You are my sunshine...

It has been quiet over here for a little while now and I’m overjoyed to share with you why… On Monday, October 8th at 2:03pm we welcomed our beautiful son into this world, Arlo James Collinger. This little 7lb 5oz cutie pie has us wrapped around his little fingers, as well as his big sister. Now I have a “Vi” and “Lo”. We are all doing well and just enjoying getting to know our little man and our new routine as a family of four.

As you will see, Vi is smitten with her little brother. Today, the first thing out of her mouth was, “Where is brother?” She loves to hold him (until he has a stinky diaper), retrieve his pacifier, sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” to him and kiss, love, and soothe him. It is the most amazing thing to see them together. I’ve been looking forward to these adorable snuggle sessions ever since I found out I was pregnant. Feeling pretty blessed to be their mom and to be able to watch them grow together.

Today, Arlo is four weeks old and I have no idea how it went by so fast, I’m not surprised, but days seem to only last a few short hours. Most days are spent in our pj’s while drinking cold coffee and eating cold pizza, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. My heart is full!

Thank you for all the warm and well wishes over the past 10 months! My family and I appreciate your patience and understanding, as response time may be delayed over the next couple of months. We are busy loving one another, trying to get organized again, and also trying to master the Tetris game that is having a toddler and newborn.

Without further a do, meet my Arlo James. Sorry, I’m not sorry for causing any “baby fever”.

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Krazen Family

Oh the places she'll go! This adorable family of three just celebrated Quinn's first birthday, isn't she gorgeous! Happy Birthday sweet girl! It was a joy to capture their love for one another and play with Miss Quinn. I wish Dan and Erin luck in telling this sweet face "no" in the near future. She kept resting her little hand on mom and dads during family shots and it just melted my heart each time. Nothing sweeter than seeing your little ones hands and fingers reaching for you and hanging on! Que the baby talk and heart swells! <3

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Chapman Family

Who can resist a good sugar rush? I love seeing littles react to their smash cake. Some dig right in and some hate the mess! Even better is the look they sometimes give their parents like "Is this a joke, can I really eat it?" Haha, Celia definitely gave the look. Her two older brothers were so good about holding off, but we chuckled when were told they could dig in after she was done. What do you think Celia thought? Someone may or may not have enjoyed it being on her feet. Scroll down to see for yourself...

As per usual, I had a wonderful time capturing this beautiful and sweet family. These boys are smitten with their little sis and their game of peek a boo will melt your heart! Celia has some awesome body guards, play mates, and best friends. Can't believe she is already ONE. Time needs to slow down! Until next time Chapmans, stay exactly the way you are... awesome and fun! :)

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Danny - newborn

I've never seen a big brother more smitten! It was the sweetest thing to watch Joey love on his brother. Danny, I'm fairly certain, feels the same way after witnessing some sleepy smiles while he heard his brother play nearby. Joey loved helping and watching! He even preferred to have a front row seat while enjoying his lunch in his highchair nearby. He was happy to get baby brother a pacifier, ask how he was, and even stop his play session to go see and check on his brother. I'm pretty sure he was checking to make sure Danny wasn't still in my basket as I was packing up to leave. What a sweetheart! <3 Danny hardly made a peep as he watched and hung out with us for a few awake shots and then drifted off to sleep. It was such a joy to work with these little guys, and by work I mean snuggle!

Congratulations Steve, Sarah, and Joey! Little Danny is so lucky to have you and vice versa! <3

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Emerson - One Year

And just like that a whole year passed... this little cutie pie just turned ONE! It have the amazing pleasure to watch my littlest clients grow, thrive, and capture their little and big personalities shine. Emerson is such a sweet and easy going little man. He loves being tickled, being thrown up in the air, and also being sung to. We sang "the Wheels on the Bus" and Hudson happily joined in an let me know when I forgot a verse or two. Emerson immediately began to bop his little head, it was the cutest! Hudson loves her little brother and couldn't be any sweeter when it comes to giving him some snuggles and kisses. Sibling love is am amazing thing to watch and theirs is adorable! I can only hope that my kiddos enjoy a bond like theirs. Happy Birthday big guy! I hope you enjoyed a day filled with fun, family, and since you don't enjoy cake... lots of ice cream. :) <3

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Charlie - Newborn

Happy one month birthday Charlie! His little grin is so contagious, don't you think? 

