Monday, March 1, 2010

Newborn Portrait Session :: God Is Gracious

This little one is blessed to be born to Kristin and George, who are both doing an amazing job caring for their newborn. He is already filling out 0-3 month clothing, has beautiful skin and perfect wisps of dark hair. I was so lucky to be able to hang out with them for a few hours and hold him!

This adorable little guy also reminded me today just how hard motherhood can be. Not because he's an overly challenging baby~ he just does what all new babies do: eats a lot, poops a lot, needs held a lot and intermittently sleeps. New moms must gauge each action and consequence and are instantly transformed from a life of independence and freedom to one of being needed at any moment and required to learn a baby's language with no translator~ a tough adjustment.

Thankfully in most cases it does get easier, and because they change so quickly, capturing images of newborns is really the best way we can remember them at this stage, even a few weeks later. It took a few hours to get these images~ we had the room nice and warm (honestly the adults were melting!) and he still wanted to be wrapped up and held, so we adjusted the plan and went with what worked for him. Maybe I am a little biased, but I think he's just precious and perfect. And that's just how God sees each of us~ we may be a lot of work, but we are worth it to Him!

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