Milestones + Memories | October 2018

our sweet girls have been so busy lately that i feel like i am constantly writing little sticky notes to remind myself of all the things i need to add to their baby books.  from new glasses to new teeth, to beginning to crawl and conquering our ABC’s…it seems like the milestones and memories are constant these days.  since i was 20 weeks pregnant with our first daughter, i have written letters each month to our children and posted them here, on my blog.  these letters mean everything to me today, and will someday mean so much to our children.  as a way to give them these letters to take with them one day, i have started the long process of copying these letters by hand into beautiful linen books for each baby, where i will continue to journal monthly.  it is going to take me awhile to transfer them over, but i love that our girls will have these thoughtful letters in my handwriting.

and as i am copying the letters into their linen journals, it has been such a blessing to relive all of their beautiful moments.  it seems like all of these little things happened just yesterday and not only are these letters a gift to our girls, but they are a gift to my husband and i as well.  i love that they were written monthly to document specific times, that we are enjoying reading about now.  and i hope one day the girls will pull out their journals, while their own babies are sleeping, and reread my letters to them.  so that maybe, as their little ones sleep, they can turn to a particular page and read about how they were at the same age and how incredibly much i love them.

these beautiful linen journals are on my list of things to blog about soon, so keep an eye out for them on the blog!

more than ever, our girls are little bookworms.  our youngest is learning to turn the pages, but mostly loves to teeth on them.  our oldest has begun to read stories to us at night, as she tells us all about the pictures and, at times, memorizes the words on the pages.  she loves to visit the library and really loves flipping through large chapter books that i read myself.  she is happiest when she gets to read “mommy’s book,” and is entertained for quite a while as she simply flips through the pages.  she truly finds it relaxing and it is so peaceful to watch her skim through the large books.

for a complete guide on how I photograph my baby girl’s first year, be sure to read the first twelve.  and to learn how i document our everyday, be sure to read the everyday photograph.

Milestones + Memories | October 2018

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First Sniffles of the Season

our girls are, without a doubt, two peas in a pod.  they wake up at the same time, nap at the same time, eat at the same time, play at the same time and…get sick at the exact same time, with the exact same symptoms.  we have officially experienced (and now gotten over) our very first sniffles of the season.  oh goodness, two sick kids at once is no joking matter.  but it’s all fun and games until, they start kissing on mama and mid-week…mama is down for the count.  whew!  if you ask any mama, you will know that it should be against the rules for mamas to be sick alongside their babies.  it is so hard to take care of sick littles when you are not running on 100%, yourself.  but the best thing about being sick (if there possibly could be a best thing), is that it can be so cozy!  we cancel all of our plans for the week, get into fresh pairs of pajamas each morning and just play at home.  and when the weekend rolls around, daddy rescues us with a coffee run and park date for fresh air.

for a complete guide on how I photograph my baby girl’s first year, be sure to read the first twelve.  and to learn how i document our everyday, be sure to read the everyday photograph.

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on one afternoon during our week of sniffles, my toddler and i walked into the baby’s room after nap and, like always, she climbed up onto her crib and immediately wanted in.  my toddler really loves cuddling with her sister in her crib, so we did just that.  i love this little series of photos because it truly defines our everyday.  while we are usually not in our pajamas in the afternoon, our sick week called for anything and everything cozy.  the girls read lots of stories together and, praise the Lord, we started feeling better after a week or so.  i am crossing my fingers that we got our first sniffles of the season out of the way at the beginning of fall and can call it accomplished because, whew!, that was a lot of boogers and sneezing!

all photos taken with my DSLR and favorite everyday lens.

infant pajamas by our favorite, burts bees

toddler pajamas from the gap, similar ones here (we have these, too!)

First Sniffles of the Season

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Creating A Fall Toddler Capsule Wardrobe

just as it does every year, the seasons come and go so quickly!  but, for me, autumn is a favorite around here.  it’s the time of year for family coffee dates, pretty autumn car rides, and dressing in layers.  having two little girls to dress this year, i am trying my best to keep it simple and to hopefully adopt a capsule wardrobe mentality.  i notice that every season i always have a handful of favorite items that i dress my girls in, time after time.  this fall, i am basing the girls’ wardrobes around some of our favorite staple items to help both keep it simple and maximize the number of ways to wear outfits.  i have had some fun creating a fall toddler capsule wardrobe this season and here are some of our go to items.

for a complete guide on how I photograph my baby girl’s first year, be sure to read the first twelve.  and to learn how i document our everyday, be sure to read the everyday photograph.

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Creating A Fall Toddler Capsule Wardrobe

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when creating a fall toddler capsule wardrobe, i basically picked out a variety of items, based on a color scheme, that can be mixed and matched together to create a variety of outfits.  having a color scheme just helps to coordinate my girls, as i like their outfits to coordinate in some way.  to be honest, i have a color scheme without even realizing it…my eye is naturally favorable to soft neutrals and florals.  i honestly believe that you can create a whole wardrobe around white pants and a cute pair of neutral shoes.  for fall, adding a sweater and jacket to any outfit helps with layering and bringing together a look.  then, adding a couple of fun items like a furry vest and tutu can help bring some variety to a wardrobe, should it need to be dressed up or down.  as always, my goal when dressing the girls is to have items that are more classic and timeless, so i choose pea cots and white sweaters because i find that the look best fits our style.

