I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. Being a mom to a toddler is hard work. All of you that are moms to toddlers already are probably wondering why that’s the secret…and here’s the thing, it’s not. I was just stating the obvious. 😉 Everyone knows that toddlers can go from screaming on the floor in tantrum mode to happy-go-lucky-kid in .04 seconds. So, of course that’s difficult to manage.
But the real secret is… I love so many aspects of toddler-hood. I’m overwhelmed with a mix of emotions everyday and find that I’m constantly being tested in the realm of patience, creativity, empathy and mental toughness. That’s why I couldn’t wait to share her 18 month photoshoot with you. It seems to symbolically mean I’m mastering at least some level of all of those things. 😉 (If you missed the previous 6 and 12 months posts, check them out here and here.)
I love the way G has learned how to tell us exactly what she wants. I love the playfulness and watching her form relationships with her _______ (you name it, she loves it: bunny/doggy/bear/baby/cat/owl).
I love how she interprets “be nice to Riese” to mean stand still, close your eyes and accept doggie licks. I love how she points to our family wall of fame (hehe, that’s what happens when you have 90% of your family living over a 3 hour drive away) and knows everyone’s name, dogs included.
And last but not least, I love her relationship with A. Our family may be crazy busy all the time, but I feel so lucky that I have the chance to document it all as it’s happening…so I hope you don’t mind my sharing. My goal is always to make everyone who lands behind my lens feel comfortable, have fun and show off the best parts of themselves. I think toddlers automatically know how to do that, so this “client” was a no-brainer. 😉