I take hundreds of photos every month, and most of them don’t get shared with anyone, let alone online. And yet the moments in time that those photos capture are just as important a part of our story as the other images that I do choose to share.
I created this blog as a way of documenting our lives, a way of watching the girls grow into who they’re going to be and a way of remembering who they once were. It’s something I want them to be able to look back on as they get older, because memories fade but (digital) photographs don’t.
It’s easy (and tempting) to only focus on sharing the fun bits, the memorable parts, the highlights and the celebrations. But I’m learning more and more as I continue through this crazy journey of motherhood that it’s really important to me that I capture the ordinary, everyday times that we spend together as well. The bits of the jigsaw that fill in the gaps to complete the picture. The tantalising glimpses into who our girls are becoming.
The chaos, the calm and all the moments in between.
This monthly feature – The Moments In Between – is a space for me to share all of those magical bits that would otherwise just stay in a folder on my laptop, never to see the light of day.
Considering it’s the shortest month of the year, February has been busy. Half term, a journey down to Southampton for a baby shower, a trip up to Leeds for a wedding photography workshop, a visit from my Mum, the teenager coming to stay for a weekend, a newborn photoshoot and making new friends have all been on the cards and it’s been a good distraction from the month I find most difficult. The weather has been all over the place but thankfully we’ve been able to get out and about a lot more (dodging the snow, wind and rain as much as we could).
Even with all these lovely things I’m glad that February is over and that we’re now beginning to transition into Spring (mentally at least, even if the weather is still decidedly wintery). I need sunlight and warmth to survive and am really looking forward to the coming months – being able to explore outside more, greenery and blossom starting to appear on the trees, and flowers beginning to show their faces.
There seems to be a real mix of photos this month and, as always, they’re all pieces of the puzzle that makes us who we are. Each and every one of them tells part of our story. And I love them all, even if my fingers did freeze in the process of capturing them – it was worth it. Every month I find I have new favourites and February is no exception.
This is us.