Happy Half-Birthday, Dorothy Jane! | McGowan Images Blog


Happy Half-Birthday, Dorothy Jane!

So, actually, Dorothy will be 6 months old tomorrow. But in the interest of consistency, I decided to keep Thursday & Friday as designated wedding days, and bump this post up a day. No one minds, right? 😉

Dottie. Dot. Baby Dot. Dotsky. Dottie-Bo-Bottie. Dots-Alot. R2-Dot2. Ninja Dot.

Clearly, no one around here knows my name.

I am Dorothy Jane McGowan, and tomorrow, I will be 6 months old. Judging from all the fuss that’s being made over me, that’s some sort of pretty big deal.

Me? I don’t really get it. It was a much bigger deal the day I ate apples & cherries all mixed together in the same bowl. MAN, that was a good day.

Anyway, about me. Mom said we have to tell everyone all about me. (Like you don’t already know… she’s constantly writing stuff on that glowy box, and I’m sure it’s all about me.) I really like to eat. Like, everything. Hunks of bread, cheese, tomatoes… pretty much whatever they’ll hand me. It’s good to be me. They rarely say “no”. I wonder how long this will be the case?

I’m learning all sorts of new ways to make the grown ups squeal. I roll around like a crazy person. I can escape from anything I’m not buckled into. I can army crawl. I can sit up all by myself. I can sing very loudly, no matter who’s trying to talk, just to remind them that I’m in the room and am very very important.

I love to have my picture taken. This didn’t use to be the case, but jeez… these people take a lot of pictures. Beat ’em or join ’em, right? So now I smile at the camera, and I talk to it, and I pretend we’re the best of friends. Every time I act this way, I get lots of kisses. Kisses are my favorite.

Did you know that I’m a great kisser? I am. I leave lots of slobber, and obviously, kisses are measured in slobber. So I win.

For all the hullabaloo that’s being made about my half-birthday, no one gave me any cake. I’ve been promised that cake will be involved when my real birthday, my whole birthday, comes around. But that’s in another 6 months… who wants to wait that long for cake?

So I didn’t get dessert, but I did get to play with Apples and Pumpkins for my pictures this month. I hope you like them. I like them. When Mom shows me on the glowy box, I giggle really big, because WOW, that’s ME! So cool.

You should leave me a comment. Because Mom will read them out loud to me later tonight, and I will laugh like I know what she’s saying, when really, all I hear is, “Everyone LOVES me!!”

That’s pretty much the jist… right?

My Nanny made me the sweater and the hat I wore in the apple pictures. They’re comfy and cozy and warm and they smell like my Nanny’s house, and I love them. My Nanny is the world’s greatest person. That’s a proven fact.

My great aunt bought me a wooden spoon at a craft fair, mostly because I grabbed it and put it in my mouth so then we HAVE to pay for it. Since then, it’s become my favorite thing in the world. Me and the spoon… we’re goin’ places.

Mom put this picture up on the glowy box to show you guys last week, and I felt famous. I like feeling famous. I also like eating apples.

Did I mention that I can stand up? I mean, I have to have something to hold on to, but I can totally do it.

Apparently, around this time of year, the Time of Dot’s Half-Birthday, you guys all worship big orange vegetables. That’s cool, I guess.

By the way, this isn’t my Halloween costume. Oh no. You can’t see that until Halloween. Just know, though, that my Bubbers and I both have epic costumes. EPIC.

Lastly, they stuck me, naked, in this big orange vegetable. Don’t ask me why. It was gross. I was not a fan.

Hey, you guys there in the glowy box? Thank you for caring about me for these last 6 months. Thank you sweet people who have sent me presents, even if you never met me. Thank you for your messages about how cute I am. Thank you for your prayers when I’m driving my Mom crazy. You people… out there in GlowyBoxLand… you’re the greatest people in the world.


Dotsky (my mom’s personal favorite name for me)

  1. Auntie Ambo says:

    Oh My!!! Mack told me the shots would be epic…man was he right!Dotsky, I love you little girl! Such adorable shots! The apple shots are my fav and I love her in her tutu, so glad it worked out so well : ) Happy Half Birthday little girl!!!! So glad I get to be a part of your life!!!

  2. betsychilds says:

    all i want to do now is put my nephew in a pumpkin. period. love these. the last one is just ugh i die.

  3. bobbileigh says:

    They are all amazing but love the fairy with the pumpkin pics. My goodness her eyes are STUNNING!

  4. Misty says:

    JEEZE you guys made a cute kid!!! And I can’t believe she is six months old already…whew, time flies. She definitely has her mother’s eyes!
    The apple/basket/nanny-knitted outfit pics are inspired, and her wooden spoon 🙂 But the orange wings w/ pumpkin pics are by far my fave (and I can’t believe you made us wait so long to see them GOSH 😉 Could she BE any cuter?
    And I love the writing of the blog post too, way to go Dotsky 🙂
    Thanks for sharing, this made my day!

  5. Stefani says:

    SOO Cute! Love the tutu!

