Hope is Born

Late Friday afternoon I got a surprising call. A familiar voice from my grade school years was on the other end - his first babe had arrived days ago but it was already apparent that the wee wonder was going to grow quickly and something had to be done to freeze the moment - even if only in a photo. I was happy to solve the little dilemma of documenting his daughter's first days and we quickly made plans. I stepped into their home on Monday morning and there was proud Papa Paul with his tiny balled up baby - he stretched her out toward me. "Do you want to hold her?" Did I ever! The moment i nuzzled her into my inner elbow it all came back like a wave - my baby girl was this size only four months ago, but I only barely recall it. Yes, new parents are sleep deprived and especially when there are other children to care for the day is hectic and blurred but the truth is, even if we had every moment free to stare at them breathing they would still transform before us at a mind-blowing rate. And then nature plays this seemingly benign game with our memories, leading us to believe that our four-month-old baby is still as small as when she was born. I came home from my time with baby Hope and her beaming parents filled with their joy and squeezed my chubby babe and smelled her hair with a big deep breath and took in her blue eyes which are slowly turning brown and tried to remember if she was ever as little as Hope. "Of course she was," I thought, but I had to rifle through my pictures to see it for myself.

Thank you Paul and Jessy and newbie Hope for letting me document this moment in your lives. It's gone in a blink!

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Love & Light,


Olivia Rose's Baptismal Bash

Baby Olivia Rose is a lucky little girl to be born to parents like Teresa and Paulo - because, if we're honest, nobody does it quiet like Teresa. Of course, I'm talking about throwing a party! Teresa arranged Olivia Rose's special day down to every last pink detail and Olivia Rose was nothing shy of impressive! The morning began with a houseful of guests, then off to the church, pictures galore with her giant Italian family and a reception that rivalled any wedding. People ate, danced, cooed at little Olivia and she pulled it off with smiles and flailing arms thanks to her uncanny ability to nap no matter how many people or how loud their racket! It truly was a beautiful party put on by the heart... and perhaps a small group of elves that Teresa employs to work through the night.

Congratulations Teresa, Paulo and Olivia Rose! May the road rise up to meet you.

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Love & Light,

Angela and László

Tiny Gifts

Baby Leanne came into the world with a whisper. She's a tiny gift in a teeny sized package and is nothing short of magical! Yes, yes, you may be saying - the birth of a child is magical! But baby Leanne is not simply a gift herself, she HAS a gift. She is the magical fairy of babies to be. I discovered her gift when I scooped her up from her mother at my sister's wedding and carried her around to show her off to guests she had not yet met. I made special visits to two women in particular who were hoping to have babies themselves. I took her teeny little baby foot and rubbed each of the two women. We had a good laugh and I returned Baby Leanne to the comforting arms of her mother Colette. A couple weeks later I heard from both of the women that Baby Leanne had touched with her twinkle toes and they were BOTH expecting! This is a true story. There are two pregnant women out there right now singing the praises of Leanne's inspired touch. A tiny little gift with a gift of her own. What would one expect from two beautiful people. Congratulations Colette and Ryan on your new family! Careful who you rub up against ;)

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Colette and Ryan's Stouffville Maternity Shoot

For World travellers Colette and Ryan wanderlust led them to the well-known yet untamable wilds of parenthood. Between the two of them they've seen dozens of the world's stunning landscapes but surely, nothing will seem more awe inspiring than when they look into the eyes of their own little babe. Must haves for the birth of baby Larsen will have to include a baby carrier, an infant hammock bed and a pair of steel-shanked hiking boots in size teeny-tiny because this little love baby is going to be on the move!  The adaptability required for travelling has served Ryan and Colette well. They're not fazed or frazzled by feat ahead. They're up for anything. (Feeewwff! THAT will come in handy!)

Like other brave parents-to-be (myself not included because it killed me not to know!) Colette and Ryan are also up for the surprise of baby's gender. As if birthing your first child is not itself full of surprises, they will also finally learn if they will be teaching a son or a daughter how to navigate maps and train systems. Do you think you know? Leave a comment below with your thoughts on wee baby L's gender.

A great thing about having your children close by your family is that they love to hold your baby, so you can make a tea and drink it ... WHILE IT'S STILL WARM! Ah, the little things. Ryan and Colette: welcome to the greatest adventure in the universe!


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