What no one told me about a large family.

I’ve always been someone who thrives on connection.

Emotional images of mom and baby by Michigan Lifestyle Photographer Alissa Saylor

I’m someone who celebrates little things and cherishes intentional time. I dreamt of being a mother for so long. When Emelia was born, I memorized every single detail of her.​​​​​​​​
Fast forward 2 years and I found myself with a 2 year old, 1 year old, and 2 newborns. While I absolutely adore my family and wouldn’t change anything, I had to mourn (and still find myself mourning, honestly) getting to know my babies in that way.​​​​​​​​
No one warned me, that with a large family, how much more I would miss out on with each of them. I’m constantly being needed and pulled in every direction. A chance to sit with ONE and truly be intentional is rare.​​​​​​​​
It is bittersweet though. The joy of watching these babies growing up together and their unique and special relationships with each other is irreplaceable. And I know that having special time with them will get easier and easier the older they get.

I just adore this season so much and don’t want to forget any of it! But I know I will!! I can’t even remember the comment one of my twins said yesterday that had me in stitches!​​​​​​​​
So, I will mourn what I miss, celebrate what I can, and just keep doing my best!​​​​​​​​

This is my encouragement to you, momma, to do the same.

Alissa Saylor is an award winning lifestyle and portrait photographer in west Michigan specializing in intimate motherhood, family, baby, maternity, and newborn photography. 

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