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Throughout the last year, I’ve shared a lot of personal photographs of my daughter. A lot. Probably more than some of you would like to see.

But I’ve learned something from it and I’ve come to this realization about my work.

I constantly have my camera around to photograph all these silly, sad, monumental, mundane, goofy, etc. moments with Everett. Those are what I want. I look back through the photographs and see the silly little things she used to do (her snort face) that she no longer does (sob). I want as much of those imperfect, unique-to-her moments captured. I want those honest and real moments to hold on to.

I think for a long, long time I’ve been seeking to capture the “perfect picture” — everyone looking at the camera, smiles, great composition…and while I still want and cherish those, I’m throwing caution to the wind and will focus more on those fleeting moments that happen during my sessions. The emotion, the uniqueness of you child, the silly, the shy, the unplanned.

It’s like I’m experiencing this immense freedom because maybe before I’ve been afraid that people wouldn’t want those photographs. But the response to what I’m doing now has been so much greater. I want to get to the root of who you guys are — biting lips, goofy, toothless grins, laughing with abandon, clinging onto mom because he’s shy — I want to play, run, and be active with your family. Let’s let down all our walls and photograph all things real, shall we?

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Magans Lens Everett Six Months 1 Everett: Month 6

Things Everett Liked/Did in Month Six:

  • This was a big month! Everett learned to push herself up, crawl, sit up without assistance, and pull to standing position. Hello, game changer!
  • She made some very high pitched, squealing sounds as she tested her voice.
  • Everett began eating solid foods: rice cereal, bananas, peaches, green beans, sweet potatoes, avocado. There’s nothing she hasn’t loved so far!
  • She loved trying to get to our dog, Camy. (Camy doesn’t love Everett — she steers clear — but I think this is mostly because she’s an old gal now.)
  • She did really well playing with measuring spoons or smaller toys in her high chair while I cooked. I would just move her high chair into the kitchen so she could watch me and we could talk. I played a lot of music and sang and danced, too.
  • She loves her mum-mums and puff snacks. LOVES.
  • She learned how to drink out of a straw. She would try to hold a sippy cup to drink water on her own, but it would mostly get used as a chew toy.
  • Everett needed to know where I was and would track me as I moved around.
  • She adorably began rubbing her eyes when she was sleepy.
  • Her favorite types of blankets are the muslin ones and she loved holding onto the edges of it.
  • She would often be on her knees, kneeling, in her crib when we got her up from a nap.
  • She learned how to pat her mouth (with her fist, not a flat palm) to make noises.
  • She was a total water baby and loved bath time (in her 4Moms infant bath tub), splashing, and swimming in the pool.
  • We took our first family trip to the beach (and our former foster daughter was able to go along as well!) with Everett’s cousins! We went to Rosemary Beach, FL.
  • Each morning we go out for a walk with some of our neighborhood friends and she loves being outside!
  • She found door stops and enjoyed hitting them to make sounds.
  • While eating she will frequently say, “Mmmm.” She’s very complimentary.icon wink Everett: Month 6

Things Everett Disliked/Was Uncertain of in Month Six:

  • She still wasn’t the biggest fan of her bouncer.
  • She didn’t like diaper changes or clothes changes, nothing that slowed her down or caused her to stop going.
  • She tried to fight naps and didn’t stop going without putting up a little fight. She became a lot stronger than I realized when trying to get her to calm down. She would push me away by locking her little elbows.
  • We transitioned her out of her infant bath tub to the big bath tub and this freaked her out. Even with a bath mat, she was scared of how easily she could slip. Bath time became something I dreaded in the evenings because she was so unhappy. Nothing distracted her — toys, splashing, singing…nothing.
  • Everett wasn’t the biggest fan of the waves crashing around her at the beach, and once she ate sand, she also wasn’t thrilled about that either. She definitely loved being in the pool more.
  • She didn’t like being strapped into her carseat. Since she was so petite, we continued to keep her in the infant carrier instead of transitioning her to a convertible. I wanted to do my research to find one we really loved because we felt like we too-quickly purchased our foster daughter’s convertible carseat.

Her Eating/Sleeping Schedule:

  • We continued to work on the transition to two naps/day instead of three. Occasionally she would still take a catnap in the evening, but things improved a lot from month 5.
  • With the introduction of solids, she continued to nurse four times a day, drink a pumped bottle of milk at bedtime, and would eat solids once in between her last two feedings of the day (around the time we were having dinner). Her pediatrician recommended that we aim to have her eating solids three times a day by the time she was nine months old so my goal was to add in a “meal” each month to get there.

