Life with three...

Is rather insane, there are no minutes spare in the day anymore, my ears are ringing from the minute I am woken by Mason tugging me out of bed asking for breakfast till they are all finally wrapped up in their beds, and conked out. But, I love it, wouldn't have it any other way and still cant get the thought of a 4th out of my head much to hubbies disappointment!

I remember my good friend Mel, whom I look up to immensely for motherly tips, telling me that people with 3 children always complain the most (she has 5 and makes it look easy) and I remember thinking I'm sure I can juggle it. Hmmmm, well that smug smile has now been removed from my face! I know why they complain a lot, it is a big change!

Id be lying if I said it wasnt a hard adjustment, were still all adjusting to the juggle. Mama only has two hands, and these three little people each want their needs met, and often all at once. There are moments when I think; what was I thinking, but those moments are passed over by the sweetness of seeing Byron, Mason and Indiana interacting together, the delight, the joy, the admiration in each of their faces for one other.  Having not had brothers or sisters, I feel so happy for them, that they have this blessing that will be with them for life.

Ive learnt that my kiddies take about 4 months to adjust to the new addition. Mason has just started sleeping in his own bed all night again, and I have my bedroom floor back. We had to move Indi out into her own room, and once we did that, he seemed happy that she was out of our room, and so he needn't need to make his presence known there each morning at 2am. I am very thankful for the advice from my Aunty to move everyone around, and sleep is now occurring here finally.

And I can see that we are getting into the groove of 3, I now have eyes on the side of my head as well as the back, and my multitasking skills are getting upped daily, who knew you can make school lunch while feeding the baby and dealing with suppliers on the phone at the same time!:)  Im reminded when I look at these 3 beautiful kiddies, how quickly time is passing by, how the little daily moments are passing by in a heartbeat, and how important it is to just stop, put everything down, and enjoy them. 

 

 

Byron said to me tonight as I was tucking him into bed, 'Mum, when are we going to have another baby?' I replied, 'Not for a while hunny.' The instant 4 year old response - 'Why?' I replied, 'because babies make mummy tired'. 'But I want a brother', he replied. We started talking about other stuff and as I walked out of their bedroom, he yelled out to me 'Mum, go and eat lots of things and then you can give me my brother!'. Mmmm gotta love the 4 year old mind!!

Im back!

The past 4 months have flown by.  Its bittersweet as my maternity leave has come to an end, and my baby is getting so much bigger, but I cannot wait to get back into shooting the incredible weddings I have booked this coming wedding season. I had every intention while on maternity leave that I was going to take a photo a day of Indiana (did not remotely happen seeing as the little treasure did not like the camera!) and that I would be posting lots still over the 4 months. Instead I relished in taking a step back from the Internet, and photo taking, and quite honestly, there was no time for photos or the Internet between all of the adjusting going on here!

Since adding to our family though, I have realised my limitations with how many weddings I can commit myself to per season.  Its been hard to realise that I may have to take a slight step back, but I would only ever want to be able to give 100% to each client and there wedding, and I can only continue to do that if I limit the number of weddings I take on. I am currently 3 bookings off my limit for this season (Now - May 2012) so if you were thinking about making a booking, now is the time to do it!

Ill be back to blog a beautiful wedding, and gorgeous Mama to be from last weekend:) Makes me want to be pregnant again.... almost, if It wasn't for the sleep deprivation I'm currently still experiencing!

And I cant have a post without a photo, here is our dear little Indiana, only not so little, she is turning into a Michelin baby as well!

Ten weeks

Ten whole weeks.

75 days since you changed my world.

Having a daughter is every bit as wonderful as I had dreamed it would be.  Watching her big brothers lovingly talk to her and make her smile makes my heart skip a beat.

It makes every bit of sleep deprivation(from Mason not Indiana!!) and exhausting moments slip away into insignificance.

She is a fantastic baby, sleeping well at night time and going with the flow in our busy daily life. 

I just wish I could hit the pause button on our busy lives, so I can soak her in for longer, I know now how fast these days go by and before long she will be chasing her big brothers everywhere.

Typical photographers children

When I fell pregnant with this baby, I remember being so excited at all of the newborn photos I could take.  I dreamt up poses and ideas, spent hours trailing etsy and wool stores loading up on hats and blankets that I would use in all of these beautiful photos I would take. I was prepared this time, the ideal time to photograph a newborn is between day 4 and up to day 14, as they are usually nice and sleepy in this time, and they change so much in those first few weeks. On day 2 I got the beautiful photos in the post below of my husband Gareth and Indi. On day 4 I tried to do her photos on her own. I had the room prepared to a toasty temp of 35 and eased her into some poses.

No chance. The minute she was undressed she cried. The only time she ever cries is still when shes undressed. (Daddy's rather pleased about this!)  I tried wrapping her, but to no avail. I did this every day for the following 9 days till I decided its just not going to happen. On day 7 I tried to take the perfect shot of my 3 gorgeous children. I have about 30 hilarious photos of many face pulls and outtakes. I managed to photo merge one to something I like and the rest I will forever laugh at, and remember that day - the pleading, distracting and bribery, none of which worked!

And a few of the fantastic outtakes!

Refreshed

A couple of weeks ago unexpectedly Gareth had a couple of weeks off. So last minute (as all our trips are) we decided to book a holiday to Bali. Its quite fun booking the trip 5 days before your due to go, no anticipation or waiting, just mad rushing!! The flight was a breeze, only 3.5 hours and for once it was not 2 against 1 on the flight! I even got to read two magazines and half a book! Of course Gareth turned to me and said I must have been lying about all the previous flights, as it was so easy with the boys!!

