Baby Hayley is at the most delightful age and I cannot get enough of this baby.
At just 16 months, the selfie game is already strong in this one. I mean, this girl is front facing camera all the way. The moment she sees herself on the phone, she goes from Oh Look That’s Me to Let Me Ham It Up to Woah Okayy That’s A Fine Looking Baby all at once.
She’s also the only baby who enjoys having her photos taken. I’m not going to get ahead of myself but I’ve never seen a baby this good at taking direction on how to pose.
I’m like “Let’s start with happy face” and boom, done.
“Taking it to something more demure like you’re a damsel.”
“Gorgeous, I love it! Okay, serious face, let’s go.”
“How about more feeling? We need to turn on the feels.” and she’s like “MORE FEELS? SAY NO MORE, MOM, I’VE GOT THIS!”
“Yeah okay, maybe dial back the feels. Do it like you’re thinking about something vaguely important.”
On this note, I used to feel like it was more important to be fully present in the moments and to really enjoy them while they were happening instead of obsessing about capturing them all down in photos. Which was great but as the kids got bigger, I found myself spending a lot of time looking back at all of the photos and then remembering all the amazing moments.
So now I’m feeling like I need more photos of everything. Give me all of the photos!!
In a few days, we’re going to do something we’ve never done before: go explore the world with 4 kids. We’ll be heading to New York + Niagara + Orlando with Truett, Kirsten, Finn and Theo for the next 3 weeks.
I gave a lot of thought to the possibility of bringing all 5 but after coming at it from every possible angle, this remains a puzzle I can’t seem to crack and it would be irresponsible to try. Knowing how mopey I’m going to be without my baby, the husband was all “Let’s just do it!! See, she’s such a good girl. It will be the craziest thing we’ve ever done but we’ll manage, don’t worry! At least we’ll all be together…” and I was like “YOU NEED TO STOP ME, you’re supposed to be the voice of reason!” This is exactly why I married this man.
We could probably survive it if everything went according to plan, but things rarely go according to plan and we would be completely out of our depth if we brought baby Hayley along so it is with great sadness that we’re leaving her behind.
As it is, traveling with all 4 kids would be would be madness enough but I’ve worked out a detailed plan that covers most contingencies. Hopefully. We’ll see how that goes.
**I’ll be posting on Instagram while we’re away, you can find me over here!