I was so excited when I blogged TWO days in a row at the start of the year… then the flu hit. Actually, Declan had it before then and we didn’t realize it was flu (he fared pretty well, it just seemed like a severe cold). Then it hit Addy and oh my goodness, we were already so very sleep deprived and then had to do it all over again! To you mommas of 4, 5, 6, I admire you, and you deserve many many gold medals as well as a throne in heaven. So we had some snuggly days on the couch, lots of movies, and a LOT of time in this little house.
Declan is not my “easy” child. He fights naps daily, his bedtime changes depending on his mood, and he still isn’t sleeping through the night. The only trend I have seen so far is that on Thursdays, he just decides he doesn’t want to nap. I lay him down when I think he’s asleep, he’s there for about 5 minutes, then he pops awake and doesn’t nap the rest of the day. I caught this little moment of him “resting”.
I have really wanted to get sleeping shots of both of my kiddos for awhile. I have lots of Declan, not very many of Addy. I want two big canvases in my bedroom of them sleeping :) Since they were sick, I took the opportunity to grab those shots! Clayton and I have never really decorated our house; and now is the time to start!
For several days in a row Addy didn’t want to do much, but one things she liked was playing games with daddy. Clayton found an old school sonic game, she loves it!
Yes, still sick, and if you look closely you can see how red her eyes are. But oh my goodness, I just love this child, I love how she’ll sit there and be patient with me while I get the perfect camera settings for a backlit photo. I love how her eyes just stare into yours, and I love watching her grow up into a little young lady. Well… the lady part might be a stretch since she’s still fascinated with bugs, dirt, and lots of boyish things, but you know what I mean.
Adalyn was pretty much a cue ball until around 2 years old. She didn’t get a haircut until 3 1/2, and that was just a slight trim to even up her thin hair. Declan, we just aren’t sure where his hair came from! It’s getting so curly, and it’s basically a hot mess. I just can’t bring myself to cut it.
Adalyn was supposed to go back to school Tuesday, but she had a fever Monday night so it was an extended Christmas break for her. It was a stormy day, lots of rain, and lots of movies. I was slightly jealous of her being able to lay around and watch movies all day while it rained; while I was chasing after a fully recovered 13 month old.
And finally back to school! Adalyn, with her little fake grin and everything :) She was so excited to return to school, and I am counting down the days until Spring Break so she will be home for a week again!
I have tried getting shots of Declan in the bath several times. I have really wanted a color shot, but only succeeded in getting a good black and white. FINALLY, I got him to look up at me at the perfect moment, and with some editing magic I have my color bath photo. Canvas for the bathroom? Yes Please :)
Both Clayton and I are pretty grossed out with the thought of pulling a tooth. Adalyn has had a loose tooth for a month, no lie. She has wiggled it until it was just hanging there by who knows what. She would just wiggle it every night during story time… we’d see it flopping around while she talked =/ It FINALLY came out!! She was super excited about her first tooth fairy visit :)
And Declan… my “not easy” child, still not eating. But I did figure out he eats slightly more if I give him a bowl of cheerios on the floor. So yes, I’m one of those moms who lets their kids eat off the floor.
If you are reading this, it is most likely because you are a close friend or family member. So I have a little something to ask. If you could please pray with me for direction for my photography business. I love love love doing it, and it really helps me to get out of my house and bless other people with photos of their own family. Some days I feel like “I can’t NOT do it”. But with Declan not sleeping through the night, and the fact that with photography you always have to challenge yourself and constantly learn new things, it gets really overwhelming and I am wondering if the business side needs to not happen… for now. I would love to have my close family and friends pray with me for God to give me clear direction as to whether to stay open, or just focus on family.
Love you all :) Hope this week gives you too many blessings to count.