rebeccacaridad My love. He is starting to talk so much I can't keep up. Everyday there are new words. He says please and thank you all day long, my polite baby boy. #octaviolazaro 12h
  •   littlesparklefire @onlykiki Kiki, follow this wonderful woman. Her journey with her kids is just wow. So beautifully documented, you fall in love with everyone. You'll catch yourself smiling the whole time. @rebeccacaridad you're 🏼🏼🏼🏼🏼 much love from Montreal xx 12h
  •   rebeccacaridad @littlesparklefire thank you sweet woman! Happy to make you smile! 11h
  •   roseannbathphoto This is a gorgeous portrait of you two. 11h
  •   m.socialco ️agreed! A photo he'll look at years down the road and feel "aw, mom and I!" 10h
  •   stephanie_may This is such a beautiful photo!! 8h

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rebeccacaridad It has been no easy task trying to keep consistency on this space. The fact is I do A LOT and I love A LOT! It seems sort of silly to be so excited about @instagram finally making it so that managing more than one account is not the most annoying the thing on the planet! But I am! I love my insta community and all the connections I have made here. I've decided to keep this account as my personal account so if you are here to see my wedding and family photography work please head over to @manzanita.photo and keep up with that work there. I'm so excited to keep my photo work separate and more focused. This space will be for me and my boys and our day to day. I also mentioned earlier and incase you missed it I'll be posting my calligraphy work over at @manzanitalettering ️ you guys!! P.S. If I unfollowed you it's not because I don't love you! I am trying to follow accounts from the accounts that are related to them. Following my letter artists from @manzanitalettering and my photographers from @manzanita.photo , etc. excited to be able to keep up with my faves better this way since everyone won't be so drowned out by the hundreds of people I love here #manzanitaphoto 14h

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rebeccacaridad Follow my lettering and calligraphy over at @manzanitalettering from now on! #manzanitacalligraphy 17h

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rebeccacaridad Guys, I'm doing cartwheels in the kitchen. This kid runs from all green food like its a monster. This morning I blended a handful of spinach into his eggs before cooking them. I had to trick him into to eating a little piece when he wasn't looking and put a bit of sugar free ketchup on it but once he tasted it he gobbled it up! I feel like I just climbed a mountain. Have any tricks for sneaking veggies into toddler food?? #octaviolazaro 23h
  •   desireesoto85 Grilled cheese with cut up brocholi 22h
  •   desireesoto85 On wheat 22h
  •   sarahrh Check out the @weelicious website! She has wonderful recipes and ideas for healthy kid food. I've also found that the more they see it, the more likely they are to eventually accept it. So keep offering and hopefully he'll come around! 21h
  •   sydtek Smoothies! 21h
  •   kiraprov I do a lot of smoothies. Getting the veggies in is a struggle. 21h
  •   heatherreneeweddings I am obsessed with your lifestyle pictures of him 🏻 17h
  •   rebeccacaridad @heatherreneeweddings thank you! He is my favorite thing to photograph. 17h
  •   maricheloa Make a banana, orange juice and spinach smoothie. Add cauliflower pure in your mac and cheese sauce, or make zuchini/cinnamon muffins and beet pancakes. I've tried all these with Julieta and she lotes them. 15h

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rebeccacaridad Just dropped this perfect little pumpkin off with her sweet mama. Miss her already! 4d

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rebeccacaridad She is our favorite. #octaviolazaro 4d

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rebeccacaridad I have been thinking a lot about being a Mom Boss lately and what that means. To start here some mom bosses that inspire me daily and help me remember that I can do anything I set my mind to( @siobhanwatts @fostermoms @mamawatters @abiqphoto ) check them out and give them some love. I’m lucky enough to be a business owner and do something I love for a living. For 28 years that was NOT the case and I worked to work and to pay the bills and I either didn’t care about what I did or straight up hated it, so I don’t take manzanita for granted. Every time I sit down and think about what I do for a living I am beyond grateful, beyond amazed. I was lucky enough to be a business owner for one year before my little man came along, I had a solid year to travel as much as I wanted and take on every project that came my way and inspired me. 2015 was an interesting year because for the beginning of it we weren’t sure if Tavo would be coming to us, so I took on a full load and then he did come. There was a lot of adjusting and rearranging and a lot of “I don’t think I can do this" but of course I did do it, and I am doing it. Being a business owner and mom is an interesting role because it is easy to come up against a lot of expectations of where and what you should be. The reality is I know I want Tavo to see his mother working and doing what she loves, but I also want him to see her taking care of her body and spending actual quality time with him that doesn’t involve emails or texts. Those two things seem impossible sometimes. I am a mother and a wife and an artist and a photographer and all the other roles I am lucky enough to play and it’s been real interesting to watch this transformation in me and see myself grow so much in the last year. Priorities are shifting and all I want to do is share him and our life because it is the biggest and most important thing to me. Thankful for all the other mothers who are sharing their full lives, it is such an encouraging reminder that we all find our way in such beautiful ways. #followfriday 6d
  •   tangerineroomevents thank you for this reminder @rebeccacaridad. all so true, so important + so challenging sometimes!! 6d
  •   pamzolaweddings for always sharing these kinds of thoughts with other boss moms 6d
  •   m.socialco Love this! 6d
  •   fostermoms Thanks for the shout out mama. I find myself using words like incredible, painful, character & tenacity on the regular. If not in spoken word then at least in my head daily. We talk a lot about how to not get so swept up in the hard stuff but if I'm honest, it's the hard stuff that feels most familiar and like the right long term investment. 🏽️ See also: Tavo is getting crazy big. What a riot to watch them grow. 6d
  •   heatherthegray Such inspiring mamas 17h

