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Sweet, sweet girl … You are 10 months old. This past month has been quite the doozy. Here’s what we’ve been up to (and yeah, you’ve been up to a lot):

Your sleep is still insane. My amazing sleeper is long gone. You’ve combined some sleep issues with some separation anxiety, and man, mama and papa are so tired. We now count on you spending the night in our bed, and honestly, I kind of love it. I’ll take cuddles as long as I can get them.

You’re still a champ with food. You’ve like everything so far. We’ve given you some really fun foods, and you’ve never turned a single thing down. Well, you didn’t really like that potato, green bean pouch, but it was pretty gnarly. You love to share bananas with me in the morning, and you really love avocado. It’s hard to pick your favorite food!

We’re still doing music together, and now you’re clapping along to the music. It’s the best. Maybe dancing is next? Instead of eating the drumsticks, you’re really using them to make sounds. It’s cute!

At home, you’re all about puzzles, stacking toys, and nesting toys. You have some fancy battery toys, but you could take or leave them. You’re all about figuring your simple toys out. Let’s be real though, you don’t really play with your toys very often. It’s usually a constant battle to keep you away from cords, drawers, papa’s bike, and the dog’s bowls. You are so curious about everything. 

When we aren’t playing, we’re listening to music or going on walks. You are so interactive, and I feel like I’m hanging out with a friend all day. Even though I love hanging out with you so much, I am almost certain your favorite time of day is when papa walks through that door.

You’ve continued with teething. You now have 7 teeth. SEVEN! Four on top and three on the bottom. You love showing them off when you make your squinty face. Teething has been harder on you this month than past months, but you’re still an easy babe.

You’re still such a joy. We seriously never have to wonder if you’ll behave in public … You are just so easy going. While teething has been hard, and sleep has been crappy, YOU are just so wonderful. My heart beats fast when I realize how close to a year we are. Man, slow down! (And really, don’t slow down. You are so much fun.)


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“A portrait of our daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014″ – A photo project …

This project has made me see how very quickly time flies by. In the early days, Al just had to be where we put her. Now, she chooses the moments when she wants to cuddle. There’s absolutely nothing that warms my heart quite like seeing Al with her papa.

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“A portrait of our daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014″ – A photo project …

The loveliest moments happen when we get to spend time with the family. The first week of November, we secretly jumped on a plane, and surprised my sister for her 16th birthday. It was a wonderful trip, and I loved this moment with Gigi (my mom) was giving Al a sink bath.

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A few weeks back, we headed to Lincoln City with our friends, Sara, Shawn, and Declan. Baby Declan and Alba are just 4 days apart in age, so it’s always such a joy to see them together. The weekend was a bit rainy, but when it mattered, it was beautiful. Such a great weekend … here are a few snaps!


I never knew how hard it could be to get two babies to look at the camera at the same time. I literally took 23 photos, and there wasn’t a single one where both of them were looking at the camera! Ha. Also, I don’t even want to know how much sand Alba ate.


Bathing beauties. AKA, pure chaos. Al fell almost immediately, and started crying. By the time she was ready to go back in Declan was pretty much over it. It was perfection.


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A few weeks back, my mama, step dad, and sister came out to visit for a long weekend. Even though it was 3 short days, it was so full of love. I absolutely love seeing my family interact with Alba … There’s no better family. Let’s all take a vote to tell them that they need to move to Oregon!! Also, my sister took the photo above, and I am so in love with it.

Also, ALSO … Today is my baby sister’s 16th (!!!!) birthday. Haley, I love you so very much, and I am so very proud of the young woman you have become. It still scares me that you’ll be driving soon, but hey, I’m sure I scared my “elders” too! I am so excited for the year ahead of you. You are such a beautiful beam of light! I love you!!


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