4 months

by Dana on June 25, 2012

I missed it by a couple weeks but this little girl is 4 months old.
4 months!
And I’m so in love with her.

Not that I didn’t love my other children when they were babies too. But the timing with Clara is a little different.

Lucy was the first child and I’m sure I was anxious for her to sit up, crawl, walk, talk…you know, do stuff.  I kinda wanted her to get out of that “baby” stage.  Then when I had Owen (cough) 21 months later life was pretty crazy for a while….and Owen was a more needy baby….so I didn’t enjoy that first year like I could have.  Granted, now I LOVE that my kids are 21 months apart.   I see the benefits since they are perfect playmates and honestly best friends.  I just smile watching them play.

But now with Clara….the other two kids are older (4 and 6) and I’m really just enjoying her.

She is an absolute dream and such a sweetheart.  She drools everywhere (not so dreamy), sleeps 11 hours at night, smiles and smiles, and just chills in her carseat when we’re driving.

I can not get enough of those chubby cheeks!  I’ve never had a baby with so many rolls and I’m lovin it.  She’s smothered in kisses all day long from me and Lucy.

What I love most about her right now….

Those gummy smiles and coos,

that her feet still fold in together, like she’s clapping,

and that she can finally fit her little H&M sweater dress!
Don’t grow out of it little lady.

Here’s the 4 month comparison:

We’re blessed to have such a happy girl.

Read about each month here:
1 month
2 months
3 months
4 months
5 months
6 months
7 months
8 months
9 months
10 months
11 months
1 YEAR OLD!

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1 Chris June 25, 2012 at 9:05 am

Four months is such a fun stage. They are alert, happy, playful, but can’t make too many messes yet! She is so lucky to have you and your family.

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2 klockarbarn June 25, 2012 at 9:10 am

She´s so cool. Those pictures can tell that she is a satisfied little sweetie.

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3 anna June 25, 2012 at 9:15 am

oh she is so cute! and I totally understand about enjoying the baby stage this time around for you. She looks so happy just to hang out. I think she looks more and more like owen for some reason. :) have fun on your trip!

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4 Katie Fleming June 25, 2012 at 9:17 am

She is such a pretty girl! Enjoy these baby days! Happy 4 months to Clara!

- Katie Fleming

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5 Pretty cool stuff June 25, 2012 at 9:22 am

She looks like a little french lady with that dress…
Petite madame!

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6 Dani June 25, 2012 at 9:22 am

She is beautiful!!! I’m glad to hear that with your first-born you too kind of “wanted her to get out of the baby stage.” I’ve loved my little boy (11 months now!) since he was born but I have to admit, I think being his Mama gets more and more fun the older he gets! Thank you so much for your beautiful blog! I’m finally getting a sewing machine when we move to India next month and I’ve got so many of your projects and posts bookmarked for when I finally get to start sewing/crafting again!

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7 Twins Squared June 25, 2012 at 9:31 am

I’ve told you before how cute I think she is but she just keeps getting cuter! She just looks like such a happy baby! I love those little feet! I know what you mean about life being hectic with little ones so close together. My twin girls were 3 years old when I had my twin boys. Having 4 kiddos ages 3 and under was a “little” crazy for a while! Now that my girls are 6 and my boys are 3 I think maybe one more. Then I come to my senses because I would probably have triplets this time around! :) Have fun on your road trip!

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8 Jessica at Me Sew Crazy June 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

Oh my goodness Dana – she is so adorable! Congratulations on having such a wonderful and happy (and sleeping!!!) baby! Third times the charm :)

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9 RaeAnna June 25, 2012 at 9:46 am

I totally know how you feel!!! My little girl is 6 months now and I’m in no hurry to reach the milestones like I was with my son (who’s almost 3) – I wish I could slow down the time!!!

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10 cheryl June 25, 2012 at 9:49 am

i love comparing the photos from month one to now. wow!!! what an awesome little adventure!!

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11 Megan June 25, 2012 at 9:53 am

There is just something so special about the 3rd, not that the first 2 aren’t special of course!! My second (16.5months after the first, eep!) was a very intense baby. 2 years later my 3rd pregnancy (twins), it’s just so different. I don’t know if it’s an age thing, a confidence thing, the deep seated knowledge of just how fleeting this time is. I just find myself soaking it all up, delighting in every little thing. Blink and they’re almost, oh so fast.