Personal Notes:

  • No teeth yet!
  • We bought a small beach tent to set up for Everett at the beach because so many times we went down to the beach and it was near her nap time. This was the best thing because she could nap, was protected from the sun, and we had a shady spot for her to sleep.
  • She became a hair puller. OUCH. Buns became my best friend.
  • Only her daddy could make her belly laugh because she didn’t yank his hair out when he blew strawberries on her belly.
  • She wore size 3-6 month clothes and size 2 diapers.
  • We closed on our new house on August 1st so this month was full of boxes, boxes, and more boxes. It was hard to unpack when there were things like painting and adding Elfa closet systems to our closets that we wanted to do. I do have to admit that I expected to be a lot more emotional over our move than I was. It definitely helped that I befriended the sweet girl who bought our home and that we moved only a few blocks away. I suppose I expected to be an emotional wreck because we built our other home, we really settled in there, we became parents to our foster daughter there, we brought Everett home from the hospital to that house. It was such a long summer trying to sell our house and move, but now that we’re here, it feels like we were meant to be in this home. I’m in no rush for everything to be perfect because I know we need to budget and spend wisely, but I envision and dream about our family in this home. Our foster daughter has a room here we refer to as her room, and there’s no confusion over why Everett is sleeping in the room that was hers like there was in our other home.

Six Month Stats:

Weight: 16 lbs (48th percentile)
Height: 25.75? long (44th percentile)
Head Circumference: 16.5 in. (44th percentile)

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The fall is undoubtedly my busiest time of year. I’ve been scampering all over Austin for one session or another, feeling challenged and excited by each new day. I realize I’ve been pretty lax at posting my work so I thought I’d share a few recent photographs of what I’ve been up to lately. I’ve met and reunited with some good, good people and I’ve been so rejuvenated creatively. I’m having a fantastic fall season and I definitely hope to share more than just a photo or two of the amazing families/kids I’ve been spending time with on Magan’s Lens. Hold me to that, okay?

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Just a reminder, if you’re short on time or want just a few photos for Christmas cards this year, I’m holding Mini Sessions on November 1st. Email me for additional info or to book your session!

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Things Everett Liked/Did in Month Five:

  • Woke up during the night for at least an hour. Played happily, practiced push-ups, tried to sit-up, and crawled, for a little while, then began crying. (*Please note that this was something she enjoyed doing, but wasn’t as exciting for me because hearing her cry during the night is never fun. I did get a What to Expect email and her doctor confirmed they really do practice these things in the middle of the night. Her doctor said when sleep patterns change, they’re close to hitting another milestone. Interesting factoid I’d never heard before!)
  • She began pushing herself up into the crawling position, but couldn’t do more than rock her body back and forth.
  • Loved being IN her jumperoo/bouncer, but didn’t know how to bounce on her own. Everett interacted with the toys and played, though. She still had a difficult time reaching the floor.
  • Everett sat up well and for extended periods of times when I put her in the sitting position but wasn’t able to sit upright on her own yet.
  • She rolled everywhere, from one end of the living room to another. We had to keep an eye on her because she was no longer a stationary baby.
  • She shook her head from side to side when she was sleepy, and rubbed her little eyes when she was tired, too.
  • Everett loved interacting with toys and stuffing them in her mouth. She particularly enjoyed playing with measuring spoons while I was cooking. Also liked a ball from target that has finger grips, and a rattle from Sherry’s wedding. She would bang all of them and sometimes hit her head.
  • She enjoyed being in the stroller on our walks and loved spending time outside.
  • She began “talking” a lot more. We went through a few days of screeching (it was referred to a dinosaur-like sound) in the evenings. The sound hurt my ears, and thankfully it was short-lived!
  • Everett began giggling more and loved interacting socially with other people.
  • She spent a lot of time planking and pushing herself up with her arms.

Things Everett Disliked/Was Uncertain of in Month Five:

  • We definitely began going through separation anxiety this month. She learned that when I leave the room I’ve left her as opposed to just disappearing. She liked to be able to see where we were at all times.
  • She began eating less and sleeping less. We switched her schedule around to keep her up a bit later in the evening, and lost one nap to try to eliminate wakefulness at night. (We were advised by Gwen, the nurse practitioner at her doctor’s office. We were told this is normal behavior as their growth slows down around 6 months.)
  • We tried sweet potatoes with her, but she didn’t know what to do so we prolonged solids.
  • She continued to be very distracted while eating; she didn’t focus well and needed to be in a quiet, boring space.
  • She didn’t want to lie flat on her back if she could be on her tummy or standing instead.

Her Eating Schedule:

She ate five times a day: 7:30am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, and bedtime. She would wake by 7:30am and go to bed by 8:30pm. We eliminated her last nap of the day and moved to her taking a nap about an hour after waking in the morning. She would then wake up, eat again, play, and then go down for another nap. I admit this was a difficult transition period for me because as we eliminated one nap, I felt a little out-of-balance with her nursing routine. We eventually got the hang of things, but each time we go through a big change, it takes time for both of us to adjust.

