Looking Back: Kayden

Looking Back : Kayden

September 8, 2015

 Tears welled up in my eyes when my best friend since 7th grade sent me this photo of my nephew last week. I couldn’t help it. This little boy has been in my heart and prayers since before he was born. As an only child, I always dreamed of having brothers and sisters so that way I could be an aunt to many nieces and nephews. Well, now that I married into a family of 10 children, that won’t be a problem much longer. However, Leigh Ann and I have been friends for so long that I have always considered her family and so when I found out she was expecting, I couldn’t wait to love on my first nephew. Kayden was born May 2nd, 2010 and he has had my heart since the moment I first laid eyes on him.

In order to get myself through this realization that my nephew is growing up faster than I want to admit, I decided to put together a little post of the many photos I’ve taken of him over the years. Honestly, it just made me cry more, but here we go!

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“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb…” – Pslam 139:14

Maternity Photos Virginia Beach Hampton Roads Photographer

May 2, 2010…Welcome to the world, Kayden Lee!

Marine Corps Military Newborn Portraits
Newborn Portraits Marine Corps Military Newborn Portaits
Newborn Portaits with Mom and Baby Feet

 My heart…

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Toddler Portaits in Bathtub
Toddler Portraits in Bathtub

2011

Kayden is 1!

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Autumn Fall Family Photos in Hampton Roads Virginia Beach Photographer
Autumn Fall Family Photos in Hampton Roads Virginia Beach Photographer

 THAT LITTLE FACE

Autumn Fall Family Photos in Hampton Roads Virginia Beach Photographer

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Such a flirt!

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2012

Hampton Roads Virginia Beach Family Portrait Photographer
Hampton Roads Virginia Beach Family Portrait Photographer
Hampton Roads Virginia Beach Family Portrait Photographer

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2013

In early 2013, I moved from Virginia to Richlands, North Carolina to be Leigh Ann’s roomie. Her husband was leaving for a deployment that was scheduled to last over a year, and I couldn’t stand the thought of her being alone during that time. So, I packed my bags and spent the year of 2013 with my sister and nephew, just like I always dreamt of doing.

Toddler Portrait Photographer Hampton Roads Virginia Beach Photographer
Toddler Portrait Photographer Hampton Roads Virginia Beach Photographer
Toddler Portrait Photographer Hampton Roads Virginia Beach Photographer
Toddler Portrait Photographer Hampton Roads Virginia Beach Photographer
Toddler Portrait Photographer Hampton Roads Virginia Beach Photographer
Toddler Portrait Photographer Hampton Roads Virginia Beach Photographer
Toddler Portrait Photographer Hampton Roads Virginia Beach Photographer

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  And then, the day we never wanted to come, came…

Military Family Deployment Photographer Camp Lejeune Jacksonville North Carolina
Military Family Deployment Photographer Camp Lejeune Jacksonville North Carolina
Military Family Deployment Photographer Camp Lejeune Jacksonville North Carolina

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While daddy was gone, we tried to have some fun. We even made him a super cute birthday sign for him to hang in his barracks.

Toddler Portrait Photographer Happy Birthday Dad DIY gift for dad
Toddler Portrait Photographer Happy Birthday Dad DIY gift for dad

 Silliest kid ever

Toddler Portrait Photographer Happy Birthday Dad DIY gift for dad
Toddler Portrait Photographer playing in the rain puddles
Toddler Portrait Photographer Playing in Puddle Rain

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 How is my sweet nephew old enough to play soccer?

Toddler Sports photos Soccer
Toddler Sports Photos Soccer

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Circus Toddler on Shoulders

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Ninja Kayden on Halloween

Toddler Halloween Costume Ninja
Halloween Costume for Toddler Ninja

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 2014

The end of 2013 meant that I was headed back to Virginia. Although it was hard to leave my sister and nephew, I was so glad that Kayden’s dad got to come home earlier than expected and they could be reunited as family. I came to visit as often as I could and cherished each moment with this ever-growing little man.

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In November of 2014, my sister and nephew made a trip up to Virginia to celebrate a very special day in my life. My wedding day would not have been the same without ALL of my family there. My sister was by my side on my wedding day and my sweet nephew was our ring bearer.

Ring Bearer kissing Bridge on Wedding Day
Bride kissing ring bearer on wedding day
Wedding day portraits with ring bearer
Silly ring bearer making faces on wedding day

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2015

And so here we are: Kayden is 5 years old & crazier than ever. I’m so blessed to be a part of his life and I can’t wait to see all that he does in his lifetime. No matter how many nieces and nephews I have in the future, he will always be the first little boy to steal my heart.

Aunt Chelsea loves you, Kayden! May God bless you as you continue to grow!

 Blessings, 

Chelsea

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