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Brinley:: 6 months

Brinley is 6 months old and she is at such a fun age! She is sitting up on her own and that has really helped with her staying entertained. She sits and watches big brother play and is pretty occupied by that. We think she is teething but no teeth have popped through. She weighs about 16 lbs. and is our little monkey–just hold her and she is content.:)She loves being attached to mama. Brynn loves being outside and can face forward in the stroller on our walks. She fell asleep this morning while we walked through the park and Brody rode his scooter. Poor second child doesn’t have nearly the scheduled routine as the first. She is kinda forced to go with the flow. 
This whole second child thing applies to first time foods as well. Brody had all organic and one fruit/vegetable per week in order to make sure he didn’t have any allergies. Two weeks ago was when we started Brinley on foods. So far she has had avocado(her first food), beans from a Mexican restaurant, hummus, In N Out french fries(I’m telling myself it was just a potato;)), and chicken pieces at a Chinese food restaurant. I don’t know what to say…so I’ll just move on.
 To be honest, I thought I would care a lot more about what my kids wore and how we left the house. Maybe one or two days out of the week do we all look fairly put together with matching clothes and hair done (or a headband in Brinley’s case). I like a lot of the modern styles but just can’t justify spending $25 on a kid’s shirt online! That’s just crazy…in my opinion. Especially considering that I barely spend that on myself. Anyways, all this to say that almost all of Brinley’s and Brody’s clothes are either gifted, yard-saled, new but heavily on sale, or thrifted. Brinley’s cute shirt below was $1 at a consignment sale and her polka dot jeans were yard-saled for .50 cents, I think. Her headband was bought new from my sister in law’s Etsy BundleUp Buddy shop. I can justify that when I’m supporting my sister.:)
 
Brinley is a happy girl and will soon be crawling. She rolls and pivots all over the living room. She’s lifting her little booty up and trying to get to brother’s toys but hasn’t quite figured it out. I’m not rushing that, though. She can stay my little barnacle baby a bit longer. 
Every single night that I put her to bed, I hold her extra tight and pray with her. I breathe in her sweet neck and tell myself that I am, indeed, loving this stage of life. I know her toes and her giggle. I want to know that I am not just getting through each day but enjoying moments in it. Each night, while kissing her cheeks over and over again, I remind myself that she is a gift… a precious daughter who is VERY loved. 

Chico, CA Engagement Photography::Sam and Erin

Well, there is not much that I can say to add to the fun of this Engagement Session! I knew on my way to photograph Sam and Erin that it was going to be a fun evening. Erin is not only gorgeous but she is funny and has a way with making Sam turn into a puddle.:)You can tell how much he adores her. They’re beautiful together. Sam and Erin are a great couple and we feel so honored to get to photograph their Wedding in September. 
 Congratulations, you two! Can’t wait for your big day!! Thanks for being so much fun:)

Chico, CA Birth Photography:: Kate Elaine

April 15th, 2015
I can’t think of a better way to spend the morning of my birthday! This beautiful momma and her family hold a special place in my heart and are my first return Birth Photography clients! 
I feel so honored to have been invited in their family and their delivery room once again.
 There truly isn’t much sweeter than a daddy holding his girl for the first time!
Welcome to the world, Katherine Elaine. You are beautiful and are blessed to be welcomed into your amazing family. 
Congratulations!!

Brinley::5 Months

Oh, this girl has stolen my heart! Brinley is almost 6 months old and she is just a doll! She is rolling all around the room now and can’t be trusted around any toys or anything food-related. She tries to steal food off of our plates and puts everything in her mouth. The days of leaving her on the bed are over. She’s a mover! No crawling yet, thankfully. She is a happy, little roly-poly. 
She has found her feet and loves to grab them and has been found sucking on them as well. 
I’m not sure on her weight or length but will find out in a few weeks at her 6 month check up. She’s got cheeks for days so I’m not too concerned about a lack of weight gain. We haven’t started her on any solids yet and are waiting for a bit longer. She is getting close to sitting up on her own but we think her big ol’ head keeps weighing her down. Ha! She sleeps a consistent 10 hours at night, finally. I’m still struggling to get up with a cheery smile to greet her sweet squeals of excitement at 6am. We might never get there.:)
Don’t you worry…I nibble those thighs and kiss those chubby fingers daily.:)Brinley is my snuggle girl. She loves being in the Ergo and is now officially a tummy sleeper–that was the key to sleeping through the night, I think. She is a pretty happy girl, throwing her body back in excitement when she sees me, brother, or daddy coming towards her.
I’ve been told that she is a good mix of me and Travis and I think that’s pretty accurate. She makes some facial expressions that remind us so much of Brody. She has blue eyes like her brother. She is a bit more olive skinned than Brody is but is looking to be getting lighter hair now after losing most of her dark hair she was born with. I know we are completely biased, but we’re obsessed with this cutie.:) 
5 months have gone by pretty quickly–and that I am grateful for. That might sound bad but man, this transition to two kids was tough! Although I do consider myself to be a newborn lover, I’m thankful we are passed that stage. She’s a blast and we are enjoying these two kids like crazy! 
Thanks for following along!