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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 224: Hose) . Charlie was running around in the yard this afternoon (literally running - she's getting so fast!) and discovered the hose. Her reaction was her classic open-mouthed excited face which is one of my favorite things ever. . Also, I bought this shirt for her last winter when she was about 7 months old and now it fits! So cute! All of her clothes are now size 24 months/2T minimum. We still lovingly call her Chubs. ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #hose

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 223: Charlie's couch) . Today we went into Home Goods and when I saw this "couch" I knew it would be perfect for C's playroom. Bonus that it was on major clearance too because it's technically a bench but was missing the legs. Charlie loves it and spent all afternoon climbing all over it and lying down on it then giving her open-mouthed excited face. I like that it's only about 5 inches off the ground so when she tries to climb down from it and tumbles it's not a far fall. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #couch

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 222: Babies & Doggies Book) . Today was one of those days that I forgot to take any photos until bedtime. It was actually a great day, Charlie was so much happier than she's been the last few days. We went into a Staples today and C had the time of her life running around the aisles and walking right up to other customers to interact. I bought a cheap blue calculator specifically for her to play with on the car ride home and you'd think I gave her the coolest toy in the entire world - she kept doing her wife open mouth excited face and giggling pressing the buttons. . At bedtime we read "The Babies and Doggies Book" which is one of Charlie's favorites. She interacts with each page depending on what the picture is of; this page says, "Babies and doggies stop to sniff." C leans down and sniffs the flowers on each page. She sure does love books! 😍 . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #books

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 220: Memory) . This morning something so crazy happened: last night, at bedtime, Charlie still had her chewy Q teether in her hand as I was putting her to sleep. I tried to take it from her hand and she tightened her grip on it and fussed so I asked her, "May I have your Q? You may have it back in the morning when you wake up, I promise." She willingly let go of it and saw me scoot it under the blanket on the mattress so it was out of sight. Then she fell asleep for the night. Well, this morning she woke up and I had her sit up and said my usual "Good morning, Gorgeous" to her. She smiled at me and then looked directly at me and said "Uh oh" (which she says whenever she drops something now). I said "Uh oh what? You didn't drop anything, silly girl." Then she proceeded to lean over and claw at the blankets near the edge of the bed. I had no idea what she was doing until I moved the blanket aside and saw the Q still there. I handed it to her and she did her giant open-mouthed excited face! I was seriously amazed at that memory of hers... it was like the last thing she thought of before bed and instantly the first thing she thought of in the morning! So crazy! . My mom came over today to babysit C while I went to photograph a senior portrait session. She did 2nd nap with Charlie and thankfully C went right to sleep for her! That gives me some relief because I only have a few weeks left before going back to work and this leap is giving me anxiety! I just want to get through it and also have her teeth cut through soon! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #memory

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 219: Cool babe) . We always say "cool babe" whenever C wears her sunglasses. Then she hands them to me to be a "cool mama". . She fought me the hardest ever ever ever today for first nap. We were both in absolute full blown tears. It was awful. But then she gave in and took a decent nap and woke up happy as can be... I'm so confused and at a loss of what to do other than stay consistent with her. BUT then at bed time she went to bed like a freaking ANGEL! I was in shock and basically holding my breath the entire time just waiting for the tantrums to start but they just never did... I have no idea what sort of witchcraft that was but I'LL TAKE IT! Halle-friggin-lujah 🙌🙌🙌 It's almost like she knew I needed an easy night... or at least not another night from hell. My sanity thanks you, Chubs! ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #sunglasses

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 218: Tantrums) . Can you hear the whine from looking at this photo? I'm not sure if it's leap 8, teething, or newfound independence but holy crap, welcome to toddlerhood! Charlotte has ALWAYS been the happiest baby ever but wow the past few days have been rough! She's been throwing full-blown, arch her back, crocodile tear tantrums over the littlest things that never used to phase her before like diaper changes and being seated in her high chair. I've been reading up on how to handle this because #firsttimemom. What's seemed to work so far is giving her choices and having her help me with things, especially handing me diapers and wipes during changes and letting her make yes/no decisions or choose from two options. Bedtime has been absolute HELL (like, kicking, screaming, crying, "don't touch me" but I'm exhausted and we cosleep) but once she's asleep she's pretty much been out. She's also bitten me a few times today, not out of spite, just while I'm carrying her and her teeth are really bothering her. Here's to hoping those teeth cut SOON and this developmental leap passes ASAP! . On a happier note, she took an almost 3 hour nap today mid-day and while I was holding her I just started crying because she's totally not a baby anymore and I'm just so amazed that she's legit becoming an individual now with real emotions and preferences and it's actually pretty magical if I step back and marvel at the process! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #tantrum

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 217: Uh oh) . Charlie's new favorite thing for the past week has been saying "uh oh" whenever she drops something, whether it's on purpose or by accident doesn't matter. It's so cute because she says it in such a tiny voice and it's so low-pitched, both of which are unlike her. It'll probably come back to bite us but it's adorable when she drops things from her high chair and says it. We don't pick it back up for her though if it's food so maybe she'll realize if she drops it, it's gone. . On another not-so-cute note, today was the first time Charlie REFUSED first nap without actual success. So she ended up taking an almost 3-hour afternoon nap. I figured bed time would be a shit show anyway but then we lost power literally RIGHT as she was falling asleep (I'm talking minutes and she would've been out) so of course she instantly woke right up because all the white noise in the room shut off and she ended up staying up for THREE. MORE. HOURS. 🤦‍♀️ Plus it was literally 90+ degrees so we were attracted without the ac anyway. She was awake from 1:30- 8:30... normally she maxes out at 3.5 hours of awake time. If you can imagine how fussy you think she was by the end of it, triple it. Anyway, after the power came back on, she fought sleep HARD and then passed right out. And now I'm going to go pass out with her! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #uhoh

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 216: Laundry) . Today Charlie "helped" me with the never-ending heap of laundry. Mainly, she waited until I folded and piled everything and then went through it like a tornado in about 3 seconds. I've learned to just let things like that go and sometimes even turn it into a game or learning opportunity for C by handing me specific items or trying to say certain words. Also, Charlie has learned that she's tall enough to reach all the buttons and dials on the washer and dryer so she had fun pressing and turning them all! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #laundry

