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Monday, May 23

Fifteen and Sixteen.

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Day 15 was a day I decided to nap instead of shoot.... The baby is really good at being sleepy and moldable in the afternoon, and it's the time my toddler naps, too... so it's often the time I shoot these pics. But some days.... the thought of trying to SHOOT, when all I want to do is SLEEP... makes me almost cry. So I give up on a "staged shot" and just let us both sleep....


This was one of those days.


So it was 5:30 pm and time and light had run out... The baby girl was in a purple swaddle for the sake of napping, and I figured I'd just keep her in it, grab something fast, and so I quickly assembled this pic:


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Cute enough. Never mind the pink nightgown poking out... the similarity to day 5's photos ...It would serve its purpose.

But then I had a last-minute idea. And I tried it, and she woke up screaming... and it was gonna be a failure... But this last minute idea was so AWESOME that I had a new passion in me to GET THIS SHOT. So against all odds (time of day, baby is DONE napping, she HATES this new idea), I quickly nursed her back to a semi-sleepy state... And somehow, I got the shot. So THIS is my final Day 15 Shot, complete with a tiny smile: 

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Yes, she is outside, on a patch of fur on a real flower bed. And yes, I even took her nightgown off and reswaddled her, since succeeding at this second attempt was a long shot anyway. The smile was just a bonus. I am so glad I stuck with it. I LOVE love love love this final shot. ♥


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I had more time and energy this day, so there are more photos to show for my efforts. The one above was a quick snap while I was working on getting her sleepy and posed. When getting everything set up, you only have this brief window of opportunity to pose the baby just right, and everything you do to get the pose perfect runs the risk of waking the baby and ending the session. So you take some "insurance shots"-- ones like the one above, quick snaps as they are asleep, pre-pose, just in case everything falls apart and you don't get any other shots... 

Lucky for me, Lucy was a great sleeper on Day 16, and I got what I wanted for the day. This set features another hat by Heather Bauers of WoolyWishes, and a singed silk flower by me.

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And one more set, since she was still sleeping. This darling headband was made by a photographer on 2Peas in a headband swap we did last year... But I don't remember who. (Anyone want to claim credit? I LOVE it!)

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It's a new week, and I admit I feel a bit overwhelmed as Lucy reaches 6 weeks old. In most ways, I still feel like this is the first few days of having her.... So I feel nervous to do basic errands still-- like tackle the grocery store with both of the kiddos... I feel like we are still hunkering down in the house in our pajamas, just learning how to survive the New Normal.... But then this small part of me is like, IT'S BEEN SIX WEEKS. Shouldn't I have some of this down by now? Shouldn't we be diving into LIFE again? The weather is lovely, so maybe I should be scheduling playdates by now... Going to the park daily... Cooking dinner for my family again... Normal stuff, ya know? 

But. I really get skittish imagining any of those things. Lucy might scream in the car. Or scream through the grocery store. I might end up crabby from the stress and let my moodiness come out on innocent bystanders. I might snap at Noah for something he didn't even mean to do... hurt his feelings in public and therefore make him harder to handle... 

So.

A new week... But very little planned. For now. 

Work is going to start up again this week, though. I have client meetings and at least one session this week (Hi, Molly! Can't wait!)... So maybe that alone is enough to claim this week as a step in the right direction. Right? Okay. Good. 

Happy Monday, all!

5 comments:

  1. What's the rush? (Enjoy the fact that you don't have to return to on office job at the 6 week mark.) As a first time mom, I am still feeling all those things at the 10 week mark! We are taking our first trip this week... from St. Louis to Nashville to visit family. Just her and I (daddy has to work) Am I crazy?!?

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  2. Emily, I am so impressed that you have gotten even one shot each day and they are all beautiful! I haven't taken any set up shots since Tate's newborn shoot. It stresses me out just thinking about it. Hang in there. I'm over here covered in crusty spit up thinking of you!

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  3. So cute! I love the insurance shot, as well as the smiley flowers! Take it slow and easy...what's the rush?! Isn't it nice to not be busy-busy-busy Emily Southerland for once?! :)

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  4. You say it so well. I have a 3 1/2 year old son and an almost 7 month old girl and it was scary, nerve wracking, and stressful to go out with both in the beginning (it still can be at times). But today I was actually thinking that maybe i kindda got it a bit and maybe we could handle one more kiddo. I say get out and run your errands. The babe will cry and so what. You know how to comfort her. I mean all of this in the nicest way.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful pics of Lucy!

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  5. hey emily - we have a mutual friend - carrie b? anyway, i found your blog and LOVE all your pictures. i'm sure you know this already, but wow, you are really talented. and boy howdy, do you have some CUTE KIDS!!

    i just wanted to comment on being out and about with a baby and a toddler... although the transition to two was easier for me than when i had my first, there were times when things seemed harder. and looking back, it was honestly because i was putting pressure on myself because i had done it all before, and why couldn't i get a schedule going, and yadda yadda yadda. my unsolicited advice is to just take it easy. maybe take a mini-trip to a park or something, and see how things go. in a very short time, you'll wonder why it all seemed so weird.

    GOOD LUCK!!!

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