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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    A Look Back.

Then and Now.

We have a special visitor this week!  Aunt Sarah has returned to Seattle to spend her spring break with her favorite west coast nephew.  The last time she saw him was back in December when he was only 9 weeks old…

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And he has changed so much since then!  Now he’s like a little person with a real personality (and temper).

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She stopped in Cincinnati before heading out west, and she brought me a few fun treats from home.  My mom gave her a pile of my baby pictures to bring out – most of them from around the same age that Cullen is now.  We had so much fun looking through them and trying to find the resemblances and features that Cullen may have gotten from his mommy.  Casey’s mom sent a few too, and it’s so fun to compare them and see how many similarities there are from when we were his age!

As far as his patchy and uneven hairline goes…

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It appears that he got that from me.  I can’t believe I had old man hair as a baby too!

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And of his facial features, I think he has my eyes.

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Only time will tell as they continue to lighten, but they get bluer and bluer every day, and that round shape looks just like mine.

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While he has his moments just like any baby, overall he is ridiculously happy and smiles all day long.  I have never seen a baby smile as much as he does.

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I think that one’s from me too.  My mom always says I was the happiest baby ever.

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Although it looks like Casey had a pretty good time as a baby himself.

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A love for trends and fine fashion?

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Seems to come from the Holcombe girls.

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But whenever he’s being Cullen the Crank…

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I like to joke that his grouchiness comes from dad.

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And even though I definitely think he has some of my features and personality, there is no denying how much he looks like Casey.

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They have the exact same mouth.  (I wonder if he’ll eventually get that bright red hair!)

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Casey is one of those people that kind of goes non-stop – always working, thinking, or planning what is next.  Cullen is the hardest working baby I’ve ever seen – never content to just sit and chill out, he always has to be doing something.

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He most definitely did not get that from me.

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Overall, he’s just a really happy and joyful baby.  He loves playing and exploring new things, and even though I think it’s fun to see bits and pieces of us in him – most of all I love watching him become his own little person.

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He has already changed so much from when he was a newborn, and I can’t wait to see how he continues to change and grow.

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Anne P     at 1:10 pm

What a sweet post. :)


Kristen @ The Concrete Runner     at 1:11 pm

He looks JUST like Casey! So cute!


Haley S     at 1:11 pm

So cute! Super sweet…


Jaime     at 1:14 pm

this is such a cute idea and post! love the old pictures compared with the new ones.


kathleen @ the daily crumb     at 1:15 pm

so so cute! how fun will it be when cullen is old enough to look back on these posts?! such a great way to capture the memories.


colleen     at 1:18 pm

very sweet indeed!


eep     at 1:18 pm

The sight of that playpen sparked such nostalgia for me! The one I remember playing in looked remarkably like Casey’s. The 70s were awesome.


Bethany @ One Girl's Taste on Life     at 1:19 pm

Emily, little Cullen is so adorable. I love posts about him! Such a happy baby! I just had a little boy in December and he and Cullen are very similar. Both little hams for the camera. Love it!


Sara     at 1:21 pm

I think he looks a lot like you as a baby. I looked almost exactly like my dad when I was a baby (when you compared our baby photos. Creepy!)


Ashley B     at 1:22 pm

Cullen looks like the happiest baby ever!

Compared to my SIL’s kid, same age, who absolutely never smiles. It’s really quite sad.


Amber K     at 1:27 pm

What a great idea to compare all of your baby pics! Definitely can see the resemblances!


Julie (A Case of the Runs)     at 1:28 pm

Cute! I hope my future babies, if I have any, don’t look like my baby self, haha!

And yeah, he looks like Casey mostly, but from what I’ve seen, they start to kind of start looking like the mom more as time goes on.


Kimberly @ Healthy Strides     at 1:38 pm

I really love this post! I definitely will have to pull out the baby photos to see whom my 8-month-old resembles most (though I contend he very much looks like my brother). As far as personality, my in-laws never fail to remind us that our lil guy is just like his dad – fussiness, fidgetiness and ll.


Kimberly @ Healthy Strides     at 1:39 pm

P.S. Cullen has the cutest clothes. Have you ever thought of doing a fashion post about where you shop (on here or Babble)?


Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac     at 1:40 pm

Oh my goodness!! I love this post!!! I love comparing the photos.


Ali @ Peaches and Football     at 1:41 pm

Yup – he definitely looks like Casey but you’re right, I see bits of you in there too. Regardless, he’s adorable!


SueP     at 1:42 pm

You had a SuperCoupe!! So did my daughter, (who is your age…)

What a cute post!


