Back on July 22, 2018, my tiny cutie became one year and six months old while on her first trip way down South. Crazily, on that exact day, two July birthdays were also being celebratedโ€” one for little Jacob whom became 3 yrs old on July 1st, the son of my middle god-sister Nichole and her husband Issac, and the birthday of the unspoken age of my godfather, Oscar, whose birthday actually happened on July 25th. I wish I had gotten pics of Shannon and Jacob playing- they got on SO well & I was so in love just watching them have so much fun I didnโ€™t want to miss any tiny bit by having to go find my phone, which had no service in the country and was why I didnโ€™t have it by my side like at home, 24:7 ๐Ÿคช Shannon also made another baby friend in La, little Ali, whom is a little older than 12 months- the tiny shops ran out of baby pools so I got them a little plastic container to โ€œswimโ€ in one day lol that Southern heat+humidity is quite sauna-esque but I still spent most all my time outdoors ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’• #babysvcook, #july2018, #summer2018, #waydownsouth, #louisiana, #nola, #southernheat, #18monthsold, #january2017babies, #beautifulbabygirl, #loml

From June 19, 2018
Shannon grabbing my phone behind my back taking photos and videos of herself again ๐Ÿ˜‚ she knows what the home button does, then somehow she unlocks the phone, any phone! by what seems like swiping her hands all over the screen in an array of directionsโ€” sheโ€™s always calling someone or taking photos and videos of herself! I have SO MANY super fast videos where sheโ€™s tapped on the โ€œtime lapseโ€ video option and then so many photos of her random ponytail here, for like 10 shots of the same thing, and then her eye in 6 more shots LOL i need to make many collages sometime of all the different โ€œinteresting perspectives and juxtapositionโ€ photographs my baby takes using herself as her main subject ๐Ÿ˜† #babysvcook, #january2017babies, #tinyvideographer, #tinyphotographer, #mylittleartist, #loml, #mytinyeverything, #magickalgirl

From June 2018
Iโ€™m a little behind posting embarrassing images of my offspring on social media, so here are four to help me catch up! Little Miss Shannon turned a whopping 17 months old last month on June 22, 2018 ๐Ÿ™€ ...but I insist her 1st birthday occurred no more than 1 and a half months ago! I have realized Life is a great kidderโ€” finally, at the point in life when you actually want to take the time to enjoy everything little thing, Life, in all her comedic glory, quickens Time, whoโ€™s a big pushover, so Time must be a man, or a water sign, lol cmon! Yโ€™all know Iโ€™m not talking about ALL 3! Just โ…“ ๐Ÿค— hey, if we canโ€™t laugh at ourselves, laugh at someone else ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜‚ Anywayโ€” this little girl and I happen to be Air signs and we end up pissing everyone off *shrugs* some ppl are so serious ๐Ÿ˜ณ I digress, it tastes much better that way! My point is, Life is a bully, yet a bully so many people love and since my version of living has altered greatly due to motherhood, or Motherhood, with a capital โ€œMโ€, because, well, I donโ€™t need to explain the infinite awesomeness a woman reveals about herself once she beholds the crown and titleโ€” my life now, as the mother of this amazing baby human is something I would have never been able to make my younger-self believe could ever exist, but it can and it did, and she is my savior โค๏ธ #babysvcook, #january2017babies, #17mosold, #mommyssavior, #mytinyeverything, #embarrassyourchildren, #loml, #motherhood, #water, #air, #astrology, #mommyslittleaquarius, #mommiesmagick

So, evening, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, I was standing in the living room playing Candy Crush as Shannon played with her toys and waddled around. At one point, out of my peripheral vision, I saw her standing up, which she does all the time, but something was odd about this time so i look up and she was standing in the middle of the room, all by herself without any support!

Just as I was about to gasp, Shannon came walking toward me and, to me, i felt as if i was suddenly in an episode of old school Twilight Zone because seeing my typically-all-this-time helpless baby girl start walking toward me with a grin on her face, i stood there completely in shock and I'd like to say awe, but that came later after i realized my kid wasn't being held up and moved around by some sort of ghostly buddy she has that i am unaware of ๐Ÿคค

this was 1 of those moments i naturally intended to simply enjoy and be a part of, but my left brain made sense when it suggested I might be hugely upset if i didn't open my camera and try to capture Shannon's 2nd to 1st independent steps. I took 6 different just about 1 minute videos, all with me cooing to her to do it again and this tiny portion was the best she was going to share now thaf I had my full, undivided attention and video camera on her.

