My Funny Valentine

January 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I am so thankful that God blessed me with an adorable little HAM for a son. 

I'm also thankful for my best friend, Melinda, and her equally adorable princess, Taylor. 

Melinda and I became pregnant at the same time, ending our summer breaks with

exciting news to bring back to the new school year (as we are both teachers). 

>>>>That was the summer of 2011.<<<<

We made our announcements to our coworkers and prepared for the exciting journey ahead. A journey that forever changed my life. 

.........

Nick and I received the heartbreaking news that I had miscarried only 9 weeks into our pregnancy. We were destroyed. Melinda was destroyed. How could she face me everyday with her growing belly, knowing that it tore me apart inside to acknowledge what I had lost?

We cried. A lot. 

Nick and I traveled through a lot of darkness before God's light pulled us through. We miscarried again before becoming pregnant with Lucas. When we found out we were pregnant in February of 2012, Melinda was only two months away from delivering Miss Taylor.

I felt like I had "missed" so much of her pregnancy. I was here, watching her belly grow every day but I was too wrapped up in my own self loathing to truly experience it with her. She picked me up so many times during those months. Months when I should have been focused on her and the life growing inside of her. I knew I had found a remarkable woman to call my best friend. There was no getting rid of me at that point.

Although Lucas would be born exactly 6 months to the day after Taylor,

I knew they would be great friends as well.

Melinda and I have called them boyfriend/girlfriend since before Lucas was born.

We are already planning their wedding. :)

We have more kissing pictures of these two kids than you would believe! They have always loved one another. Taylor is quite a bit ahead of her "Lukie Pookie" in most areas, but they both certainly understand that they are stuck with one another!

It's no surprise that they are my two favorite models when I want to try out a new camera technique or advertise a special. What's not to love about these two faces? 

We had a blast this weekend while we took photos for my upcoming Valentine Mini. Taylor was her perfect little self, smiling and posing each time we asked. Lucas was his normal wild self, running around laughing and hamming it up the entire time. He really enjoyed photobombing Taylor. 

When I look at these pictures it's hard for me to remember how sad I was. Nick and I have reflected on those days surrounding our miscarriages many times. It's still a sad memory by all accounts, but we try hard not to put too much energy into those thoughts. We have too much to be thankful for, too many happy memories to reflect on instead. Still, we will always wonder what could have been. 

Seeing my little man in that bow tie and suspenders... well, the only way to describe that feeling is through Sinatra...

"My funny Valentine

Sweet comic Valentine

You  make me smile with my heart

Your looks are laughable

Unphotographable

Yet you're my favorite work of art"

 

I'm sure all moms feel that way about their kiddos. I'd feel safe in saying Melinda feels that way about Taylor. I just wish I could keep him this small forever. It's unbelievable how quickly they change.

He's stolen my heart, and I'll never get it back. 

"But don't you change one hair for me

Not if you care for me

Stay little Valentine stay

Each day is Valentine's Day"

 

If you're loving these images of Lucas and Taylor, I have a mini shoot scheduled for Sunday, February 1st. Yes, Super Bowl Sunday. I know, what was I thinking? Well, I was thinking it was my only free weekend day prior to Valentine's day. :) But I promise you this, the shoot will be early enough that you can still get your appetizers ready and on the table for friends and family. Plus, you'll have some delicious photos to boot!

They won't stay little forever, capture these moments while you can.

<3 Nikki

 

 


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