sleeping in her big girl bed

She’s growing up on me…..

I decided to see how FireCracker would do in her ‘big girl’ bed for a nap. When Littlest Brother slept in his big boy bed for the first time I was able to capture those sweet moments. It is one of my favorite posts. I wanted to capture this milestone for her too.

Photo Tip: Here are a few tips on how I captured her first nap:

1. A little bit before it was time for her to wake up I went in the room and opened the curtain wide.

2. Next I messed with my camera settings to get them right. I had to move fast because my shutter is so loud.

3. I captured a few angles of her sleeping.

4. Once she started waking up, I just kept shooting.

Her nap was shortened just a bit, but I got pictures I’ll cherish!



You all asked before…her Wonder Woman shirt is from Old Navy last summer.

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  • Kristin S - So precious.

  • Amy - i love those rosy cheeks they have when the first wake up, adorable

  • Vicki - She is the sweetest of the sweet. Those photos are definitely keepers! (And I love those sweet rosy cheeks!).

  • Mod Podge Amy - Those are the most awesome pictures! Gorgeous!

  • amanda - precious! i love how the last one looks like she’s had enough of your picture taking and is going to take her nap somewhere else!

  • hearttypat - aww.. she’s so adorable when she just woke up!

  • Priscilla-The Wheelchair Mommy - oh my. These are just precious. I especially love the one where she’s squatting and rubbing her eyes and the 2nd to last one where it looks like she’s nibbling her hand.

    I am in love with these. DARLING.

  • Jen @ Rambling Renovators - I love these photos. I love those moments, just after they awake, wide-eyed but quiet, and then before you know it they’re scampering off again making noise and mayhem.

  • Carissa - Can Firecracker please come teach Coco how to stay in his big boy bed?

    P.S. That wonder woman shirt is killing me. Love it.

  • twirlingbetty - Aaah, that wide-eyed, fluffy-haired, rosy-cheeked, blanket dragging, I-just-woke-up-ishness…there’s nothing sweeter. And you really captured it. What a treasure.

  • Erin - The Smallest Sparrow - Sooooo sweet! I’ll have to remember to do this when my littlest makes the transition.

  • Krista Lund - i love these sweet photos! and i just want to squish her! i love sleepy babies!

  • able mabel - Oh boy. That sleepy face! I just want to kiss it!

  • Emily Langston - I LOVE it when my son rubs his eyes like that. The whole fist in!!!! It makes me reminiscent of when he was a baby. So sweet.

  • sarah k - I love the rosy post-nap cheeks, and the rumpled hair. On my way to wake my daughter up now and hoping I can catch a few shots of her–not a milestone nap, just a normal one still in the crib, but you consistently inspire me to get more shots of just the normal everyday moments that I will want to remember someday when my house is quiet and clean and I am missing those soft cheeks and damp curls…sniff sniff…:(

  • The Prairie Hen - Dear Napper-snapper,
    Darling moment to capture, Ashley… I adore the b&w showcasing her eyelashes and Missy independent off to life’s next adventure, dolly in hand… so sweet.

    Baby’s Napping Here in NE

  • Jodi - I love their cuddles right when they wake up.

  • karen - Come on…this is too adorable! I love her walking out with her blankey…perfect.

  • Krystina - How precious! I just lover her eyes and that curly hair!

  • Charity - To make letters similar (not the same, but similar) to your shadow box letters you can make word art in microsoft word and use a fill with a picture. When you fill it go to fill effects and then select your picture. Hope this is helpful.

  • Mona - Each image is precious! Reminds me so much of when my baby girl was that age. Love how happy and sweet babies are when they wake up! I love your site by the way! Completely and utterly inspiring!

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  • Kimberly Dial - Precious … she’s adorable. Is there anything more precious than a sleepy eyed toddler? No, I think not! ;) Thanks for sharing.

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