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They can’t all be winners



I tried to take Sabine’s Christmas card photo today. It did not go well. We are in the throws of some serious temper tantrums and big emotions lately. I was going to write a big post about this but I think these photos do it a better job!

This is the closest we got to a good photo.

This is the closest we got to a good photo.

Then we tried standing up with the walker.

Then we tried standing up with the walker.

And that just made us even more sad. I think a lot of our temper tantrums are because of her frustration over still not walking.

And that just made us even more sad. I think a lot of our temper tantrums are because of her frustration over still not walking.


So we tried seated with a hair bow.

And instead we just threw Christmas ornaments.

And instead we just threw Christmas ornaments.

Then we went for a wardrobe change and great happiness ensued.

Then we went for a wardrobe change and great happiness ensued.


YAY NAKED! I foolishly thought this meant that the shoot was looking up.

As soon as the next out fit went on, though she was done.

As soon as the next out fit went on, though she was done.

And it's a wrap.

And it’s a wrap.




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  1. December 7, 2014

    I feel your pain, but these are adorable!

  2. December 7, 2014

    I LOVE!!! that last photo!

    • December 7, 2014

      And also, that dress is ridiculously adorable!

  3. shawnsorcade #
    December 8, 2014

    The last photo!!!! hahahahhahahah!

  4. December 8, 2014

    Oh my goodness she is the sweetest, I love her Tude’ πŸ˜‰

  5. Jan Cappell - Royal Oak, MI #
    December 8, 2014

    Hello, this is my first time writing in… Let me start out by saying that I am a mother of two grown children. My daughter is 35 and working with a fertility clinic in Chicago. She is (as of today) in her 9 day wait period of a transfer of a 5-day blastocyst. This is her 4th try. Last summer during her 1st attempt, I found your wonderful blog. I signed up to get your photos and to read about your real life stories that you have shared. I read your blog and everything I could find to educate myself (at a lay person’s understanding) about IVF. As a mother I wanted to support her and be involved as much she wanted me to be and understand when she just needed her own time, with her husband to work thru the sorrow and acceptance of getting the dreaded BFN. I am much further down the path then you young women with young children and infants. I do remember calling my wonderful and wise mother many times while raising my two children. Mom raised 4 and she was awesome. Her counsel was priceless. I have pictures of my above mentioned daughter that are VERY similar to yours. Two different settings with professional photographers. One she had cried so much from just being fussy, that her eyes were a little red and slightly puffy. I just left, disappointed. What are you going to do, they are just babies. That wonderful photographer sent me some of the photos she took, even though I didn’t order them. My daughter was/is a strong willed woman. It really is a good thing to all of you out there reading this. I took her pediatrician’s advice… My job was to love and guide this strong willed child and then teen to stay on a good path. To give her definite boundaries, with space to move within the boundaries.. and than of course as children grow those boundaries and spaces have to be adjusted. She with her strong will was able to say, “No” to drugs, sex, and other bad choices while in high school. She graduated from college and now has her own successful business in Chicago. Love your children… The time of them growing up does go by fast. I realize that viewpoint is more easily seen down the road. I wanted more children, but my husband suffered a terrible stroke at age 32. My children were 6 & 1.
    I hope you have wonderful people women and men both in your lives to be there to listen and counsel! Bless you all. I am Jan and so looking forward to my daughter getting to be a mother and myself a grandmother!

  6. Jan Cappell - Royal Oak, MI #
    December 8, 2014

    My photo here is of my daughter and myself. There was one more I wanted to share.. Thank you!
    The professional photos of my daughter that I mention above, have for many years now given me moments of smiling with amusement of that day which was horribly disappointing at the time. Wonderful thing, time heals us. Besides, so MANY wonderful memories have happened since then. Plus I had more adventures or maybe mishaps of raising a bright, strong-willed daughter.
    It is.. Christmas of 1983, my now 4 year-old daughter got her much requested cabbage patch doll! It was a Christmas gift she wanted so very much. Remember those!? One of her Aunts (1st grandchild on both sides) stood for hours at Toys R Us to get her one. Well another Aunt or Uncle… Etc.. Gave her the cabbage patch doll stroller, she also got a cabbage patch play pen and high chair. Plus a few baby doll outfits.. (Big family) lol.
    We were ALL SO EXCITED for her to open her gifts. She was all set to play mommy and just pretend and have a good time, OR so we thought.

    When she opened her last present, she scrunched up an unhappy look and stomped a foot. We were shocked!! (I was also SO embarrassed) “What’s the matter Sara?” Everyone asked. In a mad and boo-hoo voice she said, (with arms folded up tight) – “My cabbage doll got more presents than I did!” We were like, Unmm what? How could she interpret those gifts that way? She thinks the gifts were for the doll! She meant it! Strong-willed, I am telling you. One of my funniest stories. She laughs with us now when we remember that Christmas of 1983.
    Believe me when I tell you what a wonderful, loving, caring person she is today.. Yet, still has a strong will. However growing up and maturing do wonders! I am so very proud of her and her business success. She owns, creates and manufactures soy candles, that are sold and distributed to stores across our country!
    So, Hang on.. Hold tight and guide your child to a positive path and that strong will becomes determination and can help him or her accomplish some wonderful things and be happy. Bless that Pediatrician, he was right! Jan

  7. APE #
    December 8, 2014

    I love the pouty face pictures! Use one of them as your Christmas card anyway. Your friends and family will get a kick out of it! It’ll be something different than the “cookie cutter” Christmas cards that most people (including myself) send out of their kids.

    • APE #
      December 8, 2014

      By the way, I giggled at every picture! Sabine is precious.

    • Jan Cappell - Royal Oak, MI #
      December 8, 2014

      I whole-heartily agree! Use what you have! It’s them not being perfect that makes them perfect – just in a different light-hearted way!

  8. December 8, 2014

    These are priceless! xo πŸ™‚

  9. December 8, 2014

    I think you should use “seated with hairbow”, I mean, she’s not smiling, but she’s not EXACTLY frowning-and it’s cute!

  10. December 8, 2014

    Hang on to the last picture. That is whats going to get a smile on your face when you open your photo album 20 years from now.
    All pictures are adorable. She does make the sweetest faces. πŸ™‚

  11. December 8, 2014

    I would probably use that first naked baby picture on a card !!! But !! I am sure she would hate me when she’s a teenager everyone has a naked baby picture of her for Christmas. But it is just SUCH a CUTE picture. With the ornament, and her enormous smile.

  12. December 9, 2014

    OMG. These are amazing! I LOVE the last one. Could you do a series of 3 of these to show the progression? Seriously, I think that would be a hilarious Christmas card.

  13. jak #
    December 10, 2014

    lol!!!, she seems much happier topless than in a frilly dress. guess i feel the same way……..

    what an expressive kid though – you must be proud!

  14. arbrefleur #
    December 10, 2014

    Laugh out loud hilarious. She is outstandingly beautiful and filled to the brim with personality. WOw.

  15. December 22, 2014

    This is an adorable photo shoot set! Love! She is so expressive.

  16. Infertility Can Suck It #
    December 28, 2014

    These are too funny. I feel your pain! We tried three different Santas this year, and he started bawling before we even set foot in his “village”. Christmas Fail. Hoping for better luck next year πŸ™‚

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