a toddler right of passage

A certain toddler learned something new.

It is weird to call her a toddler. But she is, I suppose. She toddles around the house. Toddler.

She was supposed to be napping when I heard strange noises coming through the baby monitor. Upon entering the room, it was clear she reached a toddler rite of passage in this family (and most families I am guessing). She, like her siblings before her, had learned to take off her clothes and diaper. The result of that rite of passage is never good. Nor does it smell like the lovely scents of Christmas.

I was thankful for a washing machine.

Thankful for a dryer.

Thankful she likes baths now.

Thankful we got cleaned up in time to make it to Chris’ staff party.

This photo and the close up of her hands were taken with my dslr, the rest were with my iPhone (and edited with RadLab – link on sidebar)

Happy Friday…I hope your day is full of joy and unexpected surprises (but the kind that smell good)!

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  • Tonya - My morning was all in a funk…but now I’m laughing and thinking…oh thank god my youngest is past this. I so remember that stuff happening to us! Those pictures are too cute! Glad you made it to the party in time.

  • andy - oh no. she looks thrilled to be in the bath tub though. πŸ™‚ love seeing her happy pictures

  • Gaby {lifeineight.com} - She definitely seems to be enjoying her bath on those pictures and that smile is so contagious! I’m smiling from ear to ear as I write this comment :o)

  • amy - Oh-the-sweet-ornriness that eminates from that face!! She looks like trouble, I tell ya. πŸ™‚ I bet one could only stay grumpy at her antics for, like, 2.2 seconds. She’s a pistol. Heart.

  • Lanny Lou - rub a dub dub there’s a cutie in the tub !!! also I was just wondering where I could get the love Jesus poster that you have by your fireplace ? I would love to get one for the people I nanny for πŸ™‚ Happy Friday

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - My baby girl did that this week too! She is only 9 mos old but we are certain that she is an Alias baby!
    This series of pictures- they are wonderful! That smile!!!

  • the chronic utilitarian - her smile makes my heart big.

    you have your work cut out with that lil’ stinker.
    happy holidays to you & your family.

  • BeckyH_in_MA - yuck!! Mine never did that, but he did poop in the tub! Fun times! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Steph - SOMEONE has the giggles! Funny girl. I was just telling my husband that the baby (7 months pregnant) is lying sideways this morning, she’s up to something sneaky in there. Now I’m reminded that’s NOTHING compared to what we’re in for πŸ™‚ Happy Friday!!!

  • Brandi - Something about Little One just makes me break down in tears every time I see her face. Every. Time. Since I started reading this blog (quite some time ago) the Lord has called me to adopt. Not right now, but in the future and her sweet face is why. Your good people, Ashley. Very good people.

  • Jeanne - Ah, yes. We are in that stage at our home, too. Your daughter’s smile is pure joy!

    And what do you use to clean your bathtub? It’s sparkling clean!

  • Ryan - We got the best advice ever about this “stage”: take footy pajamas, cut the feet off and put them on the toddler backwards, so the zipper is up their back. They can’t unzip them and get them off.

    We tried it and it works. Thank goodness. I was not prepared for the scene I walked into the first time this happened with our little guy. It was awful! πŸ™‚

  • Lisa Johnson - Oh how I love that face πŸ™‚

  • Laura J. - One word: overalls. I love how Little One doesn’t look worried anymore. She looks so pleased with herself in your photos now.

  • Amy - She is so adorable! These photos make me smile!

  • Heather - She’s beautiful!

  • Sharon @ Discovering Blog - By God, she is beautiful.

  • Laura K - What a mischievous little cutie. πŸ™‚

  • Samantha - Your daughter is a peach! Such gorgeous photos, capturing a lovely moment. Wishing you all well for Christmas and the New Year and all that it brings xxx

  • Jami Nato - naughties.
    of course they’ve all done this. why? i mean, don’t they have a nose? these are the questions we’ll ask at the pearly gates.

  • Rebecca - My goodness, isn’t she lovely?!

  • Courtney - Oh, that head thrown back laugh slays me. Such joy!

  • AshleyG - Oh my goodness…I’m in survival mode at school right now, but those pictures just made my day so much brighter! That smile is such innocent, complete happiness. Love it.

  • Kim - Not looking forward to that rite of passage! Love Love LOVE the laughter on the last photo!

  • Amanda - What a doll! Her laugh must be contagious, her beautiful smile certainly is!

  • Christina C - These pictures are priceless! Such a happy little lady, must say she looks like she is home!

  • RachaelB - Oh my goodness! These are my favorite photos of her yet! I can feel her joy radiating off the computer screen. What a little sweetie!
    Thankfully none of my children have ever done that with the diaper. I’ve heard horror stories though.

  • reyanna - She is SOOOOO cute! Just love her. πŸ™‚

    And that is too funny. This is when I’m thankful we use cloth diapers with snaps. LOL. She can’t undo them. But! … there have been three poopy mishaps where I turned my head for a second while she was naked, and a mess followed. LOL! πŸ˜‰

  • Molly - Definitely not the best surprise!!! at least she is such a cutie:) oh and your tub…oh so clean!!!

  • Monica - She is adorable! Love her smile! It is contaguios. You are so bless with a lovely family!

  • Sarah Crosby - All I can say about these picture is : Pure Joy!

  • emily - She is so beautiful, so full of joy! There is something about her eyes that is captivating. Even when she’s getting diaper mess washed away πŸ˜‰ Been through that with all three of my girls…man, when you open the bedroom door to that scene, it takes a minute to plan your attack doesn’t it ? πŸ˜‰ Love it.

