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Letters to my Daughters ~ August

Dear Emily.  You had your second birthday this month and are growing up so quickly!  We had a very small birthday celebration for you while 3 of your grandparents were in town.  There were lots of presents and you got to eat a whole cupcake, although you weren’t impressed with the overly sweet frosting and turned the thing upside down so you could just eat the cake part.

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The end of the month was a bit hard for you as you were hit with croup which made you utterly miserable for a week or so.  Luckily we got on to it quickly and you recovered ok.  Around the same time you had a massive word explosion though and you are still coming out with several new words every  day.  You’ve even developed a bit of a lisp as you try and get the words out faster than your mouth can handle.  It’s lovely being able to have simple conversations with you and hear you express yourself.

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With the weather improving, we have been able to get out to the park again which you are loving.  You are interacting with us and others so much more these days.  We had a fun  game of chasings around the park which had you peering out from behind equipment and giving us the most gorgeous cheeky grins. Your caring nature is shining out more and more, you are a beautiful, helpful, cuddly little girl.

Dear Sophie, you are so active now!  You are crawling everywhere, pulling up on everything and trying to climb anything within reach.  I think you enjoyed your sisters birthday as much as she did and got to play with the paper and some of the new toys.

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Most of your photos don’t show it, but it seems like you just don’t stop smiling.  You’ve been pretty sick this last week, but once you stop crying after a big cough you are straight back to grinning, blowing raspberries and making happy little noises.  We are still going to the zoo most weekends and make a point now to stop and let you out for a bit of a wander at some point which you are definitely enjoying, still a bit longer before you start noticing the animals though.

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You are also loving the visits to the park as you can now sit in the swing and get pushed in it a bit.  Emily loves giving you a push or sitting on the swing next to yours and you both watch each other as you swing.

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You are my gorgeous, happy, bubbly little girl, who can’t wait to start walking and follow her big sister around.

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Love you both lots and lots and lots xoxoxoxo

 Head on over and have a look at Joanne’s blog for the next post in our Letters to Our Children blog circle.


Letter to my Daughters – July

Dear Sophie, big milestones this month – your first tooth came through at the start of the month, with the second one only a few days behind.  It was a pretty grumpy few days for you though with not much sleep for any of us as the first one came in, then the second appeared with no fanfare whatsoever.  The other big milestone for you is that you have started crawling!  A little wobbly and unsteady at first, but after only a week you really have the hang of it and have worked out that you can start to follow when people walk away from you.  It’s adorable to see you crawling after your big sister or determinedly heading for your toys.

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You hit the 9 month mark last weekend, so I decided it was time to weigh you again – you came in at 9.3kg which has you at the 85th percentile!  No wonder my arms are getting tired carrying you around.  You continue to do 4 bottles each day and two increasingly large feeds of solids, although I still can’t interest you in an extra serve of solids in the morning.  You seem to be dropping your afternoon nap as you haven’t had one for 4 days now, but your other nap times haven’t changed at all.  It does make sure you go to sleep of an evening very, very quickly which we like.

Now that your teeth are through, you are sleeping well again and it is very rare that I need to get up to you during the night.  Continue to sleep well my happy, chubby, healthy little girl.

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Dear Emily, not to be outdone, the first of the 2yr old molars has made an appearance the same weekend as your sisters’ first teeth came through.  It caused you a bit of discomfort, so we ended up with both of you sleeping poorly and a bit upset at the same time – that was a very long few days.  You also started the month with a bang, after a couple of days with high temps and being miserable, you were put on another round of antibiotics for suspected chest infection which had led to an ear infection as well.IMG_9005

We seem to be going to the zoo every weekend at the moment and you are loving it, you always want to see the “hop hop” (kangaroos), elephants and the lion/tiger/bear combo which is accompanied by many growls.

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Your hair is getting thicker and longer and it is easier to tie it up to keep out of your face.  It makes you look so much older than the little girl you are.  You are getting more independent and your vocabulary is expanding on a daily basis which is lovely to hear and we are starting to get several two word combos.  You continue to eat almost anything put in front of you and love your corn, peas, cheese and honey (on everything).  We have started getting some impressive tantrums too, but they are still usually because you are overtired or frustrated.

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You are a delightful little girl who adores her younger sister (except when she wants to play with “your” toys) and loves when your granny comes to stay for a few days.

Love you both lots and lots and lots xoxoxoxo

Click on over and have a look at Joanne’s Letter to her Children, the next post in our blog circle.

Letter to my Daughters – June

Dear Emily,  what an amazing couple of months with you.  You loved the visit up to grans place and loved spending loads of time outside.  You also finally got over your fear of walking in dirt/sand, although you now can sit for ages cleaning every last grain off the bottom of your feet.  You continue to be incredibly active and it’s not unusual for us to go to the zoo and you only hop in the pram right at the end when we’ve already been walking around for nearly 2 hours.

