Remember bringing home your firstborn for the first time? Everyone dims the lights and speaks in hushed tones. Adults sip coffee as they carefully pass the swaddled bundle from lap to lap, marveling at how peacefully he sleeps and debating whether he favors mom’s side or dad’s. Mom polishes off novel after novel as baby partakes in endless nursing sessions. You don’t sleep much during this foggy time and there are certainly times when you’re stunned at how much attention this tiny new being demands. There’s no question that life revolves around this little person.
One of the many things I love about this Bronxville Lifestyle Newborn Session is that it illustrates how very different bringing home the third boy in the family can be! With two energetic big brothers buzzing around the house, it’s a whole different ball game.
I read studies all the time about the effect of birth order on a person’s personality. I tend to be a big proponent of the theory that people are born with their own personalities and we, as parents, just get to know them better as they mature into the grown-up people they will inevitably become. But when I look into the wise-looking eyes of a weeks-old third kid, I sometimes wonder whether babies are just super-fast learners and adapters, and their more chaotic environment, even in those earliest weeks, teaches them to be wiser and more easygoing than their comparably much more coddled and intense oldest siblings. Who knows. He sure is a cutie either way, though, isn’t he?
And if you follow me on Facebook, you know that I was equally smitten by his two big brothers. I have learned over the years that for some big brothers (and sisters) hamming it up for my camera can be wonderful and fun therapy during those confusing first few weeks with a new baby in the house. Some of my favorite photos of big brothers are from the time I call “their turn” at their baby sibling’s newborn session.
I (obviously) really enjoyed creating this time capsule for these guys during their Bronxville Lifestyle Newborn session. I imagine them looking at it for years to come. Smiling and laughing and remembering.
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