Babies Don’t Keep. | Wilmington Ohio Baby Photographer

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I have always loved the poem, “Babies Don’t Keep.” Nothing is so bittersweet as seeing my babies grow up right before my eyes. Lucas is growing up so fast. I blinked, and he turned one. He climbs, he runs, he grows… too fast.

Lucas has elbow dimples. He has 7 teeth, because that other one on the bottom left just won’t come in. When he smiles really big, he crosses his teeth in a funny diagonal way that cracks me up. When he’s really sleepy, he sings what I call the “sleepy song” as his eyes slowly flutter open and closed. He sometimes makes this face where he scrunches up his eyebrows and grins really big, and then he laughs like he knows he looks goofy.

Happy First Birthday to my Lucas, my happy, serious, goofy, beautiful little boy!

Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo

The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

What I Know Now. | Wilmington Ohio Baby Photographer

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Before we had babies, I spent some time watching other people with kids, thinking about how I was going to do things when I had my own. I will be the best mom ever, I would say to myself. My kids will sleep through the night at three months old, and they’ll be potty trained at 18 months. They are going to be so smart and well-behaved! If only life worked that way. Reality is that my almost-three-year-old son has a speech delay. But he can say 50+ words now, and he has learned 3 words in sign language: milk, please, and thanks. My 11-month-old still wakes up an average of three times per night to nurse. But he takes an afternoon nap at the same time as his big brother. I’m tired, but I’m blissfully happy. I had high hopes and big dreams. But reality, in all its imperfection, is far more perfect.

baby brothers

Laughter and Tears. | Wilmington Ohio Baby Photographer

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I’ve been thinking. My thoughts often go in a swirl that rivals even my kids’ playroom for chaos (and believe me, their playroom is a mess). I want to post more often about me. Just like any other mother, my children are a huge, deep, real part of my life. I don’t often talk about motherhood in hushed tones, in awe of its power and beauty. Although it is certainly powerful and beautiful, it is also frustrating and funny. Funny in that physical comedy kind of way. I often feel like I’m the unlucky lady in a movie who is on her way to a job interview, running terribly late, wearing a freshly ironed dress, only to find herself standing on the corner of the street as a car whisks by, spraying her with muddy water from a pothole. Motherhood is definitely easier if you have the ability to laugh at yourself. Life with children is unwavering in its ability to provide the most beautiful, tinkling laughter and the most heart-wrenching, frustrated tears in the same day.

But the laughter almost always makes up for the tears.

baby boy at the window
Lucas, nine months old.

Just Married. | Little Rock Arkansas Wedding Photographer

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Saturday I had the pleasure of being my sister’s wedding photographer. Niki and her new husband Clifford live about 700 miles from my house. Photographing their wedding would not have been possible without the help and collaboration of many people, so I begin with a lot of heartfelt thank yous:

To Niki and Clifford, for asking me to photograph your wedding – I am so happy and honored! To my husband Nathan, for taking off work and driving a grand total of 27 hours with two babies in the car – I could not live without you. To my mom, grandma, and aunts who helped Nathan with the babies while I was working – I could not have a better support system! To my grandparents for letting my family of four crash at your house for five days – thank you and we love you! To the wedding party – you guys were seriously gorgeous, and you made the day fun and fantastic! And to all the people involved in decorating, planning, and attending the wedding – thank you for making the wedding beautiful!

Okay, I know my thank-you speech ran a little long. I hear the music starting to play, so I’ll get off the stage now and show some photos! Here is a HUGE share…

The guys.

The girls. And Ryan, the best “bridesman” ever.

The ladies had serious mustache envy.

The first time Niki and Clifford saw each other. I’m so glad they let me stay and capture a few photos. I love this moment.

Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs.!


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