okay most days, when we feel like we're drowning in motherhood. When we can't wait for bedtime (ours and theirs).
And on days like these, after your kids are asleep and the circus is silent, you wonder...
"Am I missing it all?"
Strangers tell us to slow down and savor these precious years when our children are still little. But they've forgotten how unrealistic slowing down can be. Sure, "the dishes can wait", but not because we're above average parents leaving the mess for later as we make pillow forts and play tag. It's more likely we leave the dishes in the sink out of necessity. And the laundry in the dryer, too.
Here's the thing, we can't stop the time train and before you know it, your newborn is learning to tie their shoes and toddling off to preschool leaving us wondering how this could possibly happen? How did they suddenly get so big?
This is why I photograph families with young children. Photographs of your life as you live it is as close as we're going to get to stopping time. Moments that would otherwise slide by are preserved for a lifetime. Forget the mayhem for one hour a year and release the anxiety of "savoring it all" as you take the time to snuggle, laugh, and enjoy your family for who they are.
Your kids aren't wild. They're kids.
Your house isn't messy. It's lived in.
You're doing this mom stuff right.
Photos of me taken by these gifts from the photo gods: Michelle Ocampo, Erin Witkowski, and In Her Image photography