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Marlowe – Salt Lake City Newborn Photographer

Happy one month to this gorgeous baby girl, Marlowe!  She took her sweet time getting here but now I’m sure it’s hard for her parents to believe that she’s already a month old.  These pictures were taken when she was less than a week old and it was an honor to capture here at such a fleeting, precious stage.

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Marlowe’s parents met as firefighters and work for the U.S. Forest Service. I loved that they wanted to get the following shots of Marlowe with some of their gear.

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Congratulations to you guys.  I love you guys. And welcome to the world, beautiful little Marlowe!

Love,
Heather

 

World Down Syndrome Day

Today is World Down Syndrome Day.   March 21st.    3/21, chosen to signify the uniqueness of 3 copies of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

For the past few years I’ve followed amazing moms who’ve made incredible strides towards awareness of abilities, inclusion and more for their babies with Down syndrome. I’ve silently cheered them on, occasionally donating to their causes, never thinking their cause would personally hit home. One of those is a mother to sweet Ruby and the founder of Ruby’s Rainbow, an organization who grants scholarships to young adults with Down Syndrome so they can attend college.

Like most parents I want my children to be able to accomplish their dreams, whatever they may be.   This hope is no different for my little Zeke but perhaps more worrisome.  My worry does not come from a place of doubting his abilities, I have no doubt that our sweet baby will accomplish so much more than we dream possible for him.   But worries of the limits that the rest of society may place on him and others with Down syndrome.      Times are changing and with organizations like Ruby’s Rainbow and many other parents paving the way, stereotypes and limitations will be knocked down.    Ruby’s Rainbow has story after story of determined individuals with Down syndrome that are achieving their dreams.   They have a goal of raising $100,000 so that many more scholarships may be provided to these deserving young adults with big dreams.  Reading the stories of past scholarship recipients has helped give me hope that soon more people will begin to see everyone for the things they CAN accomplish instead of the things that they cannot.

I donated $21 to Ruby’s Rainbow today.  They ask that each person that donates $21, encourages 3 friends to also donate $21.   If this could happen, they’d quickly be at their goal.   If you feel compelled, please use the link below and we can see how many donations Zeke personally inspired.

DONATE here: https://321pledge.org/d/660d70f6/

In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness day, Zeke is showing off … he’s rolled over 5 times so far today!   He’s getting stronger every day, holding his head up like a champ and smiling and giggling constantly.  Showing us all the things he CAN do!

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Much love to you all!
Love,
Heather

 

Firsts for Zeke

At Zeke’s four month appointment (can you believe he’s 4 months already?!?), his doctor said he could start solid foods.  So, last week, he had his first taste of solid food surrounded by an audience of proud pals.

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While Zeke was waiting patiently, I told Benny that we were going to give him some food for the first time.    Benny ran to tell Ricky, who told Nolan, who told a friend, who ran to get his baby brother, while yelling to another friend along the way, who told his brother, who told his mom, who all came to watch.   By the time Zeke was done eating, he had about 10 people coming to watch and cheer him on.   He’s a well loved baby around here.

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He did awesome and loved that rice cereal so much that I had to mix up more.

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Since then, we’ve tried a few veggies that he hasn’t been too fond of, but we will keep trying.  I’m determined to have one kid who isn’t picky!:)

Love,
Heather

Jude – One {Davis County, UT Baby Photographer}

This little guy came to see me for his one year photos.   His hat, bow tie, beautiful eyes and little tooth peaking smile just melted my heart.    And he took his first steps while here!  So exciting.

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He’s having a Peanuts birthday party!

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He was so excited to see our cat outside the window!

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So we headed outside to follow the kitty.

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Happy first birthday, sweet Jude!

Love,

Heather

Jessica - Thank you so much! These are so precious.

Heather Bird - You’re very welcome, Jessica! I just loved hanging with your adorable little guy.

Cathy Mack - he is such a little doll. Love the hats! Makes a statement of their own!

Feed Me – Valentine Boxes

I saw this idea for these adorable “Feed Me” Valentine Boxes on The Small Fry Blog and after showing the boys, they agreed that these were hilarious.   Plus they were relatively easy to make.  So we spent Monday night putting together their funny Valentine boxes.

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As I was getting ready to take the pictures for the boxes, Nolan had the grand idea to wear a pan on his head.    His brothers cracked up at the idea and it was all over.  I tried to convince him that the box itself was what was funny and that it didn’t need any other comedic value but he disagreed.   So we took his pictures with a pan on his head.

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His box turned out… “hilarious” (or a tad weird) but he loved it so we went with it.

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After Nolan’s pictures with the pot, Benny wanted to do the same thing but luckily he was more easily persuaded to wear a red hat for Valentine’s Day.

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The morning of the day of their party, Nolan ran around the house with his box yelling, “I’m a pot head!”  “Ha, ha!”   “I’m a POT HEAD!”    After a few times of this it sunk in…  I looked at Ken and cracked up.   “Buddy,” I said, “How ’bout you call yourself a ‘PAN HEAD’ “?”   Luckily he ran off saying, “Ok, I’m a pan head, I’m a pan head.”    I’m not sure it would have been the best thing for my kindergartner to run around school all day telling everyone he was a “pothead.”   Oh Nolan.

Happy Valentines Day!

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Love,

Heather