I’m a bit later on this one, so I’ve gone with some photos from the month instead – had some beautiful ones in May!
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.
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!
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.
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.
I’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!
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!
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.
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.
You wouldn’t have known it was the middle of winter in Brisbane! The morning was clear and mild, the flowers were blooming and everyone was in a great mood for this gorgeous family photo shoot at Roma Street Parklands in Brisbane. I had headed up for the weekend as a bit of time out for myself and still managed to fit in four shoots! This was a mini shoot to catch young Jack as he gets close to one year old.
He has the most glorious clear blue eyes and was such a happy little chap, he readily engaged with the camera and obviously adores (and is adored by!) his parents. The flowers made a lovely, colourful backdrop to the photos, it was so lovely to see them all out in the middle of July.
Expect to see a few more of my shoots from Brisbane over the coming weeks. I had a fabulous weekend catching up with friends and doing these shoots.
Another gorgeous Saturday when I headed out to Fagans Park for these family photos. There are so many beautiful locations throughout the different gardens here, it was easy finding different and lovely backdrops for the photos. We went on quite a bit of a trek around the park and most of the time it felt like we had the place to ourselves (and the ducks!) as it had been a wet end to the week and the morning had dawned a bit grey, however it was an absolutely perfect morning. The autumn colour was glowing and the last of the leaves were still clinging to the trees.
Kids make me laugh sometimes at their honesty, at the start of the shoot I asked the boy if he was looking forward to doing the photos. His answer was “No, not really”. So I made sure we quickly found some fun things to do and set him some challenges to get him going – it’s amazing how enthusiastic kids can get when you ask which step they can jump off, or bet they can’t climb on to a particular rock! He didn’t admit it, but I’m pretty sure he had a good time and we certainly got some good grins out of him.
I had so much fun photographing this family and being able to capture so much fun and love amongst the gorgeous autumn colour.
What a month! You’ve had your cranky pants on for a lot of this month – first you had a tummy bug which luckily didn’t last too long, but you took several days to get over it completely. Then we realised that you had two molars come through! They usually don’t show up until you are 15 months or so and took us all by surprise. Then only two days ago, one of those bottom teeth came through – so we’re up to NINE teeth already!
You are eating well, have dropped another bottle (now only three) and will try almost anything we give you. You weren’t very impressed with mushrooms but that’s about it. We’re introducing more and more finger food to you and you love feeding yourself and don’t make nearly as much mess with it as we expected. I cooked up some pikelets and shared them with you the other day and you thought it was absolutely awesome! (Excuse the quality of the photos below, they’re from my camera phone but were too cute not to share.)
You move around so much more confidently now, cruising on anything you can pull up on, holding our hands to “walk” around and climbing the stairs so quickly. We took you to the park on the weekend but you weren’t very impressed with it. Hopefully you will become more interested when the weather warms up and you can start moving around everything yourself. You also had your first trip to the zoo. We found enough animals that were moving around to keep you entertained for a while, but I think the highlight of the day for you was getting to eat a hot chip!
You have the cheekiest, happiest grin for us at the moment. You are finding the big, wide world a little intimidating at times, but always feel safe with your mum and dad around.
Love you lots and lots and lots xx
Hop on over to Melanie’s blog for more beautiful photos with her letter to her daughter.
I met up with this gorgeous family on a very overcast morning out at Bicentennial Park at Homebush. I love the soft light from an overcast day which allowed us to get these beautiful family photos out in the open. The two little boys were firecrackers! The older one was off and running for most of the shoot – playing in the grass, chasing the ducks, climbing things, he had so much energy. The younger boy isn’t too mobile yet, but he kept an eye on everything going on around, taking it all in and he had the cutest, crooked little smile.
The sun made an appearance for the second half of the shoot and we had so many locations to choose from. The boys obviously adored being with their parents and I loved watching the interaction between them all. xx
A very happy Mothers Day to all the mums out there. Whether this is your first (like me!) or one of many, I hope you are being spoilt and looked after by your loved ones. I asked for some photos of me and my little one for Mothers Day, we will do some more but these are a start – try and get out from behind the camera today and make sure you are in the photos too, your kids will treasure them! I’ve also included some photos of some gorgeous mums with their kids that I’ve taken in the past. Enjoy!
With five boys aged six and under, my hat goes off to these parents! We met up out at Bicentennial Park at Homebush one sunny morning to see how we would go trying to get all of them looking at the camera at the same time. They were all so lovely and friendly though that we managed to get some great family photos with very little effort. Then it was on to get some images of all the boys together and then the crazy energy started. Putting five boys in a great big park with so much space and so many places to explore made for us all being constantly on the go, grabbing the photos whenever they paused for breath before they were off again. It was a beautiful morning and the boys really were delightful!
So much energy, so much activity and constantly on the go. But then when you have kids as cute as these ones they are hard to resist. We finished up the session at the water play area and let they boys run around some more. I put the zoom lens on the camera and kept well back from the splashing and it was a really fun way to end things. Luckily a change of clothes had been packed for all the boys because they certainly needed it after this!