I am savoring these last, baby nurturing days
As each one slowly slips through my fingers.
You repeatedly show me that you are strong willed.
All too often,
Opting to hold my hand rather than be held.
Full of vibrant personality.
A bright smile shimmering when you giggle.
Little curls bouncing as you anxiously run to keep up with your boys.
I will continue to bask in the warm sunshine of your early morning snuggles.
Revel in the evenings when you crawl into my lap,
Gazing up at me as you gently pat my shoulder.
Time is a thief.
So I hold on tight to these moments
Like you now grasp my hand as we walk together.
I hope you always love me as much as you do now.
My little shadow.
My sweet baby girl.
Happy 2nd Birthday, P!
Orlando Family Photographer, Orlando Newborn Photographer, Orlando Lifestyle Photographer
I remember the days leading up to the birth of our second baby. The uncertainty. The guilt. Feeling like you are going to crush your first born's whole world. Bringing home your sweet baby, feeling so full of love, and wondering just how your toddler will react to this new little being who will take over their home. Then, something magical happens. Your toddler suddenly falls madly in love with their new sibling. They want to hold the baby, snuggle the baby, feed the baby. And so that sibling bond begins. This is something that moves me to the core. I love seeing it with my own children and I truly hope that they will always be close. I am so grateful that I was able to witness this bond with sweet Brennan and his new sister, Molly. Here are some of my favorites from Molly's in-home newborn session at just 5 days old. Big brother really loved her up!!
While in town from Orlando, I got to meet this adorable baby girl!! I love a good one year old cake smash and this little one did not disappoint! I think it's safe to say that sweet Mia thoroughly enjoyed her first experience with cake. That, and clapping at Daddy! She's so stinking cute!!
A name passed down through four generations
Homage paid to a patron saint
Cultures blended together
Each carefully thought detail
To meet this boy
Bright blue eyes
Faintest of auburn hair
All bundled up
Into this sweet little soul
I had the absolute pleasure of meeting this handsome little boy and his momma. I loved hearing about his story. Below are a few of many favorites from baby Auggie's in-home newborn session!
Motherhood is many things. It is a beautiful bond between a mother and her baby. Sleepless nights and long days filled with exhaustion. A love so deep that it cannot be put into words. Endless piles of laundry and spills in unexpected places. Hours spent holding our babies, gazing into their eyes and taking in their sweet scent. An overwhelming responsibility to guide these tiny humans, while second guessing every decision we make. It is a journey. One that is different for each of us. But the gravity of the title carries a depth that lives on indefinitely. Words of wisdom passed along from mother to child. Traditions kept over generations. As we stumble through this new role, while doing our best to appear graceful as we do, that bit of legacy is not lost upon us. We hope that the lessons we have learned and our own moral compasses will guide the way. That we are somehow capable of completing this journey. And that these little souls that have been left in our care will grow up to be good people, happy, and someday, wonderful mothers and fathers. They may even look back while on their own journey, and draw knowledge from some profound thing we once said or borrowed from a previous generation. We may not ever do it perfectly, but we understand this is a precious gift we have been given and we do our best, each day, to nurture it and help it grow.
Some photos from my session with sweet baby Milah at 4 months and her beautiful momma, shot in Buffalo, NY, are below. I just love witnessing mothers interact with their babies and this one, is a dream baby. And she arrived with her toenails painted pink!! I can't even!! These may be some of my most favorite photos ever!
Four months. It's such a magical age with a baby. They know we are their parents and they are finally interactive. Smiling, cooing, all those wonderful little baby nuances, yet they are still immobile and usually not teething. It's a really lovely season. Baby Patrick is such a sweetheart and has the biggest, most beautiful brown eyes. Although he was quite excited about moving his arms and legs, I hope I was able to capture this little swirmer's stunning brown eyes well! This baby boy was most content being raised up in the air or trying to eat his momma's shoulder. We forget about those funny little things they used to do, as they grow. I love this session so much because it really encompasses everything about having your first baby. Pure joy, tons of kisses, and doing basically anything to make him show those adorable, gummy smiles that we love so much!
She is a younger sister to two older brothers. Born with incredible resilience. Fiercely independent. She looks up to those boys like they are the light of her world, emulating everything they do. She is strong and feisty. She refuses to be left out. She antagonizes her brothers and tests us daily. She seems so advanced, doing everything early as she tries to keep up with those brothers of hers. We dress her up, but she likes to get dirty and throw herself at us with aggressive hugs. She demands attention and makes us laugh with her antics. She knows exactly what she wants and is not afraid to fight for it. She keeps us on our toes and answers us with a beaming smile when she gets caught. We say she is lucky because she has older brothers to protect her, knowing she will be just fine taking care of herself. She tries all day to be grown up, then snuggles up close to be babied when she is beyond exhausted. She lays in her bed and asks for each one of us to hug her goodnight. She breathes so much life into our imperturbable little world. We cannot imagine our lives without her, this fiery little girl.
I just love this smiley little guy and that hair! We always talk about this because Ben has had a full head of hair since birth and has kept it all. When we saw him after a few months, he had tripled in size and that chestnut brown baby hair had changed to a thick blonde fringe. We still can't get over the number of haircuts he has already had in his 11 months. Ben really is the most pleasant, content little boy, flashing his huge grin when anyone walks into the room. This month is special. You only turn the Big One once. So, I believe in my heart of hearts, that it is a mother's right of passage to dress them up and let them smash a cake! But seriously, is there really anything cuter than a happy baby, full of birthday cake? I think not. Feast your eyes on a few of my favs from Ben's cake smash! Happy 1st Birthday Ben!
There is something so satisfying about holding a newborn baby. That aromatic baby scent. Their squishy little faces. The way they fold their tiny bodies into yours and fall into a sound sleep. Perhaps, I am reflecting on these nouances more because I know I won't have a newborn of my own again. Sure, the night feedings, and feedings in general are cumbersome, but this time of constant sleep and minimal movement is fleeting. I am forever happy to meet and hold your precious babies and am so thankful to be able to document this sweet season in your lives. Ruby Lynn was a dream. Below are some of my favorites from her newborn session!
Maybe it was when the baby dipped his tiny toes into the sand for the very first time. That day she twirled around like the princess in one of her very own fairy tales that Daddy tells at night. That day he wanted every limb of his body buried deep into the sand while everyone laughed together at the beach. Some days we have milestones. Other days feel more ordinary. Each day matters. Stacked up, one upon the other, they are the building blocks of their childhood. Often these daily rituals of ours fade slowly as they grow out of them. When we look back on these ordinary days, years later, we remember those simple times as extraordinary.