One year ago today, I was checking into the hospital. I was nervous and excited and READY.
Today, you’re trying to walk, and getting better at verbally communicating, and you totally run the show around here. You just keep getting more amazing. I am nervous and excited and READY for what life brings us.
Sweet Dorothy Jane, I never wanted a little girl. I admit it! I was terrified of little girls. You, my darling one, have completed my life. I am proud of you in a new way every single morning. I had no idea that a baby could be a friend, and you are. You’re my sweetheart and my friend, and I can’t wait to get to know you better.
Blogstalkers — I tried to write a long blog, with my feelings and reflections on this year. I just can’t. Everything sounds trite, and I can’t really convey how appreciative I am for the opportunity to have worked from home during Dot’s babyhood. This was a tremendous blessing from God, and I am so grateful that life has brought me to this exact place.
To celebrate this big milestone, I picked out my favorite pictures from Dorothy’s monthly portrait sessions… and also a few that are just life. I love that I have this collection, and we’re totally making an album that I hope she appreciates someday.
We start with the very first picture ever taken of my baby girl. This is one of my most treasured possessions. To have this image captured, of her very first breath… I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
You put your newborn in the grass?!?!?! Yes. Absolutely. And she lived!
At One Month :
Sticking out her tongue at Two Months :
Being completely stylish at Three Months :
Playing in the mud at Four Months :
A beach baby at Five Months :
One of my very favorites of the year… the look of wonder in her eyes here at the Texas State Aquarium :
Gumming on apples at Six Months :
At Seven Months :
At Christmas time, Eight Months :
Telling us she’s “So Big” at Nine Months :
Naked baby at Ten Months :
The smolder with Gertie at Eleven Months :
And then, just a few days ago, it was time for Dorothy’s First Birthday Pictures!
One of the shots I knew I wanted was the classic, 1 Year Old “Smash Cake”. We don’t have a studio, but I have a light kit that I use for boudoir, so we set that up quick-style. Let me tell you… I’m glad now that we didn’t plan a whole day around taking Dorothy someplace fancy for these smashing cake pictures. Girlfriend was NOT having it. It was a screamy mess, but hey… that’s life! I’ll be able to tell her in a few years that she was too prissy to bother with her birthday cupcake. 🙂
Here are a few wailing shots:
Even when her Daddy was holding her, she wanted NOTHING to do with that cake!
Luckily, Dot’s anxiety seems completely cake-directed. When we did the other set of birthday pictures, the ones that are supposed to show off how much she’s changed, she was all smiles and squeals.
So, now we know… Dorothy isn’t down with a mess, but she’s all for playing supermodel!
You are so beautiful, my dear, in your face and in your sweet spirit!
Happy Birthday, Dorothy. We’re so honored to have you as a part of our family… you definitely bring the sass!
Blogstalkers — that’s it! We’ve officially documented every month of Dorothy’s first year. Several of you have lamented both here and on Facebook about the monthly posts being gone, and it’s true… I won’t be doing this monthly anymore. But I’ll still post pictures of the kids from time to time. Cross my heart. They’re too cute not to plaster their grinning mugs all over the internet!
I appreciate all the birthday wishes for Dorothy… you guys are really amazing! We’re going to print this out and put it in the back of the birthday album we’re making for her, so she’ll always know what a celebrity she was as a tiny tot. 🙂