Katie & Patrick - Maternity Session

My sweet sister and her handsome husband are pregnant! In fact, Katie is due in just a month, and I couldn't be more excited for her. Early one morning 8 months ago my phone binged with an email (yes email, she discovered the news while abroad), from Katie with just an "OMG" and an attempted picture attachment that failed to upload. I knew immediately what the cryptic message meant, even though I couldn't see the photo, and frantically calculated time zones while I waited impatiently for a live update.  When we finally connected later that day, she confirmed the news and I spent the next weeks in such a state excitement for two of them. 

About two months later, we were shocked with our own news, and to say that experiencing my third pregnancy alongside my sisters first has been a blessing, would be an enormous understatement. The daily texts and phone calls, the planning and sharing, and the weekend spent together talking all things baby (and pregnancy) have been such beautiful gift. I'm just so eager for her sweet boy to arrive.

Two weeks ago I was able to spend a long weekend in San Diego with Katie to celebrate her 30th birthday and her baby shower. On my last evening, we took 20 minutes to stroll along the bluff across the street from their house, and snap a few photographs of this sweet time. A few of favorites of the two of them are below. 

Love you Kiki and Pat and Little Man! I'm so excited for the three of you!

Portraits: February 2015

I've seen a few bloggers post portraits of each of their kiddos each month for a year, and I thought it would be a fun way to document the boys, so I'm jumping on board. I had originally wanted to start this project in January; New Year and all that, but I'm not going to beat myself up...so here's February! 

Above was taken during our Superbowl Sunday snowstorm. It's been the only really good snow (12-15 inches) we've gotten this year (PRAISE!) and the boys had a blast running after Niall as he plowed the neighborhood out. 

And below; Matthew is becoming quite the little model. Every time I get my camera out he begs me to take his photograph and then instantly says "lemme see Mom" and studies his own goofy mug in the back of the camera giggling at himself. I opened up the front door one morning mid-month as we waited for the car to warm up a touch, and Matthew was looking dapper on the stairs so we did a quick little photo shoot before school. I love the little drop of drool on his bottom lip in this shot because it's just so perfect. This kid, is STILL drooling. 

Anyone else out there posting monthly pictures of their kiddos? Want to start with me now (Laurel!!)? Link up in the comments...I'd love to see what you've been up to!