I cried while editing these black sand beach maternity portraits this week. I cried because nearly six years ago, Adam photographed me in just about the same location, at just about as far along in my pregnancy as this, and today we sent that same boy in my tummy along to his first day of kindergarten.
I suppose this means I now subscribe to the “it goes SO fast, blink and you’ll miss it” stage of parenting. Seemingly overnight he’s changed from a wiggly baby in my belly making me guess every 20 minutes whether or not I was in labor. He went from a newborn who never slept to a chunky-thighed six-month-old, a tuck-obsessed toddler, and now a towheaded kindergartener I promised to take to the supermarket for big chocolate chip cookies after his first day of school.
I waited at the front gate as his EA led him into the school, his too-big backpack bobbing behind him, watching his little blond mop slip into his classroom. My sunglasses were fogged up and I hoped the mask was hiding my heaving sobs that wouldn’t wait until I got back in the car. I just want him to feel safe, happy, supported, and loved.
I just want to remember the times he slept on my chest as I watched him, unblinking, through weary new-mom eyes. Perfect little lips and hot milky breath. I want time to slow down.
To all the parents out there sending their kids off to their first day of school – we see you. Once we’ve dried our eyes, that is, we see you.
Now that my tears have dried, may I suggest booking your own black sand beach maternity portraits during your Maui babymoon? Lol! Click here for more Maui babymoon portraits photographed at sunrise and sunset.