  6. Christian F. says:

    The last one is my favorite!!!!! I love it!!!! She is so amazing! Chelsea and Mack, you guys are incredible 🙂

  7. taylor says:

    Dottie, your pictures are so pretty! Your little eyes and that grin…. I especially love the look on your face while you were in the pumpkin. It hints at a personality that’s going to make your Momma pay for a lot!

  8. annie says:

    AWWW Dottie you are such a cutie!! I love your six month pictures and can’t wait until the next time I get to squeeze you. That’s a good thing – just ask your mommy. I really love your new fall outfits – you are such a stylish little girl! Your Nanny did a fabulous job on your sweater and hat! And I love your wooden spoon! Looks like a perfect toy for a little girl who is teething! I love you baby girl! Thanks for letting your Mommy share your pictures!

  9. annie says:

    Cade says, “Dorf-lee what are you wearing on your head? Why are you standing in that punkin?”

  10. Katrina says:

    Oh my gosh, she is too stinkin’ cute! Looks like a baby model (as opposed to a model baby, which sounds weird…like one you put together with sticks or something). Can she come play with me???

  11. Courtney says:

    I was totally not prepared for so much unbelievable cuteness this morning! Like SO MUCH cuteness! I just about fell out of my chair. Dotsky, you’re precious!

  12. Angie says:

    Chelsea..you know I love pics of Dot but, there are no words to describe these. LOVE the spoon ! Way too cute and I love her little toes in the first few pics. They look so chubby and tickelish. She is beautiful and you guys are so lucky.

  13. Meagan says:

    OooooooMcG. Diva Baby she is. I think half-birthday photos are my favorite. You’re a doll, Dot! Can’t wait to come play next week… you’re finally big enough for me to hold you!

  14. Liesa says:

    No wonder the server crashed. I am totally serious when I say these are perfect in epic proportions. I mean it! Dot’s apple outfit is absolutely my favorite!!! Those are all my favorites from this blog! She’s growing up so fast!

  15. Tiffany says:

    Love ALL of these!! Her eyes… they just kill me every time!! My fav is the one where she is eating the apple…and the last one too. 🙂

  16. Shelby says:

    I love these pics of Dot!!! She is so adorable! Your work is always amazing!

  17. Oh sweet goodness these are magnificent! I can’t wait to see what the halloween costumes are.

  18. Amanda Johnson says:

    While these are all ridiculously cute, there’s something about the one where’s she’s standing herself on the basket that really made me smile. Maybe it’s her smile, maybe it’s the determination to stand up regardless of balance abilities, maybe it’s the fact that she looks like she’s claiming the entire durn basket of apples for herself. It’s just one of those moments I’d frame and put on the wall. You know, if it were my kid. Putting your kid on my wall would be a little weird.

  19. Nicole says:

    LOVE!!! The apple pics are sooo cute! And the look on her face when she was in the pumpkin is priceless! And who doesn’t love a good tutu?

  20. Jennifer says:

    omg she is just too cute!!!

  21. Rebekah says:

    So now I can’t wait to see the Halloween costume!! Ahhh!! These are such adorable pictures. Dot, you are too precious!

  22. Danielle says:

    Dottie posts are my FAVORITE! (ok, maybe every post is my favorite) She is a doll and SUCH a diva! :)Her facial expressions are priceless…I love seeing her grow! Tutu = win!LOVE them all.

  23. Jen says:

    A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!!!!!!! You are very blessed with such a cute and happy baby! Can’t wait to see the EPIC halloween costumes.

  24. seester says:

    guess who swiped an autistic eight-year-old’s iPad to look at these pictures? me. i did. and they are TOTALLY worth it.

  25. Suzy Tabor says:

    Well that is about the sweetest blog ever! Thank you Dotsy! It has been a very long day and I must say I couldn’t find my happy place until I saw your pictures! 🙂 I am smiling from ear to ear!

  26. vickie says:

    I love them all. She is beautiful!!!!!!!

  27. Kevin says:

    Pretty soon R2-Dot2 will be writing all of your blogs while Jack will be taking all the pictures! Love the stand up picture!

  28. Amber Burris says:

    OMG!!! Cutest baby, well a tie with Gavin of course!! But Chelsea these are uber cute!! She’s such a little character with a big personality!! Love, love, love the photos with the pumpkins and apples!! She’s a growing star!! Love you Dot!!

  29. Melissa says:

    Adorable Punkin Fairy!!!!

  30. Arly says:

    OMG!!!! She is PRECIOUS! She needs to be a baby model.

  31. Jamie says:

    So adorable!!! I love these pics!!

  32. Angela says:

    Such an adorable little girl. I just love the shots with the apples and in that cute little outfit of hers. So precious!

  33. Natalie says:

    Absolutely adorable! Dot you have the most blue, beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen and I can’t wait for more pictures of you! Even though it wasn’t your favorite, I really love the picture of you in the pumpkin!

  34. Deana says:

    OMG! Dotsky is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I love these pictures…they belong on a calendar or cards or framed as art! My fave is the fairy with the pumpkin. Thank you for sharing!

  35. Renee says:

    What amazing photographs! Little Dorothy is so lucky to have a mom who takes such pictures. You do good work! I can’t wait for Jenna’s wedding in June to see what you have up your sleeve!! Thanks!!

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