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Letters to my son- 23 months

As we approach your 2nd birthday, I find myself full of cliche's " it went so fast!", " you're just a baby to me, always!".  I cannot believe you are so big already, and yet I look ahead and see action figure fights, second grades crushes, prom and college all approaching at breakneck speed. 

 

I try to just enjoy you now, the way you are; full of jokes and weird toddler humor. You have refined your sense of humor to include more elaborate set ups and now announce, in case we don't agree, that you are SO FUNNY.  You are, my love, you are so funny; and you are so much more. You've developed all kind of new tricks and sometimes while you are talking to me ( really talking now) I find that I am just staring at the baby parts of you to hang on to your childhood. Your mop of baby curls, your dimples that are always around since you are always smiling, your little 'dad bod', your chubby fingers and newly calloused feet.

 

You are my little star, my perfect gift. 

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Toddlerhood with my sweet wild son | Denver Lifestyle Photography

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Toddlerhood with my sweet wild son | Denver Lifestyle Photography

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My son is officially a toddler ( maybe that happened when he started walking 9 months ago?) and the house is basically a disaster filled with constant chatter. And I love it.  He breaks about 39473209587 things a day, hits head a minimum of about 10-15 times a day and thinks its HILARIOUS to poke my belly and yell BELLY HA!

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I didn't anticipate having such a prankster and since he's also a photographer's kid ( who can't have his face on the internet, oh the agony) he has developed a series of jokes around having his picture taken that while they are very funny the first time, tend to lose their charm after 500 repeats.  

Example 1: run as fast as you can towards the camera as soon as you notice mommy has it out.

Example 2: pretend to kiss the camera lens until you accidently get to close and hit your forehead on it.  Then cry a lot. 

Example 3: make monster faces with accompanying growls until mommy gives up trying to capture whatever adorable thing was happening right before the camera came out. 

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Catching actual relaxed and natural moments of exploration is practically the impossible dream at this juncture in our toddlerhood but like anything difficult, it's SO REWARDING when it happens!! 

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A Day at the Farm with Ruby | Denver Lifestyle Photography

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A Day at the Farm with Ruby | Denver Lifestyle Photography

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The other day ( before all the wind, snow and blizzards) my son and I spent a glorious morning on the Farm with little Ruby and her mama, Ally. Our kids just love hanging out and we mamams love seeing their little friendship grow.  

Since I can't ever use images with my son's face on them in this blog, my portfolio or generally anywhere on the internet, Ruby is a good natured stand in for my clickin mom urges.

Denver lifestyle child photography
Denver lifestyle child photography

I kind of can't overstate how beautiful and idyllic this morning was. It was warm with a breeze to keep it from being too hot, sunny and blue skied, the animals were all out and filling the air with the comforting sounds and smells of farm animals.  Our little toddlers got to run free and wild, exploring, chasing and laughing for hours.  

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I hadn't thought before I had my son, about all the types of activities that would feel totally different as a mom. Watching him and Ruby discover the farm life and squeal with joy over each new item ( farm equipment or bales of hay) was just incredibly joyful to my heart. 

Denver lifestyle child photography
Denver lifestyle child photography

If you happen to be getting stir crazy in the house or are just looking for something new to do, I HIGHLY recommend the Littleton Historic Museum!!

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