Richmond Virginia and UK Family Photographer
Time for a big life update with mommy ramblings, I think!
As most of you know, we were expecting our second little at the end of last month. Well, he's here! All 8lbs of Milo Rhys (pronounced like Reece) and he is as perfect as can be! I'll be the first to admit that being a boy mom scared/scares me. I know girls. I can handle girls. Boys? Bah! That's a whole 'nother ball game! But this little man has me believing that I can do it: that I can actually be a mom who can appreciate sports and cars and trains and jumping off things and climbing and....oh wait...my daughter is already into all of those things. Nevermind, I guess I'm already prepared! Everyone always tells me that boys are so much different than girls and just you wait, the energy levels are insane. But let me ask you...have you met my daughter? I think I'm set. ;)
I won't tell my birth story in this post but I will in another post when I can share the birth photos taken by my beautiful friend and photographer, Anna Laero Photography. I also have photos from when my daughter met her brother for the first time in the hospital taken by another beautiful friend and photographer, Jessica Norrell Photography. I will share those later too!
I am so loving having a newborn around the house again. I was very scared - not going to lie. I was scared of the way that it would change our family and how I wouldn't get to sleep anymore and the end of all of the things I hold so dear between my daughter and I. Melodramatic? Maybe. It's been hard not to mourn the end of rocking my daughter to sleep at night because I'll have a newborn in my arms and the end of all of our solo mommy/daughter dates because I'm nursing and the end of my attention being focused in one place. I've shed tears. But now I'm trying to focus on all of the amazing firsts that I get to experience again and all the amazing firsts that I get to experience with my daughter as a big sister. These are all amazing things! It's so easy to dwell on the ends of chapters in our lives and wish that things didn't need to change but without the changes and conquering of fears associated with change I wouldn't have this amazing new creature in my life - one that I love so so much and can't imagine now not having. I can't wait until my two littles can splash in the bath together. I can't wait until Isla helps Milo take his first steps. I can't wait until Isla helps Milo eat his first solid food. There are SO many firsts that I get to look forward to. Yes, it means that certain chapters are ending but it means that my joy and my love and the laughter in my household have doubled and that is a chapter worth opening for sure! My heart still breaks over the loss of small things in my day to day but the new joy helps mend those heartbreaks and smile as we turn another page.
The other day I took Milo's newborn photos. He wasn't very cooperative so I took a more lifestyle approach to them. My plan was to surround him with the some of the 500 cranes that his dad made to surprise me with the gender of our child but Milo decided to play with them instead. Oh well! And then my plan was to surround him with thistles and greenery (he is half Scottish after all!) but he wouldn't keep his legs in and instead wanted to lie out straight. Oh well! So lifestyle photos it is.
My favorite type of newborn photos are ones that capture babies in their natural environment like his bed or his mom's arms. While I appreciate the beauty of the posed newborn photos I love the pure nature of babies in their element. No frills. Just love. So enjoy the few photos that I did manage to capture of him when he actually let me put him down and not nurse him!
And while I'm here, I am going to shamelessly plug my husband's and my side project: we are writing a children's book! If you would love more information on our book, how to be involved and when it will be released you can check out our Kickstarter campaign! If you would like to donate to make this dream a reality you can follow the link below to do that! Every single dollar is so greatly appreciated.
Here's an image from the book that was written and designed by my husband. Images and colors and grammar and wording are subject to change! All images are copyright of Scott Thow.