Sneak Peek – Baby Ryder, Just 8 Days New | Houston Newborn Photographer

Alright, hands up in the air, I admit it…I have Baby Fever! And this little boy was no help in the matter. Just look at him…So sweet and sleepy and with such cute little wrinkles…Oh, I just love it! He is such a good-natured and handsome newborn! I think his parents even said he is already sleeping through the night, at one week of age! Is that a Super Baby? Maybe! (or maybe he’s started waking up again by now…I know that’s how Baby O was for months!). His Mom ordered him this sweet little newsboy hat on Etsy.

Between background changes, look at this beautiful New Mama, enamored with her little one…

What a sweet family…

Looking oh-so hip in his stripey tie. I wanted to place it over his belly button but he preferred it to the side. I think he was right…it looks super cute like this…

And some sweet, sleepy photos at the end of our session…

Congratulations to Ryder’s Loving Parents! I am so excited for you. It was such a pleasure meeting you three and I hope you’ll enjoy this little Sneak Peek! Now, who here also has a sudden case of Baby Fever?
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Fun in the Sun | Houston Portrait Photographer for Babies, Kids, & Families

Parenting has its ups and downs, as parents from any generation can attest. Right now, for instance, Baby O has a cold and can’t stand to be anywhere other than in my arms. Once in my arms, she enjoys pulling on my hair, mainly because the first time she did so I let out such a yelp that she thought it was the best entertainment she’d had all day. Now, I try to suffer in silence, in the hopes that the novelty of it will soon wear off and she’ll stop yanking on my poor ponytail. Ouch!

But, I have to say, for all the ups and downs, I am really, truly, loving Parenthood. I feel like we’re getting in a “groove”, so to speak…Like things are really coming together, and sometimes, just sometimes, & fleetingly, I think, “Man, I’m kind of a good Mom”. The rest of the time, of course, I second-guess myself and just hope that I’m making the right decisions, and not traumatizing my baby in any way that will negatively affect her for years to come. Ah, Parenthood.

All this to introduce today’s photos…One of my favorite things about Parenting is finding ways to squeeze “magical” moments like this into our daughter’s daily life…

And I just love how cute she looks…At first skeptical of the sprinkler, and then fascinated by it…

She had so much fun trying to “smear” the water on her Daddy’s open hands. It feels like Summer is nearly here! I’m looking forward to many more “magical” moments like this. Thank you for reading!

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Debbie BishopApril 25, 2012 - 7:02 am

Yeah! So cute! You are a great mom! W&T want to play sprinkler with their cousin!

adminApril 25, 2012 - 7:21 am

Oh yay! We’ll bring her bathing suit tomorrow just in case. Maybe time for the Bubble Machine too!

Renee FosterApril 25, 2012 - 10:25 am

Man, I am so impressed with how you captured the water droplets! Baby O looks like she is having so much fun. Great photos.

adminApril 25, 2012 - 10:35 am

Oh thank you! She does indeed look happy. :-)

Kid-Friendly Bite-Sized Breakfast | Houston Portrait Photographer

We love having a special weekend Brunch here at our home-sweet-home. We sort of started it before Baby O came along, but now that we’re a Family, it seems only right to have some family traditions. To be honest, we haven’t done it in a while, but Sunday morning I woke up thinking we could use something a little festive to get the day started. I looked around for ideas and saw this cute little Cake Pop maker tucked in the corner of the pantry. My sister lent it to me to try out and I haven’t had a chance yet. But, Cake Pops for Breakfast (or even donut holes), as tempting as they may sound, didn’t sound like the right kick-start to the day. I decided to make “Waffle Pops”! Why not?…Okay, so they aren’t on a stick, so perhaps they should be called “Waffle Bites”, but I think “Pops” is catchier.

…Now, to be honest, I just used Bisquick for this. I usually love making things from scratch, but, for the purpose of experimenting, I wanted something quick and easy to whip up. I just dropped a spoonful of the batter in each hole and waited for 3-4 minutes for each batch to cook.

(Above) She lent me those tiny tongs to help get the goodies out of the pan and they were helpful indeed! (Below) This is what happened when I started to pour too much batter into the holes…the lid wouldn’t even shut…

…But, the result was kind of funny…They looked like little mini-Saturns!…

…Time to eat!…

Curious what our Picky Eater thought of this breakfast?…
…Yep, that’s a Happy Customer! Success!!! Thanks, Carolyn, for lending me your machine!!

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Renee FosterApril 23, 2012 - 9:42 am

That’s a really good idea and they look delicious! I like O’s dinosaur shirt.

adminApril 23, 2012 - 11:00 am

Thanks! They were yummy! And I too love the shirt…I get excited when I find clothes for her that have interesting animals, etc. This one is from HappyFamily.

