thirteen

Officially a teenager, a little scary for us, exciting for him.  He has an air of confidence around him that shines through the awkward stage he’ll soon leave behind right along with being a little boy.  He’s not little, he’s as tall as I am and will pass me up any day.  I see him figuring out the world, embracing it, getting angry at it and all of it’s injustices and ultimately finding patience for it all because just when he it figures something out, it changes.  His opinions about the world around us and the people in it, they are forming right before us and it’s a joy, and a little painful, to watch.  Everything from politics to science to sports to going green to friendships to girls.  Some days I look at him and see the little boy he was not so long ago but more often I see the man he’ll be before we know it.  I’m so proud of him.  There are days I just want to tell the world….”look what we did, isn’t he the best?!!!”

Here is a little walk down memory lane:  His birth story, told 10 years later | 10 | 11 | 12

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to have a panic attack about the fact that I am the mother of a teenager.

2010-06-06T21:18:42-05:00June 6th, 2010|My Family|

teagan’s party | austin birthday photographer

I promised to come back and share a few details from Teagan’s Valentines Day Mohawk Party (as Taryn called it).  Here goes….

the two large hearts on the right were made by taryn and ty and they hung on the front door the day we brought teagan home from the NICU.  i was so excited when i found them in our valentines day decorations box and hung them in the foyer for his party.

party favors, each child had their own little mailbox with goodies tucked inside.

we made valentines, everyone made on for themselves for their box and then one for teagans.  we put all of teagans valentines in a scrapbook with photos from his party.

little dude photo by michele, fit our mohawk theme perfectly 😉  i also saw the cake michele had made for her litte man by humble pie desserts on her blog and called to see if they had any room for a big old cake on valentines day.  i was thrilled with how it turned out, Jeanna did an awesome job!  it not only looked great, but it was so yummy too.  the custom made birthday hat is from this seller on etsy.  Loved the hat, durable and soooo well made, the inside has a custom fabric in brown dots, super cute!

the cute little smash cake….

we ate more than cake though….lots of heart shaped food

loved this idea from bakerella….little oreo cakesters cut out with cookie cutters, so cute!  if you don’t follow her blog, you should, it rocks!

my boys.  i love the way teagan is looking over his shoulder (he was looking at my friend alli…he loves making sweet eyes with alli)….and ty was sporting the faux hawk

a few of his favorite gifts….i spy a cute little lily, a geegee and a boy thrilled with the ball pit.

cake time baby

and MC was worried about the teeny tiny little crayon mark jack got on the table cloth….puh-lease 😉

oh yeah, it was good.  i think this one is my absolute favorite of the day.

now for a little video….and as always….a few things to note:

if there is anything i hate worse than the way i laugh, it is the way i sing.  that’s not me you hear singing.  nope.  no way.  no how.

when it first starts up you’ll hear taryn say “i’m scared” in the background.  the child has a complete and total irrational fear of the happy birthday song.  hid under the table and all.

ty is sitting next to teagan just out of the shot.  ty wanted more than anything for taryn to dive in to her cake and she wanted nothing to do with it when she turned one.  ty had big hopes for teagan that involved a face plant.  you’ll hear him egging teagan on, he gives the order and teagan goes for it, p.e.r.f.e.c.t.  ty was thrilled.  and it totally cracks me up.

i love the way teagan takes his first bite….mmmmmm

i think that is all, just remember, that is not me singing.

So, there are all the details, we had a lot of fun and loved celebrating our little man.

2009-03-04T23:36:35-05:00March 4th, 2009|My Family|

oh what a difference a year makes | austin baby photographer

one year ago today…..

we’ve had a crazy few days, thank you for all the well wishes, emails and calls for Teagan’s first birthday, we had a blast!  my mom got here thursday and we had his party yesterday….i will catch up with lots of pics over the next few days, but here is one i couldn’t resist sharing asap…..bwahahahahaha!

more soon….

