On September 7th we found out that we are expecting another little miracle baby in May!Daniel and I just love being parents and are so excited that Everly is going to be a big sister. I think that the five years of infertility that we experienced before having Everly has really made us so much more aware of what a privilege and gift it is to be parents. Everly is such a treasure to us and we’re so excited to raise another little miracle! We couldn’t wait to tell our family and friends and immediately went online and bought a “big sister” shirt for Everly. We thought that would be a cute way to reveal our news to everybody. A couple days after my moms birthday we had some of my family gathered together and told my mom that we had another couple of gifts for her. Before we told her, we put Everly’s big sister shirt on with a sweater over the top. The first gift we gave her was a poem that we wrote from Everly to her Nana. On the last line of the poem it stated “for what lies ahead, it’s just getting better, the second gift for you is the shirt under my sweater.” Then she unbuttoned Everly’s sweater with the news! We told the rest of our family using the shirt too. It was so fun! 🥰 We loved going out to take these photos recently and couldn’t wait to share them with everybody. The photos of us were shot by my Daddy, Michael Kinney Photography. My mom came along too and helped to get all the cute smiles. We couldn’t be more excited to grow our family and can hardly wait to welcome our sweet baby in May!
I’ve been wanting to take photos of Everly and Daniel inspired by the Hooray Heroes book that he gave to Everly on her 1st birthday. If you’ve been following me for awhile I’m sure you’ve seen my love of photo recreations. We went out and found the perfect yellow polka dot shirt and red shoes like the ones on the cover of the book, then did a fun photoshoot! One of my greatest joys has been watching Daniel as a Daddy. He couldn’t be a more perfect Dad and I’m so thankful that Everly has him. He was definitely born to be a father. It just comes so naturally to him and Everly absolutely adores him. She lights up whenever she sees him and they have the most fun playing together! Dan is always constantly coming up with fun and exciting ideas for her and he always gets the best belly laughs out of her. I could sit and just watch them play together forever and be totally content. One of my favorite things to watch them do is dance together. We recently turned our garage into a music and recreation room and Daniel and Everly have frequent dance parties out there complete with colorful lighting around them. Watching Everly learn and grow is amazing to me and each day brings something new and fun to celebrate with her. She’s talking so much lately! The latest words she’s been saying a lot are “hat, hot, red, blue, bear (bee), bird, daddy, and bye.” She loves pretending to go bye bye and waves her hand up high and says “bye dee.” We haven’t quite figured out who or what “dee” is but we’re thinking it’s either “Mickey” from watching Mickey Mouse clubhouse or our pup “Rusty.” Either way it’s adorable listening to her and it makes us giggle each time she says it. Despite the current circumstances of the world these days, we’ve been experiencing so much joy together as a family. I don’t take any of it for granted and thank God everyday for the privilege to be Everly’s mom.