Magnus | First 48

We always hear how babies change everything--and of course, that is true. Logistically, everything is more difficult, and your life is now centered around another little being. 

BUT.

Conversely, a thousand million times over, they also make everything BETTER. Brighter, shinier, more fun, more magical. 

Which is why, when I found out this couple was moving to France soon after baby was born, I knew I had to follow along (thank you social media!) ---because what. an. experience. It sounds so cloyingly cliche, but every. little. thing is an immense and heart-expanding joy when you are experiencing it with your baby. It just is. Going to the grocery store. Taking a walk. Going to the zoo. Whatever. Every "first" is better than the last.

So needless to say, I have been living vicariously through this sweet little family and following along with their journey as they raise this handsome little boy in Paris. But here, because blogging is just hard right now, are some photos of baby Magnus's first hours!

Update

I wrote a really long, heartfelt blog post yesterday, in an attempt to share a bit about whats been going on in our lives recently, and as I attempted to publish it, it disappeared. I simply don't have the energy to re-write it, so now, you get spared all the emotion and fluff. 

My dad has cancer, a disease I've prayed so fervently against for so many people, but have never truly experienced first hand. (On that note--I've been convicted, deeply, of how little I really understood about how it effects those battling it, and their loved ones. I have been humbled by the encouragement, advice, meals, and prayers we have received these past few weeks. It has been sustaining us, and I am so grateful for the hand of God that I see in our family and friends. It has taught me what I should be doing, for others who are walking this path.)

Back to the facts--he is staying with us while he undergoes treatment. He is weak, and discouraged, but he's pressing on. He had his first round of chemo yesterday. We are so glad to be beyond that hump. The waiting is the worst. I think we are all so glad to actually, finally, be moving forward. It's only been 24 hours, but so far, no side effects. Praise God.

I only share here because I wanted a way to let clients, old and new, know that yes, life is happening, but that this job is still important to me. That you and your family and the moments you invite me into are still a priority. It's just taking a bit more juggling now, and I so appreciate you sticking with me throughout. I don't think I've missed an email or a deadline yet, but if I have, please reach out. It is not a bother, and in fact I would probably welcome it.

When something so big and ugly rears its head in your life, the small, ordinary moments become so much more special. So I have grown even more grateful for this work; for those of you who allow me into your lives; for my own sweet, funny, children who are such a wonderful distraction; for my compassionate, patient husband; and for our thoughtful, prayerful friends and family who so faithfully support us. Life can be so hard, but God has shown us so much goodness. 

Please continue to pray for my dad, for our Pop and Pepaw. We want him better.

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Waiting on Baby | Dallas Maternity Photography

I began blogging this beautiful family's in-hospital (First 48) photos, and quickly realized I had not shared their maternity session....not a huge deal, but I felt this entire story was so worth sharing, so let's start back at the beginning!

When I met Fiorella and Chris, they were not only anticipating their first baby, they were also preparing for an exciting, transatlantic move----to France. 

It felt like a fairytale.

These two have the sweetest relationship, and it was a total joy walking the streets of their city with them. It felt so special, exploring this neighborhood that they live in, capturing them in the midst of their current (beloved) home, all the while anticipating the exciting changes to come.

Wait until you see their hospital session--its dreamy and magical and everything meeting your baby should be like.