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Cece at the beach | Part 2

It was absolutely gorgeous, but the wind was really strong.  So we packed up and headed to a grassy area in Osterville.  You can see that part of the session here.  But before we packed everything up…we did capture a few of Cece and her sister Piper at their favorite place in Cape Cod…the beach.

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Piper is trying to feed the seagulls her “cheddar bunnies.” 
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And this is right about when we packed it up…just too windy:)
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Courtney - This makes me want to have little blonde babies and go to Cape Cod…immediately!

Cassandra - Ha…Courtney…you leave the best notes!

Cece at 6 months | Cape Cod Family Photographer

Following the steps of her big sister, Cece is already on the move.  And she is fast!  Through the sandy beaches of Cape Cod, through grass…this little girl loves to explore!  I can already picture her walking or maybe even running and chasing her big sister at 1 year old!  Get ready to say “awe” at the cutest little rolls and blueberry blue eyes.  

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P.S.  Here is Cece as a newborn.

Goodnight baby girl I love you…it’s time to go to sleep

I remember that feeling when I said,”good night baby girl, I love you and it’s time to go to sleep,” and closed Sammy’s door.  I didn’t hear a sound…and my heart beat with so much excitement.  “She did it,” I said to Matty, “she did it!” We had worked with Sammy for two tiring weeks trying to teach her how to lay down, not stand up, and put herself to sleep. And she did it!

I grinned from ear to ear filled with so much pride- in myself for sticking to the training, but most of all in her. She did it! I kept saying.

 

Training a child can be so tiring, but the end result brings so much freedom and joy.  For mom’s and dad’s out there…I just want you to feel hope, that I am 99.99% sure there is some method out there for you and your child that will bring about healthy sleep patterns.  Just don’t give up.

I am not here to tell you that the method we used is the right way for your baby.  I have quickly found that other parent’s methods have not worked on either me or my child or just didn’t fit our parenting style.

When we had a goal in mind like: helping Sammy sleep through the night we read, we googled, we asked around…we experimented…we prayed, and we searched till we found a solution that made sense to us and then stuck to it. I have heard that there is a 5-7 day tipping point in terms of teaching your child.  Sammy is more like an eyebrow-raising two weeks…once again every child is different. But the feeling that comes from watching them learn is priceless.  So stick to it:)

Ooo I just want to touch those adorable sleeping cheeks…but I won’t because that would be plain stupid:)

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P.S. These frames are part of the frame collection I am now offering! Slightly crooked at the moment, but I Love them!
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P.S. If you are curious about the methods we used to help Sammy sleep through the night, put herself to sleep, and not stand up in her crib…leave a comment or email and I will happily pass along or blog about some of the methods we used:)

 

The Cake Smash

The morning of her birthday party, we loaded Sammy with fruit, waffles granola and milk in hopes that when it came time for the “cake smash,” she wouldn’t eat handfuls upon handfuls of cake.

I also filled her up in hopes that she would smash it really well:)

Side note: When Sammy is all done eating at the dinner table she likes to clear everything off.  She chucks her bottle, swipes her plate to the floor and proceeds to clear with rapid force every crumb off the table. So my hope was that if she was full she would do the same with her smash cake resulting in quite a show.

 

Here is how it played out…

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Sammy tip toed on over sat down…took a bite…and this was her face.  She then crawled away.
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So Matt picked her up and tried again…
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I was completely shocked…I had never seen a baby refuse to eat their birthday cake!  ( The healthy momma in me felt a little pride…just for a moment).

So one of Sammy’s older friends came over and showed her what to do.  It didn’t take long then for Sammy to catch on…

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The Smashed cake…not one bite taken.

Oh, and here is a little video.

Baby Connor

You just lay in their arms so peacefully as they stroked your nose and rocked you back and forth.  You lay their perfectly still.  Looking out the window your eyelids grew heavy and you drifted off into a deep deep sleep. We moved you here and there capturing every little detail…and throughout it all you hardly moved.  It must have been a great dream or maybe you are just so tired from all of the exciting new things in this world. 

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