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 215: Saying Grampa) . Charlie officially added the word Grampa to her spoken vocabulary. It's actually "Ampa" but it's consistent and fully intentional. She actually did it while we were at my parents' house today so my dad was there for it. Then she obsessively said it the entire car ride home. Once we got home, I showed her one of the photo magnets we have of my dad and she instantly started voicing "Ampa" over and over again. She's so proud of herself when we says it too. At bedtime she'll sometimes chatter as she's falling asleep and go through her list of words. Tonight it was Mama, Dada, Nana, bed-byes, and "Ampa" officially made the list. So cute! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #grampa

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 213: Breastfeeding - 13 months) . Happy 2nd day of #worldbreastfeedingweek! We are officially 13 months into this beautiful journey since Charlie turned 13 months old today. Firstly, I'm obsessed with these shirts from @natthenaturalmom! I LOVE that the word "still" on Charlotte's t-shirt is in quotations! For some reason in the U.S., it's a common misconception that 1 year is a stopping point for nursing. Literally the rest of the world views 1 year as a milestone, NOT an end point. I'm with the majority on this one! The World Health Organization states that babies and toddlers should ideally be breastfed until a MINIMUM of 2 years of age. Get on board with supporting this research, America! There are SO many reasons we love breastfeeding: For one, the extent of Charlie's sickness has been 1 barely stuffy nose in her entire life... and I work at an elementary school so that's saying something. For two, and beyond, Charlie genuinely loves nursing. The bond it has helped us build together is amazing. It's incredibly fulfilling to be able to provide biologically perfect nutrition for my child in this way. It calms her when she's upset or hurt. It helps her to fall asleep easily. It has helped her grow and thrive. Her chunky thighs are my favorite things ever. I have been asked multiple times "How long do you plan on doing that?" with the "doing that" part spoken in a disapproving tone. My go-to response has become a blunt "As long as she wants!" Because I've said it once and I'll say it repeatedly - it's HER decision when we stop and although that will be a very bittersweet day for both of us, hopefully it is in the very distant future. ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #the_sugar_jar #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #365project #toddler #bumpieswhobreastfeed #aheadofthecurve #dropthecover

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 212: Splash pad) . We ventured out to the splash pad at the park for the first time today and it was SO much fun!! I've visited this park many times but had never seen the splash pad, at least not in the middle of summer. This place is awesome! I wished we lived closer but we basically live a half hour away from everything. That's the price you pay for having privacy at home 😅 Anyway, C loved the fountains at first but then another kid purposely ran through one to splash her and then she was wary of them the rest of the time. She still had fun playing and wading in the water. On the way back to our car we stopped at the duck pond and got to see a bunch of giant Canadian geese. They actually kind of freaked me out because I know they can be mean. They kept coming right up to us so I had to keep picking Charlie up to carry her and make sure the geese kept their distance. I think they just thought we had food but we didn't stop to feed them. . We came home for 2nd nap and then my friend Ida came over for a bit. I took some photos of her in her amazing cosplay of Sauron from LOTR. I was shocked that Charlie wasn't scared of the costume at all! You never know what kids will react to! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #splashpad #pool

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 211: Bangs & grocery driving) . Ever since I showed Charlie how to comb her own hair the other day, she's become very aware of it. Today, on our way home from the grocery store, she was playing with her bangs and they just landed in the cutest way that I had to take a picture when we got home. . At the grocery store, we put her in the fancy kids' buggy for the first time. (Swipe ⬅️) She had the time of her life "driving" around the store. She's always loved the grocery store but it somehow made grocery shopping even more exciting for her. Now we're going to have to use one of those carts every time... . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #bangs #hannaford

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 210: Playground swing) . Earlier today we visited my mom's friend Lucille. We had visited her last summer when Charlie was only a few months old so C has changed a lot since then. She had fun running around the multi-purpose room and playing with pool noodles of all things. . Later this afternoon I had to run to the post office to pick up her new shoes (which are amazinggg) and we stopped at a playground we'd never been to before. There was this awesome swing that Charlie went nuts over! It had a seat for adults so I could face her and were could swing together. She had so much fun on it that I actually looked online to see if I could buy one for at home. Unfortunately, I could only find them for commercial sale as an add-on to a full playground. So disappointing!!! We'll have to make an effort to visit that playground whenever we're in the area but it's a bit of a drive for regular visits. Maybe that'll keep the excitement of the swing alive. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #swing

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 209: Park) . We took a quick trip to the park today. Charlie's favorite part was walking around in the grass on the baseball field. I had the thought "I wonder if she'll play t-ball here someday?" It's funny because when she was first born, I used to stop myself from thinking "someday she'll..." because I was terrified of something bad happening to her and never reaching those "someday" moments. I think it held me back from connecting with her in the beginning because I was afraid to envision a future with her in case that future didn't happen. It's crazy how parenthood is beautiful and fulfilling and wonderful but at any given moment the anxiety can (and does) creep in about all the bad "what ifs" and there's this ever-present, underlying fear for the safety of your child. In spite of that fear, I have to constantly remind myself not to suppress dreaming about her future. It's not fair to rob myself of the joy of envisioning the person she'll grow up to be. But I also do remind myself to live in the now because I don't want to ever wish the time away. I have no idea how almost 13 months has passed since the day she entered this world. She's my now and my future and, looking back, certain aspects of life before her seem so bland. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #baseball

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 208: Beach day 2) . Today was the first nice day all week so C and I packed up and headed to the beach for a while. She loved it just as much as her first trip and started grinning and giggling the second we got out of the car and she saw where we were. She loved carrying around shells but had so much fun playing with my flip flop of all things! I wish we lived closer to the beach so we could go every day. It's only a half hour away but that means a half hour back too and Charlie's still on a strict 2 nap schedule. She loves it for the hour we're there though. I tried to take a few photos and snap a quick video then put my phone away and just enjoy quality time with her today. It was perfect. ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #beach

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 207: Playdate) . Today Charlie had a playdate with her friends Vera and Sofia! Their mom, Tammie, and I have literally been friends our entire lives (our moms are high school friends) so this is basically the 3rd generation of friends! The girls all had fun running around, playing with toys, and just being silly. So cute! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #friends

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 205: Exploring outside) . I never want her to outgrow this bonnet 😍 . The rain held off today so we explored in the backyard this afternoon. Charlie's finally getting more used to the feeling of the grass on her feet. She never really fussed about it before, she would just kind of freeze or try to pick her feet up off the ground. Now that she's walking, she seems better with it than when she was just sitting. She refused to ever crawl on the grass. She lives being outside and listening to the birds. It was nice and breezy today which rustles all the trees around surrounding our backyard and is the most peaceful sound. I love just hanging out with her and watching her take everything in. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #bonnet

