Do you remember Austin and Lindsy? About this time last year we were planning to do their engagement photos and were HOPING for some snow. We all know how HARD it can be to get snowy photographs here in Northeast Tennessee. It doesn’t snow very often and when it does, it rarely stays. I live way out in the county and my roads don’t get plowed often and even when they do, there’s usually a thin layer of ice that remains on the road. I pretty much can’t leave for a few days until it warms back up and all the snow melts. So we were SOOO happy last year when the snow lasted long enough for photos! You can see that session here. They were married just a few short months later and she planned the most amazing and classy Disney themed wedding. I loved getting to know them and their wonderful families. Fast forward a few short months after the wedding and she tells me they’re having a baby! How amazing is that! After coordinating work schedules, we picked a weekday in January. And it snowed. And the snow STAYED. In fact, I was shocked when I pulled up to the location we had chosen and there was still snow on the ground. It made me a little nervous, seeing as we are actually BOTH expecting babies (a baby girl for her and a baby boy for me). She was 31 weeks pregnant here and I was 13 weeks. But it had rained the day before and the snow was no longer slippery. It was actually kind of gross and crusty, the kind of snow those of us who grew up in snowy places remember and loathe. Thankfully, however, it created the perfect texture for walking on and we ended up with some beautiful photographs.
I surprised myself and became sentimental during this session. She is expecting her first and I am expecting my fifth. Yes, that’s a lot of children, I know. There is something so special about that first baby. The newness of it all is so exciting and wonderful. I remember feeling so unsure of myself as a mother. One of my greatest concerns the first time around was that I wouldn’t like my baby. I had never really looked forward to being a mother and I didn’t know what to expect. I remember holding him in my arms for the first time and thinking he was the cutest baby I had ever seen. I realized very quickly that my fears were unfounded. My child was darling and I was so PROUD of him. I wanted everyone to see him and I didn’t stop smiling for months. Everything he did was perfect and made all those sleepless nights worth it. Motherhood can be hard, but it doesn’t mean you can’t love it.
All of those feelings and emotions came back to me while talking with Lindsy and Austin. They have so much to look forward to during the next few years and I was a little sad to think that the newness has worn off for me. She looks so amazing (as usual) and he simply adores her. One thing I know for certain, this little lady is going to be blessed with some seriously gorgeous genes and parents who will adore her.
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