I received another amazing mother's day gift from Luke this year: A photo board book chronicling Arlo's first year. Starting with my pregnancy photos and ending with some super adorable shots of the two of them from a super sneaky photo shoot done by the fabulous and talented Courtney Z. I'm sure Luke would agree that this awesome gift would not have been made possible without the help of Courtney. Such a great friend, great husband and pretty stinking adorable baby - how'd I get so lucky?
Here are some photos from their shoot:
Baby model in training
That eyebrow though...
Is there anything cuter than these two?
Don't worry, Luke was holding him behind the tree.
How is our baby one already? This is crazy - who sped up time? We had our families in town for the big B Day, which was the perfect way to celebrate baby Arlo.
He's been reaching lots of milestones lately. He started taking steps right around 11 months, and he was full on walking just a few days before his birthday. He has added "ball" to his vocabulary, he dances, he points to his tray when he wants more food, he gives kisses (open mouthed, only), he takes the brush to his head (as if to brush), and he loves playing with his toys and "reading" books.
It was a big day for Arlo, and he was NOT feeling his monthly photo that day. He just wanted to jump out of that chair and walk!
Cranky or not, he's still adorable and our favorite thing ever.
Arlo started his day which some delicious French toast.
We wanted Arlo to have a little table and chairs, so we hacked an Ikea kids table and chairs that my mom got for him. We followed this tutorial over on Freckles Chick. We painted the top of the table with chalkboard paint, and added a dowel underneath for a roll of art paper. I used some foam on the chair seats and covered with some leftover fabric.
Arlo, spent lots of time hanging with his grandparents.
We even made him a mini ball pit!
Now time for the smash cake!
The sprinkles turned into a purple gooey mess.
Olive enjoyed the cake as well.
The following day, Arlo got his first haircut. Luke's mom has been cutting their family's hair for years and years, so naturally she was our first choice for Arlo's first trim.
Here is the before...
And, the adorable after.
We are so blessed that our families could join us for Arlo's special day. It was memorable indeed.