21 April 2011 @ 09:47 am
Three months old  

Daniel and me
Reston, VA
Spring 2011

Wow, I haven't blogged in ages! I think this is the longest that I've neglected my blog since I started it back in 2000. When Danny was six weeks old, I wrote that I was going to start posting regularly again, and now two months have passed and I'm finally getting around to it. Sorry about that!

Danny is now three and a half months old, and he is still a happy, easy-going little guy. He is so much more fun now that he's old enough to start interacting with us. He smiles a huge, open-mouth grin throughout the day, and giggles when his dad makes funny faces. He has even started smiling at the dog, which is sweet, because Ally loves her little human brother. She is always trying to give him little licks on the head and feet. Janie the cat barely notices that he exists.

Daniel at Three Months:

Riding in his stroller
Meeting new people
Listening to nursery rhymes
Dancing around the living room
Grabbing at the danging animals on his play gym
Watching his dad be silly
Looking at leaves, flowers, children, and birds

Sleeping through the night

We've been sleep-deprived around here lately. Starting at 2 months, Danny starting waking up three times a night to eat. He's a slender little guy, at only the 26th percentile in weight (70th in height), so when he's hungry, he really needs to eat. Night weaning just isn't happening, unfortunately. I've deepened my love of coffee over the last few months.

It helps a lot that when we wake up in the middle of the night, we have a gorgeous view of a lake outside our window. Mike and I couldn't be happier with our new house and neighborhood in Reston. It's absolutely gorgeous here, especially with all the springtime dogwoods and cherry blossoms. April in Virginia is sublime. Every day we take Danny and Ally for walks around the lake, and often we stroll to Reston Town Center for coffee or dinner. Reston has a wonderful trail system. We almost never use our cars anymore.

I owe Danny a three-month portrait session, but for now, here are some snapshots of our family over the last two months.

My mother with Danny and my niece Kenna. She is seven and a half, and a loving big cousin.

My dad with his three grandsons: Robby (6), Timmy (4), Danny (1 month)

Kenna and me, with our babies

Danny with Kenna's baby, Sandy

Danny's first time at an airport. When he was 2 months old, my father and I took him to Dallas to meet his great-grandmother.

My grandma was so happy to meet her tenth great-grandchild.

A treasured photo of four generations

My uncle John introduced Danny to his second cousins in Hoboken via Skype.

Age 2 months

Napping in his swing (which is what is is doing right now, which is enabling me to write this)

Most of the time I just take iPhone snapshots. It's difficult to manage a huge camera while carrying him around. But moments like these are beautiful, even when the image quality isn't.

I spend a lot of time sitting right there, cuddling with the baby. I'm sitting in that exact spot right now as I type this.

With his grandma

Fist bump

Walking around Lake Anne, with Danny napping in the carrier. It's a lot warmer than this now, and there are leaves on the trees. I'm very behind in my blogging!

Ally, getting to know the neighbors

11 weeks old

13 weeks old

He looks so serious, but he's really smiley! I need Mike to help me with a portrait shoot sometime soon -- making Danny laugh is a two-person job. He'd much rather smile at someone's face than at a camera. Hopefully I'll have some adorable smiley photos soon. :)
ticktockmary on April 21st, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for posting - I had wondered how you were doing! Danny is a doll, and welcome back to Washington!
eireann_eilis on April 21st, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
he is so cute!
milandra on April 21st, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
It's really wonderfull!!! God bless all your family)
gonzostar on April 21st, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh Charlotte. These are some of the most precious baby photos I've ever seen. Leave it to a photographer family....:) He's amazing.
littlestarletta on April 21st, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
Charlotte - I am so happy for you and your family. You guys are living the ideal life! Child, dog, happy couple, beautiful walks. *le sigh* Despite your sleepless nights I hope you are enjoying every minute. Danny is adorable. I love the pictures of Danny on the couch and Mike looking down on him. And the picture of you kissing Danny in your special corner place :)

I wish you continued happiness and bliss.

I would love to have a photo session before I move out of the area in September (I'm currently in Arlington).

Thanks for sharing these!
paintedflowers on April 21st, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
What a cutie. Sounds like you're really enjoying the joys of motherhood. What a wonderful gift you have!
kylecassidy on April 21st, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
we've missed you!
euro_kates on April 21st, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
He is adorable! I'm about to become a first time mom in September and seeing all these pictures make me so excited :)
christilyn on April 21st, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
He's so cute! We're still looking forward to our babysitting duties one evening!!!
citylights18 on April 22nd, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
He is absolutely precious. Also, Reston Town Center is one of my favorite places. Wait until you see it in the winter! They put lights on all the trees and a big christmas tree right next to the skating rink! :D
laciann on April 22nd, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)
I was hoping you'd show up soon with some baby pic's! He's adorable. He looks like your dad, too!

Now we need pic's o your new house too.
kowleen on April 22nd, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
What a beautiful family! I love how serious and worried Daniel looks in some of those photos. And the one of the 4 generations brought tears to my eyes. :)

Oh..and your living room is GORGEOUS!
kajuka on April 22nd, 2011 08:00 am (UTC)
Thanks for finding time to write!!! Beautiful baby! Charming pictures! I've been missing your posts, hope you will start taking wedding pictures again soon!!! Good luck with your new family duties and new creative projects!!!
lidi_photos on April 22nd, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
Aww, you look so wonderful together! :)) And Danny is adorable and so cute!! :)