I’m the oldest in a family of six kids. Although it MUST have been chaotic, I don’t remember it being too rowdy. There were kids in diapers for long stretches, and guess who was babysitter numero uno? Yep, me. I was 15 when the baby of our family arrived–Zachary. My sister and I were away at camp and anxiously awaiting any news. I remember someone breathlessly running through the woods to deliver the news to our cabin. Another boy! He was such a little stinker and so much fun. In fact, he still is a stinker, only a lot taller, and still so much fun to be with. I know how lucky I am to have such a crazy family and LOVE my brothers and sisters so darn much! It’s truly a joy to watch them nurture their own darling little families. Congrats to Zach and his sweet wife Desiree–little miss Payton is a blessed addition. xoxo
Another rainy spring afternoon in the Northwest…one of those days you’re grateful to be inside. Aaron and Lauren brought freshie, week old Noelle, in for her first portraits bundled in a sea of pink sweetness. She had more hair than my boys had at age three! Dark, lustrous hair that almost shone as brightly as her parents beaming faces. Parents who, I marveled, looked remarkably well rested : )
I miss those days where you would lose yourselves for hours, just watching a yawn, a nose wriggle or listening to the funny newborn grunts. The miracle that becomes the center of your world. As I watched and photographed Lauren and Aaron with Noelle, I saw a place of such love. And I knew that no matter how much rain fell in our verdant city, she would always have a place of shelter. A loving, cherished shelter. Congratulations to you! xoxo
Newborn babies are such amazing, fragile creatures. They change so quickly from the soft wrinkled skin and stormy gray eyes. Their sweet yawns and squishy faces make for unexpected images, love that. Within just a few weeks they are on the way to chubville! Another babyhood phase I love. It was a sweet session with little Graya–this tiny nut was so dang strong. She was actually holding her own head waaaaay up! It such a joy to see new families figuring out the new routines and each other. Congratulations Jade and Tyler!