Thursday, October 9, 2014

Life With Kate: Photo Session Reflections

Thought I would share Kate's newborn pictures here on the blog as well as on Facebook because I know that not everyone is on FB! Also... I can add my own little sentiments and of course I'm always up for an opportunity to "talk". :)

My dad (AKA GPS or Dash or whatever he decides to be called because that has yet to be determined) took Kate's newborn pictures the Saturday before Kate was 2 weeks old. Apparently the window to take newborn photos is very short... they say like their first 9 or 10 days. This is so that the babe will stay asleep and happy no matter how much you move them around and put hats and bows on them! My dad had practiced a little bit with our friend's new baby, but this was really his first time to get all into it. I think he did an awesome job!! Here were some of the results from that Saturday session....

First are the pumpkin photos. I think these were the ones that I was most excited about. The second I found out our baby was due in October I referred to her as "our little pumpkin". She didn't quite make it to October, but it WAS socially acceptable to have fall decor and burn pumpkin candles. So of course, the name will stay. Just more time for me to enjoy this picture in our living room!


Here is a picture of Kate on the quilt her Grandma Jesch made for her. We took a lot, but most of them didn't come out very good because we were not quite sure of the best setup and her eyes were opened and while that seems like something you want for newborn picture... it actually makes it quite difficult to capture a good shot. So anyways... this is really the only one of those pictures that I liked. We attempted some more later... and I will get to that in a bit! 

Ah... she went back to sleep! Next up Kate on top of a pile of my Grandma Lehman's quilts. Actually the bottom "quilt" is only a quilt top, but the other two are finished quilts. This was my dad's idea and it turned out so great that our birth announcement ended up coming from this set up! 

Now, on Monday my dad wanted to try to take some more pictures. Now that he'd gone through the process there were things he wanted to try differently. So I washed Kate up and took her over to my parents. Guess what... she was wide awake the entire time. She didn't really like the process AT ALL. This was literally the only workable picture we got. We laughed and said... well maybe the time of the day wasn't right. But I still like this sweet little picture!

So, even later in the week Dad came over to our apartment. He brought all of his equipment over and moved our couch out of the way and got everything set up. Even though Kate was sleeping... she wasn't sleeping as hard. Every time we tried moving her she woke up and got cranky. When she wasn't in her light slumber she was awake! I really wanted to try to get some more pictures with the quilt Blake's mom made so we were able to get away with this simple pose without awaking Sleeping Beauty. All of the effort for one pose. It was so worth it though because I really really really wanted this picture!! 

Here is my take away from this experience.... she is growing up too fast!!! We had the perfect picture session when Kate was 12 days old. When Kate was 14 days old... she was too old for the perfect newborn photo session. Sigh. So I must treasure each and every day for what it brings no matter the challenges that come up. I wish she was big enough to fit into some of her clothes that a larger baby might fit into... because I'm so tired of the newborn onesies from Carter's but I'm not wishing away any of these days. Yes, I long for the time when I can sleep a 5 hour stretch, but I know my baby needs the comfort and nourishment that comes from nightly feedings (and she will for a while) and so I will not wish aways those nights.

When she is fussy I will put the laundry on hold and just hold her... no matter how many episodes of Gilmore Girls it takes for her to feel secure enough to lay down without me. She is my girl and I love her. I'm thankful for each and every day with her.  Speaking of which... now is one of those times she needs some love so I'm off to snuggle with my babes!

Later y'all :)

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