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Yearly Archives: 2012

For months I had planned every single image that I wanted to capture of my newborn when she arrived. I wanted them all–the posed, the candid moments between my 3 other children and her, and the sweet still images of her in her daddy’s arms.  I’m a planner–that’s what I do.  But what I do not do well, is improvise and think “outside of the box”. I was not prepared for my absolute inability to capture any images of my newborn daughter.  I was not prepared for the multiple breakdowns I would have because I couldn’t take all of those images I had been planning for.  Looking back now, I realize how crazy I was for trying to take my own newborns photos.  I do not even specialize in newborn photography but even if I had, I still don’t think the outcome would have been any different.  All the planning in the world did not prepare me for how shaky my hands would be from the lack of sleep and the painful tendonitis in both wrists (a lovely side effect of late pregnancy and overusing my wrist when lifting my body up) or how hysterical I would become when I had spent an hour setting up, all to be worn out after 10 minutes of shooting.  My poor sweet beautiful baby cried every time I put her down and I cried, and cried, and cried until my husband would pull the plug and tell me to call it a day.

I am still trying to get all those moments captured off my checklist but I am also trying to be okay when things do not go according to plan, which you would think is something I am used to with four kids!



I can still remember the odd look on the ultrasound techs face when we asked during our 3D ultrasound if we could see our sons ears. She remarked that in all her years, no one had ever specifically requested to see the baby’s ears before. Sure, they asked to see to see fingers and toes, but not the ears.  I have to admit when my husband asked, I thought it was strange too but what a remarkable feature to have been so ignored.  During the ultrasound we discovered that his ears are perfectly round, as are all his facial features.  I had no way of knowing how completely obsessed I would become over my children’s ears and how strikingly different they all are. So, my oldest son has perfectly round ears, my oldest daughter has slightly pointy ears that are close to her head, my youngest son has round ears that stick out ever so slightly from his head (cutest little dumbo ears you have ever seen) and our newest sweet baby girl has both a round ear and a slightly pointy ear.  It was the first feature that I noticed about her when she was born.  Well, that and she has the same button nose as her brothers and sister.

So these are her beautifully unique ears at 6 days old.