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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.

Sammy Moments…


-I have no idea where she got the idea…but lately when we go on a walk, Sammy will stick her finger into the leaves, into our neighbors flower bed, into the grass… swirl her finger around a few times and then stick her finger in her mouth to quickly lick it off.  I know… gross, but it’s actually really funny!  The other day she reached her finger into the sky, gave it a swirl and then a good lick. Ha!


-Now Sammy is running…but a few weeks ago when she was still getting the hang of walking, she would pace the room.  She would go back and forth from one end to another…not really doing much along the way except talking to herself and occasionally getting really excited.  It was super cute to watch her face light up the faster and faster she went.


-The other week Sammy walked across the room, climbed up onto my lap and nuzzled her face into my chest.  My heart melted into a million pieces.  She only stayed for 10 seconds, but she is doing it more and more these days!  It gives me hope that she will one day like to sit and snuggle for just a few minutes…then she can go back to climbing and running and never tiring out.


-When Matty walks in the door…oh, it’s perfection!  Sammy looks up with bright eyes and whispers softly to herself “Dada.”  She then goes and takes his hand and proceeds to show him everything she has played with while he was gone ( or at least I think that is what she is doing).  And between her excitement that he is finally home and him throwing balls, crawling around on the floor, and chasing her about the room…Sammy is soon beside herself in laughter…I mean she can barely walk or crawl.



Baby Judson | Waltham Newborn Photographer

This family is so dear to my heart.  Their kindness and love constantly overflows to everyone they meet.

Baby Judson…you are so small right now, but I know that like your brother you are going to have a warrior spirit.  You will take on wild adventures and conquer giants!