“You know what the great thing about babies is? They are like little bundles of hope. Like the future in a basket.”
― Lish McBride, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
Those eyes, though. Who needs Blue Steel when you have these hazel-brown irises making this model face?
Megan + Daniel’s little man looked all around during the session with those eyes. He looked with joy at his mom and dad, breaking into a wide, giggly smile when each would crawl towards him. He looked with curiosity at my flash when it would trigger and fire. He looked with awe at the leaves and grass when we were (finally) able to go outside in between raindrops.
But we all looked at him in wonder, trying to figure out how exactly he was already nine months old already. How are we so far from last September, and so close to the next when he will be one year old?
As it has been said before, it is bittersweet to watch an infant grow into a toddler (and that’s just from my side of the camera…it is exponentially moreso for parents, probably pushing the threshold of 100% cacao somedays). The fact that those baby snuggles may now be met with squirmy resistentance, that the nuzzling feeding times become spoons and highchairs and actual food…those are hard to watch pass. What fills their void, however, it rewarding. Watching them move around on a mission, with a purpose–even if it is just towards shoes–is always fun. To see the little glimmers of their individual personality pop out is smile-inducing.
To be able to see all of this evolution while watching them love on their duckie, well, that’s priceless. And that’s what it is all about. Raising babies into toddlers into teens into adults is the sure-fire way to change the future. And with observant, bright, and focused Christopher, the future is looking good.
But this nine months range, it’s looking pretty cute itself…