Q52 Week 34: ONE

a quinn currently edition, inspired by dani hampton of sometimes sweet

quinn turned one yesterday (8/20)! i thought this would be a good time to write down a few things about this little bundle of love so i always remember these moments, even when they're a long way away. i don't have sorrow for the past, as the future is just as exciting, but i also want to make sure that these memories stay sacred. 

wondering: what she's saying, most of the time. quinn is always talking. it's mostly gibberish, combined with pointing. she is not at the point of frustration, so it is basically the most adorable thing ever. as is everything she does. 

saying: ok. here's what we can make out: hi, hey, TICKLE (have you seen the video?), baby, mama/mommy, dada/daddy, and megan. yes. megan. except it's more like, "may on." 

eating: just about everything. sadly, she refused cilantro in her tofu banh mi the other day. i'm not giving up on that one, though. she will like cilantro. she has to! it's a joke when i tell my mom she loves something she tries, because that is always the case. she loves it all! (i hear this will change, and soon she will begin turning things down. crossing my fingers that that does not happen!)

watching: no tv shows; life has been too exciting to turn on the tv! there is one youtube video she loves, recommended to her by her good buddy, jack. it's "elmo's got the moves." if you're a parent of a little one - i would suggest putting this in the rotation. it's just over a minute, pretty catchy, and works wonders for redirection!

working on: walking faster. and probably running. she seems very close. also, climbing the stairs. she loves to do it and can go up and down with ease, but she hasn't mastered the first step down. she always needs help getting set up. 

listening to: music, music, music! you put a catchy tune on, quinn's arms fly right up, and out comes the booty bounce, accompanied by the most adorable smile. top fave, icona pop's "i don't care, i love it" song. it was cute in the beginning but now it's getting pretty old! 

loving: mom and dad. i mean it. she is all about hugs and cuddles and kisses and snuggles. life is so good. 

looking forward to: her first birthday party on saturday!! we have all our friends coming to celebrate with us. it's a big one - over 80 people. she has so many who love her!

reading: you name it! she isn't interested in the words yet, but she loves the pictures, and she enjoys turning the pages. the cardboard "chewable" books seem to be the first she heads for, but they're easier to grasp, so it makes sense. there's one in particular, "elmo's favorite places," which has a lot of pull-down flaps. that is a major player right now. 

enjoying: [i'm taking this one for myself.] this time in life right now. it has been just so amazing and wonderful and incredible and every other positive adjective. she smiles, and we can't help but smile. thank you quinn, for giving me purpose every day.

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Photo via Rebekka Seale
Idea via Che & Fidel

tickle. tickle. tickle.

at first, we had NO idea what she was saying. especially because most of the time, she would start with the second syllable.. kle-tic, kle-tic, kle-tic... but then, when repeating her 'gibberish' back to her, i realized that she was saying a word... and one she hears on repeat ALL THE TIME from mom and dad  when playing! TICKLE!

my kid's first true word is tickle, further proving that she is the coolest kid on earth. 

vacation, all i ever wanted...

ack & mv, a set on Flickr.
Two nights in Nantucket. Two nights in Martha's Vineyard. An insane amount of eating. Some drinks. Family. Friends. A zillion pictures. And unlimited laughs.

Q52 Week 33: One More Week Before Turning One!

There she is. My baby girl. 11 months, 3 weeks old. I cannot stop staring at this picture. I had no theme in mind when I brought her and my camera out into the backyard, I just figured I would follow her around and see what she was offering. Sometimes that is when you end up with the best shots. 

Starting next week, I'll be shooting photos of a one-year-old. Eek! Kinda makes me want a baby again...so we'll see how that goes.

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Photo via Rebekka Seale
Idea via Che & Fidel

so this happened...

a retweet by the one and only newark mayor, and future new jersey senator, cory booker! he may not be a "celebrity" now, but one day he will be our president!!!

Q52 Week 32: Giggles With Cousins!

I went back and forth over which photo to choose this week! Family? Just her? Beach? Ugh!

But there's something about this face that forced me to keep going back to it! I posted the photo on Instagram as I always do (find me @megankhichiphoto) with the caption, "A Thousand Ways to Smile," and I think that this face is proof!

This shot was taken on a family vacation to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. In Nantucket, we stayed with Neel's sister and her family of four boys, all just as in love with Quinn as Neel and I are! They had a blast chasing her, and especially giggling with her. That is exactly what happened here - those loving eyes are looking straight up at her cousin and she is smiling. And laughing. And smiling some more. We did a lot of both while away. 

Every image of Quinn captures a different look, sets a different mood, and melts my heart over and over again. Oh Miss Quinn, do you know just how much you are loved? I hope that as you grow, you can feel it, because it is so great.  

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Photo via Rebekka Seale
Idea via Che & Fidel

Q52 Week 31: Reading!

Quinn has discovered her neverending shelf of books! She already seems to have some favorites, anything Elmo (which I am pretty sure she SAID the other day), Eight Silly Monkeys, some random Dora book, and The Wheels on the Bus

Any attempts to get the books read to her are not successful. At this point, she most prefers to carry them and turn the pages... but we are on the right track!

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Photo via Rebekka Seale
Idea via Che & Fidel