happy birthday sweet boy!

one year old Luc

Dear Luc,
I know that each birthday (first birthdays more specifically) are bitter-sweet, I know that I will be a big mushy ball of emotions; I’ve done this before. However, I also know I will find no greater joy than celebrating YOU today! Luc you are such a joy little one and every day I am so thankful that I get to be your Momma.

Luc you surprised us by coming 20 days early. You were in a hurry to join our family and man am I so glad you did. I didn’t know it at the time but I couldn’t have waited one more day to snuggle you. From the moment you entered the world you have been such a joy. You are a go-with-the-flow, easy-peasy baby. Rarely do you fuss or complain and there is almost always a huge smile on your face. You are the much-needed calm amongst our storm (aka your brothers) and you spread happiness wherever you go. You love to clap and wave and get such joy out of making others smile. I can only imagine what you will do with that gift as you grow. Right now you use it to be a cheerleader and appreciative audience for your brothers but years from now who knows; the sky is the limit. You love music and spinning around with your not always on beat Momma. You fuss occasionally when I have to put you down and do something else after we have been dancing. Which, if we are being completely honest, makes me scoop you right back up and dance some more. You are full on cruising now and while you stand on your own you have yet to take any steps on your own. I am really okay with this, having one more running little one is going to be quite the challenge! You love playing ball, your brothers did too, but you are the first to play endless games of “toss and catch” with me. You bounce any ball you can get your hands on with such enthusiasm and vigorously crawl after it when it manages to get away. You love the water, both pool and tub, and you love to splash until your heart’s content in either. Just tonight the bathroom was filled with the sound of your laughter as you happily splashed away in the tub. Your laughter is heard often in our home; whether it’s laughing at your goofy brothers or just finding joy in the things that surround you. I love the way you babble at us, fully expecting us to know exactly what you are saying. I can’t wait to see and hear the things you will come up with sweet boy, this world is going to be such a happier place because you are in it.

Like I said earlier, the passing of each of my babies’ first year is always bitter-sweet. I want you to grow and flourish and continue to conquer the world but at the very same time I want to hold you tight and have you never grow out of my arms. I know that one day the hugs and kisses won’t be as frequent, that I won’t always be your comfort and that I will long for the times when you were squishy and would fall asleep on my chest. I snuggled you for a little bit extra last night savoring the last few minutes of you being my “baby”. I promise to savor all of the snuggles I continue to get, however few and far between they may get, all the while proudly watching you spread happiness wherever you go.

I love you sweet boy!

Love,
Momma

handsome boys

So I am not going to pretend to be modest here and I am just going to jump to the ridiculously annoying, super proud parent… My boys are adorable on a regular basis but even more so when they are dressed up all fancy (what Jay likes to call being dressed up). So I used Maggie’s wedding as an excuse to go all out and make them fancy! I love them and their ridiculously cute bow ties and am so happy that they cooperated with me during our post wedding shoot.

Charlie Tuna

Charlie Tuna

Luc Omer

Jay Bird

Jay Bird

Jay Bird

in this next photo I catch glimpses of a teenage Charlie
Charlie Tuna

brothers

Charlie Tuna

my three sons

my three sons

my three sons

my three sons

Luc Omer

Charlie Tuna

Luc Omer

a venture favorite

Yesterday I posted some photos of Jay and Luc that have been taken at Venture. I saved this one to post on it’s own because it is one of my favorites of Charlie to date. There is SO much personality in this little body of his and I think this photo captures just a tiny bit of his spunk.

Mr Cool- Charlie at Venture

venture

As some of you may know my Dad owns his own photography studio located in downtown Winter Park, Venture Studios. From time to time we go in and his photographers shoot the boys. We were in at some point during the spring which is where these photos of Jay are from and again after Luc was born. It’s a completely different style than I normally shoot but I do enjoy getting to “see” my kiddos from someone else’s perspective.

Jay at Venture

Jay at Venture

Jay at Venture

Jay at Venture

Jay at Venture

Jay at Venture

Jay at Venture

Jay at Venture

Luc’s Newborn Shoot

Luc at Venture

Luc at Venture

Luc at Venture

Luc at Venture

Luc at Venture

Luc at Venture