Friends, my Baby B turned 6 months old over the weekend. We all already know how quickly babyhood time slips by, even though there are moments that can feel eternally long as a parent. I have to admit, I’m overly shocked at the lightning speed of this last half of a year. There are a couple of things that contribute to this, I suppose, even though this isn’t my first baby and I’m well aware of this “mommy-time” phenomenon.
First, I’m much healthier and happier this time around. As I described in Dear Friends, I Lied, I had a terribly difficult postpartum interim after the birth of Toddler A. How a baby is born matters, and some of those torturous days drug out past the galaxy with no apparent end in sight. My VBAC with Baby B was as healing as I hoped it would be; and she is as vibrant as I trusted she would be. So, my days have zoomed past in grateful bliss.
Second, I still have a busy 3-year-old to raise and I don’t want to miss a second. I adore him more than words can express, so the constant juggling and sharing of affection keeps me on my toes. I contribute some of the lost time with Baby B to the boy who made me a mom. Before I even blink, weekend 7AM snuggle time turns into 8PM bedtime and the subsequent days and months suddenly appear.
Lastly, my sweet girl is already wearing 12 month clothes! Let’s get to the point: my newborn disappeared in a jiffy and I’m already toting a year-old size baby around.
I’ve been doing my best to chronicle her growth and changes, for I’m wholly aware of how much I’ll soon miss her chunky thighs, fresh scent, toothless smile, tiny blond hairs, and long toes. To document, I took some inspiration from Kerstin’s picture project, where she took adorable photos of N through the first year of his life.
I put my own spin on Baby B’s monthly picture project. Instead of changing colorful background fabric for each shot, I decided to stick with a white blanket. This keeps cost down and makes for a comfy resting place. I add color to each picture by dressing her in a patterned onesie adorned with age stickers I purchased from a department store. Then, I always accent with a favorite bow or flower. I do my best to get her in the same position and light for each shot, reminding myself that I’m not a professional photographer and the main point of this project is documenting changes in my tiny subject. Once I have an image, I add a little note about my feelings at that time. I plan to place these images in a photo scrap book. (This is something I wish I would have done with Toddler A.)
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