letterandlark Warm, sunny spring days call for sun hats and walks outside! That's right: walking. This little lady started walking up a storm this past weekend -- but only with her trusty #hape zebra pushcart. With her practicing all day long it won't be long till she's walking without holding anything! #rahroh #istillneedtofinishbabyproofing 4d

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letterandlark Split a lovely dinner with Ana tonight, her first baked eggs! Auntie @roundplumpapple would be proud. Sautéed kale with baked eggs and a side of cinnamon-raisin toast and watermelon wedges. I'm determined she will not be a picky eater like I was growing up! (The only eggs I ate were scrambled till I was 28...) 5d
  •   roundplumpapple @letterandlark IM BURSTING WITH PRIDE!!!!!! 5d
  •   nouvelle_design Yum! 5d
  •   rbianculli Ha - if we break a yolk on an over easy egg, it goes to the dogs. Looking forward to sharing real food with RBIII! #eggspectations 3d
  •   letterandlark @rbianculli you guys will love it! We waited till 6 months (& some change) till Ana was ready but since we did, she never ate puréed food! Started out with smooshed/mashed veggies & soft fruit and then we just started cooking for the family & left out the salt. So she always eats what we eat, it makes it so easy! And she looooves all different kinds of foods, especially with flavor. Thai & Indian curries, Mexican, tonight I made soup that was kinda like pho! You will love it! Richard is gonna love eating with you guys! 2d

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letterandlark Ana looks so beautiful in her new #HolmesHandmade dress! Thank you so much @carriecholmes ! We LOVE it. Xo 2w

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letterandlark Homemade birthday cake banner for Ana bean! On top of the best coconut cake that ever existed from #pastiche #YUM (thanks @leahmoonarrigo for snapping this photo!) 3w

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letterandlark It was one crazy party, but SUCH a good day with family celebrating Ana's first bday! She loved being with her family and especially loved eating her cupcake :) Thank you to our family who made today so wonderful and special! 3w
  •   maryhogan73 Crazy it was but simply a perfect day!!! So wonderful to be with the family again. 3w
  •   hidinginhere Hi-5 mam. You made it through this first amazing year. xoxo 3w
  •   dizidesi Happy First Birthday little Ana! 2w

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letterandlark Birthday lunch! Ana's first time eating out at a restaurant. She aced it! 3w
  •   hogie_001 She's getting so big! 3w
  •   maryhogan73 ANA BEAN....you are now a toddler!!! HB-DAY SWEETHEART!!!!3w

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letterandlark Happiest birthday to the most sweet, most delicious, most magical little babe that ever was. You are my heart, my moon and stars, little bean. I love you Ana! #pleaseexcusethemessybed #thisisreallife 4w

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letterandlark What a difference a year makes! Holy COW, man. Tomorrow Ana turns one, and today I am letting myself be emotional about her birth, which was 6 weeks early (tomorrow I promised to be nothing but happy). It's bittersweet as it is to see your baby growing into a toddler, but this milestone is reminding me of how she spent her first 5 weeks of life in the special care unit for babies: the longest 5 weeks of my life. A year ago today, I had no idea what the heck was going to hit me square in the face and forever change me. I had no idea how much Ana would have to struggle those first few days to breathe, or to work hard to learn to eat the next few weeks, or to remember to keep breathing to come home with us. Those 35 days were painful, and I am so glad to have those as distant memories now. I am incredibly grateful that she grew out of her medical issues and today is healthy and happy; the experience made me keenly aware of parents who have babies with chronic or lifelong issues, and I have no idea how strong they must have to be for their kids. I am grateful that Ana got the best medical treatment, and a whole crew of angels working to keep her alive and to help her to come home with us, people that saw me at my lowest and supported my husband and I through it all. I am speechless when it comes to how to thank my close friends and family who fed us, hugged us, did amazing big things & little things to help us through it all. Seriously, to all of you who reached out and loved our family, I can never thank you enough: please know it all was so appreciated & you helped us more than you could ever know. And most of all, most importantly of all: I am forever grateful to my sweet, sweet Ana bean, for her kind and peaceful way but a determination and fierce spirit that dictated when she was going to be born and how she would overcome her obstacles. This tiny baby showed me what real strength and belief in hope was. This little baby taught me what courage and compassion was. She is still sweet, loving and so happy, but headstrong and tough, all in the best ways. Ana, you're the best thing in the world, I am so proud of you and I love you desperately little one, always. Xo 4w
  •   as220printshop @letterandlark you're Amazin'! And we miss you but it's amazing to see you and your family grow 4w
  •   maydaystudio and hugs, too! So excited to see you and meet big girl Ana! 4w
  •   scotmegh I'll never forget holding her, such a tiny bundle when she was in the nicu. So thankful this little blessing is a thriving, happy and almost walking toddler! xo 4w
  •   msbrigid Beautifully said. Enjoy celebrating her magic!! 4w
  •   angelaliguori Very strong baby and it will help her in life! Buon compleanno Ana! 4w
  •   rsaraceno Happy Birthday sweet baby! What a journey it's already been. 4w
  •   thecarameljar Awww happy birthday sweet girl. You are one brave girl that clearly takes after her mama at a young age. Well done mama. You are amazing! 4w
  •   artgirlsrock 3w

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letterandlark Was so honored to be asked to participate in this month's @nicelynoted subscription, especially alongside two awesome letterpress studios @ironcurtainpress and @sideshowpress ! Thanks so much again, Perry! #nicelynoted #letterpress 1mon

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letterandlark After going stir crazy in the house lately (finally am ready to admit I want spring, badly), Ana & I snuck out, did some errands, & now are parked in a Starbucks parking lot so she can nap & I can relax for 45 minutes and eat a cookie. Because I decided, I deserved it. #momlifeis24/7yo 1mon

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letterandlark Two weeks from today she'll be one. #allthefeelings 1mon

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letterandlark No one would look at the camera for me, but had to get a photo of these two together. Cosmo is always a source of amusement to Ana, and he's never far from her side. #fastfriendsforever #babycatlady #justlikehermama 1mon

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letterandlark Woah, mama got out tonight! Celebrating a birthday with friends at an old timey bowling alley. 2mon

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letterandlark 11 months today! #whoa! #Anabean #shesthebestest 2mon
  •   letterandlark @hidinginhere -- hooray, you got it! Check your email, I sent you something about it. I will never forget those early days back home with a new baby with no time or energy to cook... Sent something local since I can't drop off a homemade meal myself! Hope it's good! Xoxo 2mon
  •   leighanne_evelyn She's huge! 2mon
  •   letterandlark @leighanne_evelyn -- I know, right?! Remember photographing her on that chair when she first came home?! 2mon
  •   leighanne_evelyn So wild! We have to meet up soon! 2mon
  •   letterandlark @leighanne_evelyn -- yes!! I owe you an email! ;) 2mon
  •   gusandrubyletterpress Are you as emotional as I am about it? 2mon
  •   letterandlark @gusandrubyletterpress -- yes!! Very much so. I can see her slowly changing into toddler form. It's very bittersweet, I'm excited to see her grow & do more but I want her to be my baby for a little while longer (aka forever)! How about you guys? 2mon
  •   hidinginhere eek. so close to a year!! xo 1mon

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letterandlark Ana's priorities for the blizzard: reading next to the fireplace, stat! 2mon

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letterandlark And the fire to ride out another blizzard commences! At least another 14" on top of about 5 feet... 2mon

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letterandlark This is what 600 sheets of paper looks like. Come on right arm, let's do this! A big wholesale order is in the works. #letterpress #printingbeforeanotherblizzard 2mon

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