward a mere 2 years and I'm having conversations with her about all kinds of things and seeing her little self develop into a sweet heart of a little girl. Fast forward 2 years from the day she was born and I'm holding a new tiny baby girl- just a month old in my arms. Okay, that makes me totally want to have a baby every 2 years because seriously how do they get so big and seem so grown up so fast? (but then I remember morning sickness and varicose veins and maybe not...haha)
I have yet to blog about our new bundle, Emily Kate, but I've been busy around here and just focusing on being a present mommy to my 2 girls because blogging, and looking Pinterest cute, and all that keeping up with the Joneses will always be there but my girls at this exact age won't be.
This post is celebrating my big girl on her second birthday...
How was she this small 2 years ago? The days are long but the years are far, far too short.
Favorite foods: Pirate's Booty ("puffs"), fruit and veggie pouches, sausage, and green juice
Songs: Baa, Baa Black Sheep, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, ABCs, Counting to 4 (Sesame Street)
Books: you love books so much, almost any book you love but a few we're currently enjoying together are The Pout Pout Fish series, the Llama Llama series, the Arthur books, and Sandra Boynton books
Activities: going to the playground/park- you enjoy the slide, sandbox, and running around with your friends, reading books, going to The Museum of Life & Science, running around outside with your friend Andrew and spending the day at home in your jammies having fun playing (with a newborn we've been mostly doing that lately)
What I love most about you: Your sweet spirit- you care about others when they get hurt and are so gentle with your baby sister. I feel like you'll grow up to be a sweet, sensitive, sympathetic young woman.
'Every good and perfect gift is from above..." (James 1:17)
We were suppose to get family photos taken last spring. I ended up finding out I was pregnant right before our scheduled session and was so glad I hadn't quite hit the morning sickness point yet so I could look happy in our photos...not like I was about to pass out haha. But there was an unexpected glitch with the photographer's SD card and all the images from our session were lost. We rescheduled twice but the weather had other ideas about our retake plans. And by then I was siiiiiiick with baby two. So we shelved our yearly family photos thinking we'd do it next year.
But last month I heard about this other photographer, a friend of a friend, via Facebook and once I saw her style and the images she did I was love struck. They were dreamy and romantic and made her subjects look like they were in a fairy tale. I found out she was having mini sessions and then I was sold! We scheduled our session and two weeks later we had our images in hand. She was amazing. So sweet and patient when Caroline was being very cranky and uncooperative (you'd never know from the beautiful photos she captured). And I absolutely loved working with her. Thanks to Rosa we have images I know we'll treasure for a very long time to come. I'm a photographer myself so I'm pretty picky when it comes to photos. But Rosa surpassed my expectations, we love how they turned out!
Enough ramble and how about the photos, huh?
All photos are copyright of Rosa Ashdown Photography. She was amazing. I'd highly recommend her! Such a joy to work with from beginning to end.