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Your speech continues to expand and you seem to come out with new words every day at the moment.  Latest words include “wet”, “sit”, “corn” and you love to say “meow” every time you see a cat.  You have had a few illnesses over the last little while (probably courtesy of childcare), with gastro working its way through all of us, and another bout of tonsillitis making you miserable.

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You test your boundaries on an almost constant basis (and our patience at times), however you are a good kid with a beautiful, kind nature and love to help us out.

Dear Sophie.  so much is happening in your little world right now.  You are finding your voice with your favourite noise being a deep growl, we don’t know how you don’t have a sore throat from it but you love it.  In the last week you have also started some serious babbling with lots of different babbles coming out – all interspersed with your growls of course!

You are regularly eating 2 meals every day and haven’t rejected any tastes we have offered up to you so far.  You are getting more mobile too, rolling is totally under control now, spinning on your tummy and you even manage to shuffle around a little bit while sitting to get where you want to – as long as it isn’t too far.  We don’t think it will be very long before you are crawling now, you can move from sitting, rock forward onto your hands and knees, you just don’t have the moving part happening yet.

You are still a happy, smiley baby, with great big grins for everyone, especially your big sister and when we sing nursery rhymes to you.

Love you both lots and lots and lots xoxoxoxo

Follow on to the Joanne’s blog to see the next entry in our Letters to Our Children blog circle.

Letter to My Daughters – April

Goodness, where did this month go?!

Dear Sophie, you continue to show more and more of your personality.  This month has seen you start to really interact with your world and wanting to do more.  You still aren’t that keen on rolling – you have done it, but you would rather be sitting or holding our hands to stand up and see more than you can while laying on the ground.  We picked up a high chair for you and you sit in it a couple of times a day now playing with toys or watching what everyone else is up to.

You have started eating a bit more “real food” and you are loving the pureed apple  and porridge we have introduced you to so far.  You have also found your voice, almost to our dismay, with your favourite sound being a very loud, high shriek.  At least it seems to be a happy noise most of the time.  You continue to be our good sleeping, happy, smiley little girl.

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Dear Emily, another amazing month for you.  Your energy levels continue to increase and you are definitely keeping us on our toes as you test your capabilities and boundaries.  We spend weekends working out ways to tire you out and as a result we get out a lot more ourselves and are exploring more parks and playgrounds in the area.  Over Easter your interest in fountains finally surpassed your fear of getting wet from them and you ended up soaked but incredibly happy.  Of course this was the one time we forgot to bring a change of clothes for you!

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You are slowly adding more words to your vocabulary, still not a lot of words there but it’s really starting to pick up.  Recently you have added “hi”, “shhh” and “baby” and your pronunciation is getting clearer all the time.  We have changed up your breakfast a few times lately to try and get enough into you and have finally settled on giving you porridge – and most days you eat as much as dad!  You continue to be a funny, affectionate little girl and dote on your little sister.

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Love you both lots and lots and lots xoxoxoxo

Head on over to Melanie’s blog to see the next letter in the “Letters to Our Children” blog circle.

Re-launch and opening special!

 

mini sessions MayI’m very excited about re-launching Kim Eales Photography in May.  At the moment I’m madly getting organised and testing things out so that I can make sure everything runs smoothly once I get going and to ensure that the products I offer are of a beautiful quality.

As an opening special, I will be offering mini-sessions over two separate days – one weekday, one weekend day – so that I can offer as many people as possible a taste of what I will be offering in a full session.  I am still confirming dates for this, so stay tuned on the blog, my Facebook page or sign up to my newsletter (bottom of this page or via Facebook) to make sure you don’t miss out.

What do you get from this mini-session?  It will be a 15 minute session at a location I will confirm with you in the next couple of weeks.  From this session, I will provide an online gallery with at least 6 images in for you to select the 3 high-resolution digital images which will be included in the $95 session fee.  The additional images and a limited range of products will also be available for you to purchase.

Over the coming weeks, I will be sharing with you the types of sessions that work well as a mini-session, how to know if a mini-session will give you what you are after or if you should go ahead and book a full session, and what you can expect from me in the months ahead.  I have a lot of plans in the making and I can’t wait to get on top of it all and share it with you!

Letter to my Daughters – January

Dear Emily, another big month of changes for you in January.  Your first days at childcare – you’re the oldest in the “babies” room and although you cry and carry on when we leave you there, you settle in quickly and seem to be loving all the different activities available.  They are long days for you though and you always come home exhausted and ready for some quiet time with mummy and daddy.  You also had your first cold which neither of us enjoyed at all.  You were miserable with a sore throat which would wake you up multiple times during the night needing to be soothed back to sleep again.  Luckily the accompanying high temperature didn’t last long and you got better quickly.