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 204: Smoothies) . Today I took Charlie to the children's museum again, just me and her to get out of the house. It's been rainy, sticky weather the past few days and we're both going crazy in the house. She lovesss the children's museum and we always seem to make new friends while we're there. Today she played with a little girl who is only 3 days older than her - they had a blast together giggling, waving, and climbing the padded stairs together in the toddler section. . After we left the museum, we stopped and got a "pb&j" smoothie at @portlandpulp which was the highlight of Charlie's day... she couldn't get enough of that smoothie and kept motioning to request more sips the whole ride home. Guess I gave her my love for peanut butter... and smoothies in general! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #smoothie

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 203: Climbing) . First of all, look at that humidity hair! 🤣 . Attempting to climb the stairs is Charlie's new favorite pastime. She actually fully got into the bottom stair today so it's definitely time for a gate. I think it's good to let her climb them while being supervised though so she can learn how to climb safely and develop those different muscles. . I also have her her first "horsey ride" on my back tonight as I crawled around on my hands and knees - she was losing it laughing. If only she knew how to hold on herself so my arm didn't have to bend in a super awkward way to hold her... in due time! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #my_magical_moments #clickinmoms #galleryoflightfeature #momswithcameras #cameramama #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #dearest_viewfinder #momtogs #wildandbravelittles #ourlightwithin #themagicofchildhood #theartofchildhood #jj_its_kids #thesincerestoryteller #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #ourcandidlife #littleandbrave #childhoodunplugged #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #365project #toddler #stairs

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 202: Starbucks) . When you think @starbucks is the most magical place you've ever been in your 1 year of life! 🤣 . Today I had a wedding photography consult with a future bride and groom at a local Starbucks. I had to bring Charlie with me and, when we first arrived, she literally was in awe of the place. She kept doing her "Price Is Right" hands like it was just the most beautiful place she'd ever been in her life. Too funny! She also hoovered that croissant. . . . @therealpriceisright #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #starbucks #priceisright #toddler #toddlerlife #kidlogic #WHPlookup @theellenshow

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 201: Grampa reads) . My parents and sister came over today for a visit. My dad was reading Charlie books in dramatic silly voices and she was just ridiculously relaxed in his lap. We were laughing at how chill she was. . Also, today I discovered that Charlie lovesss forts. I initially was hiding under a blanket, then I put the blanket over both of us and she cracked up. So, naturally, I pulled the pack n play over near the couch and used a bedsheet and some clamps to make our first real living room fort together. We went under and I every time I loud-whispered "Secret Fort!" she'd giggle like crazy with this giant excited grin on her face. I have to say, I love living room forts too. Good to have these fun activities in the "rainy day" idea bag. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #toddler #grampa #forts

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 200: Grunting) . Charlie's new favorite form of communication is to point at what she wants and give a caveman grunt to make sure I know she's requesting it. It's actually pretty adorable but if you don't respond she'll grunt louder and more dramatically until you acknowledge her. She does it with everything but her favorites the past few days are anything with a straw in it and the ice maker on the fridge. At least she knows how to get our attention and let us know what she wants! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #grunting #toddler

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 199: First beach day) . We took Charlie to the beach for the first time in her life today. To say she LOVED it is an understatement!! The moment we got out of the car she was SO excited, grinning ear-to-ear and doing this thing where she tenses up all her muscles and squeezes you with her legs when you're carrying her. I'm so glad we waited until she could walk before taking her. She had the time of her life walking around, digging in the sand, letting the ocean waves crash into her legs, and sitting in the tide pools. Her absolute favorite part was a little (already dead) sand dollar that we found right when we first got on the beach. She didn't stop holding it the entire time!! Eventually, Mike put it in his pocket so she could have both hands to dig with and catch herself with when she lost her balance. But we still have the sand dollar to bleach and put in her baby book! . The beach has always been my happy place - clearly that rubbed off on Charlie somehow! I foresee LOTS more beach days in our future this summer! ☀️🌊😍 . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #toddler #beach

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 198: Doctor's office sticker) . C had her 1 year doctor's visit today (cue the tears). She's 95th percentile for weight at 26lbs and still completely off the growth chart for height at 32 inches! She had to get a finger prick to draw blood which didn't phase her in the least - the nurse actually said it's almost better when babies cry because it gets the blood flowing faster... C didn't even react so the nurse literally spent a good 3 minutes just trying to squeeze out enough blood for the test 😅. Then it was time for shots which is always hit or miss - sometimes Charlie doesn't cry at all and other times it's a full on ugly scream cry; today was the latter which sucked but she recovers quickly with nursing. The BEST part of the doctor's visit was when we were leaving and Charlie got to pick out her first sticker. Her face LIT UP like it was the best moment of her life! She was SO proud of that sticker (which was just some random one of Paddington Bear) and held it in the car the whole way home. I saved it to put in her baby book. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #doctor #toddler #1yearold

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 197: Playdate) . Today my friend Kara came over with her daughter, Charlie's friend, Lilyanna. The girls were too cute playing together. Neither one of them really cared about personal space so there was a lot of crawling over each other and sitting on one another which was pretty funny. They both love to make silly noises and get excited about little things so it was fun to see their reactions. Charlie initially just wanted to keep touching and petting Lilyanna like she was amazed that she was real, even though they've met multiple times before. The girls were so cute sitting in the pop-up castle together and C even carted Lilyanna around for a ride in the wagon! Love playdates! It's super nice to have time to just chat with other friends who are moms too! ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #toddler #playdate

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 196: Greenery only) . Today we did a greenery-only milk bath. I was trying out gender-neutral options for my photography business and I think I like the greenery only look! Charlie really likes doing these milk baths because #1 she lovessss anything water-related and #2 she gets to play with all the random leaves and flowers I put in the water (which actually makes it fairly hard to get a photo with a good composition now because she likes to dunk all the floating objects under the water 🤣). At least she has fun!! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #milkbath #milkbathphotography #toddler

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 195: Smiling Hill Farm) . Today was Charlie's first trip to Smiling Hill Farm! She absolutely loved it (as you can tell from the photos). She waved to all the animals and gave them "gentle pats" which is what we say when she pats Sunny and Lacey. I think her favorite thing was the backhoe and playing with the gearshifts but she loved the whole experience! We had to take a photo of her with me in the wooden truck because I have a photo of me and my sister in that exact same truck over 20 years ago. Charlie also got to try a few licks of my black raspberry ice cream before we left. Right before we got in the car, I sat at a picnic table overlooking the rolling fields of the farm and nursed her in the peace and quiet. It was a fun family day while Mike is on vacation from work! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #farm #smilinghillfarm

