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Chloé | One

Dearest Chloé,

My girl. January 31st, as of exactly 8:25, you are one.This past year has been the best and hardest of my life. Being your mama has stretched and challenged and grown me like I could’ve never imagined before having you. Every day has meant going beyond myself and my human capacities and being completely unselfish and sacrificing and patient. I’m not perfect, but I try my hardest to be the mama you need each day.

But then there’s you. Sweet and joyful and kind and with the best heart. You love to snuggle and be close but you are also fiercely independent at times. Together we create wonder and magic in the small things. Spinning in the rain and laughing together with our heads back and our mouths open as we catch the raindrops. Trying to catch dust motes as they dance in the sun. Watching “Peter” rabbit hop around the backyard from your bedroom window. You are silly and the hammiest of babes. Trying as hard as you can to get your daddy and I to laugh with your faces. You love your stuffed animals, especially your Hedwig and your Pooh. You have so much personality for such a tiny human and I love seeing it come alive.

You are perfect, my Chloé Marie. I’m so thankful for the last year with you, and though I wish time would slow down and stop racing faster, I’m looking forward to all the years ahead, and to watching you grow and bloom and become even more you. I love being your mama. You are my heart outside my body, little Bug. Happiest birthday my girl. 

Love,
Mama

Chloé loves Winnie the Pooh, so we threw her a Pooh themed picnic party in our backyard on a 75 degree January Saturday. She was ecstatic upon coming outside and seeing all the characters in the grass.

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Chloé | 08 - 09 Months

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Chloé | 08 - 09 Months

Well despite my best intentions, this summer was wild and the months really got away from me! As well as we went on a really fun and long road trip where I ended up leaving my camera in Portland for a month or two. Thank God for our friends who we stayed with there bringing it back to me in San Diego, because no way would I feel okay shipping my other electronic baby. Then I planned on taking Chlo’s 7 month photos but we moved suddenly and I literally had no time. So here we are!

At seven months Chloé Bug was doing a hilariously exaggerated army crawl, and would get up and rock on her hands and knees.

She hates headbands and I have to distract her like crazy to get her to keep them on. Bug likes being naked and puts up a stink when its time to get dressed. She sometimes says hi, (sounds like eyeee), and says Mama. Mama can apparently be applied to anything, but what really melts my heart is when she wakes me up in the morning by petting my face and saying “Mama”. Chloe is also working on a very subtle wave to go with her hi, and said Dada a week after Mama. Nine months on the dot, she popped her first tooth through!

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Chloé | 01 Month

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Chloé | 01 Month

Precious Chloé. You came three weeks early and I was completely unprepared but I wouldn't have it any other way. Now that you've been with us a month, my life prior to having you out in the world seems so empty (but also so full of sleep hah). Being your Mom is the best, darling girl.

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Brian + Rachel

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Brian + Rachel

Brian and Rachel needed just a few portraits on short notice, so I shot this super brief mini session for them one afternoon in an apple orchard. Love this amazing couple, and am looking forward to an extended shoot with them soon!

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