Sunday, February 20, 2011

Josiah my love

I was never the babysitter in the family.
That was my sister's job.
Growing up there were plenty of jokes about how I would hold babies at arms length instead of cuddling them to my body.  I think I was scared more than anything.
It takes vulnerability to coo to an infant. 
And that's not always my 'thing'....ha ha.
But I have to say that having a brand new little nephew is quite heavenly.
I mean, you'd think that I'd be a bit immune to that baby smell, what with having our own brood of three, and our youngest about to turn 5!
But I can't think of anything better than our new little addition, Josiah Mason.
So needless to say, I jumped at the request to take his announcement pictures.
He was just 7 days old at the time.
And just a lil ball of squishy yum!
He has steely, grey eyes and magnificent curly hair.
And well, he's just so ....'pliable' for lack of a better word!
So my sister filled his tummy and lulled him to sleep.....and we had our way with him.
His daddy is a 49er fan....as is Papi....and of course our family...so we made sure to document his allegiances from the get-go.
See what I mean?
And well, some poses worked out better than others!
The cake platter was a no-go.
But he did let us strip him down for the nude shots.
I tried to remember everything I'd ever read about taking pictures of infants.
Keeping them warm and comfy is numero uno!
And he did great as long as I only snapped a few shots, and then I covered him back up for a minute.
But if it got too breezy.....well, he was NOT a happy camper:
All in all, it wasn't hard to capture the magic.  He sleeps like a rock.  
I even re-positioned his hands a few times.  
Cutie-patootie!

Towards the end my kids couldn't help themselves...they needed to jump in on the fun.
Josiah was oblivious!
What is it about baby feet that makes them so delectable?
Here I played ring toss with my prego ring.
I just wanted a size reference for those toes.
We all know they will NOT stay this small and clean! 
Ah yes, this has to be close to what it feels like to be a grandparent.  It almost hurts how much I love this little guy.  I can spoil him and take him places, and then send him home.
Awesome.
I'm just thrilled that my kids will grow up with a lil cousin.
They have cousins on Jarrod's side.  But since Trish is my only sister.....well, it was all up to her ;)
I wish I could show you some more great shots, but I have to wait until the announcements come out.  
I don't want to steal any thunder. 
We all love to get a little snailmail right? It reminds us that we're human not just machines ;)
So I leave you with one parting shot.
I'm sure I'm biased, but MAN I am talking perfection with those feet!

And I'll end with this quote:
Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.
Khalil Gibran

2 comments:

The Ballard Family said...

So glad you are blogging again! Josiah is so beautifully, preciously, amazingly, adorably, PERFECT!

Gina said...

Oh my goodness--such sweet pictures! What a great gift to your sister. :-) Yea for new babies!