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12 Meredith June 25, 2012 at 9:54 am

I have 3 as well and there is just something unusually delightful about the 3rd. I feel they are a “bonus” or an “extra” little gift. So many people stop after they have a girl and a boy so to add one more is just a bonus! I have a 9 year old boy, a 5 year old girl, and a 3 year old boy.

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13 Allison June 25, 2012 at 10:02 am

Such a sweetie! I have had basically the same experience with my 3 littles, and I definitely agree with you!

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14 Kris June 25, 2012 at 10:11 am

oh those cheeks are so cute!!!!! i love baby rolls, my son was a skinny baby and when i see a chubby baby, like my nephew, i love to kiss that chub. She is just so cute!!!

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15 Lillelarsen June 25, 2012 at 10:11 am

She’s such a beautie! And I absolutely agree with you on the “growing-too-fast” part. I’m feeling the same way about my 2nd child, a little boy aged 1 now, and who’s already running around like a real little boy, the baby-stage being definitely over. Having started working fulltime when he was still very small, I feel like I gave birth to him and breastfed him every two hours only yesterday, and all of a sudden he’s eating chicken wings and if he could talk, he would actually say : “What the heck do you want me to do with that veggie puree??? I want MEAT!!” and “I can do it on my own, just gimme the spoon!” Oh yes, definitely no baby anymore….

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16 palak June 25, 2012 at 10:37 am

oh, I understand about not being able to take it easy when your kids are so close– I”m glad that you are enjoying the baby stage right now! gives me hope! :)

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17 Robin @ tansydolls.blogspot.com June 25, 2012 at 10:54 am

Happy 4 months! It goes by far too fast. I am still not quite believing that my baby is 4.5 years old now! Eeps!

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18 Ag June 25, 2012 at 11:07 am

photo number six, the one with the mouth open: she looks just like lucy!!!!! it’s funny how quickly those expression look-alikes happen!!!

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19 Felicitas June 25, 2012 at 11:11 am

My boy is 3 1/2 months and I’m also truly in love with his smile. Congratulations on your lovely baby girl!

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20 delia June 25, 2012 at 11:13 am

Oh Dana. She is seriously such a doll…and what a good baby! I hope our babies get to meet each other one day!

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21 Carolyn June 25, 2012 at 11:15 am

Dana, she could not be cuter! Nope, wouldn’t be possible! And I hear you on appreciating your children in different ways. My first was a difficult to soothe baby and I just wanted time to pass so that she would grow out of that phase (and hopefully sleep a little more). And now we have baby #2 and knowing that this is most likely our last makes me appreciate every little bit.

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22 Arantxa Carrera June 25, 2012 at 11:30 am

Hello Dana! Congratulations for the 4 months of your little baby. I’m following your blog since you were still pregnant and I’ve been watching your baby growing month by month.
I have two little boys, and as you said I’m enjoying more my second one, he’s 15 months old now and the other one 4 years old. I think the second one is growing without the same extremely attentions than the other, so I think what it would be if I had a third! Maybe in a couple of years….we’ll be looking for the girl….
I love your blog and all your tips, I think they’re very useful!
Kisses from Valencia (Spain).
Arantxa.

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23 sabrina June 25, 2012 at 11:43 am

You sure are blessed! & what a gift you’ve given yourself – the monthly check in! You’ll have a whole album you can just print off your blog! perfect!

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24 brooke June 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I love these updates. Admittedly I love them mostly cause I have a four month old baby girl born in February and she has been going through some of the same milestones. And it’s just so darn sweet to experience this baby ooey gooey phase. Thanks for sharing!

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25 DeeAnna Child June 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I love her cheeks! My babe is 10 months and has those sweet cheeks, just made for kisses. I enjoy your blog, fabulous ideas, yummy recipes, and sneak peeks into your family, thanks!

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26 Melissa E June 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm

She is so cute! My brother and I are 22 months apart, he is older, and we have always been playmates, even 32 years later he is still my best friend! So there is something to be said for the craziness you (and my mom) had to endure that first year after the second one was born! Congrats on a beautiful family.

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27 bdaiss June 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I have always loved the yoga feet. She is a doll – try not to eat her up! : )

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28 Gage June 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm

wow that is one cute baby!!

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29 Abby June 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Oh my word, she’s adorable! I can’t help but smile at all the photos. My first two were 21 months apart too, and then my third was almost three years later, so I can relate! I think too that by the third baby we come to terms with the fact that we’re not in control in any way, and relax more!

