Love Wins

On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court made the historic decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. We live in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize it, so my sister’s marriage was never a problem for her. However, now their marriage is legal in all 50 states (which is important as they often travel to visit her wife’s son). More importantly, thousands of couples who could not marry, now can. This has made me very very happy, and I wanted to do a photo shoot to show my support.

I ordered a custom t-shirt for Inara from My Little Loves Designs, and brought her to a local park to take some photos. I’m so happy with how they came out, and so happy for our country!

12-Month Checkup

I was very excited to find out Inara’s height and weight! Still not 20 lbs. yet, but her height is 48th percentile and weight is 52nd, so she’s absolutely perfect (of course!). πŸ™‚ Unfortunately she was running a little fever, so they couldn’t do her vaccines yet, and we’ll have to come back in 2 weeks. She had blood taken and her iron is low, so she was prescribed iron drops. Otherwise, she’s perfectly healthy! Her top two front teeth also just broke through within a day of each other. Four total now!

Weight – 7 lbs.
Length – 18 3/4 in.

1 month:
Weight – 8 lbs. 4 oz.
Length – 20 1/2 in.

2 months:
Weight – 9 lbs. 13 oz.
Length – 21 1/2 in.

4 months:
Weight – 12 lbs. 1 oz.
Length – 24 in.

5 months:
Weight – 13 lbs. 7 oz.
Length – 25 in.

6 months:
Weight – 14 lbs. 8 oz.
Length – 25 1/2 in.

7 months:
Weight – 16 lbs.
Length – 26 in.

9 months:
Weight – 17 lbs. 12 oz.
Length – 26 3/4 in.

10 months:
Weight – 17 lbs. 10 oz.
Length – 27 in.

12 months:
Weight – 19 lbs. 10 oz.
Length – 29 1/4 in.


Cake Smash

I couldn’t resist doing a cake smash photo shoot. I waited until the next day since she’d had enough sugar already on her birthday! It was good practice and silly fun. She didn’t want to get messy! Silly girl. πŸ™‚

Banner and hat by Little Free Radical. Tutu by Le Tutu Shoppe. Necklace by Camdyn Reese Headbands.

Inara’s First Birthday

I can’t believe it. My baby is ONE! It was a wonderful day, with the usual ups and downs any big event has. πŸ˜‰ The day before (or that morning? I forget already!), Inara slipped in her playpen and scraped her nose on the netting, leaving it as red as Rudolph’s. Before the party, my in-laws arrived early and my mother-in-law got attacked by one of our cats, out of the blue. Thankfully she has many cats of her own and didn’t blame us, but it was horrifying! Her arm got all scratched up. 😦 Then during the party, one of the kids overflowed the toilet and flooded our bathroom. That was fun. Never a boring day with our family!

Other than that, it was perfect. The weather couldn’t have been better, everyone had a great time, the food was good…I’m so happy. Happy to gather with family, happy to celebrate a year of being this perfect little girl’s mommy, happy for it to all be over so we could relax! πŸ˜‰

Banner and hat by Little Free Radical. Inara’s dress by Seaside Dandelions. Cake by Truly Scrumptious Cupcakes.

Professional Photo Shoot

Although I am a photographer myself, I know I still have a long way to go in terms of ability. For Inara’s first birthday, I wanted to get some professional photos taken of her. This photographer also ran a Mother’s Day contest and I won a photo shoot of Inara, my mother-in-law, and myself, so we did that the same day. Unfortunately Inara was a bit worn out by the time we did the photo shoot of the three of us, but the photos are a wonderful memory either way.

By Mark Rand Photography:

11 Months

My darling girl is 11 months old. We’re planning her first birthday party. She crawls, stands, and cruises. She’s days away from walking. Her two bottom teeth are fully in. She still nurses, and also eats a wide variety of solid foods. I can’t believe she’s almost a toddler! Every day is more fun than the last. I love my goofy, happy girl.


I love fairies, and bought a fairy costume for her ages ago. The weather is finally nice and warm, so I dressed her up and brought her out to the back yard for some photo fun. πŸ™‚

First Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day has been hard for me for years. I lost my mother to cancer in 2005. Then I had miscarriages in 2012 and 2013. I dreaded this day. But this year…this was my year. We went to brunch with my in-laws, and everyone at the restaurant cooed over my adorable baby. It was wonderful. And my gift: hubby is paying for my motherhood tattoo! I’m getting it soon! Photos to follow. πŸ™‚