As a photographer I get to meet new parents all the time, and I photograph this gorgeous new little bundle so that the tiny window of time that is the newborn stage is captured and can be looked back on forever.
When I visit the new parents to deliver their prints, they open the door and sometimes they are fully dressed and feeling amazing. Other times, the door is opened and in front of me is a half dressed parent, who hasn't slept for the last couple of weeks, on the verge of tears because they are just so exhausted, and that is totally OK. It is OK to be exhausted, it's OK to feel like you just want to cry because being a parent is hard!
Some days and weeks are way harder than you ever imagined, but one day when this newborn stage is long forgotten, you suddenly wake up and they are 9, 6 and 4, and your brain looks at the wall with your newborn prints and you think, "Wow, they were so tiny, where did that time go?" Those early days are such a haze so your newborn photos are your reminder of just how small they were, how amazing you were to create this tiny human, and how far you have come. You are grateful that the memories of their early days are on your wall for you to see.
Parenting always has it's challenges, but when your youngest looks at you and says "Mummy, I love you to outer space, even ALL the way to Queensland" (4yr olds don't have a great concept of distance but you get that he means a lot!), the early days that were hard, and you never thought you would see the light at the end of the tunnel ever again are long forgotten.
I have written all of this, because today I saw a Mum unshowered and completely exhausted (and I know there are plenty more out there feeling the same), who is having a tough time, hasn't slept and can't even get to the shower, and I want to say to you, remember that you are amazing, there will be a time where you will look back and think "Gosh those days were so hard but looks at us now!" and I am thankful that I have been the Photographer to give you those precious sweet memories of just how small your newborn was, so when the haze is gone and the sleep has returned, you can look at the wall and smile.
Love to all the Mum's on International Women's Day xx