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I can hardly believe it’s already been just over a month since this sweet girl visited me for her newborn session! Alexis, you were a perfect little model for me and I loved swaddling you up into a cute little ball of squish! I love that you prefer your mom & dad to snuggle into too, because look how precious you are wrapped in their arms ♥

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On this Mother’s Day, I’d love to give a shout out to all the rad folks who’ve ever made another mom feel like a warrior mom. Motherhood is not always glorious and we all have bad days. Some of us have children who are… different. Who aren’t quite socially “normal”. We see your judging eyes and hear your comments, but what’s really powerful? Those glances and reassuring nods from strangers that say “you’re doing okay. You’ve got this warrior mom!” It gives us those quick pick me ups on bad days and gives me the courage to reach out when I see other warrior moms having a hard time too.

Strangers don’t have the opportunity to meet the little boy that’s so filled with love for his sister that he’d rather skip a fun time out to be home with her when she’s sick. Or the random hugs he gives that come right when you need them most. They only see the boy panicking because a stranger touched his shoulder to tell him something. They broke his bubble and he’s freaking out. He’s being rude. That’s what they think, but they just don’t know. They don’t know that it breaks me a little bit each time this happens. But somehow, you do and you give me that look that says it’s okay. Thanks for that. Really. Thank you.

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Little David, I love that you know what you like, long legs sprawled out. You surely know how to relax!  you’re the most content, happy guy. You were perfectly wonderful for me while I took in all your precious details. I especially love your little puckered kissy lips! Anytime you want to come over, hang out and share some cuddles + photos, my door is open!

Enjoy a handful of my favorites from David’s newborn session ♥

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Sometimes I’ll sit quietly listening to the two of you talk together. You’ll argue, talk about the things you both love, argue a bit more. And the truth is sometimes while I’m listening I’m dreaming of your sibling friendship years down the road. Will you still be inseparable? Will you still argue over who’s faster, smarter, better? Will you call home from school asking to come home when you realize the other has come home sick, because you miss them? Will you tell me how much you absolutely dislike the other, and will I find you moments later cuddled up together sharing a book, forgetting how mad you were not minutes ago?

I usually don’t interrupt your moments together, even when the bickering is getting out of hand. I think it’s an important part of a sibling relationship and I hope so much that you both carry this bond you’ve created long into adulthood. I hope that the little things still excite you so much that you cannot wait to tell the other, because you know just how excited the other will be too. I see little glimpses of your future as brother and sister and I have so many hopes for the both of you ♥ The whole world is ahead of you, I hope that you have each other to experience it with.
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After every newborn session, I feel incredibly overwhelmed with so much love. Like I’m the luckiest lady in all the land. I get to cuddle all these scrumptious babies that these wonderful parents bring over and trust me with. I get to rock & sway them, listen to their sweet quick breaths, love all their little details that were perfectly created that make up their unique little selves ♥

Riley, you are so precious baby girl. Your mommy & daddy are even luckier than I am because you’re theirs ♥ You were a perfect little lady for your session!

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Dearest sweet Sadie,

Baby girl, you’re a dream. You’re a perfect little butterball of everything girls are made of. Your wispy long lashes and the way you loved to curl your fingers. You are perfect, and everything I know your mom & dad dreamed of when they wished for you. I might have had a few tears when your mommy told me she was expecting you ♥  Thank you for a wonderful cuddly session beautiful girl!

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