You are quickly growing and becoming more confident in your abilities and around other people.  You love playing on the equipment at the local playground and will now happily go down the “big” slide and you are becoming more comfortable when other children are playing there as well.  As long as they don’t try and get too close to you!

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You are finally making the transition to a single day sleep.  I’m a bit sad to see the two sleeps go and you are getting very tired by the end of the day, but it will let us do a lot more things once you settle into it properly.  It is already helping with you getting to sleep more quickly in the evenings which is lovely for us.

You still adore your little sister, and it is her you go to first when I come to pick you up from childcare or when daddy brings you home.  You love touching her and helping us look after her, letting us know if we have forgotten something or put things in the wrong place.  You are growing up into a gorgeous, helpful and caring little girl.

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Dear Sophie, you are the happiest, most settled little baby I have ever come across.  You feed well and have already dropped back to only four feeds a day.  They are big feeds, but you show no interest in getting fed more frequently at this point and have lovely long sleeps between times.  You are also sleeping through the night nearly every night for which we are very thankful.  And you sleep in later than the rest of us!  This week has seen you up usually some time around 7am, which lets the rest of us get up, showered and fed before you most mornings which makes a great start to the day for us.

You are becoming quite alert and when you wake up wanting a feed, you don’t cry, but rather just lay there with your eyes wide open taking in everything around you.  When I come over and call your name, you search until you find me and then give the most beautiful, big smiles and you seem so happy.

You have been gaining weight rather impressively as well.  We had to move you up another clothing size sooner than we expected (and some of those are a bit short for you already!) and you show no signs of losing any of the chubbiness you have had since the beginning.  You are a gorgeous, happy, easy going, chubby little baby.

Love you both lots and lots and lots xoxoxoxo

The next blog in our “Letters to our Children” blog circle is from Melanie, so pop on over and have a look at her photos and letter for this month.

Two Little Girls in Blue ~ Family Photography

Another gorgeous photo shoot from up in Brisbane, just check out the smiles!  Big sister was very definite that she wanted to have the photos taken where there were blue flowers – luckily these gardens had plenty of variety and we could find some that satisfied her.

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The two girls adored each other and I got the biggest grins from the younger sister when I enlisted her big sister to help me get her to smile.  There were giggles and shrieks aplenty from these two!

Cake Smash! ~ Child Photography ~ Northern Sydney

This was my first go at doing a cake smash and it was SO much fun!  The cake looked fantastic, the baby was cute and although he took a little time to work out what was going on in the end he got stuck into it all pretty well!  I just love the bright colours and he has the most adorable blue eyes.  After having a good go at the cake, he thought the balloons were a lot more interesting though and preferred playing with them.

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Letter to Emily – September

September is here and spring has sprung!  We are getting out of the house more and more with you and your walking has come so far in just a few short weeks.  Mummy and Daddy love getting you out on the oval next to our house and letting you walk along.  Lots of exercise for you and now you expect it and get upset at us if we don’t let you out of the pram.  Even more fun is when we take the ball with us and let you kick it and throw it around.  You toddle all over the place with your arms tucked up like little chicken wings, still taking a tumble every now and then and insisting that Mummy wipes your hands clean for you if you get grass on them.

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All this activity has you with an increased appetite, you’re up to 5 meals a day and they just keep getting bigger.  You’re loving the appearance of summer fruit – blueberries are your favourite – and are enjoying some simple sandwiches as well.  They create a lot more mess for us to clean up but you enjoy them so much and with the warmer weather we are starting to get lunch outside a bit now.  We’ve even managed to drop your first bottle of the day some days and you really don’t seem to miss it at all.

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You are still getting in two naps during the day, but much to our dismay you are sleeping less at night and waking up far too early for us.  Especially for the last week or so!  Luckily you go down to sleep really well still and we have a few ideas to help you sleep longer again overnight but for now we will just have to cope with very early mornings.  Luckily you’re pretty happy and not grumpy about it.  Hoping that all the trips to the oval and the playground will help wear you out a bit too.  You’re loving the playground and take yourself to the swing all the time, but then when you actually get in the swing you have perfected the “bored” look.  We think you really do enjoy it though…

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It’s been a lovely month watching you get more and more mobile and confident in moving around.  Your Aunty Kate is sure she heard you say “ma” and point at me the other day, but Daddy and I still haven’t heard it.

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Love you lots and lots and lots.

For the next Letters to our Children blog post, hop on over to Sarah’s blog and have a look!