Jennifer and Todd were surprised and overjoyed when they discovered they were having a third child. While not planned, they had always thought they wanted three children within a short time frame and this certainly was that. Big sisters Tessa, who is three and a half, and Keira, who is nearly two, were thrilled to have him join the family and love to help change nappies and put him to sleep. I was so pleased to meet him having photographed Tessa and then Keira when they were each the same age, as well as their mama bear when she was pregnant. Keira doesn't quite understand how gentle she needs to be just yet and must be watched to keep her from "petting" her little brother a little too roughly, while Tessa is an old pro at this and is quite a little mummy, forever instructing Keira on how to behave around Colton and loves to help whenever asked.
It's funny as I have been dying to shoot a newborn in a cute hat forever but never had a hat of the right caliber. This darling one was a baby gift for Colton from some family friends and was hand crocheted by Sarah of Crocheted Creations and is simply adorable. Recently I watched this rather amusing (but also verging on cyber bullying) series of videos by a woman who was clearly mocking a type of newbie photographer. It was so sickly sweet it was scathing and one thing she pretended to love, but obviously doesn't, is newborns in cute hats. So I did shoot despite seeing her video and yes, perhaps it has been done before a ton, but perhaps there is a reason for it - they look darn cute! So I am proud of my first newborn in a cute little newborn hat - I just adore Colton in it and how it adds a whole new element of cute, even is she is not a fan, I am.
Despite usually being a great sleeper, Colton was awake for the entire shoot which does not happen to me often, but of course the atmosphere is completely different when there are older siblings around so we just ran with it. He kept making this little scowly face so I said I was waiting for him to soften. His mama told me that adorable little scowl is his little face most of the time and she loved it and wanted to be sure I captured him looking cross too. She said she can just hear the questions he must be asking himself about this noisy world around him And noisy it will always be with his tow big sisters - no hope for quiet for this little guy. His expression made me smile, for our son, Oslo, frowned for the first five months of his life and I was tormented that I couldn't get a good picture. I wish that I had had Jennifer's heavenly attitude and accepted that this was just him at that age and loved the pics of that little sensitive-to-light expression. Jennifer says the scowly ones are her faves and I have to say, I think I agree.
I had photographed both girls with the rings on their toes too so Jennifer was keen to be fair and capture Colton's little feet in the same way. My sister does photo books and I just love the idea of all three shoots being in one album to show the ways in which they were similar and those in which they were different. So delicious to have been organised enough to capture all three babies in their first weeks - kudos to Jennifer and Todd!
At 26 weeks, Jennifer had a scare and because Keira had come at 30 weeks, she was sent to Canada with the family for procedures to prevent preterm labour. But after six weeks, she was given the all clear and they returned to Bermuda and this perfectly healthy baby boy was born at full term at 8lbs 5ozs adn 20 inches long. All the earlier stress and worry evaporated and the family feel so blessed to have him in their lives at long last after having thought he would arrive at any moment for 14 weeks!
Thanks to the five of you for a lovely shoot - I adored the little hat, the grumpy expressions and the madness of a houseful of children - it is what expresses love most in my mind. I love your saying you shared with me that "the days are long but the years are short". That really sums up what having a family is about - such juxtapositions of feelings and I am so happy we were once again able to hold on to these precious newborn days with Colton. Congratulations on your family finally being complete. xxx