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30 Shauna June 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm

She’s such a cutie!! :)

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31 Aline June 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I really enjoyed reading this post because I totally recognized it. My baby boy is my third child, there is 4.5 years between him and my youngest daughter. He turned 1 last week and I have loved every minute of the last year with him. My experience with the 2 daughters is just like you described with your boy and girl. And although there is a 2.5 year gap between my girls they also love to play together, and they adore their little brother. He is such a sweet, little, chubby gift!
Enjoy your sweet little girl, she really is adorable!

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32 Jytte Isberg June 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm

She is so adorable !!! :)

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33 Stephanie June 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I am not usually a commenter, but Oh. My. God. She is ridiculously cute! Makes me think twice about the possibility of another baby down the line. The adoptions of our first two went so smooth that it’s tempting… I can also totally relate about baby number two’s personality being a little more challenging. I keep thinking we’re going to pull out of that stage any day now… :)

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34 Shannon June 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm

My kids are spaced almost the same as yours, and I completely understand what you are saying in terms of enjoying #3 in a way that you couldn’t for the “big kids” as I like to refer to them. My #3 is now 3 1/2, and I’m dying and joyful with each passing month.
I love your photos and hearing the joy in your words!

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35 Naomi Regan June 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm

WOW, she is adorable!! I don’t blame you for being completely besotted with her. I just found your blog today and I adore it, keep up the amazing work! Beautiful kids too :D Naomi (from Olive&Vince toddler clothing)

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36 Connie Sanders June 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm

She is so adorable! My baby is just a few weeks younger then Clara and she is chubbier then my other two were. I love the rolls too! Hey, and my first two are only 18 months apart! :-)

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37 Sara June 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm

She is absolutely gorgeous. Making me want a 3rd…..

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38 Shantel June 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm

My 3 are all exactly 2 years apart (my first 2 actually share the same birthday) and I felt like I was in a mad rush most of the time too. My last one even though he is 2 years apart from my 2nd I still have relished every milestone and loved every minute of it, maybe because I’m not sure we’ll have more so I enjoy him all the more!

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39 Disney June 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm

That sweater dress!! Oh my goodness! How I wish H&M wasn’t 4 hours away.

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40 Jennifer Cleaver June 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm

She is so sweet! I have felt that same exact way with my 3rd–just enjoying her! It really goes by too quickly!

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41 berry June 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Dana, she is so heavenly! I am actually printing out her 4 month photo to send to my 10 year old daughter at camp…at her request! When I am reading your blog she looks over my shoulder to see “that really cute baby”. How funny is that?

I cherished the baby and toddler moments with my third, knowing he’d probably be our last. We still call him “the baby” (his siblings included) and he’s 7. Enjoy every precious moment.

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42 Jackie June 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm

She sure seems happy in her family. I think she approves.

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43 terri June 25, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I love the month by month pictures. She’s getting cuter with every passing month! Love that little dress too.

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44 Anshu June 25, 2012 at 3:21 pm

She does look a very happy baby…knock on the wood!

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45 jessi June 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm

shes a cutie. looks like at 4 months she grew into those 3 month cheeks a bit more :)

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46 Heidi June 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I love her rolls! My baby is a month younger and he’s pretty chunky too, I can’t get enough of the chub!
I’m glad to hear she’s been such a happy baby.

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47 Leigh Anne June 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm

4-6 mos is my FAVE! They aren’t mobile yet, but have passed from the newborn stage. They are content just to chill & look around. She is a doll! Lovin’ the chubs too!

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48 Amber M June 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm

She is just adorable! I can see why she gets kissed all day long :) Such a cute age. I’m expecting #3 and looking forward to all the fun baby stages again. I definitely want to do a monthly picture as well…so fun to see them change.

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49 bianca rollins June 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm

What a muffin!

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50 Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids June 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I have to agree that I love having kiddos 21 months apart too (although the baby stage, which we’ve only recently totally emerged from, was definitely tough). I’m loving following you along and imagining what it would be like to add a 3rd when my kiddos reach 4 and 6.

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51 Laurel June 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm

She is sooo adorable! I really appreciated this post…I’m expecting my 3rd in a few months and my kiddos will be about the exact same spacing/ages as yours are now. My older two are the best of friends, and my experiences with them as babies was so much like you describe. Anyway, I’m so looking forward to taking it all in with this new babe. Thanks for sharing. : )

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52 Michelle W June 26, 2012 at 12:05 am

Oh my goodness she couldn’t get any cuter!
Thanks for sharing her growth. It all goes so quickly.
I wish I would have done that for my girls!
~Michelle

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53 Virna June 26, 2012 at 12:54 am

What a cutie!!!

