Category Archives: Motherhood

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“Babies are soft. Anyone looking at them can see the tender, fragile skin and know it for the rose-leaf softness that invites a finger’s touch. But when you live with them and love them, you feel the softness going inward, the round-cheeked flesh wobbly as custard, the boneless splay of the tiny hands. Their joints are melted rubber, and even when you kiss them hard, in the passion of loving their existence, your lips sink down and seem never to find bone. Holding them against you, they melt and mold, as though they might at any moment flow back into your body.” ~ Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber

It is an interesting thing to simultaneously have a 7 year old and a 7 month old. One with gummy grins potentially growing teeth and one in the process of losing teeth.

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One who wakes up showing a gummy smile behind crib bars and one who grumpily gets dragged out of bed to go to school. In these situations, chilled cinnamon rolls that are baked for 12-16 minutes definitely help in luring a 7 and a 5 year old out of bed.

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Each age has its own beauty and of course challenges!

Baby H has morphed from a tiny newborn into a round featured baby.  And I have morphed into an older child’s mother back into the mother of a baby. Where basic needs are attended to, over and over again. Where little arms reach reach reach for you and the weight of a baby in one’s arms feels refreshingly heavy and just right.

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IMG_5182It is an interesting thing to spoon feed a baby real food after having fed it only milk for so long, and am finding the process more fun than I thought. A, who is now 5 year old, will sometimes offer to feed baby H, hence the pictures above. I remember when Z was a baby and how she did not like to eat and the challenges around that! But when a little baby is willing to eat, it makes the whole process much easier! If anyone has any suggestions of food for a Desi (Indo-Pak) baby, please let me know. I have been making kichri (mushy lentil rice) for her over and over.

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And over-and-over seems to be what happens with the movements and process around baby. Feed Baby. Nap Baby. Take Baby to school to drop and pick up Big Sisters Z and A. Change Baby. Bathe Baby. Feed Baby. Sleep Baby.

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So that when someone asks what you did all day, you look around at little toy animals scattered on the wood floor, sticky dishes in the sink, scratch your head and can’t really remember what you accomplished per se, but you know that your mind feels mostly full, but the good type of full…

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More later!

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The Parsons Family

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What happens when three siblings each have a baby in the same season? — You have a photosession of course!

My college friend Alexis (the one with the gorgeous curly hair) reached out to me about a photosession this spring as her baby Aurora was meeting her cousins for the first time! Alexis’s husband and his two siblings each had a baby and I was excited and honored to have the opportunity to capture this beautiful family below. It was so fun to reconnect with Alexis after all these years and my first question to her via email was “Does your baby have curly hair?!” Aurora does have some beautiful golden fuzz and her boy cousins Asher and Hunter were adorable as was her older cousin Avery!

I typically photograph smaller families, so it was a good opportunity for me to photograph this big family. Each baby took turns getting nursed by their mother, so after all the babies were fed, we managed to get everyone together for a family photo. The grandparents were soaking up the babies and when I spoke to Grandma, she commented how neat it was that each of her 3 children were different ages, but their babies all happened to be the same age!

I  loved getting some images and memories with the grandparents below! Too hard to choose just a few so enjoy!

 

IMG_5230-2IMG_5277-6 I love how Mom & Avery are mirrors as are Dad & Asher!

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The 3 cousins – Hunter, Aurora, and Asher! A friend pointed out how Asher and Aurora are holding hands!

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IMG_5710post photosession meltdowns!

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The 3 siblings and their newest additions above!

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18 Month Photosession

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“There is an endearing tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart. “- Washington Irving

Below are some images of this beautiful mother and son duo! I have captured this little one since he was a few days old so it’s been a true joy to see him grow and to watch mom celebrate the days with him.

Please click here to see how far they’ve come! This mom just emailed me a couple of days ago as she ordered some holiday cards on Minted.com and was approached by the personnel to see if our photos could be featured. How exciting!

I have some more photos I may try to share later and some of my family moments these past couple weeks, but have run out of photo space (the joy of running a photo blog!). Once I’ve added more photo-space, I hope to be blogging some more images soon. Spring is approaching and I’m looking forward to some more sunshine images and an allergy-free season! I am looking to open bookings for spring on March 4th and/or 11th! Message me if you’re interested!

Below, this mom and son braved a chilly wintry day, but when I see these images, I don’t remember the cold. I see golden warmth! What do you see?

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Metamorphosis

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“When they are a few months old, they lie and look around and wave and smile and undergo a constant gentle agitation, as though they were sea anemones, gently waving in some other element, delicately responding to currents we cannot feel.” – Margaret Drabble.