#inshot #babysvcook, #14monthsold, #babyvideosofinstagram, #firststeps, #walking, #babywalking, #babysindependence, #cutebabyvideos, #babytaos,#mytinyeverything, #thefunbegins, #kristenjcook, #january2017babies, #loml, #oneshotapp

1 Year Ago Today... Shannon had just become about 3 months old, but back before month 12, babies age is counted in weeks and the typical week (edit: month! the typical month --) is 4.3 days (edit: weeks!) so it throws off the basic rounding off of months hardcore!

She was so tiny!!! And skinny and mostly still skin, whereas now she is still tiny, but super chubtastic, with even more hair, chub rolls, teeth, a partial vocabulary and whole helluva lot of attitude ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ‘Œ #babysvcook, #oneyearago, #1yearagotoday, #3monthsold, #14months, #january2017babies, #mommiesmagick, #babytaos, #nativeamericanbabies, #tinyaquarius, #singlemomsurvival, #selfies, #loml

Friday, March 09, 2018

So I walk out of the restroom tonight and look toward Shannon's crib and i don't see her! I hurry over there to see if she is hidden beneath any 1 of her numerous stuffies, but the closer I got, I saw her shape come into view and I was like, "leg, leg, butt... ๐Ÿค” there's an arm... where the heck is her head?!" Don't fool yourselves, ppl, 1 time i was getting out of my car & heard a thud on my lawn. I walk over to investigate and there was a rather large bird, unidentifiable to me as a bird from my vicinity and origin. I kept looking up, as I have a massive carob tree just above where this bird was laying-- I was ๐Ÿค” what in the HELL jist happened here? Where is his head? Did this really just die and fall out of my tree?? I couldn't find a stick, so i grab a carob, LOL, and inspect this creature for any fang punctures, oe any identifiable wounds that would answer why it had suddenly dropped dead out of my tree! P.S. not a speck of blood. Still wondering where its head was, I flipped it to its side with my trusty carob and found a hole... and no head ๐Ÿ˜ฎ No head and no blood, yet this bird either fell out of the sky without its head OR it fell out of my tree... with no head. This was about 4 to 6 wks ago and no head has ever shown up ๐Ÿค”

So you now understand my frantic search for my childs head within her own crib!

I followed her tiny back and voila! At the oddest angle for probably any baby to have fallen asleep, there's Shann on, completely a'slumber with her pretty little head atop her giant birthday panda's leg-- we named him Henry since that's what i want to name a son, if ever I have 1 before my ovaries explode, but since it isnt likely i will ever reproduce again, I named her best panda bear Henry ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘Œ #babysvcook, #panda, #babyandpanda, #nohead, #headlessbirds, lol! #babytaos, #magick, #nativebabies, #january2017babies, #babyaquarius, #babyquirks, #loml, #mymiracle

Wednesday, February 27, 2018
13 months + 5 days old ... Wednesday evening was especially cold, so I put on my head an awesomely soft oversized grey beanie my Aunt Joy had made for me back when Shannon & I went to Colorado to visit with her & Uncle Kenny during summer 2017. As with anything I put on my head or face, Shannon took the beanie off of my head, no matter how many times I would put it back on, she would attack me until she could take it off of my head ๐Ÿคฃ

So, I remembered where her own beanie was that Aunty Joy made for her at the same time she made mine, except Shannon's beanie is her Denver Broncos fan colors, lol I slipped her beanie over her head and just as i go to take a picture, Shann on pulled the beanie off of her head and I caught this perfectly focused photo of her looking incredibly darling ๐Ÿ˜

Seriously, if this little baby girl isn't the cutest, then I must be wrong about a lot of other things ๐Ÿค” like, well, partners, a lot of ppl I've trusted throughout my life, banking and finances, and every other 3rd answer/question on Jeopardy ๐Ÿ˜‰

