It’s another installment of what will hopefully be many monthly letters written to our children. It’s a part of a memory-keeping attempt to capture these glimpses into the everyday and the not so ordinary moments that pass by so quickly as children grow. This is an ongoing series.


My dear sweet son –

You are very three these days. One minute you’re minding amazingly, playing with your toys, showing things to your sister, eating your meal, sharing with other kids at school. The next minute you’re completely losing it, crying and screaming, throwing a fit often for reasons that seem almost laughable. In the moment it can make me crazy and really test my own levels of throwing fits. When I’m able to pull back and look at it, it’s totally you testing your limits, pushing your individuality and seeing just how far you’re going to be allowed to go.

Related – you will potty train on your own terms. I have to remind myself that it’s not worth any fights or power struggles, and that when you’re ready, it’ll happen well. We’ll get there. It’s tricky for me to remember that trying to get control of your body in that way is something you have to learn when it is so second nature to me.

I am so very proud of how you are with your little sister. You have never been anything but completely sweet and kind with her. You love to give her hugs and kisses, and making her smile can shift your mood entirely. So far it has been everything I dared to imagine for you in having a sibling. My sweet boy, you amaze me.

So, so much,
Mama

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Amazing little one –

You are such a ray of sunshine in our house and in our lives. You give such big smiles and you’ve started giggling both on your own and along with us. Really, by and large, you are an incredibly happy baby. When you get mad, though, it turns in a complete 180 and you are MAD. It often takes quite a bit of time to settle you back down from one of these major explosions. That has taken some getting used to as it’s so different from how your brother was as an infant. It’s also been tricky to learn your cues to try to avoid them. I’m getting a pretty good handle on it, but I also have the food advantage that your dad doesn’t have. We’ll get there – or you will – one will happen soon, I’m sure!

You love your big brother. Big time. You have these special room-lightening smiles that are just for him when he comes around. You love to watch him as he runs around and plays, spins and jumps. You can almost see the gears in your head trying to figure out just how he’s doing all of these things and how you can most quickly start to do them too!

Having two kids has certainly been a big change and a challenge for us all, but I wouldn’t trade our little family for anything. Not one single thing.

I love you,
Mama

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It’s not the first time I’ve worked with this adorable family, and every time I get to do so, I count my lucky stars. When I suggest that maybe we head over to those tall grasses over there, that maybe we should bushwhack on through to the very middle of them, and that maybe once we’re there we should just sit on down in a big family pile, they don’t even hesitate. Not in the least. I love that so much – bring on all the hiking around!

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A beautiful and continually inspiring group of ladies and I have been doing this favorite five on five blog circle for years and it continues to give me such remarkable joy – I’m not sure where I’d be without it! Every month we post a small selection of favorite shots from the previous month, add a little bit of commentary and link on to the next gal in the circle. So, be sure to head over to check out Audrey’s beautiful work when you’re done here – thanks for looking!

This month I have a little mix of personal work and client work. It’s been so great to be able to be outside for both things!

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It’s another installment of what will hopefully be many monthly letters written to our children. It’s a part of a memory-keeping attempt to capture these glimpses into the everyday and the not so ordinary moments that pass by so quickly as children grow. This is an ongoing series.


My growing boy –

Last night I watched you run and jump, roll and tumble. I watched you exploring how your body moves. It was impossible not to notice just how much less toddler and more kid you are.

You turned three a couple of weeks ago. We celebrated with our little family and the best chocolate cake and then again with all of our families. It was a bit much for you for a moment and then your cousin Viktor showed up and the two of you disappeared into train land.

We also started working on potty training. You’re starting to get the hang of it. It’s something that tests my patience more than a lot of other things about parenting – ha! We’ll get through it though, I know we will. I’m so proud of all you’re doing and becoming. It is a pleasure and such a joy to be your mama.

So, so much,
Mama

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Dear little one –

You are growing so so much every day, it’s just incredible. You smile at so many people, charming the pants off them all. I’ve even gotten a couple of teeny little giggles from you. You reserve these big old grins for your brother when he pops into your view. You’re mostly a pretty chill baby – not as much as your brother was, but I think as far as babies go, you’re on the easier side.

Just yesterday you really started doing a lot of cooing and babbling. It’s wonderful to hear your emerging voice (especially when you aren’t screaming!). Your dad and I are both so excited to watch as you stay too develop into this new little person in our family.

I love you,
Mama

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When Stacy contacted me, she said that she wanted to have their family photo session at their home in Apple Valley because that’s where their family is most comfortable. I grinned from ear to ear when I read that and immediately replied, “Yes, yes, yes!” As much as I love shooting in some of the amazing and beautiful places we have around us here in the Twin Cities, having kiddos comfortable and able to act completely like themselves is an incredible gift. I do think it really resulted in some photos that look just like these sisters and their parents in the most lovely way.

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Alison Bents is a Minnesota photographer specializing in Family and Senior portraits and Wedding Photography. She lives in Rosemount with her husband, two children and dog who have all put up with her lens pointing their way for a long, long time. Alison is now booking 2017 and 2018 weddings and portrait sessions on an ongoing basis. Serving Minneapolis, St. Paul and the greater metro area, she is also available for travel nationwide.