Declan Brooks :: Month 4

FOUR MONTHS?! Where has the time gone? This time last year, I found out I was pregnant and began a nine month journey that seemed like eternity..Waiting patiently for this perfect little being to enter the big world. And I must say, he is beyond perfect in every way.


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Man’s Best Friend..

Those moments where something happens that just make you melt. Well, we had one today.

You always hear that statement, “Dogs are a man’s best friend.” Who knew that bond could begin so early in life?

I put Declan down quickly so I could start the dishwasher and turned around to our teensy little lady all cuddled up next to him and his sweet little hand gently reaching for her. Right from the get-go, the dogs have absolutely adored him and still get all jittery when they see him. This is the first time I have seen him reciprocate curiosity and excitement. It was simply precious.

I am so glad that I was able to catch such a sweet moment between a little man and his pup.

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In the blink of an eye…

A year ago around this time, I found out I was pregnant and shortly after was on a massive search for that “just-right” photographer. I remember it as if it was yesterday..sitting down at our photographer’s house (she is amazing, by the way..Rana Watt) and talking about packages and all that jazz. At that point, it felt like we had forever until our little guy would be here. You don’t realize how quickly time passes. It’s almost as if you just b l i n k e d and your life fast-forwarded in an instant.

Anyways, we decided on a “bump to bundle” package which would entail a maternity, newborn, and every 3 month sessions, topped off with a 1-year cake smash session. The excitement is killing me for that one in a bittersweet way.

To think that we are on our way to our 6-month session makes me wonder where the time has gone. It’s like the older you get, the faster everything passes by. In other words, cherish every moment…even the small ones.


35 weeks..I’ve been asked if I miss the belly because supposedly everyone goes through that. Nope. No thanks. I like being able to put my shoes on, shave my legs, and sleep on my belly.

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One Month.


Reality hit me yesterday when I realized I had exactly one month until my classroom duties resumed. Bittersweet. I admit, I do miss those tiny little feet prancing in every morning with huge, cheesy grins. A handful of little guys and gals all anxiously telling me random stories…all at once. And of course hearing the words, “You’re the best teacher ever.” My students are my babies. I absolutely adore them.

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Declan Brooks::Month 3

My Sweet Baby Declan,

Where has the time gone? It is so incredibly amazing how much can change in only three short months. You are blossoming into such an amazing little guy and I cannot wait to watch you grow throughout life..and cherishing those small moments. 

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A Week Full of Firsts

EVERYONE goes on the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. right? Nope. Not me! Yes, I will admit I was a “tad” salty about it back in the day, but being able to experience all those “firsts” with Declan made it all worth it..even though he was less than impressed most of the time;) 

When the thought of a vacation arose, I was ALL about it..and then realized we have a 3 month old and panic mode quickly set in. The thought of stuffing everything but the kitchen sink in our car and venturing for at least 6 hours one-way made me a “little” uneasy, but we went for it and I am so glad we did…

I am absolutely SHOCKED with how well little mister did in the car. I am amazed by how much patience he already has at such a young age. I’m guessing this was given to him by his daddy, as I get extremely anxious about EVERYTHING:) He slept an extremely long time in the car and my head was racing with the thought that he may get to the hotel and be wide-eyed. Let’s just say I was wrong. He was out like a light when we got there AND I even got to wake up to this cutie face the next morning after we all slept in. 

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