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 194: Walking) . It's official, we have a walker!! Charlie took her "first steps" about a week and a half ago but today she was REALLY walking! She seemed so determined and motivated, like she decided herself that she wanted to walk rather than us trying to prompt her. She would stand up without using anything to hold onto and take about 5 or 6 REAL steps in a row all day long! The most I counted in a row today without falling was 9!!! SO proud and excited! I just kept squealing and cheering for her. Ugh. A legit toddler. 😍 The best part is that she's so proud of herself! When she falls, she gets right back up and tries again until she gets frustrated and goes back to crawling for a few minutes (which she is lightning fast at now). It'll be so weird when she no longer crawls because of how long it took her to crawl in the first place. Now we really need to toddler proof the rest of the house. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #toddler #walking

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 193: Hammock swing nursing) . Breastfeeding is by far the most beautiful, fulfilling experience I've ever had in my life. We're now over a year into this journey together and I'm so thankful for it every single time her ever-moving body calms and settles into my lap. It's the only time she's still anymore, the only quiet moments we share these days. The rest of her days are spent wildly exploring and learning new things but this is a skill she's long since mastered. A skill WE have mastered together. It's night and day from how it was in the first few weeks - painful, exhausting, never-ending. Now I long for these moments of peace. She's old enough now that she'll unlatch, look right into my eyes and say "Mama" then blow me a kiss before resuming. It never gets old. I will cry many, many tears when these days are gone. It's completely her decision when that will be but hopefully we still have a good long while left to soak in these perfect moments together. ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #bumpieswhobreastfeed #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #toddler #breastfeeding #breastfeedwithoutfear #dropthecover

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 192: Bedtime story order) . Every night after dinner and tubby I pick 3 stories to read to C before bed. We sit on the living room couch and she gets to choose in which order she'd like them read. She loves to point and pick and I feel like it's important to give her opportunities for making choices. Sometimes I let her pick the stories off the bookshelf if I remember before bath time but that's less often. I should work on remembering that. . This was her choosing the order of stories tonight. I don't want to jinx it but she's finally going to sleep easier again - ever since the switch back to footie pajamas! So strange but I'll take it! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #toddler #books #raisingreaders

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 191: Dogwood & hydrangea) . See my stories for the "before" SOOC version of this photo. . I had to do a milk bath before all the dogwood blossoms fell off the trees (because they're starting to now 😭). I also snipped some hydrangeas off our bushes to add some color. . Today we just hung out at home, singing songs and practicing Charlie's walking. She really likes throwing the tennis ball for Sunny now which Sun is pretty happy about. A pretty quiet day but it went by so quickly I can barely remember what we did! Chubs was finally all about Mama today (after obsessively saying Dada for the past few days). She gave me ao many hugs and kisses and even just laid on me and cuddled when she woke up from 2nd nap. Love my sweet babe! ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #milkbath #hydrangea #toddler

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 190: Ice) . Charlie discovered shaved/crushed ice chips from the fridge today. I think it's her new favorite "snack" on the hot days. . She absolutely refused 2nd nap today and cried/fussed for the full hour that I tried to get her down. Then, when I eventually gave up & got her back awake and downstairs because the fussing turned to full on scream crying, she completely filled her diaper with poop... no wonder she couldn't sleep. By then we had to go get Shan and drive her to the airport to pick up my parents' car while they're on vacation. Thank goodness Charlie almost instantly fell asleep in the car (which never happens) and slept for the ENTIRE trip (over an hour!) I actually had to wake her up when we got home. . Bedtime has been ROUGH for the past week (I think mainly a combination of teething and learning to walk) so I was worried with today's nap fiasco that getting her to bed would suck. Well for the past week I've been dressing her in only a long-sleeved onesie for bed but tonight I randomly decided to put her back in her normal cotton footie pjs. I laid them out on the floor to get her dressed and she legit saw them, crawled over and leaned down to HUG them! So weird! And then bedtime was a BREEZE tonight!!! Apparently those footie pjs are a very important sleep signal for her! Lesson learned. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #ice #toddler

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 189: Silly tongue) . Monkey see monkey do! Charlie's getting very good at mimicking. She also learned how to really push her toy train around today in the traditional way you'd play with a toy vehicle! So cute to see her grin when we cheered for her. . She's been so affectionate lately too, freely giving unprompted kisses and hugs and it's the BEST!!! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #mimicking #daddy

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 188: Boat) . Charlie went for her first ride on Grampa's boat today! She loveddddd it and was all smiles, especially when we were cruising and she could feel the wind on her face. She hated her life jacket and wanted to be up to see the view. We fed french fries to seagulls and hung out near the basin for the most part. I've spent so many hours on that boat throughout my own childhood that I hope she always loves it as much as I do. Here's to fishing, tubing, and sandbar adventures in the future! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #boat #lake

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 187: Perfect weather) . After the crazy heatwave this past week, today brought absolutely perfect summer weather - sunny and 75 with an amazing breeze! Charlie and I spent almost the entire day outside just playing in our yard. She practiced walking, went on her swing a million times, and even played with Sunny by repeatedly throwing her the tennis ball. . As a side note: the blossoms have slowly started falling off the dogwood trees so I'm trying to take as many photos with them as I can before they're gone for another year!! I think another floral milk bath may be in order! 😍 Also, this jumpsuit!!!!! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #romper #jumpsuit #dogwood

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 186: First steps) . Charlie totally took independent steps today! She stood up at one point because I asked her if she was ready to nurse and she took 2 legit steps towards me (unassisted) before leaning and falling forward into my arms. I totally teared right up and cheered for her! . We spent some time outside later this afternoon and she was pushing her baby dolls in the wagon when she stopped all of a sudden, leaned down, and proceeded to dramatically toss 3 of the babies out of the wagon and into the ground... only the bald ones! 😂 She cracks me up! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #toddler #walking

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 185: Dada Dada Dada) . This girl has been saying "Dada" on repeat today! I swear I'd say "Mama" and she'd look right back at me and say "Dada" alllll day long. It's actually pretty adorable. She lovessss her Dada. Sometimes she whispers the word Dada like it's her little secret that she's thinking about him. That's totally something she only does with Mike. She doesn't whisper any other word or noise. So cute! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #Dada

