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New Beginnings: ClickinMoms Project 12 in 2012

For 2012, I’ve joined a group of amazing women to participate in a Project 12 in 2012.  Each month, we have a generic theme.  We each take photos that illustrate an interpretation of that theme, then post on our blog to share with you.  :)  Where this becomes really fun, though, is at the end of each post, we link to the next photographer in the group. By following the links, you can see up to 12 different interpretations of the same theme!

This month’s theme:

New Beginnings

I had about 200 different ideas for this theme, from sunrises, to self-portraits of me working out (but that didn’t work out, so to speak!).  In the end, I stuck with my original idea — a quick recap of my daughter’s journey from crib to big girl bed to….

I am a mother before anything else these days, and this past month, my daughter has absolutely controlled my attention, all of a sudden becoming a little preschooler, rather than the baby I still feel she should be.  First, she potty-trained beginning on Christmas Day (Santa brought her a purple potty!!!).  A couple weeks later, we said goodbye to her crib.  My daughter had been begging for a big bed like her brother’s.

My baby girl, excited for pictures as we said goodbye to her crib!With the help of the awesome handymen from Case Design, that crib was converted into her big girl bed by the afternoon!  (No easy feat, since the rails that came with it did not, of course, attach properly.)  Up on her walls went the butterflies from my parents at Christmas, and her new bed was covered in purple sheets and a purple quilt from Pottery Barn Kids.  She couldn’t wait to try it out!Child photography - capturing my daughterThe first night, I slept with her, because we hadn’t thought to buy a side rail and I didn’t want her to fall out!  Plus, she was a little intimidated.  But nearly three weeks later, she was still stood next to her new bed, tearfully gazing up at me, saying, “I don’t want to sweep in mine big purple bed.  I want mine wittle pink bed.”  Meaning her crib.

Finally, in desperation, two nights ago I asked her if she’d like me to get her pack-n-play out.  I just couldn’t keep going to bed at 8:00pm every night with her.  She agreed, and her pack-n-play is now set up right next to her big bed.

Tripod indoor photography, my child sleeping in her pack-n-play

So, this was our “New Beginnings” this past January!   For another take on the theme, check out the incredibly talented Mindy, of Mindy Newton Photography, who’s been undergoing similar bed restructuring.

- Danie

heather - February 2, 2012 - 9:03 am

so sweet danie! going from crib to big girl bed is such an adjustment :)

Jo - February 2, 2012 - 10:27 am

I love this series (especially the first one — the light on her face is gorgeous). It’s so hard to transition them to the big bed — we had the hardest time getting my son to STAY in bed! :) Good luck!

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Melissa - February 2, 2012 - 11:19 am

Oh Danie…this is the sweetest! I think our babies don’t want to grow up just as much as we want them to stay little. (love your blog, too, by the way!)

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Kelly - February 2, 2012 - 2:31 pm

aaw that is so sweet. Poor little thing felt to small in that big girl bed. By the way I love the bed. Hang in there she’ll adjust. My 4 year old is still in her little princess bed, the one that fits the crib mattress. :-)

Melissa M. - February 2, 2012 - 2:50 pm

So sweet!

Breanna - February 2, 2012 - 3:29 pm

love these Danie! & what a big transition it is!!

Kathy - February 2, 2012 - 4:42 pm

I love a transition like this as a new beginning! Great work :D

Laura A - February 2, 2012 - 4:51 pm

I love this interpretation of the theme! So many new beginnings with kiddos as they grow!

Danie - February 2, 2012 - 8:46 pm

Thank you, ladies! I’m so proud of her — it wasn’t easy for her to go back to sleeping alone in her room, even in the pack n play, but she was very brave. It’s so easy to minimize how incredibly HUGE these moments are for our little ones!

Mindy Newton - February 3, 2012 - 3:11 am

So fun to see this post of yours – I had no idea when I posted mine! Lovely images, I sure hope she gets used to her big girl bed soon!

Tamra - February 3, 2012 - 8:11 pm

Your story, especially with your photos to go along with it, is so sweet! I love the image of the peek of her on her big girl bed.

Danie - February 3, 2012 - 9:01 pm

Mindy — obviously, we have much in common besides photography!
Tamra — that is my favorite image, too! :)

Susan - February 12, 2012 - 11:10 pm

What a big girl. These are going to bring back such fond memories in the future.

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