Thanks to Disney for sponsoring this post and giving me a Dumbo plush for free.
Let’s be honest: I love giraffes. Absolutely adore them. Ever since my oldest was a baby, almost eight years ago, I’ve always introduced a stuffed giraffe as their first lovey. You know, just until they can form their own opinions about which animal is their favorite. With Amani being my first ever DisneyBaby from birth, it only felt right that we introduce her to the magic of a Disney lovey first.
Once upon a time, just a few months ago, a sweet little girl met her baby sister. It was to be expected that it would be love at first sight, as the little girl had been anticipating the arrival of said new baby sister for a long time. She had heard a baby was coming, though perhaps she didn’t fully understand what that meant. After all, in her world, she was still Mama’s baby.
A couple weeks away from turning four months, Amani has reached the stage where she attempts to grab things. Whatever she does get her hands on, she holds on tightly and shakes it around. Of course she’s not entirely in control of her actions just yet. Even so, this is the perfect time to introduce a plush rattle. Upon holding one, she’ll find that every time her hand moves, the plush will rattle softly. Her brain will begin to make the connection and thus leads into more and more wonderful discoveries to be made.
Amani is one happy baby! It’s to be expected when she has three older sisters that are completely smitten by her and will do anything to make her smile. And boy, smile she does! She is always eager to serve up a grin, much to her sisters’ delight. It’s when Amani becomes so overcome with joy that her quirky little trait kicks in.
It’s no secret that I love pictures. They’re there to remind us of memories partially forgotten. To give us a glimpse back at some of the most important moments in our lives.
I am guilty of taking too many pictures — it’s true. However, looking back at my years as a mother, I realize that the time my children actually have the least pictures is when they are newborns. Do you blame me? I’m weary from birthing those beautiful babes of mine, and the last thing on my mind is to take more pictures than my memory card can store. I’ll snap a couple here and there, then pick a nap over a photo shoot.
This time, I wanted to capture the sweetness of those early days without adding another task to my to-do list, so I hired a professional photographer.