When I arrived at the Greene’s home on the Peninsula, I was quietly overjoyed that their newest addition was still napping. There is something so pure and innocent about a sleeping child. Whenever I see my own kids sleeping, I think about more than just having a quiet household. When I see those sleeping babies I am reminded of possibility… theirs and mine.
Sitting on the ground, waiting for her to wake, I noticed the mirror on the underside of the mobile on her swing. It was similar to the mirror on the swing my own kids had, but I had never noticed how they looked in it. I didn’t slow down to peek at what they spend a lot of time looking at – their own reflection. I was grateful that I didn’t miss it this time and had a chance to show her parents what their little girl sees when she’s being lulled to sleep.
The world is a very different place from the eyes of a child. I believe we all need to take the time to get down onto a child’s level to experience life in the way that they do.
Her mom has several handmade, lace dresses that her grandma made for her when she was just a girl. Most of them are still too big, but this dress fit perfectly. What struck me most about this dress what how fragile it was, but her mom didn’t let that stop her from having her 11 month old wear it. She said that her grandma made the dresses to be warn, not kept in a closet. Such wonderful advice! Heirlooms should be used and honored, not tucked away and forgotten.
She is just learning to walk, and that taste of freedom makes all other forms of transportation unacceptable… including shoulder rides from her big brother. She spent the entire time trying to get back down to the ground. Bless his heart… he just let her wiggle and pull her way around. Even if it meant the occasional elbow to the nose or tiny baby dagger nails to the cheek. All girls need a big brother like this one.
She popped her head out of her ball pit to reveal the most elaborate head of staticky hair, and not only did her parents laugh along with her, but they were thrilled to have it documented. This secured a place in my heart for this family for an eternity. I want to surround myself with parents who see the perfection in the seemingly imperfect… life is much more enjoyable when you search for the lightness in the uncontrollable.
She prances along the sidewalk outside their home while her dad does his best to keep up. Seeing the dichotomy between his full grown feet and her tiny, demure, one-year old feet makes our responsibly as parents even more evident.
Our session started off with her nap and ended with her big brother dozing off on the couch. Exhausted, barely able to keep his eyes open, he powered through his little sister’s Elmo book with her. Big brothers are awesome.
Not even a year old, this angelic little one commands your attention and will hold onto your heart. She’s entertaining and loveable. Feisty and expressive. But above all else, she is this family’s love.
P.S. My next photo class for moms has been announced! You can register (and get the details) HERE!