bringing Zoe home was both wonderful and terrible all wrapped into one. i would love to sugar coat it as much as possible, and gush about our new baby girl, but it was hard. she was our hardest baby by a landslide. the crying was constant, the sleeping was nil.
since i am an experienced newborn photographer, i knew i needed to act fact to capture the images of my new complete family that i was looking for. so, less than one week from bringing her home, i gathered my children in my bedroom for these shots. Zoe screamed nearly the entire time. but i will cherish these images for a lifetime. (if i were to have another baby, i would for sure hire someone to photograph her for me. but who am i kidding, i did it 3 times and didn't learn my lesson.)
these two were too cute for words.
there were some limited times when the Zoe took a moment to catch her breathe, the screaming would subside and i would grab my shot, praying that the other 4 were cooperating.
these two. they are such cute sisters. the 3 older girls are in such a state of change these days, with Avery growing up and coming into to share their room, the dynamics of their relationships are always changing. it's beautiful to see their friendships grow and develop.
Avery never got a non-screaming moment.
thankfully my mom and dad were here to help with logistics. they keep these guys occupied with trips to the mall, the pool, and Uncle Jack's house! clearly, the kids love it!
the money shot! it was a hard day, i couldn't possibly see how i got anything. but this shot (and current blog header) is worth it all!
oh, and moments like these.
we love our new sister! here's to life with 5 kids!