Today’s post is part of the series With Autumn Noémi. You can use the links below to find other posts in this series:

Birth || One Week || One Month || Two Months || Three Months || Four Months

Baby feet newborn photographyGuys. My baby is a quarter of a year old. I promise that she woke up this morning and her feet were bigger than I remember. So what else has been new with Autumn this past month?

  • All of a sudden, the girl seems to love diaper changes. No lie. She lights up when I put her on the changing mat! She smiles and kicks her little feet in excitement. It’s the weirdest thing.
  • She loves to be held up in the air. All the cooing and smiling. I love it.
  • She started smacking her lips and sucking on her lips.I’m not really sure why. Maybe a method of self soothing? I don’t know. She seems to just do it at random.
  • Autumn recently started to try to hold her bottle herself. I feel like she’s trying to be independent too soon! Slow down, little one, you’re just a baby. 🙂
  • She still isn’t a huge fan of tummy time, but she’ll push herself up on her elbows and look at me. She laughs a bit in the beginning, but she eventually starts trying to roll onto her back. She’s rolled onto her back successfully twice already. I was so proud each time, but I still haven’t caught it on video.

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  • Oh the drool! When she first started drooling all the time, I was changing her onesies like 4 times throughout the day. Yeah, that lasted like 3 days before I remembered that she has gotten a million bibs.
  • She has started showing the slightest interest in little toys.

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  • I get the feeling that Autumn doesn’t know she’s only three months old. Whenever the bottoms of her feet touch a flat surface (like the couch or our laps), she straightens out her legs and tries to stand up. You’ve got to learn to crawl first, my dear. It’s crazy how strong her legs are already!
  • She pretty much beast-moded her 2 month vaccinations at her last appointment.  She basically looked up at the nurse and was like, is that all you got? Just kidding! 🙂 But she did really well. I was proud. Her daddy soothed her and she was over it. It was still pretty tough to watch someone hurt my little girl (yes, yes, I know it was for her own good). 🙁

Dad holding crying baby

  • Shortly after Autumn turned a month old, we quit breastfeeding. She wasn’t consistently getting a strong latch, so we switched her to formula. I still plan to give breastfeeding one last shot to see if she will take, but I’d be fine with continuing formula if it doesn’t work out.
  • I feel like Autumn is going to be a talker. She looks at us intently when we talk to her and she seems to smile and coo in response. I’m so looking forward to hearing what’s on my baby girl’s mind.
  • Oh, and I finally photographed her adorable frown.

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baby frown

I hate to leave this post on a sad note. I promise that she does more laughing and smiling than frowning (which is why it’s taken me three months to catch it). So to avoid being a downer, we’ll end on this image I took when she peacefully fell asleep on the couch. 🙂 I love her little fingers.

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  • Aundrea DeMille - I love how you are documenting her stages. I found a little humor in how quickly they change. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Mylina - Thanks for reading, Aundrea! I feel so proud with every little change I notice about her, but she’s still growing up a bit too fast for my liking. I blinked and she was no longer a newborn!ReplyCancel

  • Johnae N Davis - Awwww Autumn!!! Your such a precious blessing. I loved reading all about your 3mths & how you daily amaze Mommy & Daddy😍🎁💚ReplyCancel

    • Mylina - Johnae, the hubby and I were just talking about this the other day. When we Facetime with her grandparents, it’s literally four adults (her parents and grandparents) sitting there, just watching her. It’s so funny. Anyway, it’s overwhelming to me that so many people who have never met Autumn are interested in her little life. Thank you so much for reading!ReplyCancel

  • Lillian - I just caught up to all three months and I did tear up a couple times. These little tiny details you notice about your daughter are so beautiful. She’s such a character already!! Also, the frown is amazing. Definitely worth the wait; that is an excellent photo. These are all great photos, in fact. I am so blessed to be able to read about and see little Autumn through your eyes. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Mylina - Ugh Lillian, now you have ME tearing up. Thank you for being so invested in her life! She is such a character already. I was surprised at how quickly her personality started coming through!ReplyCancel

      • Still Lillian - Yeah it definitely surprised me how quickly she was lifting and turning her head less than a week into living (like whaaa??) and now reading that she tries to stand up? and hold her own bottle by herself? Looks like somebody is going to be just as confident and independent as her mom 😉
        Also, with the whole leg strength thing, I’m definitely looking for her to try soccer at some point. Little Mini-MyReplyCancel

  • Myrna - We love yours too.ReplyCancel

So Halloween has me thinking about goal setting.

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I know it’s weird, but hear me out. Imagine you’re a kid who just got home with a Halloween haul. You started devouring the candy on the way home and now you’re looking forward to claiming a seat on the couch so you can just dig in. About an hour into your pumpkin-shaped bucket, you realize that your stomach is not liking you right now.

Maybe you’re the other kid though. You want to save your candy so you put it under your bed or dump it in a drawer, buuuut then you kind of forget about it. That is, until next Halloween when it’s time to pull out your Halloween bucket again. The candy has melted or taken a turn and it’s a gross old mess.