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54 bel June 26, 2012 at 2:20 am

What a blessing, Dana! I love reading your updates!
Thanks for sharing your joys with us!

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55 Njeri June 26, 2012 at 3:44 am

I just want to eat her up.

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56 Ali B June 26, 2012 at 8:39 am

So cute! You’re right, 3rd children are so special. My baby boy is my 3rd and I can’t get enough of him! I’ve got 23 months between my girls and 19 months between my middle one and baby boy so the last few years have been manic! Finally slowing down and I’m able to really enjoy them all as little people. Enjoy your number 3 cutie!

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57 iHeartQuilting June 26, 2012 at 11:43 am

She looks so cute in that color orange!

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58 Vianely June 26, 2012 at 11:47 am

Wao! I’m amazed with this little precious! Dios la bendiga mucho!!!

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59 Rosie T June 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm

boy, do I ever know EXACTLY what you’re talking about. :) I’ve got almost 5, 3 and a 6 month old and I’m so enjoying the babyness this time around, without anxiously rushing to thenext phase… wish I could say the same for the baby! She seems to be doing everything faster than her siblings did!

Clara is beautiful. :)

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60 Mary June 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm

She’s so cute and smiley. Can’t wait too meet my new baby daughter in about 8 weeks. Haven’t had a little girl for about 9 1/2 years. This will be my 9th child and my 3rd daughter.

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61 Rachael June 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Thank you for this post. It made me feel good. I am pregnant with my fourth child. I did not think that I would have anymore. My twin daughters are 8 and my son is 6. The sentiments you expressed are thoughts that I have been thinking.

Your children are adorable.

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62 April June 26, 2012 at 7:58 pm

She seems to be a happy baby. She so beautiful!

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63 tiffany June 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

she’s so adorable! love that chubbiness. i hope you’re bringing her with you!

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64 Angela June 26, 2012 at 11:44 pm

She is so adorable. My 3rd was so enjoyable. I have a 5 year space between #2 & #3 and I loved having a baby again. He was very much adored at our house.

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65 Anneliese June 27, 2012 at 12:26 am

The third one must be the charm! I think our third is our easiest–though now that she is 22 months she is trying to act like her six year old sister, which has it’s challenges!

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66 Suzi June 27, 2012 at 1:07 am

OH MY GOSH, DANA! She is too precious for words! I just want to smush her little cheeks and give her big kisses. It’s so fun watching her grow up!

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67 Zsoka June 27, 2012 at 4:08 am

Dana, your baby so sweet and adorable!!

ps: as I know you should sit the baby down when she is able to sit by herself ;)

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68 Niki Wilmore June 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm

You kiddie is the most cute I have seen since my own!
You have a good eye for a photo.. or else an extremely good camera.
I could eat her all up!
Discovered you web site only today following a hunt for nappy covers… I love that the ones you have here seem so easy and can’t wait to have a go this weekend. It seems all the ladies I work with are expectant Grandmothers and these are one of few baby items you can make that are very unisex, along with your fab pants too.
VERY impressed with lovely web site, easy instructions and funky designs.
Thank you so much
Niki in the UK
xxxx
Ps – would it be easy to make a trilby type hat in fabric
I am somewhat of a beginner but love sewing. Would love to make for my brother – he is addicted to trilbys ( and I know they are of a stiff hat material but just wondered if there was something to be bought or done in order to make sewing them up possible?

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69 Vivian June 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

My 3rd baby is now almost 3 weeks old, and this is exactly how I feel. I didn’t get a chance to really enjoy my other babies, what with figuring out how to be a mom and all that. So I am just loving this tiny snuggly baby phase. :)

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70 Max June 28, 2012 at 12:55 am

She is delicious!

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71 Kendra June 28, 2012 at 1:00 am

Oh my goodness, she is so adorable! And she has changed so much in 4 months. I forgot how quickly those little ones change.

My children have the exact same age difference as yours (though all mine are a year older than yours) and you described exactly how I felt as a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd time mom. To a “T”! I am taking in as much of the “baby stage” as I can with my little one, knowing she’s the last :)

I know this is mostly a craft/sewing blog, but I LOVE when you post about your life and your kids. They are adorable and your photos are simply inspiring. Thank you for doing what you do :)

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72 Arianna June 28, 2012 at 2:30 am

really wonderful .. all mom

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73 ann June 28, 2012 at 6:12 am

Adorable! I’m due with my first (a baby girl) in a week! Can’t wait to have my own little chubby cheeks to kiss!

