Welcome to the World Baby J!
Congratulations to the Deng family on the arrival of their son! Weeks prior I had photographed this precious couple’s maternity session, and I was excited to see them as parents. They shared their fears and hopes of what their life would look like from the role of first time parents. I related to them, and I really wanted to hear what their first week was like.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by the same excited smiles and hellos I had remembered from before. It wasn’t long though before I learned that the nights were long, and it was catching up fast. They talked about the lack of sleep and how he cried, and as I listened I couldn’t help but think of my own child. The midnight hours walking, rocking, bouncing, singing, and sometimes crying right along with her. I would do anything my sleep deprived brain could think of to stop the crying. But they tears do dry, and the sleep does come. Now I have a energetic and independent toddler, and I often miss those late nights when she would finally find sleep in my arms. Her breathing would deepen and her body would relax into me, and even though I ached for sleep I couldn’t put her down. I wanted a few more minutes to stare at her perfect features and kiss her prefect cheeks.
The first weeks are hard for all new parents, but they are some of the most precious and defining moments in a person’s life.