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The big o.n.e!

A belated twelve months portrait of our gorgeous Lalie Bug. And what a delight she is... if ever I wanted to hit the pause button, it's now. This is such an adorable age. Watching her hug and kiss people, toys, and animals makes my heart burst. seeing her waddle around our back yard in the late afternoon light puts a lump in my throat. Her legs and feet are suddenly longer. The creases in her thighs are becoming more shallow as she grows taller and leaner, taking the shape of a toddler. The features of her face are more defined, more feminine. Her hair is slowly growing longer and thicker. There's more teeth peeking through her smiling lips. She's still mostly baby but every day I see more and more of that little girl. And I'm so torn between eagerly wanting to meet our beautiful little girl but also desperately wanting to cling to our soft, milky chubby baby.



As I look back through her monthly portraits, I can't believe how much she has changed. How fast they grow. I am reminded of how precious this time is and how lucky I am to be spending all my minutes with my darling daughter. I feel like the luckiest woman alive.

This first year has been a wild ride. There's been up's and downs. Times where I've had it all together and times where it's all fallen to pieces. I've learned to go easier on myself. I've let go of 'perfect' and made peace with 'good enough'. The three of us have learned so much this year. And we're in a happy place. We're so proud of this little person that we've nurtured, loved and enjoyed.

Happy Birthday Eulalie! It's hard to imagine we can love you any more than we do now.... but lets just say we're up for the challenge! I can't wait to see what you've got in store for us this year!

P.S Please excuse the crappiness of these photos. Most certainly the trickiest portrait thus far (props + busy baby + low light + tight space = photographic disaster). But not to worry, there's gorgeous Tim Coulson party shots coming up tomorrow!

32 comments :

  1. exciting! I love her little dress, gorgeous!

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  2. Oh how gorgeous!! She's so beautiful. Happy Birthday little Princess! The first year is such an eventful ride of learning & growing.....if only it didn't go so fast! My little one is 3 months old & I get sad thinking about how fast those 3 months have gone......and then when I pinch myself to realise that my daughter is now 4, I can not believe it! It just feels like yesterday we were celebrating her 1st b'day!!
    May Lalie Bug's 2nd year be even more fabulous!!
    x
    P.S. I've kicked off a photo project on my blog today....I'd love you to check it out & participate!

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  3. Happy 1st Birthday to your gorgeous girl. My how she has grown:) Enjoy being one Eulalie, have a wonderful time growing and learning. xx

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  4. I love seeing all the photos together like this! I am inspired to capture something similar with our next baby. Your little Miss is one gorgeous birthday girl. Can't wait to see Tim's shots. :)

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  5. Aaah happy big 1!!!! Gorgeous post... All your posts are fabulous!

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  6. Gorgeous dress. Gorgeous girl. Gorgeous Mum. Gorgeous family. Such a milestone and you've done it in style. Yay for Claire, Paddy and Lalie! Kellie xx PS looking back on that collection of photos .... so special. Tear - flick.

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  7. You know what Claire, it just keeps getting better x

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  8. I must remember to do monthly portraits of my little ones... when they come!
    Your little lady is one of the prettiest baby's I ever did see :)

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  9. such a cutie! Happy belated birthday Eulalie :)

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  10. She's definitely a gorgeous, little lady bug. Happy birthday!

    www.thegirlieblog.com

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  11. These shots aren't crappy, they're great! And it's so sweet to see all of the months side by side. x

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  12. She makes me smile each time I see her. She's too cute and that smile is priceless!

    Andrea xxx

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  13. Gorgeous, happy girl. It's amazing how their personalities become bigger and more beautiful each day. I too find myself wishing I could do a sneaky fast forward into the future with my 3 month old but wanting to hit pause and rewind all at the same time. So special x

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  14. how beautiful. i love the photo wall hanging. where did you find it?

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  15. have loved this idea since I saw it here and now its even better!

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  16. Awww, such beautiful photo's. Happy 1st year : )

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  17. What a lovely way to document each month of her life. Those photos are great. And Happy Birthday to your little girl!

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  18. She's a peach! The blackboard collage looks terrific too. x

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  19. Oh cabbage. you've got me crying. What a magical journey parenthood is. So beautifully written.

    I will enjoy watching the journey unfold in the future as much as i have this past year. YEAR? a whole year.

    make more babies. go on.

    xxx

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  20. p.s lookin' spankin at kellie's place today.

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  21. i love these photos. so well put together and a wonderful way to see her grow in each and every one. happy birthday to your little bug. she is adorable. :)

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  22. There is NOTHING crappy about these shots Claire, they're magnificent. I do love popping in here to see the beautiful shots of Lalie, they always make me smile :o)
    Loved reading about your year long journey and seeing the pics to match, what a gorgeous compilation.
    Happy Birthday to your delightful little lady, she's a lucky bub to be part of such a loving family xo

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  23. Ah Lalie, you're so divine. Love seeing all the monthly portraits together too, its crazy how much she's grown and how fast. It makes me even more excited about the journey we have too look forward to with Josephine. And awesome dress Lalie too xx

    Ps. Loving the idea of Posey, we've been calling her Phiney (Fi-nee) for short too. Or Teeny Phiney!

    Pps. I'm with Em...looking super stylin over at Kellie's xx

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  24. Happy 1st Birthday lalie.
    And well done Claire on raising such a kind hearted, totally delicious little girl. I agree with Em ... make more babies!!

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  25. I love every one of these and only wish i had done the same with my 3. These are so beautiful and you will treasure them forever as will Eulalie.

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  26. Happy 1st birthday Lalie!

    These photos are all gorgeous Claire. I really wish I made an effort to do monthly portraits for Everly now!

    Our children are our biggest teachers, are they not? Sounds like you've all had an amazing year!

    xx

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  27. what a happy little darlin....your doing a wonderful job Claire, her smile says it all. Happy 1st Birthday little lady x

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  28. That smile ...

    It was there from the start, & in every photo since ...

    She is just a divine little thing.

    But you know that xx

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  29. It's crazy that she is one already.

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