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In the craziness of going to Europe, having a staycation with friends, and then adopting Tommy, there are a few major events from the summer that I documented but never shared. I started to regain the energy and focus to spend more than a few minutes at a time editing photos when Tommy was about 2.5 months old. Now at almost five months old, I’m still going through photos and writing not very timely events posts. I’m still excited to share them with you.

As I mentioned when I shared my first summer 2017 meetup post, after several years of following Instagram meetup accounts, I made it to two meetups this summer. The second meetup was in Milwaukee, and I’m sharing those photos today.

If you’re active on Instagram but never been to an Instagram meetup, I highly recommend it. Regardless of the number of followers you have on Instagram, you’ll enjoy connecting with other photographers, talking about geeky photography stuff, and creating neat images together.

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

The guys who organized the meetup talked the ice cream man into posing for a bunch of pictures, which was very nice of him. At least a third of the group bought ice cream from him, so it worked out as a good stop for him.

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Then the group talked several guys in tricked out vehicles into parking off on a side street for a bit, so we could take pictures. It was pure luck that we spotted them, and it turned into an amazing photography opportunity.

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

The guys driving the vehicles had a dog riding in the back of one of them. I’m pretty sure he was the most photographed participant at the meetup.

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June Milwaukee Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

After a couple of hours at the meetup, I made at a detour to one of my favorite spots in Milwaukee on  the way home: South Shore Park. The park offers some of my favorite views of the city skyline. I love how there were rain clouds over the city.

South Shore Park at Dusk - Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

South Shore Park at Dusk - Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

South Shore Park at Dusk - Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Have you ever been to an Instagram meetup?

Share your experiences!

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Sunrise over Lake Michigan February 2017 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

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China Lights 2017

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Continuing my timely summer and fall 2017 in Milwaukee posts, I’m finally sharing pictures from this year’s China Lights at the Boerner Botanical Gardens, which ran in October. China Lights 2016 was amazing and honestly not an event I thought they’d bring back. I just thought it would be a one time thing, and then they’d move it to another city, you know? But they did bring it back and better than ever with tons of new displays. I knew that we had to make it a priority to attend, even with the craziness of finding a sitter or bringing Tommy.

Tommy did go with us and had a blast, despite the cold and crazy crowds. The crowds in the exhibit actually weren’t too bad, the parking situation at the gardens is just nuts. If they do run it again, most likely I’d go by myself on a weeknight at a later time (8:00 or so). We still had a lot of fun and really enjoyed all of the displays.

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Tommy was a champ and loved riding around in the stroller all night (including the half mile to and from the parking lot ha) and looking at the lights.

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

China Lights 2017, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

You can also check out my shots from the 2016 China Lights!

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Milwaukee Polish Fest 2017

Body Worlds Animal Inside Out, Milwaukee County Zoo, May 6-September 4, 2017 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Body Worlds Animal Inside Out Exhibit

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Four Months of Tommy

Four Months of Tommy | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Tommy was four months old on November 11, 2017.

He had his four month checkup on November 13. At the appointment, he weighed in at 14 pounds 7 ounces and measured 25 inches long. His head circumference is 16.5 inches. Tommy’s numbers put him around the 25th percentile for weight and 40th percentile for height. His doctor was pleased with his growth progress, and everything else checked out well.

Tommy is well out of the newborn stage now. He does still have occasional “food coma” moments but can also polish off five ounces in a single sitting and be fully alert afterward. He no longer gets lulled to sleep by white noise (like the shower) and is so alert the entire time he’s awake. Tommy’s always been fairly alert but just grows more alert every month, focusing on new objects and faces at every opportunity.

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Tommy is holding and grabbing objects every single day, including the animals and other toys in his activity gym, his stuffed animals, his rattles, and his pacifiers. He’s even started reaching for objects that are being handed to him sometimes. Now that he’s able to grab objects, he likes his Wubbanub, which is a pacifier with a stuffed animal attached (he has a giraffe and a monkey). We’ve had the giraffe Wubbanub for a while, but he had basically zero interest in it until he was able to hold it independently. Tommy’s been grabbing and studying his hands for a couple of months now and has started grabbing his feet as well. He especially loves to grab his bare toes while he’s getting his diaper changed.

