I love to look through old photographs of when my children were younger. With a child (or two) on my knee, we will open up our box of photos and start to flip through them. My babies love to look at themselves as babies and are constantly asking, "Is this one me?" But you know what else they love to see? What their mama looked like before they could remember.
We love to take and share pictures of our kids. From the minute they are born, we are enamored with these little people and never want to forget those sweet moments that pass by so quickly.
Sometimes it is hard to think about being in pictures when we have just had a baby.
Our postpartum body feels squishy, weak, sore, different. We are tired - oh so tired - and recovering from the biggest task our bodies have ever been put to: growing and birthing a child. Whether naturally or via c-section, there is much healing to take place.
But those first weeks, there is nothing like them. The bonding and tender moments which take place can go by almost unnoticed. We don't even realize what it really looked like, what love there is in those tired eyes and exhausted bodies, when we care for and comfort our babies and big kids, too.
During that postpartum period, everything is so fresh and raw. Time almost stands still as you care for your babe and allow your amazing body, which brought forth life (how astounding is that, really?) to heal and reveal even more of its strength.
Mothers, this is a time in your life that you won't get back again and you and your children will treasure those pictures of you for years to come, and even more so as the years go by.
Maybe you will never hire a professional photographer in your lifetime - but please, let yourself be seen and remembered. Let your partner or spouse take those pictures. You will change and you won't be postpartum or knee-deep in rearing young children forever, but those images will be a reminder of your love and the places and seasons (good, hard, lonely, full) your family has been through forever.
Proud Member of IAPBP