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rebeccacaridad I can't believe it's been two years since I was in Cambodia. That trip changed everything. Can't wait to go back to Asia with my little family someday in the future. Thanks forever @bobbyearle #manzanitaphoto 7d

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rebeccacaridad Taking just a few minutes for lettering today before I go back into my editing cave. Look out for workshops this winter at @cedarandhyde and @callunaevents #manzanitacalligraphy 1w

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rebeccacaridad After seeing him with an infant he looks HUGE to me. My baby boy is getting so big #octaviolazaro 1w

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rebeccacaridad When we were going through our foster training our teacher said that adoption sometimes doesn’t always mean just the child. She told us about cases where the adoptive parents would build houses in their backyards for their new daughter’s birth grandmother or a case where the birth mother and adoptive mother became the closest of friends. She said, sometimes you adopt the family. Open adoptions can be tricky for sure, they challenge a lot of preconceived notions of what parenthood means and what family means, but so far it has been one of the more beautiful parts of our journey. We are so lucky that Tavo’s birth family are so open and willing to have us. Dustin and I have gained much more than a son in adopting Tavo. We are so proud to call his sister our goddaughter and so honored that her mother has trusted us to play this role in her life. We were sad to see her go today and are so looking forward to all the memories we will get to make with her and Tavo. Here is one of my favorite shots of my beautiful son and goddaughter loving on each other this magical weekend. #octaviolazaro 2w

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rebeccacaridad One more, because I just CAN'T. 2w

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rebeccacaridad brother & sister love #octaviolazaro 2w

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rebeccacaridad We have this sweet little one with us for the weekend. When Tavo woke up and saw her he kept giggling and saying "baby, baby, baby" We love his little sister and are so grateful to her mama for trusting us to have her with us so her and Tavo can bond. As of yesterday I am her godmother and nothing could make me happier. 2w

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rebeccacaridad It's not often that my boy sits still but every once in a while he rests himself back on my chest and jibber jabbers in his own language about things I don't know yet and let's me hold him and I remember dreaming about him before he came to us and all the conversations we used to have. #octaviolazaro 2w

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rebeccacaridad Love these boys #octaviolazaro #xaviandtavo 2w

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rebeccacaridad The first words out of his mouth every morning are "mami papi aaapple" this little bed head apple eating moment is the most special to me. We are committed to keeping him connected to his lineage and birth family and it is so magical to see his connections to my lineage and birth family. Our little Octavio and his manzanita #octaviolazaro 2w

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rebeccacaridad Lizzy & Ben still win BEST WEDDING SIGN EVER #manzanitaphoto 2w

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rebeccacaridad This little man has been living life extra large lately. He is a walking ball of feelings and reactions. He screams, and jumps, and scratches, and hits, and kisses, and snuggles, and runs, and cracks up. I always wonder how his young mind is taking in this world. I wonder what is happening now that will shape habits and story lines that will define him when he is older. I look at his beautiful little face and I could bust I am so in love with him AND it is no joke spending day in and day out with a toddler who likes to beat you up and push boundaries and test you to see what he can and can’t do. Living with a 2 year old is insane! He is constantly looking to me for cues, this little sponge that mimics my every move and reaction. It’s like having this really loud mirror in front of you all the time and it’s sort of beautiful and also really embarrassing when you see them repeat things you forgot you did and that you probably shouldn’t. To all the toddler parents, now and then. I salute you #octaviolazaro 2w

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