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Aimee Desiree Press - Writing and Photography - Part 5

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Avery at the Park

Avery and I went to the park for the first time today.  For some reason, I thought kids had to be 25 before it was safe for them to get on a swing.  What can I say, I’m a little paranoid about any apparatus that could potentially, possibly, maybe lead to a bump or bruise.  I tried to show Avery how to hold on with two hands, but she was all, “Moooooom, I’m in my sparkly star shirt and skinny jeans.  You want me to undo all my cuteness by looking like I can’t handle the baby swing?”  Ugh, fine.  So I tucked her blanket in behind her to make it a more secure fit.

I won’t bother posting any photos from our first set in which a pushed her about 5 & 3/4 inches back.  It looks like she’s just hanging there…because, okay, that’s really what she was doing.

Here’s a real swing.  I think I could have had it in focus if I had not been paranoid that she might fall out.  I was already that mom with her big ol’ camera.  I didn’t’ want to be that mom whose kid fell on her had because I was too busy getting the perfect shot.  What you also don’t see is a whining Patchy.  When I said, “Walk!,” he had assumed that were were going to take him for a nice stroll along the shore.  Instead, I took him to the park, tied him to a post of the swing set, and exposed him to really scary stuff – like kids riding around on their wheelies.  Oh, the horror of the razor scooter!

AveryPark Avery at the Park

So the rest are close-ups.  I had turned Avery around so that the sun was behind her.  It made for some great light.  It also precluded her from watching all the other kids.  As you can see, she wanted to see what was going on at the jungle gym.

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Her two new new friends were over there playing, so we went to go check out the slide.  I like to think that I don’t “drink the Kool-Aid” when it comes to certain mom things.  I try to call parents in our music class by their real names instead of “Flynn’s mom” and  keep the high-pitched voice to a minimum.  However, today I may have been that mom who yells, “weeeeee!” as I held my little one on my lap down the slide.  The toddler slide.  The one where you go so slow that you have to scoot your body off of it at the end.  Still, what an adventure!  Everyone but Patch is looking forward to going back tomorrow!

December 4, 2012

Alex - She loves a new adventure, doesn’t she? So full of joy and curiosity…or is that, “CouReOUsiTy?” Beautiful pictures Aimee and you know Grandma can never possibly get enough of those. :)

December 11, 2012

Aimee - Ha! Abuelita style ;)

Love Letter #10: My Daughter

Dear Button,

It took me 30 minutes to leave the house after L arrived to babysit.  You woke up when Patchy barked his greetings.  There’s just something about hearing your baby cry that sends a pulse of adrenaline running through a mother’s veins.  This past month you had several nights during which you cried every hour on the hour.  Your dad was out of town for several days and Patch was no help.  I took you to the doctor to see if you had an ear infection.  She said you were in perfect health and then turned to me to say, “I give you permission to let her cry it out tonight.”  I guess she doubled in Psychology of Mothers.  In short, you survived and are sleeping a lot better at night.  Well, except for last night when you were up from 2am-3am because you were teething.  And the night before that when your dad woke me up at midnight shaking my arm and mumbling, “The baby is crying.”  He had no recollection of doing that the next day.  Apparently, that internal baby alarm in dads works by waking up the mom.  Figures.  

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I realized I referred to you as my daughter for the first time last week.  Up until that time, I just called you my baby.  There are so many changes that go on in a woman’s heart when she has a child.  It’s wonderful and exhausting, uplifting and frustrating.  You are trying to be everything for this little person and, at the same time, hold on to everything that defined who you were before motherhood.  And then, just like that, you hit your stride.  It’s by no means easy street.  We have good days and bad days, but the former outnumber the latter by far. 

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We may be “pegaditos” most of the time, but we are very different in looks and personality.  Friends will gently say, “So, she looks a bit like Seth,” to which I will respond – much to their relief – “Oh, she’s her daddy’s girl!”  You inherited my blue eyes and I’m not going to lie that I really did pray for that one feature.  I just wanted a bit of genetic credit!  I was always very reserved as a child and you love making lots of friends.  Few things excite you more than getting together with other babies and little kids.  You start “talking” and waving your arms at them before lunging forward to give them a clumsy hug.    

I took you with me to vote for your first presidential election.  I may have dressed you up special for the occasion.  Feel free to use this photo in your campaign when you run for  public office one day ;) 

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You really are a sweet little girl and I’m already so proud that you are mine to care for, teach, and watch grow. 

I love you.


November 15, 2012

Alex - I love you both so much. Your journey with Avery brings back so many memories of mine with you.

Childrens Photography: KP

I’ve been  neglecting my writing to work on honing my photography skills.  My goal is to (eventually) master exposure.  I enrolled in Nicole’s Classes (Photo101) this month and am also reading Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Exposure.  My November goal is to practice, practice, practice!  Do you have kids and want to get some photos taken?  Call me!

Here are some quick clicks of KP from this past Sunday.  I took it easy on myself and photographed her in the shade.  However, I needed a boost before my much more challenging photo shoot that was scheduled for later that day (More on that later).

What a cutie!

Happy Halloween!

Such a prima ballerina! Avery has decided that she absolutely cannot stand anything on her head. However, my sister and I were determined to get at least one photo of Avery in her full Halloween costume. I was laughing so hard at all of her angry faces that I’m surprised this photo is even straight.

IMG 6787 Happy Halloween!

C’mon, the hat coordinates with her socks (which barely made it into the photo). Does anyone have any tips on how to convince a baby to keep her hat on? I need more photos!

November 1, 2012

Rebekah - That is seriously the cutest angry face ever!!!!!

November 2, 2012

Alex - Amanda has one of the prettiest smiles and Avery has one of the prettiest frowns. ;-) lol!

December 4, 2012

Aimee - she cracks me up! so stubborn! ;)

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