  • trina - I have been reading your blog for a few months now, (I bawled when you got your daughter) and I was wondering about your adoption. I have always wanted to adopt and before we got married my husband and I talked a lot about it. Right now, he doesn’t think he wants to anymore but I still want more kids and I feel like I’m meant to. Were the two of you (you and your husband) always on the same page about adopting and family size? I’ve been praying that either God will change his heart or mine, because I don’t want to make a decision one way or the other unless we both agree.

  • Michelle W - She is as pretty as a ray of sunshine. Love the photos

  • Brooke - She is so beautiful! She looks so happy and at home! What an unbelievable blessing! Also, your shower, I don’t think ours looked that clean the day we moved in and our home is brand new! What on earth do you do to keep it looking like that?!?!

  • Victoria / Justice Pirate - aww haha. I love her smile!!! Such joy in her eyes!

  • Lauren - We are in that stage too. My girls are always wearing onesies because of it. Luckily they have yet to figure out snaps! πŸ™‚

  • Brooke - Also, that last photo, she is laughing like you just did the funniest thing she has ever seen in her whole little life! In all her pictures lately she seems so joyful to just be in the presence of her family! Truly, such an incredible blessing, she is!

  • stacey - hilarious and adorable! and i can’t comment without pointing out that i’m in LOVE with your new watermark…because i’m dorky like that πŸ™‚ hugs!

  • meg duerksen - ha ha ha!!!!
    so not awesome but so happy she is with you and is so loved by you.

  • kristina - I love to see her smile…so sweet!

  • kelleyn - She is so darling! We all have been there!

  • Lauren - Oh my… thankfully my almost three year old never did this. I’m told I did, though, so I’m expecting to reap what I’ve sown with our 9 month old. I don’t think it would be possible to avoid that “right of passage” with two kids, but one can hope.

    Just stumbled across your blog today… so glad I did. Have a wonderful day.

  • Dawn - Oh my goodness, Ashley – she is so cute!

  • Sara - Hi Ashley, I was wondering if you have an address that you use for readers to send mail to you. I have a little gift I would like to send you but I can certainly understand you would not want to give out your home address! But if there is a postal address I could use to send you something could you please email me? I promise I’m not weird. πŸ™‚ (ok, maybe it was weird to write that) LOL

  • Susannah - I’m sure she and FireCracker are going to be getting themselves into a ton of mischief throughout their lives. πŸ™‚ So adorable!

  • Bethany - Oh, man! I have been there with every single one of mine as well… maybe my fourth won’t do this? I don’t know. Fortunately, it was only once. My brother’s twins made a regular habit of it… so much so, that he duct taped those diapers on at nap and bed time! Ha! Your little one is beautiful!

  • Ursula Page - LOL! She is so stinkin’ cute though…how could you even mind πŸ™‚ I love how her smile seems to get bigger with every blog post too :_

  • Tina Jacobsen - Your post today just made me smile and laugh!! I miss those toddler days, even the smelly ones!! Those pictures are just so adorable and that last one of her laughing just melted me!! Have a great weekend!!

  • Mary - that smile just fills my heart right up to overflowing!!!
    what a precious memory captured.

  • felicia - Oh jeez! I’m so glad both of my kids were neat freaks and would never have thought to take their diapers off and make a mess LOL

  • Kate - After a day filled with horrific tragedy in my state, your pictures made me smile! I am thankful for each and every moment (smelly or not) that I have with my kids. I know you are too!

  • Sarah{Handbags*N*Pigtails} - I have a friend with quadruplets who had to really think outside the box when the kids were small. Not only did they have to sometimes duct tape the diapers on but also put the kids’ pajamas on them BACKWARDS because they were always stripping down with horrible results. It almost sounds like torture but I’m tellin’ you…those kids were sumthin else! πŸ™‚

  • Alisa - I’ve gotten so attached to her unique and joyful smile. I’m going to miss that smile too. She is beautiful…. darling.

  • Amanda B. - Oh no, Little One, don’t start that! Ha ha, we have one particular 2 year old cutie pie that we like to call a cross between Curious George and Dennis the Menace… he has been sleeping in backwards footie jammies for almost a year now for naptime AND bedtime. Seriously. He performed the takeoffyourclothesanddiaperandsmearthemess trick too many times. He may very well enter kindergarten with backwards jammies on! (wink)

  • Jennifer - Lol I remember when my twins did that! Double stinky….yet so unbelievably precious! She is beautiful and so is your photography!

  • Kimberly Dial - Pictures of your Little One’s smile always make me smile … her joy is contagious! Merry Christmas!

  • Ashley - Her hair is growing sooo fast! She is ADORABLE! I know u cant wait until u can make pig tails!

  • Holly - I am in love with her beautiful smile!!! πŸ™‚

  • Crystal - Do you have amazing lighting in your bathroom or did you bring in extra lights for this? My sister’s bathroom has no natural light and the pictures I took of my niece in there did not turn out at all!

  • Jen - I just stumbled upon your blog via Bower Power and may or may not have just spent the last 90 minutes reading about your family and specifically about the journey to be united with your little one. Thank you for sharing your beautiful family and story with the random world of the internet. Under the Sycamore just went into the favorites folder…

  • Deborah Lougue - Como ela estΓ‘ linda e maravilhosa!! Deus a abenΓ§oe!!!

  • Julie - She is sooooo adorable!!! And tell me, how do you get your iPhone pictures to be in focus?!? What’s your secret? Merry Christmas!

  • elizabeth H - I LOVE these pictures SO much!!! My Sweet Pea didn’t like baths for a while, but now she LOVES them…{sometimes it’s rather hard to get her out!}
    I’ve been wanting to capture some photos of her in the tub, but the lighting makes them come out blah. I’ll keep trying though!!

    PS…Little One’s smile ~ melts.my.heart!