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Motherhood: Our First Family Photoshoot

Lately, it feels as though my days are consumed by diaper changes, feedings and loads of laundry so recently, it was so nice to take a shower, get out of my sweatsuit and venture downtown for our first family photoshoot. At two months, Miles is already well over 10 pounds and growing even more day by day. We’ve always loved having these precious moments captured and we couldn’t have thought of anyone better than Whitney Heard, who also took our maternity photos not too long ago. Today, I’m sharing our first family photos! We had to be very strategic with timing the shoot with Miles’ schedule. We made sure we arrived at the studio for nursing time so that Miles would be awake and happy after he was fed (at least for a little while), then he eventually got a little fussy and feel asleep. This gave us a range of photos – baby in slumber and happy, awake baby. The whole shoot took us about 2 hours and I was back to nursing again in no time!

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The Last Time

From the moment you hold your baby in your arms,
you will never be the same.
You might long for the person you were before, 
When you have freedom and time,
And nothing in particular to worry about.

You will know tiredness like you never knew it before,
And days will run into days that are exactly the same,
Full of feedings and burping,
Nappy changes and crying,
Whining and fighting,
Naps or a lack of naps,
It might seem like a never-ending cycle.

But don’t forget …
There is a last time for everything.
There will come a time when you will feed
your baby for the very last time.
They will fall asleep on you after a long day
And it will be the last time you ever hold your sleeping child.

One day you will carry them on your hip then set them down,
And never pick them up that way again.
You will scrub their hair in the bath one night
And from that day on they will want to bathe alone.
They will hold your hand to cross the road,
Then never reach for it again.
They will creep into your room at midnight for cuddles,
And it will be the last night you ever wake to this.

One afternoon you will sing “the wheels on the bus”
and do all the actions,
Then never sing them that song again.
They will kiss you goodbye at the school gate,
The next day they will ask to walk to the gate alone.
You will read a final bedtime story and wipe your last dirty face.
They will run to you with arms raised for the very last time.

The thing is, you won’t even know it’s the last time
Until there are no more times.
And even then, it will take you a while to realize.

So while you are living in these times,
remember there are only so many of them
and when they are gone, you will yearn for just one more day of them.
For one last time.

– unknown

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Photography | Whitney Heard Photography
Make-up | Karen Kim Beauty
Wardrobe | (Her) Top: Aritzia, Jeans: DL1961, Earrings: Mejuri | (Him) Top: Lady White Company, Jeans: Mister Freedom | (Baby) Cream Knit: Zara, Grey Set: Zara, Green Set: H&M (Similar)

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4 Comments

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    HeeSun
    January 23, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Literally just bawled my eyes out reading that poem. I’m currently holding my 6 month old while he naps. I have a moment to finally check my phone and catch up on emails and was thinking…WHEN will he ever sleep on his own during the day! This poem…is perfect. Looking down now at my sweet son’s sleeping face in my arms…I’m going to cherish every last GD second of this snuggle time and not worry about when it will end. Bc it will…and I will for sure miss it!!! Thanks for sharing Esther!

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      Esther Lee
      February 5, 2018 at 8:58 PM

      aww thanks heesun! got your message on instagram too 🙂 hang in there mama!

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    Hanna
    January 31, 2018 at 10:51 AM

    I’m obsessed with him <3 (and you two).

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