We stayed at the same resort we got married at almost 5 years ago, and it was perfect. So well set up for children, kids club was excellent for when we wanted to do a bit of shopping, get a massage or eat dinner and actually eat it without distractions!! The boys swam for most of the days, and warm weather was beautiful.

The Balinese were so lovely with all the kids, and we had a great day at Waterbom park as well as taking Byron to see the volcano, which he has not stopped talking about since.

It was of course still hard work, both in nappies still, in the process of toilet training made for some eventful nappy changes in places Id never thought possible! As well as many glass breakages, as plastic is not often served, but we had a lovely time, and I feel refreshed for the coming very busy months!!

I will be offering mini sessions in October and will have more information very soon!

Two

To be a star,you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don’t worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest.

With time flying by so quickly, and September fast aproaching, I suddenly realised my 'baby' is turning two.

It makes me nervous to think how quickly these days with young children are flying past, I feel like it was not long ago that I was eagerly awaiting his birth.

In those early days with a newborn baby, you feel like it will never end. Sleepless nights, unsettled baby and lots of crying, the constant thoughts of 'am I doing the right thing'. 'Why isnt he sleeping', 'what it I did this differently'.

And then one day, you suddenly really take a look, and you realise that your baby is no longer, and they are really growing up. I look forward to the endless possibilities that lay before my children as the years go on, but as draining as it is some days, Im not quite sure I want these moments when they really need me to pass.

I love though, that I have so many photos to always look back on of these early days, I wonder what Byron and Mason will think of all these photos once they are older?!

 

 

Out of the office

Tonight I will be jumping on a plane (at 1am no less!) with my two little monkeys and heading to stay at our gorgeous friends house for a week! We have been organising this trip for what seems like forever, I cant wait! The bubbly is chilling and we have lots of wonderful things organised to do, including mini sessions with four lovely families. Im off to pack, but I will still be contactable on my phone, or via email, however just be patient with my reply. Business is back to normal on Wednesday 14th July.

A few photos from the beach the other day. I am SO looking forward to summer, winter is overrated in Australia with no snow.

Brothers

Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.  ~Marc Brown

Although they do fight every now and then, for the most part they play so well together.

Its beautiful watching Mason follow Byron around, and watching them chase each other.

I was an only child, and I remember playing on my own a lot, or I was always with my parents, which was lovely, but I always wanted a sibling. I still do. So I find it so special watching the sibling relationship that my two boys share in.

Although I thought I was a tad insane having them close together in age, I hoped that it would pay off down the track, and they would be really close, and it has, they are so close!

Sunday late afternoon at our favorite spot just down the road.

Definitely a reminder of why living in Perth is wonderful - mid winter and the kids are still able to strip off and jump in the water! (although right now its making me cold just looking at these pictures as its 0 degrees!)

The magic of childhood

 “We plan our lives according to a dream that came to us in our childhood, and we find that life alters our plans. And yet, at the end, from a rare height, we also see that our dream was our fate. It's just that providence had other ideas as to how we would get there. Destiny plans a different route, or turns the dream around, as if it were a riddle, and fulfills the dream in ways we couldn't have expected.”             ~Ben Okri A comment on the blog (which by the way just makes my day!) from a fellow school friend (thankyou Cat), got me thinking about dreams and destiny and fulfillment. Its not unusual for me to think like that, I have always been a huge believer in dreaming big and fate.

She said that I had found my calling in life as a mother and photographer.

And how true she was. How lucky I feel.  I couldn't have dreamed I would be this happy being a mother, and then from that finding my feet as a photographer. The two go amazingly well together, and I feel so fulfilled doing what I love each day.

I try to think back to what started my belief in dreaming big, and then turning your dreams into reality, but I think it was just a good mix of everything from childhood.

On a cool but warm enough for the children to strip off, winters afternoon, my friend Mel and I met down by the boat shed at the river.

Children dressed in many different colours and costumes, delightful food galore, 3 big black swans and an empty river perfect for children to play made for a beautiful late Friday afternoon.  They explored and chased until it was so dark we could no longer see them and it was time to go home and feed hungry tummies.

It is delightful to watch them all play, delighting in the smallest things. Audrey was fascinated with a crab that she had found. Sydney was at first petrified but then protective of the beautiful black swans that Scarlett and Mason wanted to feed chips to. Mason was scarily enjoying running back and forth along the jetty, unaided and very wobbly and then delighted in throwing all the dry clothes and towels off the jetty. Byron was content with his packet of chips his 'gun' and not much else. Scarlett was in love with her new 'tutu dress' and sparkly pink shoes.  And Antonia gracefully moved around with you barely knowing she was there. And the eldest Lachlan decided he wasn't in the mood for the photos, but he made Byron & Masons day by wrestling with them on the grass.

They are all so different, and have such full and complete spirits. They are made happy by such little things, a yummy cupcake, swans in the river and chasey.

It always reminds me of this song, and these lyrics.

(Priscilla Ahn, Dream)

I was a little girl alone in my little world who dreamed of a little home for me. I played pretend between the trees, and fed my houseguests bark and leaves, and laughed in my pretty bed of green.

I had a dream That I could fly from the highest swing. I had a dream.

Long walks in the dark through woods grown behind the park, I asked God who I'm supposed to be. The stars smiled down on me, God answered in silent reverie. I said a prayer and fell asleep.

I had a dream That I could fly from the highest tree. I had a dream.

Now I'm old and feeling grey. I don't know what's left to say about this life I'm willing to leave. I lived it full and I lived it well, there's many tales I've lived to tell. I'm ready now, I'm ready now, I'm ready now to fly from the highest wing.

I had a dream

I hope that over time, our children continue to dream, and know that they can fulfill those dreams.

Even superheros need food sometimes, or in Masons case, all the time.