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74 Susan June 28, 2012 at 7:27 am

I feel exactly the same with my own kids (ages 9,7, and 3). I appreciate everything so much more with the third…every little thing he does is adorable, even picking his nose! Great pictures!

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75 Jennifer June 28, 2012 at 10:22 am

What a doll! Four months is so fun! I have a 3 1/2 year old (girl) one that just turned 2 (boy) and a 5 month old (boy). I am really trying to enjoy the baby stage of my little one. Being a parent is awesome and the most challenging thing all in one. Here’s to enjoying that first year.

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76 Anne-Laure R June 28, 2012 at 11:00 am

Votre petite a bien grandi!! elle est magnifique!! bonne journée!!

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77 British American June 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm

She is so gorgeous! And looks so much like her brother and sister!

I am jealous that she sleeps so well. My 15 month old (3rd child) has only just started sleeping that long and then he caught a bad cold, so he stopped again.

My first two are 27 months apart, so not quite as close, but I know what you mean about being able to enjoy #3 more. I love how my older 2 play together too. :)

P.S. My daughter is 7 years old today and she’s wearing a circle skirt (and matching appliqued T-shirt) I made her from your tutorial. :D Will have to send you a picture.

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78 Michele June 28, 2012 at 11:11 pm

She’s cuter every single day! Thank you for keeping up the amazing tutorials. I love the boxed tote bags and can’t wait to make them with my girls.

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79 Qaseh Gifts June 29, 2012 at 12:24 am

Awww…she is super adorable!

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80 nath June 29, 2012 at 7:37 am

she’s so scumptious… and those eyes…

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81 Karen June 29, 2012 at 11:40 pm

She is totally your mini-me!!!!! Such a cutie, and she looks just like her Mommy!

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82 sorahart June 30, 2012 at 1:22 am

You make cute ones. :)

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83 connie drye July 1, 2012 at 8:20 pm

what a precious and most beautiful little girl. God is good!

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84 Lori July 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm

You know, I read this post last week when it came out, but I can’t help but smile when I see this (stopping over to re-read a tutorial) :) She is a beauty! of course, all your kids are :)

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85 DAI TEWIATA July 2, 2012 at 1:55 am

i visit your blog regularly and it has been lovely to view the photos you post of your little girl. she is gorgeous and its easy to see why you spend all day smothering those fat little cheeks with kisses

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86 Kate July 2, 2012 at 3:03 am

I’ve said it before but SHE is the most adorable baby!! she is truly gorgeous… :)

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87 Rae July 4, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Adorbsible. do I say that every month? I hope so!!!

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88 Stephanie July 6, 2012 at 11:31 am

Dana, what a blessing! She is absolutely adorable! I would want to cuddle and kiss her all day!

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89 Kristy July 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

OMG I love your daughters 3 month picture. The cutest hair do ever! I also love your blog. I’m a first time momma to an almost 6 month boy and I’m tn the process of trying out the 90 minute shirt tutorial… that is when i have a free minute. I’ve started a new mom blog. you can check it out at http://www.raisinghayden.com

~ Kristy

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90 Mary July 7, 2012 at 8:51 am

So I just recently found your blog when googling little boy shorts. Love the flat front shorts pattern, so much fun and super cute! (I shamely admit I am on my 4th pair….in 4 days). So I decided to read a few of your other posts and saw this one about your baby. I can relate on so many levels! I have 4 kids, with my oldest 2 being 11 and 9, my 3rd is 3 and my CLARA is 5 days shy of 9 months. As you were describing the joy and love with this little one I was shaking my head yes and feeling all those feelings. For me it’s been a true joy experiencing this little life with my 3 oldest, cheering over the milestones together and smothering this little baby with love and kisses.
Thanks for the great blog and super thanks for all the tutorials! My daughters and I have a few skirts we are gearing up to make. Can’t wait!

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91 Sydney July 8, 2012 at 11:12 am

She sure is blossoming! She’s so cute, her cheeks look so snuggleable!

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92 Fiona @ Imogen's Angels July 26, 2012 at 12:35 am

Aw could not agree more with the small age gaps, crazy when they are baby’s but awesome as they grow :-) love the photo comparison, she is a doll xx

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