It’s amazing how fast time goes, especially as your babies get older. Today was the last day of “drop off day” at my son’s preschool. He graduates on Tuesday and next Thursday is his official last day. I never realized how hard this would hit me, but every time I think about him not going back there, having his wonderful teacher and playing with the small and intimate group of friends he made this past year, I can’t help but tear up a little bit.
I know we were very, very lucky in getting the teacher, the classmates, the parents and the small group that we got this year. There are only 8 kids in his class and he loves every single one of them. I know it won’t be like that next year in Kindergarten, when his class size will more than triple and he’ll never get to know his friends’ parents, like we have with this group. I’m so grateful that we all got along so well and have already made plans for play-dates this summer. I have a feeling these will be lifelong friendships he has made with this group and me with their moms and dads, too. I will truly miss not seeing them each week, but look forward to play-dates, picnics and lunches in the future.
We all love to see our babies grow, develop, get bigger and stronger with each passing day, but then there comes this time when it all seems to happen too quickly and we frantically search for that pause button. My pause button comes with the photos I take of my son. That’s truly the only way to stop and capture those moments. I cherish each and every photo and video I have taken.
I feel honored that so many families have allowed me to be their pause button for them. Taking that time to document these moments together. I can only imagine that every parent will be looking at these photos of their babies that I have taken, as they cry and sob into a box of Kleenix on their baby’s first day of school.
Enjoy these photos of this beautiful little red-headed 6-month old and her mommy and daddy. Another wonderful family from Maple Grove! 🙂
Alicea is a Professional Photographer specializing in newborn, baby and maternity portraiture out of Minneapolis, MN. She lives in Maple Grove with her husband, son and rescue pup, Masha. Her hobbies include reading, photography, gardening, trivia games and on occasion jamming to 90’s rock and hip-hop; mostly while cleaning the house.