I can’t believe it’s been three months. Whew, they aren’t kidding when they say that time will fly by and she will grow up so quickly! McCarty Rhone Hazel was born May 21, weighing 6 lbs 6 oz and measuring 18 inches. It was all super crazy and I wrote about her early arrival on my personal blog. Those first few months all seem like a blur. There was so much going on and we were just trying to take it all in before it changed again (it all changed every day!) But we’re so lucky, McCarty is a great little baby and we’re having such a great time learning all about her!
But, since it was all such a blur in those early days, I am sooooo glad my friend Heather came over to shoot these images of the three of us. I had obviously planned on doing a newborn shoot. I think they’re so important. But, I never got around to planning one. I thought I had a few weeks to get all that in order, but our little one was early and I didn’t have any time to do anything! And then she was here and the idea of getting dressed and made up seemed crazy. I was so swollen. I couldn’t walk. I didn’t have anything to wear. My whole body was just puffy and I felt like a hot mess. But Heather reminded me of how short this newborn phase was going to be and how much McCarty was going to change in just a few short weeks. Oh man, she was right. McCarty changes daily and today I can just vaguely remember that tiny sleepy little person that she was just three short months ago. I’m so glad that we have these beautiful and timeless photos that include all three of us before she started to grow up. I’m so happy that I took a bit of time to wash my hair and put on makeup to feel a little bit like a normal person in those weeks when I was really upside down. And while I still remember the absolute crazy mess that I felt I was, these photos will remind me of the beauty and magic that a newborn brings into your life.
So, email your photographer long before you think you’re going to have that baby and pick out a flowy dress that will accommodate that rapidly changing body and just do it. Because you won’t ever get that time back, and documenting it is oh so important! While today you might just see the sleepy eyes and swollen body, in the not-so-distant future you will see the tiny person and the enormous love that just rocked your whole world.
Heather – thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you! This session will be cherished forever and I can’t wait to show McCarty how much she was loved from day 1! You are an angel and I appreciate you so much. Love you darling!