In my line of work I have met a lot of really kind, loving, wonderful people. I’ve been so blessed that the majority of the people I’ve come across fit that description. However, yesterday I found myself talking to Lulu about my vocation. I begged her to never do the kind of work that I do. It was so strange for me to hear myself saying this for several reasons but the biggest one is that I love what I do!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my job and I know that my job is ONE of the reasons that God put me on this planet. There are so many joyous and beautiful moments in my line of work but there are also seasons of terrible sadness and downright cruelty. It’s not that the bad times outweigh the good times, it’s just that the low moments are so lonely and so soul wrenching that I wouldn’t wish them upon anyone, especially someone that I love so deeply.
The emotions that I’ve felt in the past 10 years of working in this area, are emotions that no one should ever have to feel. The actions that I’ve suffered should never have to be endured. The sadness that I’ve felt shouldn’t even exist.
Again, I love my profession; I just wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
Last night we took a giant leap. Some might call it a baby step. It IS a step with our baby but it’s a leap I tell you. LULU SLEPT IN HER OWN ROOM FOR THE FIRST TIME! Yes, she did. I kind of want to keep her in the cradle forever. Can’t you just see a five year old sitting up in the cradle at the foot of our bed? Creepy. Hey, at least I don’t sleep with her… often.
I know, I know. It’s time to let go a little, right? She did just fine. It’s not Lulu that I was worried about. It’s her dad. No wait, it’s me. It’s okay though, I had the ability to watch her all night on my laptop, or my iphone. And, maybe I did!
We had Lulu’s three month photos taken two weeks ago, twice. Once we went to Portrait Innovations and another time we went to a local photographer. Why twice and with two different people? Did one take such terrible photos that we had to do it again? NO! I mean, we are talking about the cutest baby ever! She could never be in a bad photo!
Lulu was given a gift of a newborn photo shoot plus a photo shoot at three, six, nine and twelve months. With the exception of the newborn shoot, one photo from each session would be placed in a framed photo collage at the end of the year and be given to us. So, since we never went anywhere else to get photos taken when she was a newborn, we got suckered into paying $70 for two 5×7 photographs of our baby. Robbery, right? Well, it’s worth it. They were great photos and our baby was adorable.
Being smarter this time, we went to an inexpensive-print it right there-lure you in with a $9.99 special but you’ll spend eleven times as much in reality kind of place. We love the photos and so yesterday we took her to the “expensive” place. We went to the other place first so that we wouldn’t be tempted to swoop up anymore $70 5×7’s of the cutest baby in the world.
I mean really, look at her!
Adorable, right? Right? RIGHT?!