Oh, My Winnie… nine months with you

*deeeeeep breath in…*

It’s getting so close. Her birthday feels like it is just around the corner. I don’t want to push things or feel like I’m rushing it along because that is LITERALLY the last thing I want to do. It’s just that the number NINE makes her feel so old. I was pregnant for NINE months with her (well, let’s be real… closer to ten, but whatever). And those nine months took forever to get through, so why have these nine months gone by so quickly?

I also can’t believe how big and grown up she has gotten in the last month. She began saying “momma” (on Mother’s Day!), and it truly is music to my ears. She talks all of the time, and while we may not understand much of it, she most definitely tries to join in our conversations. Sometimes it’s to a point at which we can no longer hear each other over her beautiful chatter.

She also made crawling her official mode of getting around this month. The crawling led to pulling up, which she does on EVERYTHING. Whether it’s a sharp-edged coffee table (that her sweet little face has now been bruised by) or whatever chair I’m sitting in, she crawls right over and uses it to stand tall and proud of herself. However, she’s gotten a little too bold and attempted walking more than once – each time has ended in tears, but that hasn’t stopped her from trying again and again.

She is eating everything in sight these days, especially if it’s on my plate. She is a fan of fresh fruit and scrambled eggs, and I’m sure she’s going to love all things dairy once we start that in the next few weeks. Her second tooth popped through at the end of this month, so I’m sure she’ll be chewing on and eating anything we let her.

She went to her first Reds game this month and was mistaken for a baby boy the entire time we were there. I guess it is my fault – I had her bundled up with a beanie and a sweater. At least she was called a “cute little Dickens.” She also had her first “junk” food at the game – I guess “peanuts and Cracker Jacks” can just as easily be french fries when you’re still a baby. :)  She also helped her momma and her nana with her first yard sale. If you’re from Indiana, you know what a big deal yard sales are, so it is important we got her started early. :)

We celebrated her first Memorial Day, our first Mother’s Day, and my birthday in this last month. For Memorial Day, we spent the day with some incredible friends. It’s always a sweet reminder to see the people we love take turns loving on our girl. For Mother’s Day, she started shouting “mom-MA, mom-MA, MOM-MOM-MOMMAAAA” while we were at dinner. It was the best and loudest gift. For my birthday, we had dinner and cake with some more of our favorite friends. They met our sweet Winnie for the first time, and it was like she has known them forever. She loved the time spent with them as much as we did.

The older she gets, the busier and more independent she has become. It’s exciting and heartbreaking, all at once. My small baby who once needed me for everything now gets annoyed (and lets me know it) if I stand in her way. Her fiery personality keeps us on our toes, but I wouldn’t change a thing about it. This tiny one who throws a fit when things don’t go how she planned will one day change the world with that same determination. We are surprised and overwhelmed by how we love her each and every day.

Jimmy and Winnie, month 9I thought shooting last month’s monthly photos was a trip, but I had no idea (and I’ll probably say this for the rest of this year). I was able to get a handful before she gave up entirely, which meant I ended with 1-2 that were within the idea of what I was hoping for. That being said, this is nine months – full of crawling and Cheerios.And now, June 3rd, this determined and giggly tiny one is 9 months old.
I had no idea what 9 months old would look like. I carried her for 9 months, felt her squirm and kick, not knowing that she would be twice as busy 9 months later. For 9 months, I listened to her heartbeat through my tummy, and now, I listen to her breathing in my ear as she falls asleep snuggled next to me. 9 long months of pregnancy meant 9 months of longing and hoping and wishing. These 9 short months of our time with her have meant thankfulness beyond measure. I truly had no idea that 9 months after we met that we would be where we are now – absolutely overwhelmed with joy. more monthly photos
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  • it’s the only photo we have of Winnie with her aunt Sallie because addiction is an evil that doesn’t give up, it’s a villain that won’t quit.
some people would say that Sallie lost her fight, but we know she won the ultimate battle and is celebrating 2 years in Heaven today.
we grieve everyday. it’s been 2 years without her and it’s been 2 years of missing her bottomless joy. but we are certain that joy is all over her face as she’s dancing with Jesus this morning. 🖤 #celebratingsallie
  • Who is ready for fall? 🍁 (aaaand everyone raises their hands 🙋🏼‍♀️😆) I took down Winnie's birthday decorations yesterday and immediately replaced them with all things pumpkin in my house. 🎃🙌🏻
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I'm back to work this fall, and I've got some fun things to look forward to. 🍂 I spent the summer building a downloadable PDF of my photography course, and I'm excited to have that available soon - sign up for my newsletter for early access and special pricing (link in my profile). 📷👏🏻
  • They say when you meet the love of your life, time stops, and that’s true. What they don’t tell you is that when it starts again, it moves extra fast to catch up. 🕰✨
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We can’t believe that we’ve been living the best days of our lives for 2 years. Happy birthday to our girl, the most beautiful  and wonderful person I know. 🎈
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  • today, we are celebrating our girl - she doesn’t turn 2 for a couple more days, and we are savoring this last weekend with our 1-year-old. 🎈
(there are a few more birthday photos on my blog today: www.meaganwhitephoto.com)
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  • I took the summer off from shooting - we have had so many fun things keeping us busy, and I wanted to keep my sanity (I don’t manage chaos well 🤪).
That being said, I’m officially getting back to work after Labor Day. My girl turns two in a week, so I’m ending my summer break with her birthday. 🎈
My fall mini sessions are happening in a little over a month, so if that’s something you’re interested in, let’s make it happen. (link is in my profile) 🍂
I haven’t been on Instagram for a few days (which shouldn’t really be noteworthy 😆), but there’s nothing new in my feed (thanks algorithm), so tell me what I’ve missed - what’s new with you?
  • photographs are how I will keep her little forever. 🖤 don’t settle for taking photos that are just “ok” - let’s chat about how you can bottle up time with your camera with images that you love. 📷 (link in my profile) #ohmywinnie
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