It's amazing how fast a year passes, and also just how much can happen in a year.
The first photo below of my precocious 2.5 year old son Lincoln holding on to my abundantly pregnant belly was taken exactly a year ago today. A day where I knew I would be having my daughter any day, and a day I was over D.O.N.E with being pregnant. A day where I wanted nothing more than to snuggle on the couch with my toes being kept warm under the leg of my husband, taking in the calm before the storm that is a brand new life in my home. But I knew I needed to take the a couple of photos of my curved stomach, the belly that held my daughter I had yet to meet. As I knew that this little one was the last little one we were planning on having, and, so that meant the last pregnancy to
suffer through enjoy.
I look on this photo, and am so thankful I chose to set up my studio and bribe little Linc to hold on to the little sister he hadn't met yet. So thankful I took the time to breathe in this calm as I knew life would take on another speed and things would move into warp speed the moment I held Scarlett in my hands.
9 days later, warp speed commenced when little Scarlett Dawn joined us... and now 12 months later I am looking back again at the calm from that photo in awe by how fast it all went by.
I've photographed both my kids every month for their first year. A little photo session so they could have a play by play of how they developed and the transitions they went through in the first 365 days of their lives. It's something that I always wanted to do, and something that I know that they will treasure having as they grow.
And, while we are not yet complete with Scarlett's one year session, I love this grouping of images showing the transformation and beauty that is a little baby. It's a glimpse in time where you don't pay attention to the sleep dep, the baby puke on your shoulder, the smell of diapers, or the constant motion that is life with a baby (let alone two!) in your home.
I can see my baby in her own simple beauty, and start to see the glimpses of personality and power in her little mind.
I treasure these images while I sit in the calm before the storm that is yet another year.
Thanks for listening :)