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A new announcement!

Last month we announcement the news that we are expecting again to friends and family. As soon as I found out I was expecting (New Year’s Eve to be exact) I started thinking of the whens and hows to announce the news to everyone. When I did the math I realized I would be 12 weeks right around Valentine’s Day! And what better day to tell the world we are filling our family with more love than Valentine’s Day!?!?! So I started thinking of card ideas, browsing the internet and (of course) Pinterest to find different ideas. I finally found something that sparked the idea of what I ended up doing.

One morning I set up my tripod (for the first time), got out my chalkboard and got Afton and I dressed. We then spent the next hour or so snapping (timed) shots in front of the camera. This was not an easy feat to accomplish with a toddler and sure enough she started getting tired of it and cranky in no time. So to ensure I got a least one usable shot I made it into a game…when the time started beeping we ran in front of the camera and smile and then ran away. This she liked! And I ended up getting a shot I could use.

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I took this shot and put it on a Valentine’s Day photo card and mailed it to friends and family, but Afton hand delivered the cards to all her grandparents because we really wanted her to play a special role in the news. She had a blast going from house to house and visiting everyone and handing them a card. She especially loved everyone’s reactions. Let’s see how she feels about it in 6 months 😉

13 months

It’s hard to believe. Thirteen months old. I feel as if I’ve blinked and all this time has gone by. Her little gummy smile has been replaced with many pearly whites, her almost non-existent head of hair is starting to curl, her “happy crawl” is turning into her “happy walk,” and my heart melts with every change. Sad that she is no longer an infant but amazed to watch her explore the world around her. My sweet Afton: 13 month old.

Sweet Afton

I thought since this blog is titled: I’m just Afton’s mom, it would be appropriate to introduce the baby behind the blog. Afton is almost 13 months old as of today and is just starting to get the hang of walking. She practices every chance she gets and thinks it’s hilarious when she falls down. Afton loves people, she is so kind and friendly, always waving to everyone and smiling. We can’t go anywhere (and I mean anywhere) without total strangers coming up to her (us) and just gushing. She has made the last 13 months of our lives so amazing (I can’t speak for the dog) and she inspires me everyday.

Afton loves swimming, doing head stands and chasing the dog around the house. She has six teeth and loves getting them brushed (for now) and is a musician at heart. She loves beating on her bongos and can’t stop moving whenever she hears a beat! She is a vegetarian (hopefully for life) and she loves Cheerios, yogurt, and anything with tomato sauce on it (must be the Italian in her). Being her mom is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I look forward to all the fun times ahead!

*As a side note, I am always on the look-out for other vegetarian families or toddlers. I am curious what foods you prepare for them and what foods they refuse to eat. I’d also love to hear if a vegetarian diet for baby is supported by the people around you. As Afton starts to experiment with real food I struggle with creating enticing (and nutritious) vegetarian options for, because we all know toddlers can be picky eaters. I also struggle with a meat-eating family who doesn’t agree with her not eating meat. Please feel free to leave any helpful tips or recipes! It’s appreciated!

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