The Monday before Thanksgiving we were lucky enough to have Lisa Bardot at our house to take some family photos. Longtime readers are familiar with Lisa and Geoff, the husband and wife team that make up The Goodness. They shot our engagement in 2009, our wedding in 2010 & some family photos in 2014 (oh! and our friends' wedding in 2014 too!). Over the years, as both our families (and their business!) have grown we have become good friends and it was really special to have Lisa come down. (They are based in the Sacramento area but travel worldwide for shoots.)
Lisa came at 7am because I wanted to snap some photos before Paul left for work (he was able to go in late that day) and the light in our house is great in the morning. We decided to make pancakes because it was something to do instead of just pose (which we did plenty of as well). Plus with pancakes, Ellerie got to show off her talent in the kitchen. Plus (and this is the real point), pancakes represent sort of everything in my motherhood journey.
In addition to pancakes there was a lot of normal morning activity, hair combing (sort of), diaper changes, nursing, hugs and kisses after big falls, book reading, cuddling, more nursing, meltdowns, car driving and lots of coffee drinking. Lisa kept clicking away throughout it all.
These photos are so special to me. All photos are special to me. But these show something that I have felt in a huge way the past almost five weeks but haven't yet seen on film: growth. ALL THE GROWTH. Our family has grown so much. It's obvious when you think about how we went from three to four family members. It's obvious when you see how the house is now fully decorated and so us. It's obvious when you compare Ellerie and Piper in size. It's less obvious when you look at Paul and me, but DAMN, I think we've grown the most.
We're Parents, now. No longer "playing house with deer in the headlights eyes parents" but Parents. We are the Parents that have been around the sun two and half times and still make a million mistakes and still look decently crazy-eyed but are also so very comfortable in our roles. We're swimming these days. Not drowning, not floating. Just swimming. It takes work, lots of work, to keep swimming all day, everyday but it sure beats the hell out of drowning. There is a rhythm and natural ease that (to me) radiates from these photos. We've got this. We're doing this.
These girls? This life? It's ours. We love it and we're living it. It's not always half this vivid, smiley, filtered or tidy but holy cow, is it amazing. (Also? Maybe my favorite thing in these photos is Paul's perma-grin which he really does sport 95% of the time.)
Photo credit to the lovely Little Goodness. There were so many photos that I am breaking this into two posts...Piper's newborn shoot and some thoughts on why this time around is 700 million times easier than my first go at motherhood to come in the next week or so.