Happy Birthday Peanut!

Here's to a new year and the start of an exiting new adventure.  It only seems fitting to start this page with the little Peanut that stole my heart and started it all.  Peanut is the daughter of my best friend Ang from high school. I'm not going to lie to you, when Ang told me she was pregnant, my heart kind of sunk.  Now that may make me seem like a horrible person, and I knew it was coming.  I knew she and her husband were trying, but I felt like I was losing my best friend, again.  I had already lost her to her husband the year before when they got married and now I was losing her to motherhood. At least that's how I saw it at the time.  

I have always been interested in photography.  My mom bought me my first DSLR for Christmas after college.  So, my way of coping with the whole ordeal was to photograph it.  The first session I did with Ang was her "Trash the Dress."  Peanut was there, probably the size of an actual peanut at the time.  Ang and I had discussed doing the Trash the Dress session before she even went down the aisle.  It wasn't intended to be a ruin the dress by any means.  It was just an excuse to wear her beautiful wedding dress again and have some fun!  

The next session we did was a maternity session.  Peanut was born in early January, BRRR.  So when we decided to do maternity pictures is was a cold sunny day in November.  In retrospect we were kind of babies about it.  After all, we are Minnesota girls, but Ang was still a trooper.  

Finally the day had arrived.  I remember when I got the call that Peanut had been born.  I was at dinner with family in town for the holidays.  Ang had warned me that there would not be a predelivery call since she wanted the birth to be a private affair, which I respected.  So when my phone rang during dinner I knew that it meant Peanut had arrived.  The next day I went to the hospital to greet this tiny human who would change my outlook on babies forever.  She was perfect.  She was just over 6lbs when she was born hence the nickname "Peanut" was born.  

The next time I saw her was for her newborn pictures.  And oh what an adventure THAT was.  I was very new at dealing with newborns and didn't have the knowledge I do now about how they operate.  Ang's parents were moving at the time so we decided that since the house would be fairly empty that it would be a good place to set up a make-shift studio.  Or... not.  I didn't know at the time that there would be about 10 family members at the house as well wanting to meet the precious new bundle of joy.  Or that Ang would let her sleep the whole afternoon before I got there so she was wide awake and in a strange place by the time I arrived.  Again, learning experience for all.  So pictures were a little interesting, but still cute. 

The next time I met this cutie for pictures boy had she grown!  She was a wide eyed beauty with a crazy mohawk of hair which still makes me giggle.  She was 3 months old and ready to explore the world.

Then came 6 months.  Poor baby.  It's always hard to schedule photo sessions with little ones.  Some days are great and you have a happy little baby and other days it just doesn't work.  On this day Peanut was not in her best mood, but we still got a few smiles.

So, to make up for a not so perfect 6 month session I suggested adding 7 months.  Since who doesn't want an excuse to see such a cute little Peanut.  And boy was a glad I did!  I got the picture that I hold ALL my standard to.  The most beautiful mother/daughter shot that I will maintain and my favorite mother/daughter picture for some time I'm sure.

What a smilie little Peanut!

And the cutest little butterfly!

Then it was 9 months.  There is something so fun about being able to watch babies grow up over the year.  There are so many changes from one session to the next.  One session they can't support their head on their own and then next they are moving around exploring the world and the next they are totally mobile and then the fun REALLY begins.  

Then it was time to get a little messy.  It was time to smash the cake!  Peanut is one year old and I have no idea where the last year went.  

I have added babies to my portfolio over the past year but it all started with this one.  Peanut will always be the first and hold a special place in my heart.  Thanks baby for showing me that tiny humans don't have to change everything.  And when they do it's always for the better.





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