Tiny Toes

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Footprints

Two little feet, ten little toes,
Leave their impressions today.
Soon they will wear two little shoes,
And be running and jumping at play.
Two little feet, too little time,
Before they are walking to school,
Kicking a rock, or skipping a rope,
Wading a puddle or jumping a pool.
Two little feet, One little child,
Will soon go their own way,
But footprints in my mind recall,
They stood here yesterday.

-anonymous

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Heather Woodward - March 15, 2013 - 7:07 pm

Gah! I love baby piggies! So cute!

Miracle

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As a newborn photographer I get to meet many amazing brand new Moms and Dads.  As I work on soothing their babies into sleep nirvana I like to get to know them.  Every couple is so unique.  One of my favorite things to ask is to hear the birth story of their brand new little baby.  Anna and Scott’s story made me cry.  I asked special permission to share a little bit of the miraculous life of their son, Benjamin.  Many women suffer throughout pregnancy.  For some it is a blissful period but for many women it is a sacrifice.  Anna’s pregnancy was not easy.  Sick throughout all nine months she had to frequent the hospital for sessions to re-hydrate with IV fluids.  I can’t imagine.  Three months of sickness seemed like a never ending sentence to me.  I just can’t even fathom enduring nine months.

When it came time for Benjamin to arrive, there were the usual hours of labor.  But his little heart wasn’t staying strong.  The usual monitors were put into use but he just wasn’t finding his way.  Anna was prepped for an emergency C-section now totally physically exhausted.  As her little son was delivered there was no sound.  He did not cry.  He didn’t move.  He didn’t breath.  Physically and emotionally spent Anna and Scott watched as a team took their little son away to his own corner of the room and fought to help him take his first breath.  Thank God for modern science!  Thank God for miracles.  Thanks God for having tender mercy on this little family.

My volunteer work puts me in hospitals rooms where that scene has played out and it wasn’t part of God’s plan to put the breath of life into sweet babies.  Sometimes in spite of all that can be done, and all of the prayers, some little ones don’t get to go home in their mother’s arms.

But Benjamin is here!  What a miracle a breath can be.  I am so happy that Anna and Scott were one of the lucky ones.  When I look at this portrait of their perfect little family I am so thankful to know their “story”.  It renews my faith, makes me cry a little, but more than anything makes my heart pound with gratitude.

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Heather - March 13, 2013 - 2:48 pm

What a miracle! Beautiful!

Moments To Enjoy

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Reading to your babies is one of the moments you treasure forever.  When Jackson’s mom told me that she and her little man love books, I knew we would be doing this set during Jack’s baby photography session.

There are two things that my kids know I will ALWAYS do with them.  While I may not be really into playing barbies, they know that I will always read them a story and I am always up for a game.  Reading is my favorite.  There is something magical about snuggling together with blankets and pillows reading a book.  Jack’s mom has started a tradition of a shared activity that will bring her and Jack much happiness for the years to come.

Reading Aloud:

 

  • teaches a baby about communication
  • introduces concepts such as stories, numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way
  • builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills
  • gives babies information about the world around them

“Believe it or not, by the time babies reach their first birthday they will have learned all the sounds needed to speak their native language. The more stories you read aloud, the more words your child will be exposed to and the better he or she will be able to talk. Hearing words helps to build a rich network of words in a baby’s brain. Kids whose parents frequently talk/read to them know more words by age 2 than children who have not been read to. And kids who are read to during their early years are more likely to learn to read at the right time.

When reading, your child hears you using many different emotions and expressive sounds, which fosters social and emotional development. Reading also invites your baby to look, point, touch, and answer questions — all of which promote social development and thinking skills. And your baby improves language skills by imitating sounds, recognizing pictures, and learning words.” -Kids Health Magazine

But best of all reading aloud to your baby creates a connection to books with all the things he loves the most, you and your voice.

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Heather - March 12, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Oh Goodness, this is so sweet!

Jessica - March 11, 2013 - 11:09 pm

The teacher in me just loves everything about this! So sweet and you are so right, reading is such a gift to our children.

Picture Perfect

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Asher should be a super model!  It was so fun to see him come in for a baby portrait session.  He has grown into quite the looker.  The combination of his porcelain smooth skin and crystal blue eyes scream GAP baby adds to me!  But then all the babies that come to see me at the studio are gorgeous.  Maybe I should start an agency and placing these cute little people with advertisers so that by the time they are 5 they have a college fund taken care of, lol!  Little Asher I will not be surprised to see your little face famous somewhere one day;-)

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Heather - March 9, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Oh my goodness! Love this!

Angela - March 8, 2013 - 11:28 pm

Oh, he is just yummy! Love the yellow!

Amanda - March 8, 2013 - 6:49 pm

This is beautiful! Looks like a painting! P.s. i love the yellow pants!

laura farris - March 7, 2013 - 5:38 pm

Perfection. Love every detail about this image.

Eden Bao - March 7, 2013 - 5:24 pm

He looks like a little doll! Love!

Little Gentleman

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So this might sound really cheesy…

I have been reading a book about influential people through out the span of time.  Last night I was reading about Mencius, a sage of China.

“The Chinese had an inventory of virtues.  These included, among others, courage, propriety, courtesy and respect, doing one’s best, righteousness, honest speaking, public service, and the cultivation of one’s mind through literary and artistic pursuits.  One who had achieved these qualities was called, in the closest English translation, a “gentleman”.  Nobility had nothing to do with birth; it was acquired through education and unselfish service.  Nobility was all a matter of character,” -S. Michael Wilcox.

I love this idea.  I think when you are a mother of a son raising your boy to be a “gentleman” in every since of the Chinese notion is at the forefront of your mind.  Little Garrett here definitely looks the part, I know his mom will teach him to act the part.  There is no greater success.

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Eden Bao - March 6, 2013 - 10:07 am

What a thoughtful post about a “gentleman”. Baby Garrett sure looks like one!

Anya Wait - March 6, 2013 - 2:22 am

Oh my goodness, what an adorable little gentleman!

Keri - March 6, 2013 - 12:09 am

This is just perfect!!

Angela - March 5, 2013 - 10:48 pm

So cute! Love his sweet face!

Jennifer Snook - March 5, 2013 - 7:29 pm

I love everything about this picture!!!

Melissa Berg - March 5, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Love his little outfit!! So cute!

Huong Forrest - March 4, 2013 - 11:26 pm

Jennifer, he is such a doll! You did a beautiful job capturing this!

Heather - March 4, 2013 - 7:59 pm

So adorable!