dorothy jane is 5 months old | McGowan Images Blog


dorothy jane is 5 months old

As a disclaimer, I’ll admit that this week is going to be all about the personal posts. Baby today, family vacation pictures tomorrow. Sorry! But we’ll have a wedding super sneaker on Sunday… then it’s on to a full three weeks of daily posts (provided the weather cooperates with us). Three cheers, right?

As I’ll explain further when I post vacation pictures tomorrow, our planned beach vacation in Port Aransas turned into Hurrication 2010. Heavy winds, scary tides, flooding, torrential rain… nice, right? Well, YEAH, actually! We thoroughly enjoyed our little vacation in the rain. The only thing that bummed me out, though, was thinking that I wouldn’t get a chance to take Dorothy’s 5 month pictures on the beach like I’d planned. 🙁

Then, on Sunday afternoon, for about 2 hours, it stopped raining! YAY! The sky behind my sweet baby is moody and gray, and there was barely any beach to be had because of how high the surf was… but we got the job done. I LOVE how the lack of an outfit or prop in these pictures makes her personality shine.

I’m not just saying this because she’s mine… after all, I have an older child who’s mind-blowingly awesome as well… but I’ve truly never seen a happier or more expressive baby in my life. She’s not a freak, though. She can cry, and MAN, can she throw a wicked fit when she wants to. But overwhelmingly, she’s just as you see her in pictures on this blog. Dorothy Jane is in love with life, and she reminds us all to have the same attitude.

Having been raised as a beach baby myself, these pictures are so special to me. I hope you enjoy them as well!

She started off kind of lounging, but I wasn’t crazy about the bright blue swim diaper being so obvious in the shot. 🙂

I think she looks like she’s holding a tea cup in this next shot… such a priss!

She was talking to me here. That’s the “I have something very important to say” look.

I can’t resist this next shot in black and white… she’s playing in the sand, and discovering, and learning, and growing. Makes me cry happy tears! (and it’s absolutely my favorite one from the whole batch.)

More smiley baby…

And here’s the fully edited version of the one I shared on FB a few days ago. Not a whole lot different… I just feel better because it wasn’t “quick N dirty” on the laptop. 🙂

Next time we’re at the beach (or next time we PLAN to be at the beach… stuff’s kind of fluid in our lives), she’ll be almost a year old. I wonder how different those pictures will be?

Is anyone else freaked out that the next one of these Monthly Dorothy Photo Updates will be her SIX MONTH pictures? That just doesn’t seem like it’s possible…

  1. Kristi says:

    Love these pictures! They are just so natural, which adds to the sweetness. 🙂

  2. Stefani says:

    The black and white one is my favorite! Such a pretty baby

  3. Ambo says:

    Love Love Love these pictures! Makes my heart happy : ) Can’t wait to see the family shots tmrw and all the blog picture goodness to come! Love you!

  4. Misty says:

    My goodness, she’s positively ENCHANTING!!! SO glad you got to do this amidst all the rain/etc., these are just beautiful. Y’all are gonna be in trouuuuuuuble when she gets older 😉 Totally absolutely LOVE the b&w…but they are ALL so good, her gorgeous blue eyes POP, just like her Momma’s!
    Hurray for so many fun things coming up on the blog!!! 🙂

  5. Tiffany says:

    Love them!! I think this is the best month yet!! She is just gorgeous.

  6. annie says:

    Love that sweet little pumpkin to pieces! Super cute pictures! Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s blog post!

  7. bobbileigh says:

    love the ones where she is leaning over the sandhill so fun yet relaxed looks like she loved the hurrication!

  8. Bethe says:

    That is one cute baby… she looks just like you two!

  9. grom says:

    no words to express what these do to my heart.

  10. Liesa says:

    Those BLUE eyes, be still my heart. You can tell easily that every ounce of her is beautiful, inside and out. You said that her love for life is a reminder to you all, but I really think it’s the other way around! You McG’s obviously love your lives, and she is learning to, too! I’m a little freaked that next month will be the 6th, it feels like you just put up the newborn pics! Can’t wait for the family photos!

  11. Christian F. says:

    OH MY GOSH!!! I am just now getting to check out the blog!!!! I was SO EXCITED when I saw little (5 MONTHS OLD) baby Dot 🙂 She is absolutely beautiful, stunning, cute and everything amazing! She makes me want a little baby of my own, and be a mother like you! I can tell how much you love her, and will let her shine in the years to come 🙂 All cuteness aside, you take really GREAT photos! Seriously, I love the background, the way you have her positioned, the colors, her outfit ;), the creativity, and my run-on sentece could “run” for ever. I really love them, I have to say they are my favorite pics of Dorothy so far!!!

  12. Jenny says:

    She is adorable!! Her blue eyes just shine!

  13. Amber Burris says:

    Girl her baby blues just shine in these photos!! I love the moody sky in the pics too! Adds something to it!! She’s adorable and I can’t believe she’s already going to be 6 months!!

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