Don’t you love the way new babies smell so delicious?
I mean not in the way I am going to eat you with fork and knife delicious but in a “my ovaries ache” kind of delicious. That smell is intoxicating and it quickly grows into the sour milk phase, but those first few days are indescribable. You moms out there know what I am talking about. If you think back hard enough you just might remember your own new baby smell.
Sure you also remember the sleepless nights and zombie days, the crying for unknown reasons, but what about those first smiles (yes they are just gas, no don’t tell me that), those first coos. Ugh, now my ovaries ache just typing this.
I remember vaguely remember how tiny my daughter's hand was laying in my own, how her fingers would wrap around mine. Those sleepy all day nursing sessions, the ones you wished you relished more when you only had one child. I am so thankful for the few images I have of my babies with me in the frame. To be honest, there aren’t many, and I would probably have to hunt to find them. I was just like many of you at one time. I didn’t want to be in the frame, my images are stuck on a computer somewhere (probably facebook), and the cost or thought of hiring a photographer was just out of the question. Can I tell you a secret? I regret it. I regret not having a birth photographer, a fresh 48 session, or even better have someone come to home and document those first few days of us adjusting as a new family.
That’s why my heart sings to be able to do sessions like these for other people. I know that this family with its new family member will have images of their life as they all adjust to bringing home a new baby!
Meet this gorgeous new family of five.
There are two rough and tumble boys with hearts of gold that love their new baby sister with every being in their body (well, most of the time anyway). They just want to hold her and touch her, but they also still want their mom time. They still want Mom and Dad to read that book, have the tickle fest and show that individualized special time.
The balance of having more than one kid is a tough one, but this family does it perfectly. They strive to keep things as "normal" as possible, hanging out in bed reading books, playing with the dogs, and keeping those Thomas the Train tracks handy. One of the great advantages of having a photographer come into your home, you get to continue on your day like normal. Do these guys all pile in bed at 10a to read a book, yes, yes they often times do! That's what is great about this. This is a memory that these boys will remember when they grow up and look back at these images!
As cute as these little ones are, their new little sister is the bees knees!
I mean seriously! Look at these cute baby details, 10 little toes and fingers, the button nose and fluffy bum! I want one (well, not really, but cuddling this little made me sure think about it!)
While the big boys played trains together, Mom got a little quiet alone time with her new little girl.
They still take the boys to the park on a regular basis, although now mom follows in the car while Dad rides bikes with the boys. There is still swing time, time to climb the big oak trees and a few special treats!
Sure it’s not as easy.
Just leaving the house with one kid is tough, let alone three, but this family does it effortlessly. I am in awe, I don't do it this well with 2 kids.
Inviting a photographer into your home can be a little nerve wrecking, right? You worry about showing off your most intimate space to not only a stranger, but a stranger with a camera. This momma rocked working through that nervousness that we all feel! Sure it's awkward at first, but that feeling fades pretty quickly. It's one reason I talk so much during a session (besides the fact I am a talker). When the session becomes more like friends hanging out, it dissipates the awkward feeling.
I love this quiet moment, when we got back to the house before the boys after our trip to the park. Just the two of us talking about how hard being a mom is, the guilt over everything, the worry. I fell in love with these images the minute I pushed the shutter button. I loved how the light hit her, how she swayed that newborn baby sway and the way she rubs the baby in the sling. I identified with all of those movements and remember them so vividly from my own little girl.
These images are such a definition of a mom.
Are you thinking about inviting a photographer into your home to capture all those real life moments?
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