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Arwen {1 Year!}

Wow. Another year has come and gone. It never stops surprising me how fast time goes by.  Our baby is one and walking all over the place and showing more individual personality.  I absolutely love this age. If I could make it pause here for a while I would.  One of her favourite words (probably her favourite after “hi”) is “wow” and that’s the reason I love this age. Everything to her is wow, amazing, new and exciting!  A box opens…wow. A new food….wow. Mom has crazy hair in the morning…wow. 🙂

I’m writing this now 1 month after her birthday so she’s grown a lot since then.  At 1 year she had three teeth (she now has four), her hair still regularly was sticking up (it now lays flat most of the time), and she knew how to climb UP on all kinds of things (she can now also climb down most things too).

We were in Emo the weekend before her birthday so she had a few parties there with family. By the time her actual birthday rolled around on Tuesday we were sort of partied out. 🙂

Who is Arie? Lets see. She is easy going socially. She has no issues with other people and loves being with her siblings. She’s loudly offended when they shut her out of their play. She loves bath time and will make a bee line for the tub when you ask if she wants a bath or if she hears the water running.  She loves climbing on things- the kitchen stool, chairs, her rocking moose and anything else she can manage. I had to move an end table because she would not stay off of it! She has a charming smile!  Especially when she climbs up close to you and says with a grin “hi!” Oh, its the best….even when she wakes up early and cheery I can’t help but smile.  She likes to snuggle a teddy or soft doll while she sleeps and its adorable!  Hudson and Emmy love her..except when she’s messing with their stuff. 🙂 Its getting harder to keep things out of her reach and the classic sibling battles over her breaking their cool creations is common.

Arie is passionate, determined, and charming. She makes strangers smile with her “hi” and gives wonderful hugs. She makes our life that much sweeter and fuller and we are so thankful for her!

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Arwen {11 Months!}

This month Arie started taking steps! Usually only a maximum of 3 or 4. Its pretty cute to watch. I love how proud she is of herself. And rightly so; kiddos are learning so much all the time!!

She loves roaming around and playing. Its kind of hilarious how when she’s really quiet, its consistently because she’s found some lego somewhere…She definitely knows she’s not supposed to have it yet. 🙂

She cut another tooth this month and now has a three tooth smile. 🙂  She is really hilarious. She plays games, flirts and is silly. She loves playing peek-a-boo and playing with duplo blocks.  She seems to understand a lot of what we say but shakes her head no for everything, even when she means yes. The way I distinguish yes’ and no’s is that when she actually means ‘yes’ she shakes her head no with a big smile on her face and makes excited sounds. 🙂  The most exciting thing this month though has definitely been her starting to walk!

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Arwen {10 Months!}

Arie is exploring every part of the house.  She can now open cupboards and drawers and has a few favourites – tupperware drawer and bathroom vanity with hairbands, etc. She still also loves the dishwasher.  She loves bath time and hurries over to the tub when she hears a bath running.  She loves climbing on the couches and chairs. Its fun watching her explore and play.

Her hair keeps growing taller 😉  Its adorable and strangers stop to comment on it frequently. Her bottom teeth are coming up and becoming more noticeable. She’s adorable!

Here’s a few I took of her when she turned 10 Months! 🙂

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Arwen {9 Months!}

Goodbye little gummy smile, hello teeth! She finally cut two bottom teeth and they are slowly becoming more noticeable.  I love the little gummy toothless smiles, but her little teeth are also adorable. 🙂

This month she FINALLY started laughing at things. Before she would smile at anything but nothing made her laugh.  We got the occasional grunt-like laugh but now she giggles when we play peek-a-boo, when Hudson jumps on his bed, when we drop things and say “uh oh!” and funny things like that. I LOVE the giggles! Keep ’em coming!

Some of the things she loves right now: Music and dancing, laughing at Hudson and Emmy being silly, bath time and playing in water, being outside, eating, and many other things 🙂

She dislikes being squished by her sister (and being generally treated as if she were a doll not a real human being…), when I say NO to playing in the toilet, mushy food (in general) and having things pushed purposely out of her reach (how rude!)

She is an adorable, hilarious absolute joy! And that hair…..

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{The Whole Bag!} Mike & Carly

I love that Mike and Carly value regularly having family photos taken. The memories made while taking the photos and the photos themselves are such great keepsakes! I did a few photos of the girls while the littlest was still really little earlier this year but they wanted to save family photos for the Fall. It was a bit chilly when we started in the morning but the colours around their home were beautiful and they were all looking pretty great too 🙂  Here’s a few of Mike and Carly and their four growing daughters!