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I’m back

After a long 3 months of severe pregnancy sickness, I am back…and it feels so good!  I will once again be booking starting now through the end of June and will be returning back again after our next baby arrives for fall sessions.

Stay tuned!




Out in the snow…

The day before Thanksgiving Sammy went sledding for the first time at Grammy and Poppy’s house, ate a good 5 servings at least of snow, and built her first snowman.  At first she wasn’t so sure of the cold stuff hitting her face and kept reaching and saying up.  But as soon as daddy started playing she realized just how awesome it is to play in the snow.  I think she liked sledding down the drive way the best, but eating snow and spitting it back out probably came into a close second…we might have a little trouble with the latter as it starts to snow here in dog city Boston!


Baby Brooke | North End Newborn Photographer

I kept telling you that eventually you were not going to be able to fight it off any longer. Eventually you would fall asleep. And finally you did, but I have to say that I am amazed out how curious, completely content, and awake you were at only 10 days old.

Baby Brooke, you have the sweetest big sister who already wants to share her bed with you, give you kisses, and take naps together. I think you are going to be very good friends.


At the Macy’s Parade

I have wanted to go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since I was a little girl.  So when Matt came up with the idea to go this year…I may have squealed and done a happy dance.

For weeks it has been all that I have thought and probably talked about.  As the first float passed by and every camera in the crowd shot up to capture the Macy’s opening stars…I knew the parade was not going to disappoint my childhood dream. It was AMAZING…and I would go back in a heartbeat!!!

The balloons were HUGE! I knew they would be, but it is really something else to see just the under belly of them passing above you.

As we watched, an occasional flurry fell making the parade that much more magical.  Snuggled in with family it really was so much better than what I had pictured.

Sammy sat on our shoulders well above the crowd. Occasionally she would get excited and push my hat down over my eyes…peering into my face it seemed like she laughed each time.  Every now and then Sammy would snuggle in or rest her cheek onto my hat as if she was going to fall asleep ( it was her nap time), but then another balloon would come and she would spring back up.  It was so cute to see her reaction to the balloons.  Her mouth hung a little open and I think she hardly blinked as the first ones past:)

I could tell some people thought we were crazy for bringing a toddler to the parade in 30 degree weather.  And I have to admit, I was a bit nervous.  Weeks leading up to the parade, Matt can testify that I was on the computer every single night looking for cold weather gear.  Throughout the parade I kept checking her to see if she was cold.  As we walked back to our car to head home, we all shivered as the snow began to really fall.  I hoped she was still warm.  As we stripped off her coat, snow pants and layers I found Sammy to actually be almost in a sweat.  Her hands were toasty and her body felt like warm laundry.  I let out a huge sigh of relief.


A few tips for going to the Macy’s Thanksgiving day with a toddler:

Dress them warm.  We found a little coffee shop once we got there so we could hop out of the car quickly and then pile on the layers. Bring extra layers in case you drop a glove, hat, or something gets wet.

We used snow pants and next time will even put her in boots.  Her toes were the only part of her body that was a touch cool.

We brought with us a hiking backpack so Sammy could see above the crowd.  I would recommend the backpack in a heartbeat even though Sammy preferred to sit on our shoulders.  On our shoulders, she could see well above the crowd!

Bring easy snacks

Have fun!!

P.S.  Matt’s family lives just a short drive outside the city, so we drove in and were able to park just 10 blocks away on the street, but his Dad is also a pro when it comes to visiting NYC.

Sammy goes to the MFA

Sammy wiggled to get down from my arms as we walked into the first room of the Massachusetts Fine Art Museum.  She walked right over to a huge sculpture, stopped just a few feet away… looked up, dropped open her mouth and let out an exagerated. ” Ooooh!” (which sounds a lot like a long drawn out WOW, but with a really funky accent.

Sammy continued, for the next hour an half, to run up to paintings and artwork big and small…stop for a moment, look and then move onto the next.  And surprisingly she was really looking at the artwork…I mean she found every single portrait of a dog painted or sculpted throughout the museum!

We walked through the MFA at record speed…I think in just less than 2 hours.  We did avoid some of the furniture rooms as Sammy wanted to sit on the chaise lounge and tiny little upholstered seats.  It wasn’t until the last 10-15 minutes that she tugged at my jeans and asked to be up.

Tired and a little worn out Sammy climbed into her stroller. I handed her a bottle of milk…and if it weren’t for the cold air and occasional flurries outside, I think she would have fallen asleep on our short walk home.  We will have to go back! We both loved it!

Note: I found out during our visit that every first and third Monday of each month is stroller day for babies and toddlers.  The museum also has some fun activities for I would say 3 or 4 years and up.  You can find out more info here.

The coolest bean bag chairs ever!
Sammy only stopped to rest for a brief moment to watch all the people walking outside…and then she was off again running from painting to painting.