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Letters to Our Daughters: Month Seven

Picking up this sweet series again after a two-month hiatus (thanks to baby Jett). When you’re finished here, follow on to Val Spring of the The red balloon photography | Seattle photographer. She’s incredibly gifted in art and in words!

Scout,

You are two this month. TWO! Where has my baby gone? You are bold and fiery and spicy, tempered with a soft, sweet soul I can hardly describe in words. This must be what “girl” is like versus boy–all I have known except you.

On your birthday you were afraid of your birthday candle. You sat quietly and only the expression on your face revealed your timidity. That, and the fact you wouldn’t even try to blow. I have no doubt that this is a preview of the young woman you will become. One who will face her fears with quiet contemplation and not turn away with tears and helplessness. In the end, Finn bravely extinguished the candle — and you delighted in the cupcake I made for you.

In these last few weeks your life has changed. You are no longer the baby of our family–and I am surprised that you are okay with that. In fact, you are embracing your new roles as big sister and bigger girl. You love Jett with as much gusto as a 2-year-old can muster and aren’t jealous (as long as you get plenty of mommy and daddy cuddles). In fact, you nearly smother him with toys and blankets if I’m not watching closely enough.

You take your diaper off at every opportunity and run to the potty. No, you are not being potty trained. You are essentially demanding it from your not-quite-ready-yet, I-still-have-a-newborn mama. And yesterday, you came to greet me in the morning in my bed. This would have been precious, except for the fact that no one was around to help you out of your crib. You have discovered how to climb out–and are pushing me toward another milestone.

You are my child that is seeking and paving her own path. You do not need my encouragement as much as my support. You have your own timing, sweet girl. Your own way.

I pray that I can lead your heart; that I learn to guide your free spirit gently and that I allow you to blossom on the timeline God has designed for you (and not mine simply for the convenience).

Two years with you has been a blessed eternity and I cannot fathom one day without you. You are precious and mine in a way that only a daughter can be. Happy, Happy second birthday my darling little Scout. The year ahead awaits.

Hugs and kisses (and lots more),
Mama

  • shalonda - happy happy 2nd birthday to sweet S!!! love your words and the documentation of her growth into her new role…xoxoReplyCancel

  • Sarah C - Oh my gosh. First off happy birthday to your little princess!! My goodness your posts always resonate so deeply with me. My feelings as a mother, they just stare back at me going through these. The photos you posted seriously leave me with tears. I too know how it is bringing new babies in the house and while your heart is full to bursting there is a bit of guilt and I have no idea where it comes from or why because it seems like love multiples with each one not divides. We are discussing having another baby now and I don’t know quite how to feel about Sophie not being the baby. It feels alien. BIG hugs girl. Seriously you are one amazing mama!ReplyCancel

  • amy grace - i first took in the sweet pictures, alone, without reading the words, and felt awash in her vulnerability. but equally strong was her carefulness, watchfulness, and dreamer eyes 🙂 i have a two year old boy, and he is so much my baby that it’s hard to imagine him as a big brother…and so in this way i am so acutely touched by the new dances you are learning together with her, the patience and depth and understanding you are showing, and the fragility of it all. i think the name you chose, ‘lifeography’ is so perfect a description of what you do. the way you captured her eyes on her baby brother fills ME with love. what a beautiful mama you are, and what a wonder of a little girl.ReplyCancel

  • Courtenay - She is her momma’s child. In some ways, she mirrors the girl that her momma once was. She will grow to be as graceful, creative, & lovely as her momma, with her own special gifts & attitude since she is beholden to herself, AND she is Michael’s child, too! Happy Birthday, Scout. Hug your momma, and thank her for giving you your special day to celebrate life and love. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Rashmi - Happy Birthday sweetest Scout! I love following your adventures! You are such a lucky little girl to have such a wonderful mama. How can it be that baby Scout is now a big sister and a baby sister!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Wibowo - Happy birthday, sweet little girl. Oh how I love your curls! I really love it when you wrote “One who will face her fears with quiet contemplation and not turn away with tears and helplessness.” I think that is one of the best qualities a girl could have. And the fact that she figured out her way in her own time.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lucy Lockheart - Awww! Your baby girl isn’t quite a baby any more. She looks like she is taking on the role of big sister just perfectly! What beautiful words and dreams you have for Scout. Your images are always so timeless. Welcome back. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Kirsty - Happy Birthday sweet Scout – how wonderfully she’s growing up and entering big sisterhood and giving you a glimpse of life ahead – precious moments captured in both words and picturesReplyCancel

  • Sara T - Such real and life changing moments in these images. It cannot be easy with a toddler and newborn (congrats on your newest addition) that keep you on your toes nearly every moment of every day. What sweet tenderness as she can’t bring herself to blow out her own birthday candles or keep her hat on. These very imperfect moments are all that MORE perfect as children reveal their ever so naked truths. Happy Birthday to your sweet Scout.ReplyCancel

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