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 184: 4th of July) . This time last year we were still in the hospital after Charlie's birth. It was the first night I felt good enough to walk around our wing of the hospital. We walked around, carrying newborn Charlie to all the windows overlooking Portland to see if we could catch any glimpses of fireworks but it was past 11pm and they were all done. . This year we hung out at home, my parents came over for a while to visit. We cooked on the grill and Charlie hung out in her kiddie pool. It got so hot that after 2nd nap, we went back to my parents' house to go in their big pool. Charlie loved searching for this little blue rubber ducky that we'd hide around the pool. She'd scan, point to it and smile when she found it, then flail "swim" in my arms as I carried her to it. She sure does LOVE water; I hope she always does. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #independenceday #fourthofjuly

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 183: Children's Museum) . Charlie's first trip to the Children's Museum was a hit! Her favorite part was probably the air vents that make things float. We had fun as a family and plan to go back soon! . There are currently fireworks going off in our neighborhood which are SUPER loud. Thank goodness for all the white noise we have going in our room while Charlie sleeps. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #museum #familyfun

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 182: Happy 1st Birthday) . One year ago today we met the absolute love of our lives! This little girl has brought more happiness to our lives than we ever could have imagined. She is a giant goofball of fun and silliness. She has a contagious smile and an even more infectious laugh. She's still known as "Chubs" because of her squishability. She is the happiest, most affectionate, loving baby in the world. She's the absolute light of our lives! HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY, sweet girl! WE LOVE YOU more than we could ever express! . Swipe ⬅️ to see the photo I took at 2:31PM, the exact moment she turned 1 year old! (She was napping in my arms at my parents' house. Just a perfect quiet moment between the two of us when she turned from a baby to a toddler. I bawled my eyes out!) . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #oneyearold #happybirthday

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 181: 1st Birthday Party) . Today was such a fun day! We had Charlie's first birthday party at our house. It was a HOT, sunny, beautiful day. Lots of family and friends came to celebrate Chubs! The babies loved playing in the kiddie pool, we had lots of food, Charlie went right for her cupcake, and we got to visit with lots of people we love. After everyone left, Charlie and I took a 2 hour nap, then she, Mike, Sunny, Lacey and I hung out under the tent in the yard, letting C play with some of her new toys. SUCH a good day! I can't believe that tomorrow I'll have a toddler!!! ❤❤❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #birthday #party #oneyearold

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 180: Party set-up) . We spent the day setting up for Charlie's birthday party tomorrow! We set up the big family tent that we used at our wedding almost 3 years ago because it's going to be hot and we need shade. We also planted some new bushes along the one barren side of the house which Mike has been wanting to do for a long time. Charlie had a blast being outside all day and Sunny kept guard. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #birthday #party #dogsofinstagram

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 179: Arms up) . Charlie is cruising around our house like crazy, holding onto all the surfaces she can. She's still working on letting go of her support and free standing. Whenever I say "arms up!" she lets go and is getting pretty good at balancing! . Today she touched a toad I found while we went for a walk with Sunny. She went right for it with her little "poke" finger and wasn't hesitant at all. . Tomorrow we're setting up for her first birthday party on Sunday! Today, during her nap, I just looked down at her asleep in my lap and started crying. It was the first time it's truly hit me that she's turning a whole year old. It literally feels like yesterday we were in the hospital. I know people always say that but it REALLY feels like it was yesterday... surreal. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #standing #lookmomnohands

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 178: Gate kisses) . Charlotte's been blowing kisses for months now but today she actually purposely kissed me on the lips! She would ONLY do it through the baby gate though. 😂 Weird baby logic. Either way, it was absolutely adorable. She did it 5 or 6 times and giggled after each kiss. I have so much fun with her just doing random silly things all day. I'd do anything to make her laugh! Best sound ever. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #kisses #blackandwhite

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 177: Cake smash) . In preparation for Charlie's birthday party in a few days, we did her cake smash today! I made a little cake; it was a no-added-sugar cake so it was basically banana bread & had no-sugar cream cheese frosting but was pretty tasty! Charlie dug right in! She was all about mushing it in her hands (and her toes) and holding out pieces for Mike and I to eat. She only ate a few bites but I think she had fun! We even have leftovers that weren't smushed for snacks. I have SO many more photos (obviously) that I'll probably end up posting tomorrow because she's so dang adorable! Smash cake success! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #1yearold #smashcake #firstbirthday

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 176: Nana babysits) . Today my mom, "Nana," came over to play with Charlie so I could finish my workshops for renewing my interpreter license. It's amazing how much I can get done in a few hours when I put my mind to it. I'm glad I have my mom so close by to watch C when I need time to get some things done. It allieviates the "mom guilt" (which is 1000% real) to know that C is still getting 1-on-1 attention and playtime when I'm not with her. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #Nana

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 175: Hammock swing) . Today we hung out on the hammock swing. Charlie loves when I start standing up high and count to 3 then let go and swing down dramatically with her in my lap. She gets so snuggly when we get swinging rhythmically and lays her head down on my shoulder to hug me. I nursed her while we swung at one point and it pulled hard at my mommy heart strings. I think we'll spend lots of time in that swing this summer. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #hammock #swing

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 174: Charlie's camera) . I got this camera a few weeks ago as one of Charlie's birthday gifts. She's so infatuated with my camera that I thought she needed her own. While I was taking a few photos of her this morning, she just kept obsessively (and adorably) trying to grab my camera and press the buttons so I caved and gave her hers early. She loves it! Especially when she wears the strap cross-body. Her favorite part is pressing the little shutter button over and over and over. My sweet little photographer! ❤📷 . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #photography #camera

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 173: Catching raindrops) . It rained almost all day today. Charlie was having fun standing up against the sliding glass door watching the rain come down and slapping it because she loves noise! I went onto the deck just on the other side of the door and cracked up when she started smushing her face against the glass, trying to lick the raindrops on the outside. She's such a goober! . We also put up the big baby gate to her playroom today. It's time to truly start baby proofing the house now that she's about to start walking. She's into everything! At least she's a curious little nugget that wants to figure out how things work. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #lick #glass

