Olive {10 months}

I just cannot bare the thought that my sweet baby girl is getting so close to not being a baby any more but a toddler!! (Insert silly mommy tears here.) This past month has been a blast though.  I cannot stop thanking God for this sweet gift of life we get to cherish every day! This girl decided she would only wake up once a night, once people, once!!!!! Its been amazing! (Now, if only I could shake my insomnia from being up every 2-3 hours for the past 10 months.)

This girl is pretty much a non-stop ball of fun! She loves playing tickles, waving, playing hide'n'seek with mom or dad, playing with Toby, playing in the grass outside, and swinging. Oh and this girl can eat chicken like no tomorrow. Seriously, she eats a whole chicken breast every day or two. Needless to say we are now broke. ;) Jk.

One of the hardest things about this age is her separation anxiety. She has grown SUPER attached to me and is in complete tears and scared for her life when I am gone. Thankfully, after a few weeks of playing peak-a-boo and hide'n'seek she has gotten a lot better, but when she is hurting or tired there isn't anyone else she wants...which I have to admit is such a sweet thing. Also, seeing her true colors of "I want my way, right now" coming out has been hard. She recently started to scream during these fits--A high pitch, ear perceiving headache inducing scream. Sigh, oh, discipline here we come more and more every day...

This month I wanted to do a family shoot since we haven't done one of all three of us in a while. She was kinda cranky the day we set out to do it but we got a few smiles out of her. Olive's little blue eyes are so sensitive to the sun so she was pretty squinty most of the time.

We went to a place I had scouted for a shoot once but never ended up shooting there. Its a gorgeous bike trail off C-470, which was super busy on this warm February day. It was perfectly overcast which was such a sweet thing God provided since Olive is so sensative to the sun. The grass in the area was so tall! My sweet husband dragged this chair up the hill for us to get these photos. At first he was like "seriously, do we really need to bring this?" and I promised it would be worth it, which of course he agreed later. ;)

It was so cute: as I was getting everything set up for the shots we had Olive sitting in the blue chair and all the bikers/hikers that pasted us by just stopped and said how cute or adorable this was. :D We think so too, obviously.

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I love watching and capturing the way these two make each other smile. Josh took all the ones of Olive and I together...one day, maybe, he will decide to second shoot with me. ;) Getting Olive to smile at a tripod was a little tricky. But thankfully some puppies went by that got a few good smiles out of her.Isn't that the best face of joy, ever?! Its' so bright mom! Trying out my new 105mm macro lens...great idea to practice on a moving object. ;) Olive's other favorite pastime, take dad's glasses.When Josh and I are affectionate in front of Olive she just giggles and smiles. Its so sweet! :) She knows it is a good thing that mom and dad love each other.