I’ve been both of these types when it comes to goal-setting. I am a lofty goals type of girl. Am I the only one? Baby steps have never been my thing. I want to make all the changes all at once, but I work up a good momentum for a few days and then it all falls apart. I fail at the follow through. I’ve also been the flip side though where I have goals that tend to sit and rot due to my own inaction. If you’ve been reading along on the blog, you know that I haven’t made it very far with my 30 before 30 list. Here I am at 28 years old and I’ve only actually completed a few of the items.

I started thinking today that if I break down some of these goals into actionable steps, I can finally make some progress. So “Develop and Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle” starts with significantly increasing my water intake. I also need to go back through my list and make sure I have concrete, measurable items on there so I know when I’ve achieved them. So here are the items on the docket for November:


  • Drink 60+ ounces of water daily
  • Be active for at least 30 minutes, 3 times weekly
  • Photograph #AutumnNoémi daily
  • Attempt relactation for at least 2 weeks
  • Mail Thank You cards from baby shower and baby gifts
  • Finish reading Babywise by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam


  • Hand out one business card daily
  • Go location scouting in Raleigh at least once a week
  • Blog at least 3x weekly
  • Create Pinterest portfolio boards
  • Set up Amazon store
  • Update 30 before 30 list

What about you? Have you been procrastinating when it comes to tackling some of your goals? I know that it’s not New Years’ yet and it’s a little early for resolutions, but why not make use of the time we have? What are some baby steps you can take to get things done this November? I’d love to hear from you!



Mylina Russell is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. If you are interested in a session, feel free to email mylina@mylinarussell.comfor more information!

  • Lillian - I had to Google the definition of “relactation” but these sound like great baby steps! Looking forward to your progress. And also studies have shown that people are more likely to stick to resolutions that are not started at New Years time so you’re off to a good start!ReplyCancel

  • Myrna - This was very insitful. The halloween through me at first because we never celebrated this day, and when eating chocolate and candy corn and pecans I eat until they are gone.(a few of my favorites for the most part). Breaking goals down to bite size chunks is a great idea to help the movement process.

    I thought lactation was a misspelling until I read Lillian’s comment. I thought you were trying to relax! Lol

    I read it all this morning cause I could. It was a good read, very helpful and informative for encouraging other new moms on the journey.ReplyCancel

    • Mylina - 😁I see how relactation and relaxation could be easily confused! I appreciate your kind wordsReplyCancel

Ever since I took my maternity leave in August, I’ve been looking forward to getting back into photography again. So as you can imagine, I jumped at the chance to shoot Lizzie and Ebonee’s best friends session. After graduating college and starting their careers, these two friends have also recently become roommates again, so the NC State campus where they met seemed to be the perfect location to do a best friends shoot!

Raleigh photography best friends

Raleigh photography best friends

Raleigh photography best friends

Raleigh photography best friends

Raleigh photography best friends

Raleigh photography best friends

Fun ladies, pretty light, and a picturesque location. This was my idea of a good Monday night 🙂



Mylina Russell is a portrait photographer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. If you are interested in a session, feel free to email for more information!

Today’s post is part of the series With Autumn Noémi. You can use the links below to find other posts in this series:

Birth || One Week || One Month || Two Months || Three Months || Four Months

You guys, I have mixed feelings about Autumn turning two months old. I’ve been excited to watch her grow, but I know that her next doctor’s appointment means that she’s getting her first shots. I’ve told my hubby from the beginning that I’m gonna need him to be there. I’m so not looking forward to it.

  • Baby girl is 10lbs 7oz, 23 inches long. I couldn’t believe she hit 10lbs!
  • Autumn lifts and turns her head during tummy time. I haven’t been awesome at remembering to schedule tummy time into our daily routine. Oops! Mayyybe it’s because she wails every time. Who knows 😉 We’ll get there. No worries.
  • We’ve been trying to get Autumn on a sleep schedule, and it’s been going pretty well. It’s been a little difficult to just let her cry at times and we have been a little quicker to pick her up when we have overnight guests.

Baby crossing legs

  • She’s still smiling and cooing at us. I love it, but my favorite expression she gives is the cutest little frown. One of my goals in life is to photograph her frown because she does it so quick between cries that I haven’t been able to catch it. Yes, I’ve photographed her while she cries. Does that make me a bad mom? 🙂
  • Baby girl loves car rides. She drifts right to sleep…so we love car rides too. 😉
  • Her first road trips were to Charlotte to visit her grandparents and to Lynchburg so that our friends and church family in Virginia could meet her.
  • Autumn had been going to church! My hubby was hesitant to bring her to church because he didn’t want people to swarm her (understandable). Now that she’s a bit older, we’ve been taking her to church in her babywrap and she does great!

Babywearing Autumn

Her name is Sadie, but he calls her “Wee One”. His name is Graham, but she calls him Ga Ga 😉 The little ones in this session were so adorable from their shy smiles to their fascination with the leaves.  Thank you, Clark Family for sharing your afternoon with me 🙂




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Mylina Russell is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. If you are interested in a session, feel free to email for more information!