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 172: Floral headbands) . Today was my first day of summer vacation from work!! Charlie's birthday party is next weekend (holy crap) so today we went to the party store to get some balloons and other party stuff. When we got home I made this floral headband for Charlie to wear at her party 😊 I might make it a full crown but not sure yet. She's so stinkin' cute either way. Side note: she's totally grinding her teeth in this photo. It makes a horrible sound... once of the 4 teeth she's cutting FINALLY broke skin (her 5th tooth) so she's been slightly better at night. Not much though! Hurry up, teeth! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #floral

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 171: Auntie visits) . Today was my last day of work for the school year! Hooray for summer vacation! My sister came over after work to visit. Chubs loves her auntie and how silly she can be. Today, Auntie read her stories which is always a favorite activity. Hopefully we'll get to visit with lots of family & friends over the next few months! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #aunt

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 170: Painting) . No photograph of this painting will ever do it justice! It is STUNNING and I'm completely in love! This painting was commissioned by the family I used to nanny for, who have become like a second family to me, as a baby shower gift. It took me so long to choose a photo and contact the artist because, of all the photos I've taken, none of them seemed to be "the photo" - until I took this one the day after my first Mother's Day. I wrote this to the artist, Andrea: Charlie is 10.5 months old, by far my favorite age to-date! She refused to look at my camera no matter all the crazy noises I was making during this impromptu photo shoot, and she kept putting grass in her mouth. After a good 10 minutes of trying to get her attention and fetch grass out of her hands/mouth, I just let go. I stopped making noise all together and just gave in and let her go for the grass. At that moment, the whole atmosphere shifted - she stopped putting grass in her mouth and just decided to feel it with the tips of her fingers, in awe. She's sitting on the baby blanket my mother used for me as a child, 27 years ago. She's wearing the first headband I ever bought for her at a month old when I was going through the "baby blues" and still trying so hard to humanize her and connect with her. She's sitting in my front yard in front of the rocks where my husband and I stood for a photo the day we bought our home. Her hair is very curly in the back but smooth in the front. She has so many cowlicks which is why we part it so far to the side and call it her "combover" but the cowlicks always make that little bit below the headband stick down in the opposite direction of the combover. Her curls in the back of her hair are reflecting in the light of the sunset while she just touches blades of grass in pure amazement. Pure curiosity. Pure innocence. THIS is how I always want to remember my daughter as a child. This exact moment when I took this last photo and then put my camera down to just watch her and BE in the moment, as in awe of her as she was with those blades of grass. Needless to say, Andrea NAILED it! 😍

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 169: Straw) . Charlie's new favorite thing is to drink water through a straw. We went out to eat on Father's Day and I let her drink some of my water through a straw at the restaurant. Now anytime she sees a cup with a straw in it she points at it to tell me she wants it. Yay for extra hydration - the weather has been hot lately! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #straw

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 167: Father's Day) . Today was Mike's first real Father's Day! We hung out at home this morning, just the 3 of us. I made mike a journal for Charlie (and any future kids we have) to add to every Father's Day in whatever way they see fit. This year I did Charlie's handprint and footprint and had her color (scribble) on the first pages - her first artwork! My parents came over after first nap to visit which was good. Charlie showed off some crazy dance moves and her new cruising skills holding onto the couch. Later in the afternoon, Mike, C and I went out to eat and then came back home to relax for the rest of the night. . C is currently cutting 2 more bottom teeth (and possibly 2 more on top but I'm not sure about those yet) so she was super hard to get down for bed tonight. She's also been having some constipation troubles so more breastmilk & water is in her future to hopefully even things out! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #fathersday

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 166: Hammock) . Today Charlie and I went on the hammock in our front yard. At first she wasn't so sure about it and just wanted to sit up, but after I got her to lie down comfortably with me, she seemed to like it. We spent some time outside today swinging and just hanging out on the grass with Sunny and Lacey. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #hammock

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 165: Grocery lemons) . Today was a grocery shopping day, nothing too exciting. Charlie loves when I hand her things throughout the grocery run but her favorites are lemons and shaking the box of mac & cheese. We came home and Charlie played with her shapes puzzle. She totally knows the difference between circle, triangle, pentagon, & octogon. She loves putting the pieces back in their correct places too and actually perseveres pretty well even though she doesn't always get the pieces oriented to fully fit. . She's also discovering the stairs lately so it's almost time for baby gates! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #lemon

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 164: Flowers) . I'm obsessed with this floral lace romper so I had to take some photos with Charlie wearing it outside. We just so happened to have wild daisies growing on the edge of our lawn so I handed her a little bouquet of them and pretended I was hungry so she'd hand them to me. I can't wait until she picks me flowers and gives them to me intentionally some day. ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #flowers #bonnet

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 163: Solid poop) . Maybe this is TMI but it was the most eventful thing that happened today: Charlie had her first solid poop. She couldn't settle for bed and just kept grunting so I got her up because I knew she had to poop. Sure enough, within 5 minutes of standing in her pack n play... and it was solid haha. No wonder she couldn't sleep! Then after that, of course she was awake so we did some quiet play time before heading back up to bed. She loves playing with the lid on the wipes container... open, close, open, close. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #poop

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 162: Daddy's beard & hugs) . This morning Charlie was pretty interested in Mike's beard. She was even "patting" it the way we have her pat Sunny and Lacey with an open hand. She's also learned how to give deliberate hugs and it's the best thing ever. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #beard

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 161: Magnets) . Charlie loves the collection of Shutterfly photo magnets we have on our fridge. She crawls over to them all the time to see them. I put some of the bigger ones near the bottom so she could reach them without having to be picked up. When you're holding her, she points to them over and over again, waiting for you to name whoever is in the photo. Her favorite one of all is one of herself holding an apple. All you have to ask is "Where's the apple?" and she'll scan the while collection to find and point at that particular magnet. She's pretty proud of herself when she locates it (even though it's always in the same spot). Swipe ➡️ to see what photo is on the "apple magnet" 🍎 . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #shutterfly #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #magnet

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 160: Lil genius) . Her shirt says "Mom's favorite lil genius" 😉 So adorable! Charlie lovesss standing. She actually pulled up on my legs to stand today and then let go and stood without holding anything for a good 15+ seconds! Her balance is improving every day. . Today we went to our friend's 4-year-old's birthday party. I put C down on the grass to crawl and she was so apprehensive about it! She was happy enough, it just took her a few minutes before she decided to crawl because the grass is such a different texture than in the house. I normally have her on a blanket outdoors so that was her first time being directly on the grass since she learned to crawl. . I don't think she'll be crawling for very long. She's already SO fast at crawling now and really just wants to be upright. I can't believe walking might be the next milestone... holy crap, Time, slow down! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #genius

