Lila turns two

Birthday photo shoot

There are a few moments in life that define you. I can clearly remember each one of those moments in my life, but the one most vivid and treasured is the day my children were born.

Never could I have imagined what it would feel like to hold my daughter for the first time. The first thing I noticed when I held her was her eyes – the shape, the depth, the life it held. She was a perfect fit, my perfect baby.

There really is something special about a first born, isn’t there? It is not that you love your other children less or differently, it is just that this one, the first one, is the one who truly taught you the miracle of carrying life. The meaning of unconditional love and what it means to put another life absolutely and completely above your own. What it means to hold new life in your arms and what it means to watch a person grow.

Your first born goes with you through all the trial and errors. With them you experience all the firsts for the first time, make all the mistakes and probably spend the most time on google. You see the first smile for the first time, the first tooth and laughter. You learn the meaning of sleep deprivation. You experience a worry beyond anything you could ever have ever imagined. They teach you to not take anything for granted but to push the boundaries, to keep on trying until you mastered a skill. You observe, you sacrifice, you gain, share and learn until you become this new person.  Through them you learn the meaning of motherhood.

It feels like I have barely blinked my eyes and the time is gone. It is two years later and in my mind she is still this little baby. Then I look at her and I see a tiny human with a will of her own, attitude in abundance, spirited, caring, strong, beautiful. I still feel surprised when I see her all grown up, talking, counting, helping around the house, arguing back. I look at her and I think – when did this happen?! When did you become so big and where did my baby go?

Lila turns two

Lila turns two

Lila, you taught me what it means to live in a beautiful mess of discovery and adventures but above all you taught me the meaning of true love. For that I will be forever grateful.

In the spirit of time, change and never-ending transformation we do a photo shoot of our kids each year on their birthdays. Perhaps this will help us lock away a bit of time, capture moments already gone, phases already mastered. Whatever these photos might come to mean to us one day I know it is something we will always treasure.

Lila turns two

Lila turns two

Lila turns two

Lila turns two

Lila turns two

Lila turns two

Lila turns two

Lila turns two

Lila turns two

Lila turns two

Lila turns two

This year Lila’s photo shoot was done by the amazing Lizelle Krige

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15 Comments

  1. A moment in time, captured for eternity. What a way to celebrate our little firstborn grandchild’s growing up. She is so stunning, beautiful and a absolute mind of her own. The saying goes that it is the biggest shock in a parents life when they see themselves in their children, as they grow up a little bit of the parents personalities are stamped into their psyche every day. That is the circle of life as they sing it in The Lion King, one day she will wake up and see her mothers hands coming out of the jersey sleeve and will start to appreciate all the things that you as parents have done to create her memories. Unconditional love is the rosebud that has been hidden in your heart that is coming into bloom as soon as a child is born. Precious moments!!!

  2. “There really is something special about a first born, isn’t there? It is not that you love your other children less or differently, it is just that this one, the first one, is the one who truly taught you the miracle of carrying life. The meaning of unconditional love and what it means to put another life absolutely and completely above your own. What it means to hold new life in your arms and what it means to watch a person grow.”

    THIS! This is resonating with me on so many levels. I’m grateful that you shared your heart. I have two toddlers and a baby on the way next Spring and I agree wholeheartedly. I love my two girls on an eternal level, but the first has taught me so much and walked me into motherhood.

    Ps. these photos!!

    1. Your kids are so close in age, it must be tough and special at the same time! Thank you for your beautiful comment – it is so true and I love the way you say it – they (the first) walk you into motherhood. Good luck with the birth of your baby next Spring!!!

  3. How beautifully has lila became! What a special way to capture these memories! So cute with her wings, her tutu and the fun she had with her 2nd birthday photos! She is a beautiful, self-confident little person! Well done! X

  4. Awww. Could totally relate with “where did my baby go?”

    I still remember the time I gave birth to a 5 lb baby girl (so tiny) and now she’s running around the house all day. Time flies so fast and photographs help with keeping a moment in time forever.

    PS: Very lovely photographs ♥♥♥

    1. Wow so tiny! My daughter was 3.4 kg at birth!!! It is so true, time goes by way too fast and before you know it they are running around and growing up!

  5. Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! Her cake looked delicious by the way I bet she enjoyed it! My little one just turned one and I was so conflicted between being excited and a little sad too

    1. That is so true!! Each birthday is so exciting and a little sad at the same time! Congratulations on your little ones first year!! What a special time! I hope she had loads of fun!

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