Those first ten days.
Those first ten days with a new babe in the house were a blur and yet I remember them with aching clarity at the same time.
There is nothing better than curling up in a chair with that sweet-smelling brand new babe that you’ve nurtured and loved and anticipated for the past 9 months. My heart melted with every little sigh and eye flutter.
I remember holding each of those tiny little fingers with their tiny little fingernails, that I would somehow need to figure out how to cut.
I remember the chunky little baby thighs on each of my two big (but still little) babes.
But I also remember how hard it was.
Labour takes a toll and I completely wasn’t prepared for what a long physical recovery I’d have. I didn’t realize I wouldn’t be able to carry our babes up the stairs for the first couple weeks. Or that I would be completely done in just from making lunch.
And there’s nothing worse than your babe crying that first week when you aren’t totally sure how to fix things. Especially at 2AM when you’ve fed them and changed them and rocked them and bounced them and you just don’t know what to do.
Maybe you’re not like me. Maybe you came home from the hospital and had everything down pat. You could already breastfeed with one hand while putting a load of laundry into the washer with the other.
Mama, if that’s you, I’m in awe.
As much as I loved finally holding our new babe, I struggled. Which is probably why our own newborn session didn’t go quite as well as we’d hoped.
With our first we hired a lovely photographer for a newborn session. And it was a disaster. Not the photos, just us.
We hadn’t yet mastered the art of leaving the house; I think that took me a good 6 months to get a handle on. And when we finally did manage to get out of the house, we were late. Add to that the construction traffic we ran into and the lack of finding parking (thanks to said construction) and we were really late.
All that meant a shorter session, a stressed out mama (sweaty from a very large set of stairs) and a babe loudly voicing his displeasure at the whole rigmarole. Neither of my kids were car sleepers when they were little, and still aren’t.
Which is why I come to you for your newborn session.
It’s just better that way. Yes, you will laugh at the amount of stuff I pull out of the car. But better me than you.
Would it be easier (for me) if you came here? It would definitely save the time of packing up everything I need for those beautiful sleeping newborn photos and then unpacking it all again at your house. And don’t get me wrong, that would be lovely.
But would it make the session better? Probably not. If you came here, you would be that sweaty person, away from your home with your babe for one of the first times, trying to figure out how to breastfeed your babe for the first time in a chair other than the one you’re used to with a pillow that’s different from the one you have at home.
And because it’s so important we do your session in those first 10 days (preferably between 3 and 7 days), it just makes more sense.
Congratulations, mama. You’ve done an amazing job bringing that perfect little person into the world. Now rest easy, we’ve got you.
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