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 159: Rufus) . Rufus is a stuffed bunny that Mike got me on our first Christmas together. Charlie loves him and we took him inn to the yard today to explore for a bit. Charlie tried to feed him grass and flowers, poked him a few times, pointed out some birds to him, and gave him some squeezy hugs when I lifted them both up. She still likes making the sniff sound for imitating a bunny so Rufus is a perfect companion for her at the moment. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #Rufus

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 158: Swan suit) . Charlie outgrew her bathing suit that she wore for swim lessons a few months ago so I got her this new swan one. Ruffles take baby clothes cuteness to another whole level. So do headbands. Anyway, it was in the 70s today so C clocked some time in her pool. She loves splashing and crawling around but makes me nervous when she keeps trying to stand up in it. . Last night she deliberately hugged me for the first time! She's leaned her head on my shoulder a few times before in a hug-like manner but last night when I was holding her and brushing her teeth, she saw our reflection in the bathroom mirror, leaned her head right down on my shoulder and squeezed me while looking right at me in the mirror. I call it "giving Mama loves" - Cutest. Ever! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #pool

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 157: Standing to read) . When did my baby become this full-blown little kid?! Now that Charlie can easily pull up to stand, she wants to do everything standing. If there are books left on the couch she'll spot them from across the room, crawl over, and stand up to read them. She also loves pulling them off or throwing them off the couch too. My baby is growing up SO fast! It's amazing all the new things she's learned just in the last few weeks alone. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #standing

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 156: Lacey) . Charlie's been all about Lacey the last few days. She crawls after her or goes to wherever she's sleeping to pat her. She's actually gotten much better at keeping an open hand but sometimes she smacks Lacey with her palm. Lacey's been pretty good about it so far but I'm always right there to monitor the interaction. I love that Chubs loves animals. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #cat #catsofinstagram

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 155: Monitor) . I forgot to take a photo of Charlie today and rather than sabotage bedtime like I did last time I forgot, I figured I could take a photo of what we do after she goes to bed. This photo is of her currently! We stream the monitor feed to the iPad in the living room and Mike and I just hang out and relax together. Lately we've been re-watching the show New Girl so we can finally get to where we left off like a year ago and finish the series. . Charlie will always stir awake a few times in the first couple hours after she falls asleep so I'll run up and re-settle her. She's usually fairly easy to just nurse back to sleep and then I go back downstairs. It's been so much better since we found this method! We've been doing this monitor method for many months now and we actually get couple time. We've been cosleeping since Charlie was 2.5 months old which works superrr well to get her to sleep for 12 hours per night! It was tougher in the beginning because we didn't have a good system and I couldn't leave the room, but since we implemented this plan when she was 6 months old, it's given us a shred of our "old" life back at night! Not that it's anything exciting, we're home bodies, but it's nice to have some time to just watch tv together. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #cosleep

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 154: Destruction) . Charlotte's just entering the stage where she purposefully knocks toys over. Lego duplo blocks are a hit right now. She loves tumbling all the towers we build and pulling the pieces apart. . She also learned to intentionally drop her food on the floor for Sunny while in her high chair for dinner tonight. Mike and I just didn't react or say anything to her so hopefully she just gets bored of it and stops. I was stifling some laughter though because she's just so adorable. I love the focus she gets when she's figuring out something new. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #legos

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 153: Dramatic kisses) . This morning Charlie was playing in the living room while I was watching her from the kitchen. I turned around to do something then heard her say, "Mama!" When I turned back around to look at her, she was doing this dramatic kiss at me where she puckers her lips, tilts her head all the way back and scrunches her eyes closed. I air-kissed her back and told her, "I love you too!" Then she did this dramatic kiss so many more times to me today that I finally caught one on my phone's camera. Every single time she does it I make sure to do it right back. I hope she knows and will always know how much I love her. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #kiss

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 152: 11 Months) . I'm in denial that in a month we'll have a one-year-old. This past month was amazing! Charlie learned to really crawl on all fours and is now unstoppable! She's getting into everything and pulling up to stand every few seconds, using anything she can for balance. She does not want to lay still for these photos anymore! She obsessively says Mama which will never get old!! Her favorite song is Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride from the Lilo & Stitch soundtrack; she waits quietly through the intro chanting and then instantly starts dancing when the music begins. Her favorite food is still ravioli. She's in 18-24 month clothing. She loves splashing in her kiddie pool and swinging on her new swingset. Waving is her new favorite trick. She still loves kisses and high fives. She's added "bahh" for sheep and a puckered kiss noise for fish to her growing list of animal sounds. It's crazy how much she understands when we ask her where something is or "Can you..." She's insanely good at mimicking. She loves playing answer the toy telephone. Her curly hair is getting long and her eyes are still a very dark blue/grey. We're still going strong wth nursing and don't plan on stopping anytime soon. She still won't sleep anywhere but in the dark and in our arms but we're soaking it all in because the cuddles won't last forever and in a month she'll be a toddler! ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #11months

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 151: Day off) . Today I had scheduled a personal day off from work because I have another wedding to photograph tomorrow and I didn't want to feel like I didn't see Charlie enough this weekend. I get really sad when I don't see her for large chunks of the day so today helped allieviate that feeling a bit. . We hung out at home for a while this morning and then went to my parents' house to hang out with Nana for a bit. We went to the mall and I got C a few new summer shirts and shorts. Then my dad (Grampa) and sister (Auntie) got home from work so we got to hang out with them too once we got back to the house. Shannon made a comment that Charlie's the cutest she's ever been right now and it's so true. Her personality is just goofy and happy. Her little curls have really grown in, she's still got rolls, and she's crawling all over the place exploring. She'll be 11 months old tomorrow... UGH. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #365project

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 150: Waving to Daddy & Ice Cream) . Charlie waving to Mike out the window tonight was one of the cutest things I've ever seen. He was mowing the lawn and she'd hear the lawnmower get louder/closer and stop what she was doing each time to crawl over to the window, pull herself up, and start waving to her daddy. She's a pro at pulling up to stand now and is starting to work on her balance. . Charlie also had her first lick of ice cream today! We went to Caddy's which is right down the street from our house. We actually have a photo of us there with her when she was 2 months old. She's changed so much since then! I got chocolate/vanilla twist soft serve and she even stuck her tongue out to try it after watching me lick it. She didn't really have a big reaction but took like 3 or 4 small licks total and was content. I think she was more surprised at the temperature than the taste. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #waving #icecream

