I love babies. I love the way they smell. I love the noises they make. I honestly do not think there isn't anything a baby does that I don't like...except maybe stay awake for an entire newborn session. Luckily, my baby prep helps with that.
I have known Stephanie for years. You know the friend that you can go to for anything? Stephanie is that friend for me. I can literally ask her about anything and I know she will give me her honest opinions. If you do not have a friend like this, you need one. My life is insanely crazy. My husbands schedule is unGodly, I am a single parent throughout most of the day due to his hours, I am in charge of my business, my home, my kids and their schedules. So, if I am not running around like a chicken with my head cut off, I am catching up with my friends. Steph is typically that friend for me. The one that I don't have to call and check in with everyday. We always pick up where we left off. Well, I mean I am meeting her for lunch next week so she can eat while I hold her baby. That's what friends do, right? Her life changed a little over a year ago. She met and married the perfect gentleman, Scott. Little did Scott know that when he married Stephanie he inherited me. I was a part of the deal. Scott is a police officer. If you know me, I always have questions when it comes to the law. Not that I break the law, but it is always nice to be up to date or know a good guy when one gets handed that special golden ticket when you 'may' have been going a little too fast while on a way to a session. Actually, I encourage everyone to get to know your first responders. You never know when you will need them-and when you do, you will be glad to see a familiar face. Not even a week before Rhyan made her appearance, Scott lost one of his officers in a very tragic and senseless act of violence. I believe Rhyan knew her daddy needed her that week. Nothing can bring a smile to ones face quite like a baby.
When I say my friendship with Stephanie is a blessing, Scott is part of that blessing! I was fortunate enough to be asked to capture their wedding. Little did I know a year later I would be taking pictures of their precious daughter. Well, I was secretly hoping.
Meet Miss Rhyan Cate. I could snuggle her for hours.
Because nothing makes a girls ovaries hurt more than seeing the big brother love on his little sister. And Rhyan obviously loves the attention.
She was born right before Christmas so of course that calls for a little festive headband.
This is the part where I tell you how gorgeous mommy is, but I don't have to. I am pretty sure I didn't look this flawless a week after giving birth. My friend is pretty amazing.
This sweet thing completed this family. And look at dads smile. He was totally trying to keep his cool. This man couldn't stop talking about his beautiful new daughter and how proud he is of Stephanie for giving him Rhyan. I have never seen my friends happier. And I can't wait to watch this little girl grow.