I kept hearing the words to this book
Do you ever find that since becoming a parent, some things make you so dang emotional that never even used to phase you before? When I was editing the gorgeous Baines family photo session, I kept hearing the words to a well-loved book playing in my head. This book, that I actually own two copies of, is not a book I can even read to my kids because it chokes me up so badly every time I even begin the first sentence.
"I like you forever, I'll love you for always, as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be."
There are no mom & son hot wheels packs
I can be the first one to tell you, if you're a boy mom, there really is not a lot out there for us. There aren't cutesy dresses, or fancy bows, or "mother & son" matching outfits, or really anything that you kind of get when you're a mom to girls. There's no coordinating dump truck sets, or mom & son dinosaur or hot wheels packs. But we do have one thing that is very special and it's this book by Robert Munsch.
This book, that illustrates so beautifully the relationship between mother and son, is one that, before having kids, I planned on reading to them all the time. But since having kids, I can't even get the first page turned without swallowing the giant lump in my throat and wiping the tears from my eyes.
It's a feeling I think a lot of moms to boys can relate to. It's just one of those things that gets you right in the feels. That's the most incredibly unexpected aspect of parenthood for me, how something that seems so simple, these regular words, "I love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be" can transform a grown adult into their own version of a blubbering baby.
Phew, I'm getting misty eyed just thinking about it. Yup, this post needs some comic relief, so yup, Errett was definitely farting in this photo below.
It's their beautiful and kind souls
I think honestly, because I'm a mom to two boys, I really cherish these photo sessions with parents and their boys. Because I know how easy it is to think, "oh look at that girls outfit, it's so cute. Isn't she darling? Doesn't she look so adorable!" and I actually kind of love that when I'm photographing boys, it's not their super cute outfits that steal the show (although Errett did look absolutely eat-you-up-adorable!), instead it's their beautiful and kind little souls, their happy little smiles and their cute little quirks (like eating grass, see below) that tell the story of what it means to be a boy.
Win your heart with a smile and a snuggle
So when Brittany and Michael wanted some photographs with Errett, I was so excited to create something magical with them. Photographing these moments before your little one can really tell you what they're thinking, when all they can do is win your heart with a smile and a snuggle, are truly some of the most precious moments of being a parent. Documenting all parts of parenthood and childhood are important, and often times it's these ones that you look back on when things are tough and go, "remember when?"
A joyful remembrance of what was
So Brittany and Michael, if you're reading this, thank you so much for allowing m to capture this time in your family's journey. Everyone says this (sadly it's because it's true), time will go by so fast, so I'm so glad that you'll have something beautiful to help you remember these moments by.
One day, in the not too distant future, you'll go, "oh my gosh can you believe he was so little?" and look back at these photos with amazement, and a joyful remembrance of what was. The journey ahead is going to be filled with some beautiful and amazing moments, sprinkled in with some silliness, and a lot of fart noises and poop jokes, and trust me when I say, you're going to love every beautiful, wild moment of it. I can't wait to see what the journey ahead brings for you all.