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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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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Kimber - newborn

Let them be little... I always forget how little newborns are compared to my 2.5 year old. Help me in welcoming this little nugget of perfection, Kimber Kay! Isn't she a doll! She was a dream to cuddle and capture as she snoozed away through basket and wrap changes. All I heard were little squeaks and sighs as she dreamt away. Aren't those the best sounds, I just could have sit and stared at her all day. Excited to see Kimber grow and her personality shine. Congrats Nikki and Jason, she's absolutely beautiful! <3

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Adalynn - Newborn

I apologize in advance for giving you all room envy! ;) Sweet little Adalynn has one talented family surrounding her with love. Both grandmas handmade the blanket, quilt, floral headband, and bunny outfit you'll see below. Having tried both quilting and crocheting, my hat goes off to them, such beautiful work and gorgeous keepsakes! We knew they needed to be included in Adalynn's newborn session. Her talented momma also put together the most adorable room and handmade paper flowers. I swear they should all team up and create some Etsy listings.

Adalynn, you are so very loved and were such a joy to capture and snuggle with. She slept like a champ and has the sweetest little lips, fingers and grin. Congratulations Andrew & Valerie, she is absolutely BEAUTIFUL and I couldn't be happier for you guys and all the adventures, love, and joy that lie ahead! <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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Mira - Newborn

I can already picture these two playing dress up, swapping secrets, and sharing some afternoon tea. Mira has one amazing big sister and Bella couldn't be happier have a little sister. Bella was my little assistant for the day, with every "coo" she asked if baby was ok and was quick to retrieve her pacifier. I think the love between siblings is the sweetest thing and to watch these two was an absolute joy! Little Mira welcome, you are so loved already! Even her fur sister Rizzo wanted in on the family portrait. Thump Thump <3! Congrats Sean & Christi, you have a beautiful family and I look forward to watching your sweet girls grow and become the best of friends as well as sisters. Enjoy all the wonderful new snuggles!

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