I have taken approximately 3,000 pictures of Natalie since her birth. 11 weeks on this earth and that's an average of 272 photos a week.
You know how many pictures I have of her and me together?
Twenty photos showing proof that I am her mother. And most of those were taken within the first week of her life.
I have lots of pictures of just Natalie. I have lots of pictures of Chris and Natalie. I have lots of pictures of Zoey and Natalie.
But I hardly have pictures of ME with Natalie.
I'm pretty much the "picture taker" of the family. I always have been - I've been weilding a camera since High School and I love to capture moments in time so I can remember them. But sometimes...what good are those memories, or those moments...if there is literally zero proof that I was actually there? Will my grandchildren look back on my photo albums and say "these are great pictures, but where is Grandma Laura?"
I remember reading a blog post a few years back calling all moms to take pictures WITH their children, and I'm going to do the same. The posts struck a chord with me, but I didn't really fully grasp the impact of it until now. Those pictures are the ones you want to look back on. Those are the pictures you want to see how happy you were, that smile on both of your faces, or the sparkle in your eyes.
When someone snaps a picture of you and the baby, especially in these early months postpartum, the reaction from many women, including me, is usually one of the following:
"Oh no no don't take a picture of me!"
"I look fat!"
"I'm not wearing any makeup!"
"I didn't do my hair today!"
"Can you delete that last one?"
"I hate this outfit!"
Until years pass and your child has one or two blurry, dark photos with their mom.
So Ladies - I've dedicated an entire post to JUST pictures of me physically with Natalie, and I hope you'll do the same.