Hubby and I became parents at age 28 with the birth of our first baby. (which is, by the way, how old he will be tomorrow!) We had married just three years prior, had bought a house two years before - we knew it was time. And we felt ready. When I think back on that, I am so glad we approached parenthood that way we did, even though I think you can never fully prepare yourself. It was a bumpy road at times, and we learned so much from this very first baby. We were as green as they come.
It's amazing to me to look back on these photos - all the hopes and dreams of new parents casually posed and placed into a simple film image. Nothing fancy, not composed or staged or lit in any certain way. Neither one of us ever holding a baby, much less diapering and feeding one. But we felt like we had a lot to offer and were so grateful and excited to be given this perfect little baby!
There were three others that followed, but there's something magical about the first. Looking forward to so many milestones, having so many plans, getting know that baby through the years...it's a wondrous process. And Spencer was a wondrous and much-loved child. So these photos, showing us on the brink of our adventure? They remind me of a time that seems both far away, and yet so recent. (Weird, huh?)
He might have outgrown Hubby's shoulder, but he will never outgrown our hearts.
Happy Birthday, Spencer Austin! We love you so much!