So Lucy turned one. Did you know that?

I wasn’t sure if I made that clear enough.


Her birthday was on Friday, but ‘twas not a good day.


We found out she had a virus at her 12-month well baby visit. Boo. The upside is that she didn’t have to get any shots. The downside was that she was miserable.


birthday [Trader Joe’s dairy-free, all natural] cookies

She actually spent the majority of her day doing this …

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…but she had a couple of hours of awake time, and that was spent playing, grilling out hamburgers for her birthday meal and loooots of snuggling with momma.

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Oh hey … that’s how she spent her first day in our lives, too!! Fancy that!

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It’s funny. I think the me with only one kid … or maybe it was just the old me … or maybe a little of both … would have been so. upset. that the day didn’t go as planned, and that I didn’t get to dress her up in anything new and we didn’t get to go out and eat and she didn’t get to eat a cupcake and have a whole cupcake smashing session … and … AND. But the me with two kids … or the more relaxed me just shrugged and said, “Meh. She’ll never remember this day, and being sick only makes us remember it more.”



I also didn’t have my Canon camera, which was kind of heart-breaking, but not enough to make me lose my mind. I mean, THAT same scenario would have brought me to my knees 5 years ago. But it is still stuck in the shop, and it is what it is. Of course, I was sad and bummed and tweeted about it and facebooked about it and almost paid $75 to rent a Canon body. But I have held onto my old Olympus DSLR for just these moments, so I figured I’d just use what I got.



And while I had to get used to it, I actually was able to get more out of it than I used to. [I shot in AF mode when I used it years ago, so switching it over to manual got a little more oomph out of it. It’s not a half-bad camera, actually! But don’t tell Ken I said that. Heh. I mean, it definitely has its downsides after using my Canon – so slooooow and grainy and slow – but grain is in these days! And I had an extra camera handy. So, really … first world problems here, people.]


Anyway, I just can’t say enough wonderful things about how sweet she is, even when she doesn’t feel well. She loooooves her momma, and in spite of the sickies, we had a great day together.



While the day didn’t go exactly as I had imagined it would in my head, it was memorable. And two days later, she’s feeling much better and almost back to normal.





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  1. says

    Just further proof that it doesn’t take an hugely expensive camera to take beautiful pictures, the beauty is in your eye and talent Keli! Love the photos and Lucy’s huge brown eyes, so gorgeous!!

    It baffles my mind that Nate is going to be this big in 4-5 more months. They grow and change so fast.

  2. says

    It was her Birthday? Are you kidding me. I wish you would tell us stuff like that ; )
    She is the cutest. The dress is sensational. And those fat little legs. OH MY GOSH! I want to gobble her up. Don’t worry. I am a totally normal person even though I want to gobble your baby up ; )

  3. says

    I know she’s not feeling well in that first photo, but it might be the most adorable one yet. She looks so deep in thought . . . maybe trying to figure out what all the fuss is about being one! Happy birthday to you all!

  4. says


    This is all just proof that a fancy camera isn’t the only thing that makes someone magically good at taking pictures. You have talent, my friend. Lovely moments captured :)

  5. says

    absolutely love these pictures and the soft postprocessing! what lens to you use with your olympus? I have the same camera body, and had to send it to the service for some electronical problem. It is GRAINY, true!
    Did Lucy wean? Or you wrote about it and I missed?

  6. says

    Those chubba thighs kills me. Both of my boys slimmed down by a year (well, Tommy was never chunky) and I miss those big thighs. Luke was sick on his first birthday, too, and I felt so sad for my little bug. He rallied, but only ever dipped a finger in his frosting (as opposed to Tommy who wore his cake).

  7. says

    Gosh these are gorgeous even without your Cannon. Shows that it isn’t the camera but the person behind it. Gorgeous Keli. Sorry she was feeling bad. Glad you were more relaxed. I think I was at Carsyn’s 1st too.

  8. Robin Troxell says

    Agreeing w/everyone else, its not the camera, its the photographer and the (yummy, juicy, chubby, delish!) subject that make the pics = awesomeness! I love her flower pants jammies, but my fave is the BF pic. Or maybe the ones of her nekkid booty hanging out. Or maybe the B&W where is barely smiling. oh I don’t know I can’t choose! But I wish I had a pic of BFing any of my kids on their 1st bday!!! I know what you mean about the difference in perspective between first and next kids – its all good, they don’t care anyway, no use getting all upset about things you can’t change! xoxo

  9. says

    Oh I looooove all those delicious rolls in her legs! Great work with the Olympus, but the day that Canon gets back into your hands is going to be oh so great, eh?!!