Baby H is not a newborn anymore.

She has already morphed into a one-and-a-half-month old. In baby days, that seems farrrr away from that of a Newborn. The itty bitty size NB onesies already seem small and when I look at old photos like this one from below, I am struck by how fragile she once was.

Baby H a month ago!

 

Baby H now!

 

I love the delicateness of babies.

IMG_2683Of how they really stretch their bodies as far as they can go, which isn’t really very far. Of how their bodies stretch into a curly question mark after you lift them out of a car seat. Or how their legs and arms cycle, cycle, cycle. The above anemone quote and image of baby A here reminds me of the constant gentle motion.

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When you have an infant in the house, it is easy to sometimes forget to take photos of the bigger ones. The bigger ones suddenly seem more giant like and savoring them becomes a feat when you have to deal with issues like homework, morning routine, and bathing because they lack that sweet newborn smell that reminds me of cocoa puffs.

With that in mind, I picked up my camera with the goal of photographing the older two. When I pick up my camera, I love the perspective it gives me. I love how raindrops freeze in motion, how vibrant the colors look from behind the lens, and how happy jumping 7-year-olds are suspended in mid air.IMG_3247

Z’s ice cream art

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why can’t adults have nifty pockets like above?!

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Glimpses

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Preschooler hands cradling a little fussy newborn!

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when Z bought a pack of construction paper from Walmart! These are skirts with bows she created.

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a picture of me holding baby H! I love how A drew her hair in three crayola spikes!

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a Turkish mother delivered her baby next door to me at Piedmont Hospital. The day they got discharged from the hospital, her mother brought over the most delicious food!

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My uncle’s beautiful calligraphy. This text means The Pardoner, describing God’s names.

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needing snacks post school!

A is for Anticipation

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The air is thick and perspires with anticipation. It’s 5 am and I am checking in as 2 and hoping to leave 2 days later as 3.

This time around I tried not to post any obvious pictures these last 9 months. I used to blog more about personal matters and journeys such as these. But I’ve learned you really can’t take anything for granted. After a health issue a couple years ago it was a blessing to make it to this point, to be able to give birth, to watch my family grow a little bit more.

I have so much respect for those that go through child birth, but even more silent respect for those who want to be mothers and quietly witness those around them becoming moms. For those who stoically witness adorable newborn pictures and blossoming baby bumps on social media all the while diligently praying to become mothers and strive to start a new chapter of their lives. For some reason, sigh, not everyone who wants to be a biological mother gets to. And for those who do, I really hope even in the tough sleepless nights we get to savor it.

Prayers for those mothers- to- be, those who want to be mothers, and those in the throes of motherhood in which day and night blends a little too easily in which sleep becomes broken, and yet everything becomes whole again.

On a side note, I always thought my children’s ages would be all squished together. A one or two year gap perhaps. Z and A are sort of squished together. But baby H is 7 years younger than Z and 4 years younger than A!
My 3 brothers and I are all born within 5 years so I just assumed I too would have children also spaced closely together just so. I loved how we were all in college around the same time just a few miles apart in Atlanta and how friends were easily shared.

You can plan as much as you want and circle as many dates in the calendar, but God has His own plan for you.

We live in a world where everything is so instant. Instant results for tests, Uber delivery within a few minutes, digital pictures that no longer need developing. (Does anyone else remember the anticipation of dropping of refrigerated film hoping and praying your photos came out just so?!) You can’t plan your exact date on if you will conceive, when that would happen, and on when you will deliver. Something so primal and basic yet God knows the answers to those.

In the Quran, it says during trials to pray and be patient. I heard somewhere the praying part is easier, but the patience part is so much harder. Because patience is passive and impatience gnaws at you while instilling doubt. But still we hope and pray and wait because sometimes that’s all you can do.

And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive.” (Quran 2:45)

Fela’s One Year Photo Session!

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I had the opportunity to take Fela’s one year photos last week! This is my last summer session! I may be scheduling photosessions in the fall and will keep you posted. If you think Fela looks a little familiar, you are right as he is related to Jasiah, a previous little client of mine! To see Jasiah’s one year photo session click here.

Like his cousin Jasiah, Fela started walking early! He was running before he even turned 1!  I love photographing smaller children and seeing them mature from a sleepy newborn into a squirmy smiley six month old to a running one year old is a beautiful feeling! I got to see Fela’s cousin Jasiah morph from a six month told a toddler and I hope I get to see Fela mature too!

Enjoy Fela’s session below!

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