#babysvcook, #babytaos, #taosbaby, #13monthsold, #loml, #babymagick, #puremagick, #pureenergy, #beautifulbaby, #1yearold, #mostbeautiful, #perfect, #babycasting, #gerberbaby, #mytinyeverything, #mylittleaquarius, #magicianinthemaking, #january2017babies, #denver, #denverbroncos, #stateofcolorado

[:From February 01, 2018:] my tiny girl pulling herself up to stand all by herself ๐Ÿ˜„ she has been doing this for about 1 month, or so, now. Yesterday (Friday, Feb. 16th) and today (Saturday, Feb. 17th)
she began to balance herself while standing, first beginning with 1 hand and then slowly lifting it away to try to balance; she is doing that without any instruction! She just picked it up at that moment in time to be a little dare devil and attempt to stand freely, without any upper body support to balance ๐Ÿ˜„
I know, I know, new moms go berzerk when our baby's do the most mundane things and we talk amongst ourselves, making statements like, "oh, look! my baby just used her forefinger and thumb to pick up that green bean-- y'know, I'm seriously thinking MIT is in her future ๐Ÿ˜‰" hahaha! ๐Ÿ˜‚
#babysvcook, #babystanding, #babystandingup, #babymilestones, #oneyearold, #loml, #mommiesmagick, #magickalbaby, #january2017babies, #taosbaby

From Monday, February 12, 2018 my tiny tot crusader, giving flirts, to her best friend and current Valentine, in the mirror yesterday while we waited in the doctor's room, me in cruel, somber anticipation and she, completely oblivious to Life and its wayward ways to ward off potential biological threats, for Baby's Unfortunate 1 Year Well-Baby Dance of pure trust turning into 3 out of a total of 5 jabs ๐Ÿ˜ญ The worst part is, they have the parents hold down our own baby's arms so they can't ward of their attacker ๐Ÿ˜ญ I have Shannon on "alternate schedule", which means she never gets ALL vaccines in one visit, whether it's more evil getting them all at once or making the baby come back is up to each parent, but my ideals are apparent. She acted slightly taken aback after her 1st jab; had the actual vaccine not stung within her tiny thigh muscle, she may have not felt anything at all. By the removal of her 2nd jab, she was about done with this inoculation business and she let out a sound of dread when the ped-nurse took hold of her opposing thigh, like, "oh god, not again!" And that was about when mommy started crying with baby ๐Ÿ˜ญ There is possibly nothing I loathe more than having to coax my daughter into believing everything is okay and having her wail in my face 2 minutes later after she was just made to feel pain... sometimes being a parent sucks, but at this age, Shannon is able to forgive me super quickly and everything becomes love, squishes and kisses all over again ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’ #babysvcook, #1yearvaccinations, #1yearwellbaby, #wellbaby, #mommyhatesshottime, #babyjabs, #innoculation, #vaccines, #hardtimesformom, #hardtimesforbaby, #babytaos, #january2017babies, #mypoorbaby, #loml, #mymasterpiece, #mygift, #mommyduties, #immunities

From earlier in February 2018... this is what she does every. chance. she. gets.

and if she isn't in a position where she can bounce on her own, she will just bounce all over anyone who is holding her! It is insane how much stamina this tiny baby has!

#babysvcook, #babyupdate, #babyquirks, #quirkybaby, #bouncing, #jumping, #babybouncing, #babieswithgreathair, #13monthsold, #mommylovesme, #perfectbabygirl, #babytaos, #mommiesmagick, #january2017babies

Saturday, February 09, 2018 (edit: ๐Ÿ‘ˆ hahaha, I missed a day somewhere, it is really* Saturday, February 10, 2018)

Heyyy, how did whittle baby Shannon get those lions to not eat her? ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค— hahaha

I didn't get around to making a LOT of Shannon's aged markers ๐Ÿค” I kinda think I may have only posted 1, back when she was becoming 7 months old... Anyhow, I've been tweaking this thing for about 2 hrs now, on my phone no less! So the back of my neck aches like death from having my head leaning down to view the little screen (compared to my laptops screen). I thought I should make Shannon's 1 year age marker a little fun and extra special ๐Ÿ˜Š Even though her birthday was about 3 weeks ago now.

