When a couple first finds out that they are going to be parents one of two things happen. Either they freak out with happiness because it has been something that they have longed for or they are in shock with the “O-M-G we’re going to be parents, what now?” syndrome. Regardless which one of those two scenarios you went through the day you found out your life had forever changed, this is certain: nothing and I mean ‘NOTHING’ prepared you for what that meant. That little person, better said ‘your little person’ is here and you can’t imagine what life would ever be without them. No amount of reading or research. No amount of practicing with other folks kids. Nothing.
The first time I met little Maddison she was just a day old at the hospital. Teeny tiny in her mother’s arms. Even though it would take them a couple of days to get the hang of having a daughter, I could tell from the way Steph looked at her that they would be best friends. Her precious little one. Dad had a new princess and things had forever changed for them all. Fast forward to a year from then, we all hung out at Tree Tops Park to capture what Maddie looks like now, a soon-to-be toddler with lots of sass. I couldn’t get over how much she liked to dance when I turned up the music… she was TOO much!
It’s with a aching heart that as mothers we celebrate the growth of our children. Part of us wants them to learn, explore and become their own person. But the biggest part of us wants them to stay close. To somehow never drift to far and always remember us. To remain our little babies forever. That is why when we look over images of those stages that have already passed we are happy that we had the opportunity to of lived those memories but are sad that they are just that now… memories.Being a family photographer means I get to experience this mixed emotion of happiness/sadness as well with my clients. Watching their babies grow into little humans is always so amazing to me.
There is beauty in the familiar touch of the one person you have loved before you have even met. The sweetness in her voice is your favorite sound. She is always with you. Ready to give every bit of herself to serve you as home for you to grow. She fights and pushes with all her might to bring you her and she cradles you in her arms the moment your through coming into this world. You open your eyes to meet her and she’s more beautiful than you imagined. She’s crying and kissing you and showering you with a feeling you have yet to come to know. She promises never to let you go. And although time may pass and you learn all the things you never knew,
One day old little Lorelei was melting our hearts as she played with her big sister Lily for the first time all to herself. The day before was all sorts of magical and I will not pretend that anything compares to that first moment you birth your baby and meet them for the first time, but sometimes those quiet moments to yourself after all the craziness of having people in and out of your room can be just as special. Those are the moments you get to examine and admire your newborn baby after so many months of waiting to meet her. Moments that will never be forgotten because unlike the day of, your hard work of bringing this baby into the world is done.