Kristen @ Change of Pace     at 1:51 pm

What a great post! I love comparing my baby pictures to my kids :)


Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl     at 2:09 pm

OMG he looks exactly like Casey in that last sequence of pictures! How precious. You make motherhood look like an adventure I can’t wait to experience.


sarah (the SHU box)     at 2:13 pm

best post EVER. so cute!!!!!!


Katie @ Serenity in the Storm     at 2:29 pm

What an awesome photo journey/comparison! Love seeing the similarities. Have fun with your sister!


Alex @ Raw Recovery     at 2:38 pm

You can definitely see the resemblances between the three of you. So precious. Glad you have a smiley, happy baby!


Shari     at 2:56 pm

Love this! He’s a little bit of you, a little bit of Casey, and a whole lot of himself :)


Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)     at 3:10 pm

This is such a great post! Love the comparisons.


Army Amy*     at 3:14 pm

It’s so fun to look at the baby pictures and compare.*


Jane     at 3:53 pm

He is so adorable! I LOVE the trends and high fashion picture where he has his hands folded! So cute!!


Meagan     at 4:28 pm

This is the first post I can really see the difference in Cullen’s size! He’s grown so much! That first picture of Sarah holding him was like HOLY cow! It’s a shame, you keep feeding them and they grow… LOL, joke ;)


Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!     at 5:20 pm

This is one of my favorite posts ever! I can totally see how he looks like both of you! What a precious thing to be able to hold those picture next to each other! I love it!


Lauren     at 5:26 pm

Wow these pictures are so beautiful! He really does have so much of the both of you in him. I can’t wait to see what he looks like in a few months from now.


Jessica @ The Process of Healing     at 6:08 pm

He’s not just a baby anymore.. he’s SUCH a little person! His personality even shines through in your posts!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey     at 6:19 pm

So sweet. he’s such a happy boy!


Kamaile     at 6:32 pm

So cute. Enjoy the time with your sis!


Kiran @ KiranTarun.com     at 7:32 pm

Aww.. i love this post so much. Cullen is a cutie :)


Katie @ Talk Less, Say More     at 7:50 pm

So adorable! And how fun for him to have his auntie around! :)


Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed     at 7:52 pm

Love the baby pics of you guys, so cute! Love Cullen’s smile… and his cranky face haha.


Laura @ Backstage Balance     at 7:54 pm

What an adorable post!
And your sister’s hairstyle is super cute! The bangs are new, right? She’s looking more grown up and lovely herself!


ash     at 5:47 am

cullen is SSSOOOO cute!!!


Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life     at 6:20 am

Cullen is truly one of the happiest babies I have ever seen! He is absolutely adorable! I think he looks a lot like both you and Casey when you two were babies. It’s a nice mix! :-)


Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables     at 6:23 am

Those comparisons are so cool! I always think it’s so amazing how babies can resemble their own parents as babies.


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers     at 6:23 am

How adorable!!


Kelly     at 6:29 am

Love this post! :)


Shaunna Ulrick     at 6:57 am

How fun to go through old pictures and compare! I need to do that with my little one :)


Maria     at 7:09 am

look how he’s flirting with his aunt!


Kate @ get up and flow     at 11:18 am

What a fun post! I’m from Cincinnati too — hope your sister brought you some good stuff!


Monica     at 11:55 am

What a cute and fun post! Love it!


janine     at 12:25 pm

This is a very random question, but do you have a specific setting that you usually put your camera on to take pictures of C inside the house??
I’ve recently started snappying friends’ babies and i’m SO curious!
Thanks so much :)


Aylin @ Glow Kitchen     at 12:31 pm

Those pictures are so precious! I see both of you in Cullen.


Justine Duppong @ Life With Cheeseburgers     at 1:41 pm

What a sweet post. :) Kinda makes me sad thinking about maybe moving away from my beautiful baby nephews in a few weeks though!!: http://lifewithcheeseburgers.com/2012/03/08/life-lessons-from-kids-2-confidence/


Errign     at 6:18 pm

I hardly ever comment (but always read!), but I just had to today to tell you how stinkin’ cute Cullen is!


Heidi from BundlesofHugs     at 8:42 pm

Oh my gosh what a cutie pie. Thats the magical thing about becoming parents is seeing you and your husband in your children. He certainly has a lot of bits and pieces of each of you. Adorable!


Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats     at 10:48 pm

Thanks for sharing little Cullen’s growth with all of us! It really is an amazing thing to see.


Allpointswhole     at 5:19 am

Simply adorable


Cacmuffin     at 10:20 am

Oh my gosh he has the cutest faces!!!! What a character


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