I can't imagine how neat something like this would have looked if my mom could've done something like this with any of my birthday photo's ๐Ÿค” even though I am pretty sure only 1 birthday of mine actually had photo's taken of me that were saved!

#happybirthdaybaby, #happy1stbirthday, #babysvcook, #babytaos, #isurvived, #wesurvived, #singlemomsurvival, #survivingmotherhood, #january2017babies, #mytinyeverything, #loml, #mylittleaquarius, #mommiesmagick, #lioness, #lioncub, #fierceprotector, #mommabear

One Year Ago Today...
February 08, 2017

My itty bitty baby bumble bee ๐Ÿ
So incredibly tiny at her take-home weight of 6 lbs 4 oz ๐Ÿ’ž

Back then I was a petrified new mother to the most amazing human being in the galaxy ๐Ÿ’ซ

Today, one year later, I feel like a pro after "doing" adulthood and motherhood 99% alone, all on my own ๐Ÿ˜‰
Back then I felt so lost, frightened and supremely elementary where motherhood was concerned. I had only ever nursed baby kittens and 2 doves into healthy creatures, haha, so I had a wee bit o'knowledge with maternal instinct, but this adventure, with a human baby I was Blessed with and solely responsible for was a whole different can o'worms to me!
No one was available to help me, aside from a couple hours at night when my fantastic Mother would be off work and help me with Shannon, even though she was dead-tired from working 8-9 hrs all day, but that little bit was a godsend, especially when Shannon's struggles with severe G.E.R. (maddening colic, doctor diagnosed, too!) kicked in after about Week 5. My teeny tiny girl had a prescription and everything for her poor baby tummy and that ridiculous pain someone so small and unaware shouldn't have been cursed to experience ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Anyhow, this little collage is just 1 small fraction of all the photo's I had taken of Shannon on February 08, 2017 ๐Ÿ˜Š But it is a really awesome thing for Google Photo's to have pop up on my phone for me to reminisce the days when Shannon and I were building our bond, crying together, eating together, lol, sleeping together, hurting together and loving together. And still, not one day has crossed me where I have remotely thought "I need a break from her!" Nope. I am in this 150% for infinity and unbelievably devoted to my child, her life and health, and our journey together ๐Ÿ˜

I hope I get "This Time, Last Year" updates for innumerable more years still to come with my baby girl-- because I now know what it means to believe "your baby is always your baby, no matter what her age." #lastyear, #babysvcook, #throwback, #babythrowback, #kristenjcook, #babytaos, #january2017babies, #oneyear, #oneyearold, #oneyearlater, #loml, #mommiesmagick, #18daysold, #2weeksold

My itty bitty is only 5 months and 1 week, but she's already rockin' her 1st haircut! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ #spottedcmm, #babysfirsttravels, #firstplanetrip, #babysvcook, #kristenjcook, #babytaos, #january2017babies, #mylittleaquarius

Today she turns 1 we didnโ€™t meet on her birthday, or the day after. We met when she was 1 month old which makes today a bittersweet day.
Last night I held her and cried thinking of how she is my wish come true, how lucky I feel to be her mom. This little lady makes any bad day better, she has a way to brighten even the darkest moments. Her little giggle, her giant smile, her big brown eyes, and baby soft skin all melt my heart. She is brave, strong, determined, a little fighter and warrior, she is something special, she has so much to say and the sweetest little voice.
To be her mom is a gift and a honor, to have been chosen to be hers and the feeling that brings canโ€™t be put to words, she is mine and I am hers. We were picked for each other. Together we are adoption, together we are family.

