Family, Personal

Family Documentary Photography | Oak Park, IL | November 2020

Seven month old baby with baby blocks
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Seven month old baby with baby blocks

Welcome to November’s personal blog! This month my daughter started army-crawling and really figured out what to do with those new teeth in her mouth. She’s started growling (in addition to roaring and shrieking) and her older brother doesn’t quite know what to do with the fact that she can suddenly get into all these things he’s working on.

Baby playing with blocks and rolling up inside her quilt
Baby with a birthday cake block
Baby chewing on her baby quilt
Waffles for dinner and indoor s'mores for dessert

How we coped with election week stress at our house: waffles for dinner and indoor s’mores for dessert.

Happy baby chomping on Dad's sweatshirt drawstring

Someone discovered Dad’s hoodie drawstrings.

Lemon tree seedlings, and a happy baby crawling under the table

Back in February-ish of this year my in-laws sent us a box of fresh citrus from California (I know, decadence!). I finally started the seeds and they’re sprouting!! The only trouble is I can’t remember if they’re tangerines or lemons…

Baby shuddering after first bite, and happy after a long nap

The first photo is her initial response to cold applesauce – a full body shudder! The second is right after waking up after a long nap. 🙂

Barrie Park on a cold fall day in Oak Park, IL

We visited Barrie Park for the first time in South Oak Park and climbed to the top of the sledding hill!

Happy baby in the morning
Baby's horrified reaction to first bite of applesauce

Here’s the reaction when getting applesauce a second time…she needs to learn to like it…she’s not going to get very far in this family (that dedicates a whole weekend to making and canning our own) without liking applesauce!!

Little boy built a garbage truck out of duplos

He’s showing off his “garbage truck” that he made with Duplos – it’s pretty good, actually! It has an open hopper in the back to put in duplo brick “garbage”!

Selfie of mom and baby - baby is chewing on mom's hair

Chewing on mom’s hair.

Big brother and baby sister each wearing a Very Hungry Caterpillar sleep sack years apart

Who wore it better?! Bug on the left and Buttercup on the right, four years later.

Big brother and baby sister each wearing a Very Hungry Caterpillar sleep sack years apart

(Bug on the left with a much-less sleep-deprived husband, and Buttercup on the right with one Duplo cupcake).

Baby in a pumpkin outfit with new gray boots

New boots, new boots!!

Closeup shots of cinnamon rolls from Oak Park bakery Pastry Revival
Closeup shots of cinnamon rolls from Oak Park bakery Pastry Revival

Perhaps you’ll recall back in September I was part of a raffle fundraiser to support New Moms Chicago. One of the raffle items was cinnamon rolls from Pastry Revival… and I won! We got a dozen and kept 4 to enjoy and dropped off cinnamon rolls and coffee for the teachers at my son’s school for teacher work day. My son gobbled up the last cinnamon roll when he thought no one was paying attention. 🙁 We were going to split it three ways, dude!

Family unwrapping a giant box of tea from Whittard's of Chelsea

Getting the tree out early to bring some joy…and opening up a box of very fancy tea from our favorite, Whittard’s of Chelsea.

Happy four year old boy

I love the older model, too! He just doesn’t like being photographed as much!

Baby chomping on the baby bjorn she's in

Going for a walk and keeping warm in Dad’s jacket.

Happy baby peeking out of the crib in the morning

What I get to wake up to. 🙂

Baby playing with a sock, and getting zipped up in a coat while dad carries her

She’s super happy that’s she’s got a sock. Good for flailing and chewing!

Thanksgiving foods - mashed potatoes, butternut squash soup, stuffing, roasted veggies

We outsourced our Thanksgiving dinner from Sugar Beet Food Co-Op – delicious roasted root veggies, garlic mashed potatoes and gravy, and stuffing! We made 3-ingredient butternut squash soup, roasted veggies for the baby, then heated up a shockingly good Field Roast hazelnut-cranberry roast in croute as well.

Chocolate bourbon pecan pie and pumpkin whoopie pies for Thanksgiving

And we got delicious pies from Pastry Revival! We got a chocolate bourbon pecan pie and some yummy pumpkin whoopie pies. My son now calls her the “Wookiee Pie Lady.”

Family tickling a grouchy baby to get her to smile

This baby is 100% over family photos on the tripod…UNTIL:

Big brother holding baby sister for a portrait
Photo of the family at the dinner table on Thanksgiving

“Can we just eat already, Mom?”

Young boy putting ornaments on a christmas tree

We put up the tree and lights earlier in the month, but saved putting up ornaments until after Thanksgiving!

Husband decorating stairs with christmas lights

My husband was feeling pretty proud of his decorating skills.

Decorated christmas tree with a closeup of special ornaments

Special blue satin ornament from my grandma. 🙂

Decorated tree and stairs, father and son getting out christmas decorations

Getting out “Greendolf” the green-nosed reindeer.

Baby investigating Christmas toys
High tea service at home with scones and pastries

As a treat we got high tea service from Serenitea! My husband had a smoky tea, I had the “Oak Park” almond blend, and our son had chocolate strawberry rooibos. The Oak Park and chocolate strawberry were really delightful! I’m not a huge fan of smokier teas…my husband will make lapsang souchong and I’ll get mad because the whole house smells like bacon except there’s no bacon, it’s tea.

Selfie of mom and baby wearing mom's hat, and big brother playing with baby sister

Big brother’s getting out toys for baby sis to play with.

Young boy drinking tea and playing with his baby sister

Most of them time they’re pretty good about playing next to each other! My son will get frustrated when she cruises right up into his business and tries to grab his toy (or him), but they’re largely doing well!

Happy baby smiling and stretching

See you next month for December’s recap!

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!

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