In home newborn sessions are so wonderfully intimate, comfortable and personal. I love seeing and capturing their rooms and them in their cribs. It never gets old to see them look so tiny in there! Big brother had to pop in and check on his little brother a few times too, such sweet moments I can see happening now until forever. Charlie, you've got a great big brother in Graham and I think Graham will enjoy his sidekick and rebound buddy. ;) 

I couldn't be happier for my sweet friends Nick and Katie! Congrats you guys, I'm so excited for you and can't wait to watch your little men grow and see the adventures they have together. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me into your home once again to capture your beautiful family, it was a joy to spend time with you all and get to meet Charlie. Lots of love and hugs!

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Nicholas - newborn

Why hello handsome, pleasure to meet you! Nicholas is up on the blog! Full warning, cuteness overload! <3

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Aiden - Newborn

Aiden is a little over one month old already. Each new stage is so amazing, but why does it have to go so fast. WHY? Let them be little! <3

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Celia - Newborn

Late nights spent editing are worth it when you get to stare at a face like this. Those lips, cheeks and sweet rolls have me all "awww"... *Cough "baby fever" cough*... you too?

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Oliver - One Year

Look at this face, just take all the candy and stay up as late as you want! Am I right? Lesley and Jon, what a handsome little man you have. All the heart eyes for this cutie pie! <3 Happy First Birthday Ollie! 

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Jenson - One Year

Turning one is a big deal and so is this little man, Happy First Birthday Jenson! I hope your first handful of cake was absolutely delicious. This cutie pie loves to knock down blocks, swing at the park, people watch (who doesn't) and listen to "yellow submarine". He had us working hard for a few smiles, but it was well worth it, don't you agree!?! Better yet, when he concentrates, he sticks out his tongue a little and I kinda love it! Jenson, you beautiful sweet boy you, it was a pleasure!

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Luca - One Year

My how time flies, especially the first year of life. So many milestones and adventures to be had. I've had the honor and pleasure of capturing Luca through his first year and he has been a joy to work with (if you can even call it work). We had a blast exploring during his one year session. He loved touching the different textures, crawling up steps, walking towards momma, pointing out butterflies and fish, as well as playing with his shoes and icing painting. Happy First Birthday Luca! Slow down ok, because the big boy haircut and little Levi jeans have me a little teary eyed. Such a sweetie pie, gah! I look forward to watching him grown into the amazing little man he already is. Love ya Luca! <3

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Luca - 9 Months

9 months already!?! Santa has the cutest little helper this year! Isn't he a little baby model? Luca, I can't get enough of your eyes, lashes and lips! GAH!!! He loves to crawl, pull himself up, hang out with his fur brother "Sloopy" and babble up a storm. We even convinced Sloppy to play Rudolf for a hot minute. ;) Dominic and Nikki, I know this Christmas is going to be the best one yet! Enjoy making memories with your little man! Wishing you guys a wonderful holiday and I can not wait to see you in the New Year to celebrate this sweet little guy turning one!    

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Guess WHOOO turns ONE today?

One year ago today this little lady made me a momma, it was certainly one of the best days of my life (in second place is the day I married her daddy)! I am so very thankful and blessed to be her mother, to watch her grow into the beautiful person she is, and take part in her life. This past year has been exhausting, sleepless, overwhelming, FUN, joyful, exciting, and most importantly filled with more love than I thought was ever possible. We started to refer to this year as being the "year of the owl," and it fits her so well. She is my nosey night owl, she gets it honestly. She has us wrapped around her little fingers (rightfully so) and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love waking up every morning to see her smiling face and cubby cheeks. I look forward to nap and bedtime, not for the quiet (ok maybe a little), but for the snuggles and cooing that I know will go away all too fast. I can't believe a whole year has passed, people say it, but time really does fly. Please slow down baby girl, I can't get enough of your giggles, sweetness, and sass. Happy First Birthday Violet Mae, daddy and I love you to pieces! <3

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