Meet beautiful 5 day old Amira. She is the first baby girl in this large family, and with 5 older brothers, I am certain she will quickly find a way to wrap each of them around her finger!
Today Justice turned 3 months! It is the benchmark age at which many veteran moms tell me things get easier. While he is still a pretty fussy guy, he has found a larger vocabulary of communication with us that does not include only crying… Now its screaming, shouting, grunting, coughing, cooing and crying. It is a welcome change (well except for the screaming part). He also is very interactive with us and requires so much stimulation to keep his active mind busy. Just yesterday he rolled from belly to back for the first time which we celebrated. He is hitting and surpassing his milestones, one after the other.
I still think of him as my little guy, but looking back on his newborn photos, he has gotten so BIG! He has grown over 4 inches and gained more than 5 pounds since birth. He finally fits into his cloth diapers (which I love using) and has outgrown all of his newborn clothes. Below is Justice now and a flashback to 17 days old, can you believe the changes?!?!
His personality is shining through these days. I can see he has a flair for the dramatic, he is so very curious about the world, he loves faces and being read to. He has even got a little sense of humor coming out lately. His little chuckles melts my heart every time. He has already reached the ‘everything in the mouth’ stage and is now sleeping for a reliable 4 hour stretch at night (although he has taken up fighting sleep big time). Oh, and lets not forget about those beautiful baby blues, he is still holding onto them giving mom lots of hope!
Buttons and bubbles and toes, oh my! One month has passed since Justice was born. It has been quite the initiation into motherhood I must say. I took the opportunity to photograph his sweet little details at this stage before he gets much bigger, as I did not want to miss out on his smallness since everyone is telling me how much I should cherish this fleeting time in his life. I really do love every little part of him. At 4 weeks he is smiling up a storm when he is not crying from tummy troubles. He is also starting to sound his first coos, which melts my heart each time he makes the effort to “talk” to us.
I quickly found out how difficult being a new mother is. I am so impressed that my clients, just a days after having their baby, come to me to photograph their precious newborns when they are still recovering from delivery and figuring out their new sleepless reality. I thought I would be able to get pictures of my little guy each day as a newborn. My enthusiasm was quickly quenched by the demands of motherhood. The pain of recovering after a traumatic emergency cesarean, along with trying to figure out breastfeeding and getting to know baby, it can be overwhelming when one has no sleep…
While I was unable to do anything daily, I certainly kept my goal of creating a photograph of Justice at least once a week. I would like to continue creating images of my little guy each week as he grows throughout his first year. I realize some weeks this may be easier said than done, but I am up for the challenge!
So inspired by my neighbor and talented ceramic artist Laura Fraedrich, who created an original work of art each week for 52 weeks, I will be doing the same. I hope to keep up with posting images on this blog from each week as my son grows. The weeks will correspond to how old he is when the photos were taken (although I may be a few days behind on actually getting them online). I imagine I will have more than one image to share as I am a mom and oftentimes cannot choose just one. Here is Justice in his 3rd week of life while contemplating it’s meaning.
Baby Justice received a special gift from his grandparents in Japan. A handmade blanket, originally gifted to Daddy when he was an infant, has now been passed down to our son. I love that it not only has been around for 41 years, but that there is a photo of it in use when Daddy was just 4 months old (below).
At 10 days old, and on Daddy’s 41st birthday, I got him a awesome flash light and we photographed baby Justice with his special blanket. I even turned the camera over to Daddy who captured a few photos of me holding our little guy. I think they are some of Dad’s favorite photos thus far! Take a look at his beautiful blue eyes, do you think he is going to keep them?
When I was pregnant with baby Justice the song “Beautiful Boy” by John Lennon played repeatedly in my head for weeks. Sometimes I would get present to the fact I was about to have a baby in the near future and the song would prompt tears. When I was finally able to hold him, the first thing I noticed were his lips. I love those squishy lips of his! Then I realized what a amazingly beautiful baby he is. Granted, I may be looking at him through partial eyes because he is my own, but I have also seen many many babies. Frankly, I was surprised on how beautiful he is, and each and every day, though the exhaustion, fussing, and difficulties of parenting a new baby, I am in just pure adoration of him. I kiss him all over, and tell dad how amazing it is that we created this special little being.
A strong desire for motherhood first overcame me when I was 25. Over time after struggling to conceive for many years with my previous marriage I came to the conclusion that I would not be given the gift of bearing a child of my own. I eventually decided that I can embrace motherhood as a foster/adoptive parent, and fulfilled that desire in 2013 with my teenage daughter Marissa. Only a few months later I met a wonderful man I now have the honor to call my husband. I was in conversations with him right before getting married about expanding our family. I was certain of being infertile and told him that it would be the “Will of God” if I were to get pregnant. Well, as God would have it, I did indeed conceive within two weeks of our marriage. It was a true miracle in my eyes and a huge confirmation for our marriage.
Once we found out we were expecting a boy we called him “Will” and knew we would somehow include it in his given name. After much discussion we came up with a name that resonated with both of us but kept it a secret from everyone else. We wanted to meet our son before deciding his name. But the moment father and son first met he knew the name we had chosen so many months ago would fit. Meet our miracle baby, Justice William Reign Higgins. He was exactly one week old when we took these first photos. These are all in daddy’s loving hands. His personality is beginning to show through already.
Meet 7 day old James way more before that time we was looking for baby registry ideas. This handsome little guy was such a joy for me to photograph and makes me look forward to my little one who should be here in the next month! I just hope mine will be as cooperative. Congratulations mom and dad, he is a real treasure!
Talk about beautiful girls, this family has two now! Their newest little princes, Evie, has a full head of dark hair to all our delight and surprise! I feel so honored that they called me back to capture their newest member of the family. It is so much more special to hold a baby like Evie, knowing that I will have my own in just a matter of months. Each one really is a miracle.
It was an absolute pleasure to meet 7 day old Charli and her family. She melted my heart and I did not want to stop holding or photographing her. With her sweet smiles, full head of hair and big round cheeks, she was simply irresistible!