A birthday letter to my baby boy...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Today is your 1st birthday big boy! This past year has been the most amazing and rewarding year of our lives. Even though today marks one entire year that you been with us, it still feels like yesterday that daddy was driving me to the hospital and we were on our way to becoming parents. I remember how nervous I was all day and how completely overcome I was with joy and tears when the doctor finally announced "Happy Birthday!". I will never, ever forget how I felt when I saw you for the first time. At that moment, everything about life as we knew it changed. We were parents and you became the center of our world. I remember how worried I was the first night we brought you home. I had daddy use his cell phone multiple times to go into your room and light up your face and make sure you were ok and breathing. I'd forget to eat the first couple of weeks because all I wanted to do was hold you all day. In the beginning, your activities were fairly limited to eating and sleeping, but you changed quickly. Soon you were cooing, and then came your very first smiles. I still can't help but smile right back every.single.time. you smile at me. Your beautiful smile is contagious and it lights up the room. Your smiles quickly turned into giggles and adorable belly laughs. At 5 months you were a sitting with some support and a watchful eye, and by 6 months you were a pro. At 7 months you were on the move and crawling everywhere, and by ten months there was no stopping your walking/running feet. Every time you accomplished a new milestone, I'd run to get the video camera and the camera. Each day was different than the day before, and in a blink of an eye, something would be different. I'm so glad I have so much documentation of what you were once like to look back on and always cherish. You will always be my baby boy, but today marks the beginning of your toddlerhood. I adore your persistence, your desire to figure things out, your excitement for everything, your spontaneous kisses and hugs, your personality that is beginning to show through, and your adorable affection for your daddy. I know the next year(s) will have its challenges, but I can't wait to experience it with you and all the new things you will bring to it. I can't remember life before you and I can't imagine it without you. I simply love you with all my heart, baby boy.

Love,
Mommy

And now that some of you are tearing up as I am, some photos to look at through your foggy eyes.

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Beach Bums.

Monday, July 26, 2010
We visited a local beach yesterday and had lots of fun! Henry wasn't digging the life jacket, but after we took it off (and I put the camera back in the car to avoid sandy damage), Henry had a good ol' time. He even initiated "more" after we took him out!!

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Looking a little uncomfortable!

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Falling down. It's hard to keep your balance with a big life jacket on. Henry was not amused.

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And finally, exactly one day before Henry was born (exactly one year ago tomorrow) I posted this. Here I am, finally in my suit. I definitely have a muffin top, and the last remaining five pounds that I just can't shed remain in my flab above my incision. (And it sometimes makes me look 4 months pregnant.) However, the stretch marks have faded to near non-existence, and I'm happy with where I am. If you had told me this immediately after writing that post last year, I definitely wouldn't have believed my tummy didn't still look like a road map.

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And, unfortunately, this may be the last post until, ehh, about next Monday or Tuesday. Business ensues today.

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I Scream! You Scream! We all scream for ice cream!

Saturday, July 24, 2010
We've given Henry a few licks of ice cream here and there. He seems to love it! This should come as no surprise since I kept Kemps, Edy's and Blue Bunny in business while pregnant. The photos without ice cream were just us (me) playing around with my camera's continuous shooting mode. Most cameras have this feature--even point and shoots. However, my 7d has low speed and high speed continuous shooting. Even the low speed is ridiculously fast. I can't even image what I would ever use the high speed for (it almost sounds like a small gun going off!).

Anyway, after the ice cream photos there are a few gems that I got because I had been continuously shooting and captured a bunch of cute expressions while doing so!

You must always watch your back when eating ice cream. 

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Oh o! It's on my hand!

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Better lick it off!

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Ice cream mustache.

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I think I can hold this. 

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Pondering life.

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Saving the best for last again. This is what you'll see if you ask Henry where his mouth is. He also knows toes. 

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One Year Photo Shoot Part One

Friday, July 23, 2010
This one was pretty much a fail on my part. Henry was cute as could be and loving the balloons, but I failed with lighting, white balance, ISO, etc. Pretty much everything that could be wrong was wrong. And they aren't anywhere near sharp at all because my exposure was off. I *think* I managed to salvage them by giving them a more vintage feel in post processing. There was just something that was way off with the coloring that I couldn't otherwise fix and make look right.

Anyway, ENOUGH camera babble, and onto the babe who is just way too cute for me to truly think these are bad. I'm just too hard on myself and way too picky these days. If my balloons are still holding up in the morning, we may try again.

And they are pretty much all vertical shots. Have fun scrolling. I have not yet figured out the html to get them side by side.


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I do heart this one a lot.
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Jazz hands anyone?

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Saving the best for last...
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