The Gallery just keeps getting bigger, better and more difficult!
This week it's Motherhood and, like, I imagine, many mothers, I've found it hard to find a picture where I am both in front of the lens and looking vaguely presentable. I even flirted with the idea of showing you all my face, but decided that there were some sensitive viewers out there, and it wouldn't be kind to do that without warning.
So, here's Motherhood, my way. Now and then:
I love this picture because it's so representative of where we are now.
A and S are still little enough to want to hold my hands, but they are so close to independence. You can see the determination in S's clenched fist, and if there was an audio tape of this picture you'd hear me telling A to put her hat back on, and her resolutely using one of her two words: "NO!"* .
L,on the other hand, is already certain that she doesn't need me. She is way ahead, feet astride, firmly planted. This is her world. Laid out for the taking, and she's going to grab it.
And me? Their mother. Well, I look like I'm leading but we all know I'm actually following. In wonder, amazement and awe.
Not least at how we got to now, from then:
This was taken the night before they were born. About fourteen hours before all our lives changed forever (again). I was already a mother, but I had no idea how much more motherhood life had in store for me. It's been exhausting and magical, and I wouldn't change any of it for the world. Not even for a stretch-mark free stomach...
*I am delighted to report that the other one is "please"
Oh, and if nothing else, these pictures have really shown me it is finally time to get my haircut....
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