12 December 2011 @ 01:48 pm
Update from Mama-land  

Wow, I've been away for a long time! For ten years I blogged frequently, and now I'm writing for the first time in six months. Of course it has been one of the biggest years of my life, and I have tons of photos and stories that I could have written about. Instead I've spent lots of time with Daniel, who grows more adorable and fascinating every day. He is now eleven months old, and active, bright, curious, and affectionate.

I'm on extended maternity leave, but I did do a few client shoots this year. I did some family portraits, maternity sessions, and one wedding. But with a baby who rarely slept and a husband with long work hours, I ended up overwhelmed and exhausted. After Labor Day, I stopped doing any photo shoots, and worked only on albums and print orders for existing clients. Nowadays Danny is sleeping through the night and napping regularly, and I feel much better. I finally have a chance to blog once in a while. Hi!

I haven't decided yet when I'd like to return to work, and what kind of work I'll want to do when that time comes. I plan to make some changes to my business structure, because my new life won't accommodate the long hours and frequent travel anymore. I do miss the adventures and creativity of my photography business, though. We'll see what happens. For now, I'm loving my new adventures.

At five months old, he was learning to sit up.

Fourth of July

We spent the summer enjoying Lake Anne, the Reston neighborhood that we are so happy to call home.

Danny's first taste of banana.

We took two beach trips over the summer to Corolla, NC. This was his first time in the ocean. He was scared at first, and then he loved playing the in squishy sand.

Our second trip to Corolla was a family reunion with lots of Danny's little cousins.

Tasting his new toy box/ottoman

In August, Mike and I traveled to Boston to shoot a wedding. We stayed in a hotel on the harbor during the weekend of Hurricane Irene. Here are before/after pictures.

In September and October we went to two UVA football games with my parents. Danny adores his grandparents. He's not so sure about football announcers, though.

We added a pontoon boat to our happy lakeside lifestyle. Those of you who have been following my blog for years will be shocked to know that my niece Kenna is now 8. 8! Her brothers are 6 and 4, and all three are as sweet as can be.

At eight months old, Danny would pull up to standing, and then grin proudly while checking to make sure I was watching.

Danny and me at nine months

Our happy family on the boat. If you look closely, you can see Ally peeking out, too.

Rogue sock

Danny with his grandmother. My mom took many of the wonderful photos I've posted here.

Danny was was a good sport about Halloween, and hammed it up in his costumes for my amusement.

Ten months old

With my dad

Offering a leaf treasure to my mom

mountain_hiker on December 12th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you and Mike are doing well!
nicholelynn on December 12th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Welcome back!!! I, too, just had a baby so I know what it's like to have to adjust to new schedules.

Daniel is getting so big already - can't believe he's coming up to one year old! Fabulous pictures. I bet you have his first year very well documented!!!
dreamsrundeep on December 12th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking about you the other day! So glad to see an update and the gorgeous pictures of your family :D
ichtefan on December 12th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
Firstly- your family is gorgeous! Your little boy is such a cutie, glad to hear he's giving his mom a little peace ;)
Hope you return to work soon, I loved your stunning pictures, they quite often made my day and certainly, without fail, put a smile on my face!
Glad to see you're doing well and, as usual- stunning shots!))
bo1ng on December 12th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Great to get an update! So glad to hear things are going well :) Fun and interesting photos as usual.
dawntreader90 on December 12th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
HAA!!! i love the rogue sock pic.

also love the sitting ... up? pic. though i think it is more appropriately named, "TIMBERRRR." ;)

yay for updating. :D glad you are enjoying the neighborhood, hurricanes, earthquakes and all.
kajuka on December 12th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
HI!!! It's so nice to hear good news about your family! I've been missing your fascinating wedding shots...
Don't worry about starting work ASAP. I had one crying baby and the other one came soon... It took me only 5 years to "adapt to a new schedule" :)))
You look wonderful and I'm sure you'll sort out your business after some time.
Grow big and healthy, as Russians say!!! :))) And don't worry about anything!

iviom on December 12th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
Very good! You and your family - wonderful!
syncopatedlife on December 12th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
Though I've been following you on Facebook, I love this post and I'm happy to see an update here!
gonzostar on December 12th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
So wonderful!
laciann on December 12th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
Hi! So good to see you again!

Your son is adorable, and I'm noticing a resemblence to your dad in the last few pictures.

Hopefully we don't have to wait another 6 months to see more!
operatic on December 12th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
:) Wonderful pics; great to hear how things are going for y'all! :)
thumper on December 12th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
I love the pictures! :o)
You have such a wonderful family.

I got a kick out of the t-shirt "Made in America with British Parts".
It also looks like Danny is in full "All-terrain-baby" mode. I'm sure keeping up with him provides a great aerobic exercise plan for you. :o)
kinuski on December 12th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
So lovely!
mtmd on December 13th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
I miss your blog post and so glad to hear from you again :)
So nice and adorable pictures! :)
I totally understand how your time is consumed by your boy because that is what is happening to me now...my baby boy is now 5 months old and most of my time is spent with him and glad to have those times...he is growing so fast!
Your boy is so cute and adorable! :)
solteronita on December 13th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
It's great to get an update! You all look so happy! :D
kkatie on December 13th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
Too cute! I miss you but I'm so glad you've been enjoying this time with your family!
evilmommytina on December 13th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
Oh My Gosh!
He is adorable. I have missed you - AND - your writing/posting!

Hugs. Tina
princessleah162 on December 13th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
I wondered where your posts had gone!! I've missed your great pictures on here. Glad to hear motherhood is going so well. Can't believe your little man is almost 1 already! Does it seem like the (almost) year has flown?
tinven on December 13th, 2011 09:14 am (UTC)
So handsome:)
wens on December 13th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'd been wondering about how you're doing. I'm so glad that you're all doing well!

...and so you got a real boat this time (remember the model boat you blogged about that I thought was a real one?). :D
lidi_photos on December 13th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
Aww, this entry is full of love and sweetness! Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful and precious moments.
emianne on December 16th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
I've definitely missed seeing your lovely photos. I respect so highly the fact that you're making changes to your life as a photographer, in favor of your life as a mom. I've done the same thing in the past year and I know it can be a difficult transition. There's so much positive feedback in working with clients, and it can be so hard to give that up. It was for me, anyway.
amme5832 on December 17th, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
He is such a cutie! It looks like life is treating you well these days - I'm glad to hear you are enjoying your family and new home, even if it doesn't have the same backdrop as the Colorado mountains!
valska on December 20th, 2011 06:35 am (UTC)
So fantastic to read a post from you after all this while, and glad that you are having such a great time with motherhood. :)

I thought Mike was working with you?
pattiponders on December 28th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
I also have not been on in a very long time (15 months??), but your blog was one I searched for and I enjoyed the updates. Last time I looked you were still in the early stages of pregnancy. Congratulations on a healthy, beautiful boy! Good luck with the transitioning and wishing many happy new memories you will make!
ykristianna on February 15th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC)
Привет! Меня зовут Кристина, я журналистка .
Хотелось бы подруЖЖиться!
martishka on May 11th, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
You are so happy, I see it in your eyes! ))
mountain_hiker on October 25th, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, Charlotte! I hope everyone's well!
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