2009-02-15T17:45:17-05:00February 15th, 2009|My Family|

guess what we did tonight | austin baby photographer

his party isn’t until saturday, but we decided to have a little celebration tonight.  he got to open up one small gift and then…….

he dove in quick…..

mmmmmmm…shove it in

this is his “what do you mean don’t feed the dog?” face…

and the “oh I am so full I couldn’t eat another bite” pose LOL

fun stuff ;P

2009-02-11T00:45:06-05:00February 11th, 2009|My Family|

the first year | austin baby photographer

So many moments run through my mind….I put together a slideshow of just a few.

To my sweet Teagan,

Today is your first birthday, and I am mixed with feelings ranging from sadness that this first year has gone by so fast, each moment more fleeting than the next, all the way to excitement for the person we have come to know and the second year that stands before us.  You came in to this world with a family full of love just waiting for you.  It still brings tears to my eyes to think that a mere few hours after you arrived, we almost lost you.  Your dad and I held on tight, to one another, to you.  All I knew is that I needed to love you every moment, no matter how many moments we’d have together.  The nurses had to kick us out of the NICU for shift changes because we refused to leave your side.  When we brought you home, our worry continued.  We have worried about your health for the better part of the last year, yet you continue to show us that you are resilient and strong.  You are the most laid back of our children, the most quiet, the most patient.  You smile with your eyes a split second before it travels down to your mouth.  You’ve always been a grunter.  And a cuddler.  Anyone who has ever met you has used the word “sweet” before parting ways.  I love the way you cackle when you laugh, give big open mouth kisses without being asked, especially when you give one to Ty after he has been out playing, it always results in you spitting immediately after the kiss and we all laugh.  I love the way you smile when someone says “Ty”, even if he isn’t anywhere to be seen.  You have become a blankie boy and I love that so much.  You cuddle your face to it, carry it with you around the house and keep it within eyesight when you venture off.  Your hair, oh sweet boy, what a crazy ride it’s been.  You were born with beautiful dark hair, then you impersonated George Costanza and then one day a little strip of fuzz on top arrived, out of nowhere.  The mohawk is just so you, a juxtaposition, sweet baby, rock star hair.  I am sad it is growing out and never ever thought I would consider having my 1 year old’s hair cut in to a mohawk, but I am.  There are so many first memories of this year, and I am proud that I cherished each one.  I lived those moments with my whole heart, you see, we lost many of those with Taryn because of Hurricane Katrina, but I’m so thankful I got to cherish them deeper with you as a result.  I can’t have hers back, but I enjoyed yours more because I knew what it was to miss them.  You in your swing, 2 am feedings, I’ve never begrudged one.  Even through all the struggles and supply issues and problems nursing, we made it through the first year and I am so proud of both of us.  We will wean when you are ready.  Solids for the first time fed to you by Ty.  You are greedy, you love food, you love to nurse.  Dealing with Taryn’s jealousy and watch you be the patient one, loving her through it.  You have a love affair with my camera, that I not so secretly love.  There are so many images of your first year that I’ve looked at and cherished, and so many more that sit in a folder that I won’t even look at until you are much older, because I am too busy loving you and enjoying those moments to fool with them.  That folder full of images will be my indulgence when you are grown, I will get to revisit you and this time.  So many changes, from rolling to scooting, crawling and now on the verge of walking.  You are a dancing machine, a waver and just recently, a clapper.  Watching you kick your feet wildly when daddy walks in to the room.  I love how you cuddle and snuggle with anyone willing to give you one, you don’t play favorites, you just want to love and be loved.  I still can’t believe you are one, but here it is.  Happy Birthday sweet baby, I can’t wait to see what the next year holds.

Love, Mommy

2009-02-10T09:40:33-05:00February 10th, 2009|My Family|

eve | austin baby photographer

I thought I would go ahead and post this since everyone on our list should have their invites by now.  Press printed, front and back on linen.  After 3 sessions I gave up and used a snapshot, but it’s so him, love it.

taryn is super excited about the theme….as she calls it a “valentiMes day mohawk party”  LOL!  and the thank you notes, this is the front, the back is just plain white for a handwritten note….again, press printed on linen.

I still have a million things to do both for is actual birthday tomorrow and for his party on Saturday.  I’m a crazy mix of emotions over it, sadness all the way to excitement.  Motherhood rocks.

2009-02-09T11:30:26-05:00February 9th, 2009|My Family|