It is truly amazing how quickly time goes by when you have children. I am still in a bit of denial that my baby Micah turned four years old yesterday. I’ll admit that I had a bit of a meltdown sometime last week. With a 2 month old in the house I naturally spend lots of time with her-feeding, changing, rocking, etc. I was beyond the point of needing a date with Micah to reconnect. So the next day I planned to take him out for his four year portraits in the evening. I had a few things that were not “perfect” for photos like I had put off getting his hair trimmed, didn’t quite have a “the” outfit for him, he was up early so the evening session was pretty much at his bedtime (you know, possible-meltdown-in-the-horizon time of day). Still, I needed my dose of just the two of us and I didn’t want to put off documenting this time in his life! I grabbed some clothes from his summer wardrobe, did the best with his hair, promised him Rita’s and strapped him in his car seat in hopes of some pretty images for us.
If you haven’t had the chance to meet Micah, I can tell you that he is one INTENSE boy.
In all of his intensity he is a very fun-loving boy.
He loves me and his papi a ton. He used to wake up in the middle of the night and we didn’t know why. Now that he can express his emotions (most of the time) he wakes up in the middle of the night, comes over to my side of the bed and says, “Mami,” (waits for me to respond) “I love you” and then heads back to bed. I wish he knew that he doesn’t have to do that, but I know it is one of those little big things that are leaving a mark in my heart.
He loves to bring me flowers and picks wild ones when he spots them for me.
His silliness is contagious. He often makes me laugh. If I am not smiling he will tell me to smile and shows me how. “Mami, smile! Like this!” After I give him a smile he tells me, “now keep it like that.” It is very difficult to not laugh out loud at his request. It usually turns into us laughing silly together. He is really imaginative and loves to pretend. At our session, he pulled out his cell phone and started talking to somebody (I think he said Jack) and laughing at whatever they were talking about.
As challenging as he can be with his countless questions and curiosity (and his playing hard to get in front of the camera), I would not change one little bit of him. I tell him every night, “I love you just the way you are!”
The red chair was actually John’s (my husband) as a child. This past winter John and Micah refinished it together. I absolutely love the way it turned out and the fact that Micah was a part of making it his own. I asked him if I could borrow it for photos of other kids and he said I could 🙂
As sad as I am that he is losing all looks of baby, I am really looking forward to all of the new discoveries and adventures in the year ahead.