Photos from yesterday’s session.
My busy little baby has decided she really does not need any sleep to survive.
It’s ridiculous! She’s started napping for about an hour every day around noon. Then she goes to sleep at night at 7 pm, and at 9 pm she wakes up, wide awake. She stays awake until around midnight. She still nurses all night long, between midnight and 7 when she gets up ready to party. Sometimes it’s earlier than 7, depending on if Rosie gets up earlier and makes a lot of noise.
The funny thing is, Ada is happy. She’s not grumpy or overtired or suffering from lack of sleep. She’s happy, happy, happy. I keep trying to get her to sleep more, laying down in a dark room and all, but it doesn’t work. She just keeps sitting herself up, trying her hardest to stand up in the middle of the bed, babbling and giggling.
Right now she’s crawling around the living room with a rubber nipple sippy cup (that belonged to Rosie) hanging out of her mouth and growling at the chihuahua. She doesn’t drink anything out of the sippy cup, she just likes to chew on it and play with it.
I think she’s not sleeping because her brain is so busy learning. She’s having an explosion in motor skills and language.
She has started putting together baby signs. Holy crap, that was unexpected! She does the sign for more and the sign for milk, then she bangs on my chest and screams, “muh! muh!” for more or milk. She repeats things, like in the video I posted. In the past couple of days she’s pointed a couple of times while saying, “hut dat?”
She pretends to feed me things now, it’s so incredibly adorable. Funny too because we don’t feed her like that.
She’s learning how to stand up on her own, she wants to so bad. I keep finding her squatting in the middle of the floor on flat feet. She’s stood all by herself a couple of times, but she’s afraid of falling on the hardwood. (Don’t blame her, ouch!)
It’s as if she’s determined to power through babyhood and go straight to being a toddler.
WHY? Slow down Baby, please!
I had a photo session yesterday. It was the first time I’ve left Ada, can you believe that? Tyler was alone with the both of them for the first time.
They dropped me off at the place where we were doing photos, and then he took them to a store. He managed to lose one of Ada’s new giraffe socks and let Rosie buy a $25 Baby Alive doll with her Christmas money. You know, the super annoying talking doll that I’ve been telling her we absolutely cannot buy for the past year? Rosie was so excited that she got up at 4 this morning ready to play with it again.
Other than that, they survived alone ok for the hour and a half I wasn’t there. Ada was well distracted since they were out and about instead of at home, so I don’t think she missed me too much.
My photo shoot was for a single mother who recently adopted a little girl from Kazakhstan. The little girl was completely adorable.
It was somewhat of a tricky session. The little girl had a runny nose and she wanted to toddle off in the opposite direction of the camera. (Typical 14 month old!) The mother had her brother in town and her very elderly father. Her father wasn’t able to walk very far or even really speak. Their entire family was so sweet.
It was the middle of the afternoon, bright light, with racing dark clouds over the sun, and we couldn’t walk around to find sweet light spots since there were icy patches on the side walk and the grandfather wasn’t very mobile.
I had some awkward lighting issues. For some reason the baby’s ears came out see through, like they were glowing when she was back lit by the sun. That has never happened to me before.
I still got enough decent shots, anyway.
I drank too much caffeine yesterday. It makes me jittery. I got 86 usable shots in under an hour, and I already have the whole session edited and uploaded. That’s like…unheard of quick for me.
(These last three were kind of outtakes, but I love them all the same…)