 

Personal Notes:

  • As excited as I am for Everett to begin doing new things, this also feels really difficult. I was so excited to see her on the cusp of crawling, but I also knew it would be a game-changer and a piece of her baby-ness would be gone. Her dependency on me would slowly be drifting away.
  • We were in the middle of trying to sell our house during this time. It’s amazing how many baby things get cast aside when you have to pick them up and declutter when you have a house showing. I got so tired of lugging things baaaack and forth, baaaack and forth. I’m so thankful for all the things we do have for her, but it really hit home for me how much I do appreciate having all of those things neatly tucked away. I feel like I struggle with wanting to have a neat and tidy house and wanting to allow her to have the freedom to play and explore…which means that toys will be strung throughout the house. I get worn out from trying to have this picture-perfect place all the time.
  • I’m really thankful for our doctor’s office and their candidness when I have questions. Being able to make an appointment for her lack of consistent sleep is such a huge blessing. With our foster daughter and her medicaid insurance, it was extremely difficult to schedule a normal well-check appointment within the appropriate timeframe. It really irks me that there is such a difference in these medical worlds. I am so desperate for the knowledge they have to share with me because though it seems like the most obvious thing in the world when I go in sometimes, I need that reassurance that we’re on the right track.
  • I’m so glad I took so many photographs this month of Everett in the master bedroom of this house. I loved being able to put her on the bed, grab my camera, know there would be a pretty background and good light, and just snap away.

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These three frames were shot within seconds of one another. Whoa, buddy!

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Things Everett Liked/Did in Month Four:

  • She learned how to roll from back to belly while in her crib. She loved practicing in her crib when waking up or trying to go to sleep. (This began happening at the beginning of her fourth month.)
  • Without her swaddle, she became a side sleeper when she found a comfortable position. Otherwise, she still enjoyed her back, arms spread wide, and a foot or two in the air. She became a tummy sleeper by the end of the month.
  • She was very easy-going and go-with-the-flow.
  • She loved being on her activity mat and swatting at the birds and grasping objects.
  • She would arch her back and lift her head to try to sit up on her own (unsuccessfully).
  • Everett began grabbing her toes and holding on to them at the beginning of month.
  • By the end of the month, she could roll all ways, and often rolled around in her crib to keep herself awake or play when she woke up.
  • Giggled best for her daddy.
  • Would occasionally lay her head on my shoulder and put her arms around me like she was giving me a hug.
  • She began holding her nighttime bottle. I am still breastfeeding, but he feeds her a pumped bottle in the evenings.
  • Began touching our faces with both hands and pulling our faces to be near hers.
  • She loved sucking on her lips when she didn’t have a pacifier (you can see this in the photos below!) and she continued to become even more expressive. Those eyebrows!

Things Everett Disliked/Was Uncertain of in Month Four:

  • She didn’t enjoy extended periods of laying down because she wanted to sit or stand up to see what was going on.
  • The only time she enjoyed laying down is was when she was on her activity mat. Otherwise, she wanted to be up, seeing and observing.

Her Eating Schedule:

She ate five times a day: 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, and bedtime. She would wake at 7am and go to bed by 7:30pm. She would usually take three naps about an hour-ish after waking up each time, but stay up after her 4pm feeding until bedtime. (Sometimes she’d take a catnap then too.)

Personal Notes:

  • Hallelujah, ditching the swaddle was amazing! We had several goooooood weeks of sleep again and she handled the transition so well. However, sometime near the end of her fourth month, Everett started waking up again around 5ish and deserpately wanting her pacifier. She also began trying to push herself up into the crawling position. I referred to it as her practicing in the safety of her crib in the middle of the night. No wonder kids wake up and all of a sudden can do something! THEY PRACTICE AT NIGHT!
  • This summer has been busy with the selling/buying house process. It seems like this fourth month went by in such a blur because we were constantly in and out of our home for showings. (We’ve never lived so tidily in our lives!) This also made me realize how few baby gadgets and gizmos are actually necessary to function. Everett is entranced by the smallest little thing. We had the majority of her baby things in the garage while we showed our house because we didn’t want it to appear cluttered. Well, of course I got tired of walking back and forth to the garage for her activity mat or her swing. I stopped using them. And you know what? WE SURVIVED!
  • The biggest challenge was that Dustyn went to Romania for ten days so it was just baby girl and me. I assumed that since we’d gone through this with our 13-month old foster daughter (that’s how old she was at the time of his trip), that this would be a piece of cake because Everett’s schedule is so set and routine. Plus she wasn’t mobile so no running after her just yet. Boy was I wrong. I was exhausted. She had some sleep issues. She would ditch her pacifier. She wouldn’t go down well. Never getting much of a break made me realize how much I look forward to Dustyn’s return home from work. It allows me to stop being so baby-focused and think about making dinner or getting work done. Or just… being still for a while. We also had our foster daughter the weekend he was gone and my mom came to help me with both girls. I didn’t want to give up a weekend of seeing her and potentially throwing everything off kilter. That weekend was…exhausting. I love every single moment with both girls, but BOY OH BOY. I think I sat still for a good half hour after Everett went to bed the night H went home and just soaked in the silence.icon smile Everett: Month Four
  • She completely lost all of the hair on her head. Even her little soul patch on the back of her head disappeared.
  • Everett had her first swim in my parent’s swimming pool this month. She loves water so, so much.

Four Month Stats:

Weight: 13 lbs. 9 oz. (38th percentile)
Height: 24″ long (32nd percentile)
Head Circumference: 15.9 in. (46th percentile)

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  • September 5, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    Katie - Oh My Goodness…some of these pictures of her are my FAVORITE!! She is so stinking adorable with the tongue out and her silly expressions…I love herrr!

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