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When you decide to become a swimsuit model at a young age 😉 . #CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 149: Pool) . I'd say Charlie's new kiddie pool was a hit! Good thing I only put like 2 inches of water in it though because she was crawling allll over the place inside it. She was splashing and chasing the balls as they floated around. She also loves wearing her sunglasses outside but instantly takes them off of we put them on her indoors; I guess she knows they only really help outside. Once she got cold she tried to climb out of the pool so it was clear when she'd had enough. . Now that she's officially crawling (in the traditional sense), Chubs has been babbling non-stop! It's a lot of "buh-duh" and "buh-guh" noises just back to back like she's having a while conversation with herself. It's never really directed at anyone and she's not really making eye contact when she does it - just more like mumbling/talking to herself. Then she'll stop, stare right at me and say "mama" 10 times (sounds more like mumma, if that makes sense). Then she'll crawl to me and climb on me if I'm sitting in the floor or if I'm standing she'll try to use my legs to pull up to stand herself. She's becoming such a little KID! Every day literally just gets more fun! ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #pool

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 148: Messy = fun) . The messier the better when it comes to mealtime, as far as Charlie's concerned! She loves squishing stuff in her palms and wiping it all over her tray and face. She does LOTS of happy screams during mealtimes in her highchair and the messier the meal, the louder the screams of excitement! . Charlie had such a hard time getting to bed tonight. She went to bed fine, slept for an hour and then woke right up. After an hour and a half of trying to settle her back down with no luck, I gave in and brought her back downstairs to play for a bit. She was happy as could be... then within 15 minutes she did the biggest poop of her life. No wonder she couldn't sleep!! She played for a little bit after that and then fell asleep instantly when I took her back up to bed. Ahh the magic of a good baby poop... . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #messy

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 147: Swingset) . I bought this swing for Charlie about a month ago with nowhere to hang it. Once we tried the bucket swing at the park and saw how much Charlie loved it, I knew we had to get a jump on hanging up her swing at home. My dad is super handy and was gracious enough to build this awesome swingset for Charlie's swing! She LOVES it! She belly laughs/happy screams when you stand right in front of her and push. There will be more hooks for other swings/equipment soon but for now it's just her one little swing and she is happy as can be! Summer is going to be fun! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #swingset

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 135: Lemon) . The best moment of today was when I handed Charlie a lemon to hold at the grocery store; she went crazy! She was literally screaming SO loudly with happiness at one point that I took it away for a second just so she could slightly calm down. Other customers were cracking up at her excitement. She's always so enthusiastic about everything; it's one of the things I love most about her! When we got home, I handed it to her again and she bit into the peel with her four little teeth and made a sour face like she wasn't expecting it, although her sour food face isn't nearly as dramatic as I expected it to be. She always goes back for more so she must like it! She definitely doesn't take after me in that aspect. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #lemon

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 134: Pulling to stand) . Yesterday was the first day Charlie independently pulled up to stand! The cool part was that she did it on her toybox which is half of the reason we bought that toybox in the first place. She did it again a bunch of times today so I snapped some photos. She looks like such a toddler instead of a baby which is both sad and exciting. Now to just master crawling... . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #toys

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 133: Golden Hour) . I couldn't resist the sunset tonight even though it was pretty close to bedtime for Charlie. She loves grass so much; I can't even count how many handfuls of it I blocked or fished out of her mouth within a 10-minute window. Totally worth it! 😍 . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #goldenhour

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 132: First Mother's Day) . "Mama" is by far the best title I've ever held and will ever hold. I always listened to people say how they would do anything for their kids, even die for them if it came to that, and it always seemed believable to me but, at the same time, a little extreme. Now, being a parent myself, I can say with 100% certainty that extreme is the perfect adjective to describe motherhood: extreme love, extreme commitment, and this all-encompassing, utterly extreme sense of loyalty to your child. When you ACTUALLY would do anything for them, no matter how much of a personal sacrifice it may be. Sure, this could just be giving her the last bite of my dinner to see her smile, but it could also be some life-altering change that I wouldn't even think twice about because I'd do anything to see her safe, healthy, and happy. I've never known a love like this. ❤ Thank you for choosing me to be your mama, Charlotte Grace. Bringing you into this world has been the greatest accomplishment of my life. . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #mothersday

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 131: Walks) . Charlie kept her sunglasses on for a full half-hour while we took Sunny for a walk today. She absolutely loves facing forward in the carrier and being able to see the world from my perspective without my face being in her way. She also LOVES when the wind picks up or there's a breeze; she sucks in her breath, smiles like crazy, and flails her arms and legs in excitement. . Other than going outside for a while, we just played all day today. I love days when she gets my full attention all day long and we just so whatever she wants to for hours and hours! I SWEAR she was in her high chair today and I turned around to get her lunch out of the fridge and she legit said "Mama" to get my attention and when I turned around to look at her, she instantly gave me her big kissy face!!! 😍😍😍 Best moment ever! . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #sunglasses

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#CharlieCheeseFries365 (Day 130: Bedtime shenanigans) . I laid Charlie down to nurse her to sleep tonight and realized I hadn't taken any photos of her today. So I sabotaged bedtime and opened the blackout window curtain to brighten up the room for a second and snap a quick cellphone pic. She was a little harder to get to bed afterwards, since I confused her (she's SO light sensitive!) but worth it for my 365 project! . She gets crazy in bed right now, especially when she wakes up for the morning. She literally rolls/flails/tries to crawl etc. all over the bed so I have to be super proactive and make sure she doesn't fall off the bed because she 100% would if I wasn't right there to monitor her antics. She's FAST too. Way faster than you'd think she'd be but wow she can go from one end of the bed to the other in the blink of an eye so I literally can't look away even for a moment when she's like that. Needless to say, when she's awake, she's AWAKE and rearing to go! She's all about movement and mobility these days and rarely sits still! Silly girl ❤ . . . #CharlieCheeseFries #CharlotteGraceShirley #momtogs #aheadofthecurve #thebump #jj_its_kids #theartofchildhood #wildandbravelittles #childhoodunplugged #mom_hub #childrenseemagic #documentyourdays #letthembelittle #candidchildhood #clickinmoms #thehappynow #runwildmychild #mamarazzi #cameramama  #momswithcameras #lifewellcaptured #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #magicofchildhood #365project #bedtime

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