I canโ€™t wait to see what your future hold little lady. โ€ข
โ€ข#mightymamasbyadoption #motherdaughter #lovemakesafamily #ljadoption #adoptionislove #transracialadoption #fosterlove #thisisus #thisisadoption #thisisfostercare #adopt #adoptionrocks #daughter #mixedbabies #mixedgirls #motherhood #adoptionrocks #adoptionislove #biracial #biracialbabies #infertilityjourney #adoptionjourney #blackgirlmagic #igmoms #firstbirthday #january2017babies #preemieprincess #32weeker #nicuwarrior #preemiebaby #preemiemom

January 10, 2018

She lubs that little baby girl in the mirror, lol, i got a whole sleu of her playing patty cake and giving kisses to herself ๐Ÿ˜‚ but, ill just upload this one for now ๐Ÿ˜

Shannon has a cough as of 01/09, so i made her an appt this morning, 01/10, and it turns out her ped thinks we might have the flu that WASN'T inside our flu vaccines this year-- either that OR good ole viral upper respiratory infections that I caught 1st over the holidays-- THANKS FAMILY! @jennapoof ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ’“ #babysvcook, #fluseason, #babys1stflu, #virus, #downwiththesickness, #january2017babies, #almost1yearold, #momandbabysickness, #motherhood, #spreadinggerms (and love!) #kristenjcook, #babytaos, #mylittleaquarius, #mommiesmagick, #spottedcmm

Blessed 1st birthday to all the January 2017 babies!!! Had a great meet-up with all the mummies yesterday.. May these babies continue this beautiful friendship for a long long time....... ๐Ÿ˜‰
God bless every single one of them to grow up healthy, happy and wise! Amen! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜
Thanks for bringing them into our lives. #PreciousGiftsFromGod .

#ayviusseanady #FirstRoosterBaby2017 #january2017babies #januarybirthday #januarybabies2017 #january #babiesofinstagram #1stbirthday #1stbirthdayparty #babybash #cutestbabyoninstagram #seanady #mamapapablog #adelynevelvet #MrsSingaporeSEAsia

The First Rooster Babies finally met!!! ๐Ÿ˜ Ayvius and Avelyn!!!๐Ÿ’‘ These 2 babies stole all the limelight during CNY at the stroke of midnight last year! And got "famous" for being the first in Singapore to greet everyone! Our SUPERSTAR babies. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
So shocked when mummy Serene came up to me for a photo! Thank you babe! Been wanting to meet you.. really glad to see you at the baby bash today! Do keep in touch ya! ๐Ÿ˜‰
This lovely pair can go on a date soon or when they grow up! ๐Ÿ˜‚ .

#ayviusseanady #FirstRoosterBaby2017 #babieswithstyle #superstarbaby #babiesofinstagram #cutestbabyoninstagram #fatebroughtustogether #seanady #january2017babies #1stbabybash #mamapapablog #adelynevelvet #MrsSingaporeSEAsia

19 Days Until 1st Birthday... ๐ŸŽ‚


Shannon has so much hair she needs to now wear a Turby Twist to hold it up after her bath! It is also a good idea since it is Winter, California-style, and the Turby Twist covers up her little ears to protect them from any drafts as we go from the tub to the bedroom ๐Ÿ˜„

#babysvcook, #babieswithgreathair, #babywithlotsofhair, babytaos, #11andahalfmonthsold, #january2017babies, #turning1soon, #1stbirthdaycomingup, #mommyfeelsolderthanold, #amamoms, #singlemom, #handtrails, #psychedelicbaby, #mylittleaquarius, #loml, #mommiesmagick

New Years Day, 2018

These 2 are the oldest and the youngest of my maternal sides' lineage of 3rd cousins-- mine and my cousin's children.
The boy is Sayge, he's such a cool kid. He is always boasting about being born on Friday the 13th, lol, (Oct. 13). He is my 2nd cousin, so he and Shannon are 3rd cousins. I have been able to meet Sayge 2x now since he was born and both times he followed me around wanting me to either play board games or video games, which we got to do both. It was fun re-living with him how his dad and I were together many moons ago ๐Ÿ’“
Im freakin crying now because this visit I stayed with Sayge, his brother Ashton and their little sister Ayva a whole week and i am going to miss them a lot and I know Shannon will, too; she cried when it was time to drive away and get on our 438 mile journey down the 395 S back home to Southern California. Who knows when the next time will be when we will all get to get back together again?

#newyearsday2018, #familytime, #holidays2017, #familybonding, #cousins, #3rdcousins, #mindennevada, #gardnervillenevada, #babysvcook, #kristenjcook, #january2017babies, #babytaos, #loml

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