Amy Schilling Photography Blog

April 30, 2010



At the end of a yawn. Isn't it heinous?! I usually have my iPhone close by and while Avery & I were looking through pictures I noticed I'd taken quite a few of the pugs over the last month.


Since Avery's arrival, the pugs haven't exactly been the pampered pooches they once were. I still love them, I do, but Avery's much better! As we were waiting to be taken back for my c-section I cried for my dogs. I cried because that morning when I left the house I hadn't given them a proper goodbye. I put them in their kennels and said farewell, expecting to be home after lunch. And then I wasn't and I was so upset they'd think I'd abandoned them. Yep, that's pretty much what was going through my head just before my body was cut open and my baby pulled out - I didn't give the pugs a proper goodbye.

And now? Well, it's different. They don't sleep in our room anymore, I never lay on the couch to snuggle during the day, and those little personality quirks that used to be endearing are now a tad annoying. Like really annoying. But then Harper does the things she does and it makes me laugh.


They're much sweeter to one another than they used to be. Sometimes I see them and I just think, "Awwwwww."


And I'm glad I have my phone nearby to get a picture because by the time I get the camera out and on, etc. the moment may be gone. Those two can be fickle.

So I love my dogs - no really, I do - but it's different now. I love them like...dogs. Because Avery? Well, I can't help but love her best.


I put that red shirt on her and promptly decided I was going to add ruffles to everything she owns. "She shall spend her summer in ruffles!" I thought to myself. Because how cute is she?! I kept telling her all day how beautiful she is and really, I think she's adorable everyday but today I was like, "Whoa - CUTE OVERLOAD."

April 28, 2010

just around the corner


Spring has sprung and summer is almost here! Looking down the street we're starting to see lots of green and that makes me happy. I think we're finally going to do something with our backyard, like plant a couple of trees and get rid of some weeds! I'm looking forward to spending some time outdoors over the next few months.


I think she is too.


April 27, 2010

nights like these

This afternoon we napped together and you didn't wake up until almost 6:00. Dinner was late, bedtime was delayed. And as is the case most nights lately, after nursing you began to chat and roll around. You rolled over to me and grabbed my lip, rubbed my shoulder, and laughed when I tickled. I sang Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and rubbed your hair and your soft baby cheek. When you're bigger, I will miss nights like these. Nights spent with a sweet baby, my heart so full of love it may burst. Nights when I think my life must be perfect because you're beside me. Nights when you roll yourself to sleep.


April 25, 2010


Totally. Today I photographed Miss I for her upcoming fourth birthday.

IK05 E

She's such a gorgeous little girl and I couldn't get over what a difference a year makes!! She was so talkative, not nearly as shy, and just as sweet. She even hugged me before we parted ways. :)

IK03 E

K & P, I really really appreciate your help and understanding today! I hope you enjoy the photos!

April 17, 2010


Today we attended their first birthday. I can't believe how quickly the time goes by! They have this bedding collection, so it came as no surprise when we received our treasure map invite in the mail.


I've decided that if we're invited to a party with a theme, Avery will dress the least until she's old enough to protest!


I do believe she was the cutest pirate baby in attendance, and believe me, the competition was fierce.


But I don't know...I just think she's the cutest little pirate I ever did see!


April 13, 2010

a week of firsts


This week Avery was prescribed antibiotics for the first time. It's been a real treat to administer the medicine THREE times a day and I look forward to the next eight days as we get through this. Maybe she'll start to like the flavor!

This week Avery also started pulling herself up unassisted. She's been working on it and has been able to pull herself up to her activity table if sitting in a lap, but tonight she did it all on her own.


I think it's time to lower the crib...not that she spends much time in it...but still. She's growing up so fast!

April 8, 2010

i wasn't kidding

About her strength that is, she's really strong. After an egg hunt last week I wanted to get a few pictures of her in the bunny shirt my sister made. I put on the bunny ears I'd picked up in a dollar bin at Target but Avery was all, "I think there's something on my head...yeah, there's definitely something up there."


"Oh bunny ears, so sneaky you are! Now I shall exact my revenge, you'll not escape my hands unscathed!"


"I shall rip you in two with my bare hands. You'll not sneak on another head!"


And okay, maybe she didn't actually rip them in two. But let me tell you, it wasn't from lack of trying!


I love my girl, she always makes me smile.

April 3, 2010

eight months

This month snuck up on me. Twice this past week when I was asked how old she was I said, "Seven months", even though she turns eight months today and so of course she was closer to eight than seven...but still! Much like every other month, time is passing too quickly.

At eight months Avery really loves breastfeeding, Mommy & Daddy, the pugs, standing, being outside, baths, TV, her sippy cup, her jumper, and playing with her toys. She's been particularly sweet to us this month and we love every minute of it! Avery is still a fan of the pugs and it's not hard to see why, they're crazy. She really likes to stand or sit, she likes to practice taking steps and pretty much anything is preferable to being placed on her stomach. She still loves baths and I can't wait to see her in a swimming pool this summer, I think she'll really enjoy it! She drinks water out of her sippy cup and while she doesn't end up drinking a whole lot, she does like playing with her cup. TV time is very limited so when I do turn it on she really focuses on the cartoons. It's always funny to see her laugh at something on TV, and for whatever reason she really zones out during a particular debt commercial on Qubo. You cannot get her attention for anything! One day Deran got in her face and she leaned around him to finish watching. It was both adorable & ridiculous.

She really dislikes having things taken away from her, frogs, and baby food of any kind. She's a baby who's used to getting what she wants when she wants it and so if you take away an object, well, it could get ugly. Basically don't hand her something she's not allowed to play with or that you'll be wanting back. Avery has had a negative reaction to both a stuffed frog and a frog bath mitt. However, she's totally okay with the wooden frog we use for animal sounds and regularly reaches for it to chomp on its head. As far as baby food goes, I don't know. She's never loved it, but the last month or so has seen her go from a casual dislike to total blech! where eating is concerned. We'll ease into eating solids when the time is right for her. I made her apples a few nights ago and she took one bite and acted like I'd stuffed a lemon in her mouth, but not before adding some extra sour sauce and a sprinkling of dirt. Yes, her face was that bad. Dramatic, much? I just don't know where she gets it! :)

At eight months Avery is close to crawling but not quite there. She does bounce to different locations if given the right incentive. She has two teeth and with that second one has come lots of drool. Avery likes to turn out the light in her room about 85% of the time. That other 15% she won't even look at it. She is still quite vocal and is starting to babble. Yesterday I took her out to walk on the back patio and she talked the whole time and then looked up at me and smiled, it was really really cute!

Like every other month, an iPhone salute to Ave.


A few things I want to remember about this time...the way she holds onto me when she eats is so sweet. When she wakes up first in the morning she'll grab my face or my arm, basically whatever she can get her hands on, it's easier when I wake up first. :) Almost every night before Deran & I go to sleep we just stare at her and marvel over how cute she is, how much she's grown, how much we love her, and how completely perfect she is to us. We are so lucky to have her and we really do realize it. Inevitably we wake her up a couple of nights a week and we take the opportunity to sneak in some hugs and kisses before going to sleep!

Happy eight month birthday baby girl, we love you lots!
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