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How is Allie One? | Charlestown Family Photographer

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The title of this blog post?  Yeah, serious question. HOW IS ALLIE ONE?  Allie was the first second-child to be born into my Charlestown mommy-friend-group after Nico and I remember waiting sooooo long for her arrival.  I didn’t want to be the only person trying to juggle two babies and was just dying to welcome Dana to the mother-of-two club. And it feels like a month ago I was in Allie’s room taking pictures of this sweet little mermaid, which is so very confusing seeing as last weekend she celebrated her first birthday.  Time goes by fast with your first child, but it literally seems to move at the speed of lightening with #2.  I wish I could tell you all the wonderful details about Miss Allie’s personality, but much like Nico and all the other second babies (our group is currently up to 17 kids, by the way!) there’s really not a whole lot I can tell you, and it’s not for lake of trying.  Little Allie and I went skiing in Vermont this winter and had happy hour together on Fridays and even had weekly music classes, but these #2’s…they are just sooo laid back and so chill.  They demand such little attention and are incredibly lovable.  They don’t need to be in the center of the social scene like their big brothers and sisters, they are happy sitting on the outskirts, with maybe a toy or two (if we remembered to pass one back and if they got to play with it before a toddler stole one from their chubby little fingers). And while I can tell you a million character traits of each of the first children that were born into our little circle, thinking of specifics for #2 is difficult.  But I will tell you this…these second babies are magical and have been the perfect addition to our not-so-little-family.  There isn’t really a word to describe them, but the feeling you get when they smile at you and throw their little arms around your neck leaves you so content.

I spent Sunday morning with Allie and her sister Maria, mom, Dana, and dad, Chris, who were all recovering from a first-birthday-party hangover from the day before.  (Hangover meaning: day after no-naps the day before…not the fun hangover where you stayed up all night partying the previous night and sleeping in the next day…man, remember those days?)  But Allie and Maria still managed to nail this shoot like the JCP professionals that they are and were so fun to be with, as always.

And quick shout out to Dana and Chris who are killlllling the two kid thing.  I am literally in awe of how these two manage to be so successful at work, amazing parents to these girls, and still manage to have social lives that I am always envious of.  As I write this, they are currently on the beaches of Block Island where they kept the tradition of visiting there yearly alive despite the fact their family has grown and they now have to tote 1,000 lbs of baby crap on the ferry…but I guaranteed they were up early to surf and do all the really cool things I never thought people actually did.  How cool are they?
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Chris is a fire-building-expert (remind me to tell you about it someday) and his girls absolutely adore him.  Chris, if these don’t melt your heart…I know a guy who can build a fire that can build a fire hot enough to 😉
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Two kids is soooo relaxing, don’t ya think?
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Absolutely adore you guys!
Have so much fun on your trip.

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