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Love Your Mother – Happy Earth Day | Houston Portrait Photographer

This Sunday is, apparently, Earth Day! I had to look it up to be sure. I love some of these clever ideas for the kids…When Baby O is older I hope to try some out with her…

Going Left-Right and Top-Bottom…(TL: Plant Pals, TM: Can-Do Robots…my Favorite!, TR: Party Hats out of Maps and a gorgeous DIY globe, ML: Tin-Can Herb Pots, MR: Earth Day Craft Crayons, BL: DIY toilet paper roll peat pots, BM: Earth Day Party Favors, BR: Grass-Head Guys).

Perhaps if you have older kids, you’ll enjoy trying some of those ideas out this weekend! Yesterday Baby O and I met her cousins at the Zoo. It was her first time to go and I was soo excited for her! I brought my fancy camera in hopes of catching some priceless moments of her brushing the baby goats in the petting zoo. Turns out she was much more interested in the playground. We played here while waiting for her cousins to meet us…

I processed these a little different, for fun. The thing about playground equipment is it’s usually a bright color and it bounces all over onto your kid’s skin tone when you’re taking photos of them. Have you ever noticed that?? So, I processed these with a bit of a “vintage” tone, to pretend the color variation was on purpose! 😉

I love these next three because she has these very goofy moments every once in a while, where she’s hopped up on excitement and she starts babbling up a storm and flailing her little hands around as if she’s talking with her gal pals about something oh so juicy…

Here she is waiting to go across the “shaky” bridge…

…and her  genuine excitement when her Big Cousin comes bounding across the bridge…Seriously, she’s not yawning – She is pure excitement here…

And a quick shot of Little Cousin…

These are the only pics of all three of the cousins together from yesterday…sitting in a hippos mouth. All around a GOOD DAY! (Minus the stomach bug that Big Cousin ended up getting!)

Sooo, I’m thinking that, in honor of Earth Day, we should all try to get out and enjoy the great outdoors this weekend!! Have a good one!

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Debbie BishopApril 20, 2012 - 6:58 am

We had so much fun too! Let’s do it again (minus the stomach bug)!

Renee FosterApril 20, 2012 - 11:39 am

We went to the zoo a week ago and seriously, the goats weren’t that much fun! You have really captured some great expressions on O. The look of trepidation before she crosses the bridge, the look of excitement when her cousins come. I love watching her discover her world.

Free to Be | Houston Portrait Photographer for Babies, Kids, & Families

Have you ever heard of the “Montessori Method”? Part of the Montessori Method states that “We must teach our children to be free so that they may live in a free society,” or something along those lines (I’m paraphrasing here). I’ve just ordered my first book on how to incorporate this Method into our home life, so I should be able to share more once I’ve delved into it. For now, I’m starting with this simple concept. I’m trying to create “smaller” spaces in the home, scaled to Baby O. For instance, we’ve just started feeding her at a tiny table, with a pint-sized chair, giving her her own utensils and dishes.

She has the ability to get up and walk around if she wants, before coming back for another bite. Some people might say that teaches bad manners, but I think it must be empowering for her to have the freedom to choose.

For a toddler who hasn’t been eating a lot the first 1.5 years of life, I’ve already noticed that she ends up eating much more, and trying more of my healthy foods, than she did before (she is quite possibly the pickiest eater EVER).She has the freedom to stand in her chair…

…and wander around…

 …But she’s certainly eating well, and I’m happy!

In our ongoing effort to make the house toddler-friendly, we painted our wooden fridge doors with a layer of magnetic paint, followed by chalkboard paint. It’s super rough and grainy (unfortunately…my fault for not truly mixing the magnetic paint for ten full minutes!), but I’m so happy that this is another pint-sized feature for her use. She seems to enjoy scribbling, sometimes while eating, sometimes after…

For all the parents of toddlers out there…I would love to hear other ideas you might have for making a happy home life for Baby. Seriously, I would LOVE more ideas.

If you subscribe by email, you may have noticed my absence this past week…Oops! We had some sick days here in the Foster Household, and between that and photo editing, I decided I’d better stay focused on those tasks first. But, I sure do love this blog and am happy to be back!

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Debbie BishopApril 18, 2012 - 12:52 pm

I love Baby O’s little space! So cute! Baby T loved it today too! When I observed a Montessori school recently, I saw tots working on things like “planting” plastic flowers in little pots with coffee beans for soil. They were using tot-sized gardening tools, which are always cute! Also washing dishes in small sinks (maybe a large bucket on the ground – outside! – would work). Big Brother W always loved washing dishes!

adminApril 18, 2012 - 3:40 pm

Oh my goodness, that’s a good idea…I would love to have her “help” wash dishes! She always wants my yellow cleaning gloves. Maybe they make a kid version for pretend-play.

MarcyApril 18, 2012 - 6:36 pm

Funny, we were just having a discussion about Montessori over dinner.