This wasn’t the post I had originally scheduled for today (that one will come tomorrow) and this post is also coming to you incredibly late in the day. But yesterday I broke out my Nikon and decided to take Allie’s newborn photos before she got too big. 2 weeks is still considered a newborn right? If not, then it’s close enough in my book! Either way, I wanted to have her photos done while she was still super small and thankfully I was finally able to get them done. Now I’m dying to share them with you all!
I’ll have to share some of the bloopers from this shoot because I have a TON of them. I now remember why I did wedding photography and not newborns. This shoot took two hours, two diaper changes, three outfit changes, a bottle, lots of dog treats (for Jack, not Allie), some country music, and 20 minutes of rocking her to sleep in order to keep her calm and get all the shots I wanted. The first hour and the last 10 minutes were all tears. At first it was because it was time for another bottle and the second time was because I kept waking her up to move her around. So I imagine she was getting a bit frustrated with me. I did have a good 45 minutes in between the two breakdowns where I was able to get a ton of great shots. By the time I was done, I had 210 photos to sort through! Totally worth it though. I’m in love with how they came out.
Allie is now just over two weeks old and I feel like she’s already gotten so much bigger. It almost makes me sad to think she’ll be a month old in a couple weeks. Seriously, where did the time go?? I know it’s only been two weeks, but I’m already wanting time to slow down a bit. I wish she could stay this tiny forever. It’s crazy to think that she has zero life experiences. She currently has a clean slate. Nothing to stress over, zero enemies, hasn’t made a single mistake. She has yet to make her first friend or attend school or go to Disney World. She has a whole lifetime worth of experiences ahead of her. I think about this a lot and honestly, it makes me tear up a bit. If it were up to me, she’d stay little forever.
This little girl has been such an amazing addition to our lives these past couple weeks. I don’t know how we got so lucky to have such an amazing little girl. She’s so chill and typically only cries when she needs something. She loves cuddling which I have a love/hate relationship with sometimes. On one hand, I love cuddling with her, but on the other hand it makes it challenging some nights to get her to sleep in her own bed. Like the other night. She’d fall asleep in my arms within seconds, but the moment I went to transition her to her own bed, her eyes would pop open and she’d all of a sudden be wide awake again. If it were up to her, she’d always sleep in my arms.
In addition to being a huge cuddle bug, she also has some adorable facial expressions already. She probably gets that from Zack. He has some great facial expressions as well. But she’ll be super fun when she’s a bit older and we’re able to make her laugh and smile. Her little smirk is already super adorable and melts my heart every single time. I can’t wait to hear what her laugh will sound like or even her tiny voice when she says “mama” or “dada”.
Jack has been incredible with her so far. He follows me into her nursery every time I have to change her and follows me into the kitchen late at night when I’m making her a bottle. He runs to her side every time she makes a peep just to see if she’s okay. He’ll then stare at me until I assure him she’s just fine. I love it. Adding her to our household has been so much easier than I had anticipated and I am so thankful for such a smooth transition.
Being a mom has been an absolutely incredible experience so far. Growing up, I never had an interest in ever being a mom. It wasn’t until I was about 18 or so that I decided I’d like to have a family someday. Now, I couldn’t be happier that I changed my mind. Being a mom is easily the best job I could possibly ask for. At this point our little family finally feels complete.