~ My Second, First Haircut ~

My little lady is growing up.  I think this month, when she turned 17 months old, it hit me more than I expected.  To see her toddling around, so big and yet still so very much a baby I couldn’t believe I’d brought her home from the hosptial when Calder was that same age!   Here she is walking, talking and trying her darndest to keep up with her big brother.  While it’s a reminder that time is passing far more quickly than I may realize on a daily basis, I’m also very happy not to be back at the newborn stage right now. We are truly beginning to see the personalities of our kiddos and share in the excitement and joy they find in the most mundane things. 

Haircut 1

As Seneca and I enjoyed some girl time at the salon for her very first haircut, I realized that this time around, I didn’t really know what to do.  With Calder it was easy to just cut it clean and voila, he became a big boy.  So, I relied on the expertise of my super-talented stylist to work her magic.   

She sat perfectly still, her little arms outstretched so she could reach the armrests of the chair.  She looks slightly terrified, but I’m sure that she’ll be all-girl when it comes to gettin’ dolled up!

Haircut 2

Haircut 3

The squinty eyes are too much here!  Between her chubby cheeks and full pouty-lips, she looks like she’s on the verge of tears!

Haircut 4

And then…a sucker makes the whole experience that much sweeter!  Seriously, I could just gobble up those chunky little fingers!

Haircut 5

I realized, only here at my computer, that I never got a complete finished shot!  Seeing as how I had to wrestle my lipgloss from her surprisingly strong grasp, I’m fairly certain she won’t mind a little primping sometime soon for a special photoshoot!  Plus, her run-in with Impetigo (just the first of our brush with illness in the past 3 weeks) has cleared up nicely, leaving her cheeks kissably soft once again.

Best Shot Monday ~ Sweet Summer

I’m a big fan of the better-late-than-never mantra.  While I began this post well over 12 hours ago, our plans changed and well, here it is…

Perhaps it’s the pending arrival of another child that has me so reflective lately, or I suppose it could be the fact that I very recently *finished* Calder’s baby book.  Either way, I felt like sharing a few of my favorite shots that still don’t do justice to the amazing little boy he is becoming. 

Heading in after a tour through Papa’s Garden

Dirty Bum 

Sitting so well for his second official haircut, and getting the hang of his first sucker…

Small Bribes

Last Thursday, when I believe the temps were well into the 90s and the humidity had to be at least 100%, Katie and I made plans to connect at Hawk Island County Park.  I fell in love with this place last fall when we had a cross country meet there – I just knew that it would be a perfect summer day escape for us!  My expectations were certainly met!  While I don’t have many pictures (I found it tricky to keep an eye on our belongings, stay within arms length of Calder and keep my camera dry) I did manage to snap a few to share our day.

Here’s one of the many gadgets that chill and thrill…(and for the record, the blast of these buckets nearly topples a toddler!)

Water Works

Between shoving yogurt melts and crackers in his face sharing and trying to climb the back of the lounge chair, I managed to take at least one shot of Cooper and Calder just hangin’ out…

Fun with Friends

And my best shot for today, is this little gem.  In the larger version you can really see his furrowed brow as he studies his cracker, the few stray crumbs on his face, and the chubbiness of his little hands.  Beyond that, this picture reminds me of the blissful exhaustion that follows the perfect play on a summer’s day.

A snack and a rest

Splash on over to Tracey’s for more Best Shot Monday.