Hey mama - I guess you are having a little me time, browsing through the internet while your little ones are otherwise engaged (or even in bed). But I just want you to stop for a moment because they are growing up far too quickly aren't they? Soon they'll be so much bigger than they are now, so take a moment to think, what is it about them that you love, right now?
Is it the fact your baby has started giggling, or looks 'oh so cute' with those hard-won first teeth? Perhaps they've started crawling, or walking, or even dancing - that cute little bum-waggle makes you smile every time doesn't it? Or maybe they've hit those milestones and your toddler or child is racing around on a scooter, splashing in every muddy puddle they can find or building tall towers, doing puzzles, or will sit quietly amid a pile of their favourite books, paging carefully through each page.
Whatever it is, it's the exact sort of thing I want to capture on my camera in my mini-milestones sessions, so you'll remember them as they are, right now, in the far-flung future when they are all grown-up.
My 2-year-old Calla has just started walking (we thought it was never going to happen), she's still slightly unsteady on her feet and somewhat bow-legged so walks like a drunken pirate. I know that as her co-ordination improves, so will her unsteady gait and over the coming year she'll lose that baby/toddler chub as she turns from toddler into little girl. But for now, I want to capture those bowed legs, that little pot belly and the baby chub, her lovely curls (that blonde hair of hers is getting longer and longer), her massive blue eyes and other things too.
The way she sits on my lap pointing out my 'nose' 'eyes' and 'teeth', they way she wraps her arms around me saying: 'Cuddle mummy, ahhhhhh'. The way she seems to need to carry her favourite toys around with her, her two comfort bunnies, and the fact that she is obsessed with books. Calla would happily have us do nothing but read stories through our bookshelf all day.
Her older brother Logan was recently diagnosed with high functioning autism. In practical terms, it explains why he has no social skills at all and his communication is slightly delayed. But we find ourselves bursting with pride almost every single day at the progress he is making. Not least in his newfound joy of actually playing with his sister. 'Come on Calla,' he'll say. 'Let's go and jump on mummy and daddy's bed, it's really fun!' (Can you tell things have gotten a little lax around here lately?!)
He is - and always has been - the happiest of children. He really knows how to live in the moment, he devotes himself joyfully to splashing through puddles, playing dress up (at the moment, everyone in my house wants to be a fairy princess... sadly we only have one disintegrating costume), doing complex puzzles and a huge smile is never far from his face. He is also obsessed with everything Paw Patrol... maybe I won't be too sad when he has grown out of that particular phase!
At the moment the weather is dire, the winter days are long and we seem to be spending far too much time cooped up inside, but I know that in the years to come I'll treasure the memories we are making and I'll be so grateful I have so many photos of my children, just as they are, right now.
Is your baby doing something new and exciting (giggling, sitting, crawling, standing or walking)? Have you realised your toddler is less baby and more little girl or boy each passing day? Has it suddenly occurred to you that you have no recent photographs of your children? If so then it is the perfect time to book in a mini milestone session which is a 30-minute in-home or outdoor photography session of your child just being their wonderful selves. As a special launch offer, I'm giving a 10% discount to anyone who books a Mini Milestone session for this January or February AND ten 7" x 5" fine art prints AND a special linen presentation folio containing three of your favourite photos. For more information and to book click here