Fall Toddler Capsule Wardrobe Items

(one) a peplum top, our go to style because it can be dressed up or down

(two) a peacoat, we have one very similar that is gray.  a peacoat pairs with anything!

(three) a skirt, for achieving a little more of a dressy look.

(four) a furry vest, for layering and texture.

(five) warm boots, we wear similar boots all season long.

(six) a basic white sweater, i buy this same sweater every single year.

(seven) white leggings, all day every day.  a neutral base to every outfit.

(eight) good pajamas!  we love these and have a zillion pairs.

(nine) a dressier shoe, these clogs are our favorite shoe ever!

(ten) a fun romper, pairs really well with knee socks!

(eleven) as always, we love our bows and this is our favorite shop.

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We Get 18 Summers

we only have 18 summers with our kids.  this thought really circulated through social and print media this past summer and, like many parents, it really did stop me in my tracks.  18 summers.  there is so much truth to it that it stings a little.  i think it stings because it is an actual number.  every parent, whether they are currently in the thick of parenthood, or their children are grown, knows that time really is fleeting.  i wrote in my most recent eBook the honest newborn, that i literally felt as if someone pressed a fast forward button on life the second our first daughter was born.  days seem to go by quicker, as i scramble to hold on to each and every moment so i can preserve it as a memory.  i am not sure if the phrases babies don’t keep and the days are long, but the years are short have been around for a long time, but just like the phrase we only have 18 summers with our kids, i feel like i have really embraced these little sayings of truth lately during my journey with motherhood.

for a complete guide on how I photograph my baby girl’s first year, be sure to read the first twelve.  and to learn how i document our everyday, be sure to read the everyday photograph.

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so as we head into the fall season and say goodbye to summer, i am taking a little time this morning to catch up on editing.  one of the most exciting moments of our summer was when our 2 year old got her first tricycle.  she had taken an interest to a friend’s bike at a playdate, so we jumped on her interest and bought her a bike.  not only was she so excited to see her own tricycle, but she was excited that it was pink and that…it had a little bell!

i really like to bring my camera out during big milestones, to document for the girls’ baby books.  my goal for this series was for it to be sweet and pink, so i intentionally dressed her in this gorgeous floral top that my sweet mother in law gave her (it’s one of our favorites), white bloomers and a pink velvet bow from cammi&co.  and then we both had some fun with her new bike, as she learned how to move around and i documented all the little details of her special afternoon.

all photos taken with my DSLR and favorite everyday lens.

We Get 18 Summers

We Get 18 Summers | Bethadilly Photography | www.bethadilly.com

while the saying about 18 summers has me a little panicked, wanting to fit in as many things as possible with our girls, i am also humbled that sometimes the simplest of afternoons take up the biggest parts in our hearts.  we created a summer bucket list at the beginning of summer and, to be honest, we didn’t quite get to all of our activities.  part of it was because it was so darn hot and the heat makes me nervous with small children.  another was, our littlest is on a great nap schedule currently so it doesn’t give us a ton of freedom to venture far from home quiet yet, as i like to make sure she gets good sleep.  and while i really like to cross things off checklists, i reminded myself that even though this quote about only having 18 summers with our kids makes us scramble to fit in all the memories we can, we do have time.  and sometimes the best moments are when you are cuddled on the couch reading stories or having a picnic lunch on the kitchen floor.  children don’t need fancy things and over planned outings all the time; they are just as happy with spending time with us.

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Her First Tooth…Finally!

as we were getting ready to leave our weekly bible study two days ago, i laid my littlest down on my lap to nurse her real quick before putting the girls into the car.  needless to say, she hates to nurse in public.  she is so easily distracted, as most babies are at 8 months old, and is so much more interested in EVERYTHING else in the room than sitting still on mama’s lap.  seriously, getting her to nurse nowadays takes creating a really quite and calm environment so she can focus on eating for a few minutes.  she is just too excited to explore everything around her.  so as i got ready to nurse her, she looked up at me and gave a loud, “WAHHHHHHHHHH!”  and as she briefly fussed, i briefly noticed a little something white!  her first tooth!

needless to say, i got so excited!  we had been waiting and waiting for her first tooth for months and, just when stopped thinking “when is her first tooth going to come!?”…it popped through!  i quickly and excitedly hurried the girls into the car, dialed my husband on the phone and when his voice said, “hello!” through the speakers of the car (we love talking to him in the car, so we can all hear and talk together), i said, “baby got her first…” and our toddler said, “toooooof!” (tooth).  my husband was equally thrilled and so began our day of celebrating her little dental milestone.  around the corner is a sweet new smile and now…another set of teeth for mama to brush.  time to order more toothbrushes!

for a complete guide on how I photograph my baby girl’s first year, be sure to read the first twelve.

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when we got home, the girls had lunch and then went down for nap.  but right after nap!?  mama had to bring out my camera to document the exciting day for her baby book.  and while her sister adored her, she chewed on her little giraffe the entire time, which made for even better teething pictures.  (as a side note, our sophie teether is our favorite toy and i love how simple and classic it is.  each of my girls have their own, as it has always been something that i see as a keepsake for their baby years).

all photos taken with my DSLR and favorite everyday lens.

pink velvet bows courtesy of our favorite bow shop, cammi&co

Her First Tooth…Finally!

Her First Tooth...Finally! | Bethadilly Photography | www.bethadilly.com

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