As Tommy has transitioned out of the newborn stage, he’s started to develop stranger danger. Tommy definitely prefers to be with Mom and Dad and sometimes gets upset when new people are around, especially when they touch him or come on too strong. He does best with new people in smaller groups. When we’re around larger groups of people, he does best when he’s in his car seat. The little cozy environment seems to offer a sense of safety.

Tommy is talking more every day, with lots of animation in his voice, and laughing a lot. Typically, Tommy laughs when we’re laughing at something or at the same routine activities he finds funny, like having a onesie or shirt lifted over his head. He’s also started laughing occasionally all on his own, usually when our cat Hobbes is doing something ridiculous.

Tommy is holding his head up like a pro, both during tummy time and when he’s sitting on someone’s lap. He can go a full 30 seconds holding his head up while on his stomach without even blinking an eye. When he’s sitting on someone’s lap, he often leans forward and supports his head independently for seconds at a time with no prompting. This past month, Tommy has been moving like crazy and easily wiggles himself right off of his activity gym or a blanket. He’s not rolling yet but is working on those movements all the time.

Four Months of Tommy | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Over the past few weeks, Tommy’s hair has started growing. He never really lost his newborn hair, it just hasn’t been growing very much. So far, we’ve been saying that his hair is brown, but it’s still hard to tell. He had hardly any eyebrows or eyelashes for weeks, so it seems like his hair will be lighter. He’s had eyebrows and upper eyelashes for a couple of months now, and his lower eyelashes are finally filling in a bit, too.

This past month, as Tommy started consistently eating five ounces or more in a sitting each day, I feel like we finally turned a corner with eating frequency. At the beginning of his fourth month, he still wanted to eat every couple of hours during the day. Now he can often go three or four hours, if not longer, between feedings. Tommy almost always eats five-six ounces after a long stretch of sleep and then eats four-six ounces every three-five hours during the day.

Tommy is wearing three month clothing and a handful of 3-6 month clothing as well. Now that the weather has cooled down, he’s wearing 6-12 month hats, which already fit him perfectly. He’s still wearing size 2 diapers, and I imagine that he will be for at least another month.

Four Months of Tommy | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Tommy remains a champion sleeper, sleeping his longest stretches at night. He and the cats didn’t get the memo about daylight savings time and were waking up at 5:00/5:30 for food for a few days. Tommy’s gradually transitioned back to his usual 10:30/11:00 p.m. to 7:00/8:00 a.m. sleep schedule. Jake and I are night owls and don’t push him to go to bed early. If we don’t have to go anywhere in the morning, Tommy often goes back to sleep for a couple of hours after his first feeding. A few weeks ago, we started transitioning Tommy to sleeping in his crib in his room. Overall, it’s been a very easy transition.

Tommy loves eating, snuggling/face time/attention with Mom and Dad, reading books, watching the kitties, his stuffed monkey, bright lights, high ceilings, seeing new faces and objects, taking in new textures and other sensory stimulation, and going for walks in the stroller. Tommy remains a summer baby and still loves having his socks off whenever possible, even as the weather has cooled down.

Getting out of the bath is still one of Tommy’s toughest transitions. He loves being in the bath but hates getting out of it. I try to keep him distracted, offering him a pacifier as soon as he’s in his towel and will have food ready immediately afterward if I think he’s at all hungry. He’s now letting me cut his nails like a champ with no tears whatsoever (though I may jinx it by bragging).

Four Months of Tommy | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Our major event during Tommy’s fourth month was traveling to Texas for my grandpa’s (Tommy’s great-grandpa’s) 90th birthday. Tommy and I flew with my parents. Smaller events include outings to the Domes and China Lights (post still in progress).

Credit: Lottie Lillian Photography

credit: Lottie Lillian Photography

As we head into the holiday season, it’s still pretty surreal that we’ll be celebrating with a little one this year. We are beyond grateful to have Tommy in our lives and are just a little excited to have him with us for the upcoming holidays. (We may or may not have already bought him a Christmas stocking.)

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Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

In the craziness of going to Europe, having a staycation with friends, and then adopting Tommy, there are a few major events from the summer that I documented but never shared. As we reached about the 2.5 month mark with Tommy, I regained the energy and focus to spend more than a few minutes at a time editing photos. (And yes, he’s now 3.5 months old. It’s still taking me a while to edit photos.) While these summer memories posts won’t be very timely, I’m still excited to share them with you.

