Who’s big stuff? It’s this small lady! She weighs in at 17 lb and is giving us an arm and shoulder workout daily. This month she’s become mobile in a big way by rolling and rolling and rolling, and is in full-blown admiration mode of her awesome big brother. 🙂
Rolled over after admiring her “I Spy” quilt from a talented cousin!
Playing around with creative shots with my friend Carla one evening at Lindberg Park! She let me borrow her Lensbaby for the cool blurred-out tilt-shift effect, and I let her borrow my macro lens. I’m really enjoying the time we’ve carved out for creativity together!
New double stroller (SO much better than the two-stroller situation or one stroller plus walking/baby carrier) which facilitated some late-summer adventures…and little dude is starting to spell!
How ya bean? We got downtown for the first time on Labor Day weekend to celebrate some magnificent weather!
After Millenium Park (with the Bean), we walked the Riverwalk! We had gorgeous weather…what a dreamy place this’d be for an engagement session! I loved the sharp contrast between natural (river, pontoon planters with native plants) and super urban.
Beautiful surprise flowers from my friend Gigi of Pickle Hill Parties!
The carbohydrate trend continued…I was sad to not make it Rare Bird’s Thursday mini-market (which is the only time they sell scones) so I made a sundried tomato and pesto sconezilla at home! Little guy liked it.
Sunflowers from my sweet friend Carla, and a bouquet of another sort…first harvest from the garden – kale!
The baby got GOOD at rolling. If we put her down on the floor, say, at 5 am because she’s decided she’s up for the day, we MAY fall asleep next to her and then wake up to pathetic whines as she’s run into a wall or other impediment and needs to be rescued.
The outrageous curl situation, and chewing on Dad’s sweatshirt while snuggled up with him.
Birthday present for ME from my son on his birthday! Snuggles with the baby!
Behind the scenes shot of me cleaning away cookie crumbs with a paintbrush for its glamour shot.
Little guy had his first birthday party with friends his age! We had a socially distanced meetup at a park. When opening gifts at home, he opened the wrong box by mistake and got a swanky present of 1 lb of nutritional yeast!
One of the biggest gift hits was a bubble leaf blower! I had fun capturing some neat bokeh.
If you’ve been to our house in the past four years you’ll know that I make photo murals as a colorful and cheap way to decorate my son’s room – we’ve often lived far away from family and having their smiling faces around him and reminders of fun times is a really easy way to bring some cheer to a room. Plus, for a baby, it’s fun to say “can you find a photo of a purple flower? Now find grandma. Now find a palm tree!” Easy I-Spy. 🙂 So for this new house and new room and new obsession with garbage trucks, I decided to….take photos of garbage trucks, print them, then cut and arrange them in a rainbow gradient and stick to his wall. Here my daughter is supervising as I draw a 5x to scale garbage truck (there was a lot of measuring involved).
He loves the final product!!
Investigating a Brussels sprout and a parsnip coin while I cooked…
We keep checking, but there is no evidence of teeth yet despite all this chewing!! We expect them any day now!!
Thanks for reading, and see you next month!
Kristen Hazelton is an Oak Park, IL (Chicago, IL metro area) and Livermore, CA (San Francisco East Bay Area) senior, family, and engagement photographer. She occasionally photographs in San Diego, CA, Tucson, AZ, and Seattle, WA. You can inquire about your own photoshoot here!