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Impromptu Cinco de Mayo Photo Shoot

I love Cinco de Mayo but had honestly forgotten today was the holiday until Ellie’s Uncle Chris reminded me about the adorable dress he bought her on a recent trip to Mexico. With only an hour of sunlight left in the day, we managed to squeeze in a little photo shoot. A “pretty dress,” fun props and a hose got little miss to cooperate quite well…and end up quite soaked.

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Dressing the bump with Pink Blush – plus a giveaway!

I think I’ve done a good job of covering the less-fun parts of pregnancy pretty well. But, it’s not all suffering; there are some upsides – like the ultrasounds, and baby kicks and the fact that I fit into my C-cup bra again (I had to downsize after Ellie, boo hoo). And right up there on the top of the list is maternity clothes. I actually LOVE having a bump (although it does itch like crazy) and dressing it is something I enjoy!

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Monthly Baby Photos: 10 creative ideas!

Monthly Baby Photos: 10 creative ways to document your baby’s first twelve months

FACT: Your newborn baby will grow and change more in their first year of life than any other time.

It’s not as if we needed a fact to give us a reason for documenting our amazing and fast-developing babies. But it’s true – and it’s why the monthly baby photos are so popular and fun. It’s incredible to be able to see how much a baby physically changes in their first year by looking at side-by-side progression photos.

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Monthly Baby Photos – Documenting the first year

I knew I wanted to document Ellie’s growth and progression in monthly baby photos but I wanted to do something other than the standard number on a onesie. Don’t get me wrong – I think those are super adorable but I wanted to see if we could come up with something a little out of the box. I tend to like to complicate simple things, even when I have a brand new baby apparently…

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A baby-free getaway to Cabo

A baby-free getaway: highly recommended

It was short but it was sweet. And the phrase “we should do this more often” was repeated often. Chris and I like to reminisce so we talked about the last time we were in Cabo, exactly two years ago on our Babymoon. We knew our lives were about to change, mostly for the better, and we promised each other that we would still take time for US, ideally in the form of mini vacations.

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The handmade hand-me-down poncho

I’ve always had a favorite baby picture of myself, I’m in the cutest little hooded poncho made by my Gramma and wearing baby Nike Cortez shoes. Not too long ago my mom came across the poncho and naturally I vowed to recreate the picture with Ellie. And then months went by and I (naturally) forgot about it. Since I don’t trust such an “important” picture to my still-developing photography skills, I enlisted E’s Uncle Chris. We got her decked out in her poncho (a little small for her now) and somehow she cooperated and let him snap away.

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Throwing it back to our Engagement Photo Shoot on this Cinco de Mayo

I have to work late tonight and would love to be celebrating Cinco de Mayo instead (although we know it’s not really a Mexican holiday, more an excuse to drink margaritas and dress the table in colorful decor)…so I went back through my old engagement photos to find a fun one to post on Instagram in virtual celebration.

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