Milwaukee has an active photography community, and a handful of local photographers and organizations host Instagram meetups throughout the year. I’ve been following several meetup accounts for a few years now and finally made it to two meetups in June, one in Kenosha (which I’m sharing today) and one in Milwaukee (which I’ll be sharing in a future post).

If you’re active on Instagram but have never been to an Instagram meetup, I highly encourage you to do so if you ever get a chance. Whether you have 400, 4,000, or 400,000 followers, you’ll enjoy connecting with other photographers, capturing shots together, and talking geek photography stuff your friends and family may not want to talk about with you all the time.

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Kenosha Lakefront June 2017 Instagram Meetup | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Have you ever been to an Instagram meetup?

Share your experiences!

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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Milwaukee, WI | http://www.roseclearfield.com

May at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Sunrise over Lake Michigan February 2017 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Sunrise Over Lake Michigan

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Milwaukee Events – November 2017

Milwaukee Events - November 2017 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Holiday events

Milwaukee Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: November 16, City Hall on the corner of Water and Wells. Entertainment from local choirs, ensembles, and theater groups, begins at 5:00 p.m. with a short program at 5:15 p.m. and the tree lighting at 5:29 p.m. After the tree lighting, cross the Kilbourn Avenue bridge to the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival kickoff in Pere Marquette Park.

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival: Nov. 16, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 in Pere Marquette Park. There’s pre-show entertainment at 5:30 p.m., a program at 6:30 p.m, and the tree lighting and fireworks at 7:00 p.m. For just $2, take the 40-minute Jingle Bus ride, which showcases the lights displays as well as iconic downtown landmarks.

Holiday Folk Fair International: Nov. 17-19. The folk fair features three days of traditional music, dance, and food with a music pavilion, international stage, cooking demonstrations, world cafe, coffee house, interactive exhibits, vendor booths, and much more.

Milwaukee Holiday Parade: Saturday, Nov. 18 at 9:30 a.m. The parade features more than 100 units including floats, marching bands, local celebrities, costumed characters, giant helium balloons, live animals, specialty vehicles, and of course, Santa.

Deck the Streets of Old Milwaukee: Nov. 18-Jan. 29. The Milwaukee Public Museum transforms the Streets of Old Milwaukee into a holiday wonderland with a Victorian-era touch featuring holly, ribbons, wreaths, garlands, bells, and more. The exhibit kicks off on Saturday, November 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with crafts, interactive exhibits, live music, and a visit from Santa. Santa will also be visiting the Streets of Old Milwaukee on December 2.

Annual Tree Lighting @ Bayshore Town Center: Saturday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. Watch the tree lighting in the Bayshore Town Square, which may include an appearance from Santa. Afterward, grab a bite to eat or do a little holiday shopping.

Candy Cane Lane: Nov. 25-Dec. 26, 6:00-9:00 p.m. weekdays, 5:00-10:00 p.m. weekends. There are more than 300 homes that participate in the annual Candy Cane Lane. View decorations in West Allis from 92nd to 96th Street between Montana Avenue and Oklahoma Avenue. The event is free, but donations to the MACC fund are always appreciated.

Nov. 4: Veterans Day Parade
Nov. 4: Family Free Day at the Milwaukee County Zoo
Nov. 4-5: Journal Sentinel Food & Wine Experience
Nov. 5: Sticky Fingers Food Competition and Feast
Nov. 5: Grace Fine Art & Craft Festival
Nov. 11-12: Trainfest

Also, don’t forget to check out the winters’ farmers market, which kicks off Nov. 4! Located in the Mitchell Park Domes Annex, the market runs every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through April 14. 50 weekly vendors supply produce, eggs, meat, poultry, and dairy products as well as locally produced jams, honey, baked goods, maple syrup, cider, sauces, and soups. Market admission and parking are free. Coat check is available. Regular Domes admission applies to enter the conservatories.

Are you looking for even more things to do in Milwaukee on the cheap?
Check out Free Things To Do In Milwaukee WI.

[Disclaimer: I do not work for the city of Milwaukee. I am not paid to promote any of the events listed on this page. I’m simply a resident of southeast WI who loves Milwaukee and enjoys attending and generating exposure for events in Milwaukee.]

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