A hundred thanks to my friend Christi for coming over last week with her camera and taking some amazing shots of Matthew.
When Maya and Sam were little, my then brother-in-law did a photo shoot of each of them, and those photos are framed in our bedroom. I wanted to capture Matthew as a baby too, since I know he won’t be one for long.
I know that in a few weeks (on August 16, to be exact), Matthew will go to Seattle Children’s Hospital and have his cleft lip and squished nose repaired. And that’s as it should be.
But as Matthew’s mama, let me confess to you that I think my boy is SO beautiful already. His cleft lip is just part of what makes up his face, but it IS part of his face, and I think he’s gorgeous just he way he is. And yes, I’ll still take him to Children’s for the surgery, because I want the best for him and I want his body to be healthy.
But a part of me will always miss the way he looks right now. I will miss this sweet face that I knew first—the eyes and lips and cheeks that I kiss and touch and know intimately. So I’m grateful to have these beautiful photos—so that one day my boy knows just how much his mama loved him from the start.
So here are a few of the amazing photos to share with you. I hope you enjoy them.