As these pictures exhibit, at 9 months Eleanor was full of loads of personality and loads of movement. It was all I could do to keep her on that rocking chair, let alone looking at the camera and smiling. I made her headband though and it took a whole lot of effort and love so I was determined to get a good shot ;)
^^The tongue! She is her mother's daughter after all and it seems like I was always sticking out my tongue while growing up, especially when concentrating. My 7 year old gymnastics coach used to say he was going to have to mop up my tongue from the gym floor if I didn't keep it in my mouth while attempting cartwheels on the beam. Anyways...
^^And here's where things got dramatic. "Mooommmm, I said no more pictures!!!"
^^Always tapping her hand on something
^^Every day we choose a different potential career path for Eleanor and have her practice it for that day. She obviously was a "chair model" on this day ;)
(I'm kidding of course, but it's actually not a bad idea huh?)
And then I got a brain and realized that the only way I could keep her still enough for pictures was to give her a book. It's fitting that the book is Your Personal Penguin too as this book was on repeat daily at our house.
I was missing the great light we used to get in Eleanor's old nursery while I was taking these photos, but now I think the darker lighting conditions adds a fun dimension to the photos. And now I can tell these were taken in her new Fresno house nursery, which will forever be a fun memory.