Capture Moments with One Click
I left the boys with Justin the other night and was at the grocery store alone – a rare gift these days! I saw a young dad pushing a shopping cart.
In the cart was a car seat with a light blanket over top – it was clear that the baby inside must have been sleeping, and there was a toddler sitting in the upper seat by the handle. The dad looked tired. It was pretty late in the day to have little kids at the store.
At the checkout, I heard the baby in the car seat start to cry from a few aisles over. It was a new baby cry. I wanted so badly to go over to him and try to help but I didn’t want him to feel like he wasn’t capable to do it himself. And then I thought about just smiling and saying something like, “it will get better!” but I didn’t want to imply that it didn’t seem fine at that very moment! Babies cry sometimes, and that doesn’t mean you are in the trenches necessarily.
But what if he was? What if his wife had just handed the kids over upon his return from work and said, “please take them somewhere I need to be alone.”
I thought about him during the drive home and wished I had said something encouraging. “I’ve been there!” or some sort of camaraderie type phrase, even if it wouldn’t have been necessary. Because these are long days. They can push you to your limit, and sometimes beyond, but they are the best days of my life. Of that I am very sure.
David is two, and Luke is one year old. Other than about 15 hours a week between my job and other activities, I’m with them all day. Justin works a traditional 8-5p so we do family time in the evening when he comes home and spend the weekends together.
Some days, I’m waiting for 5:00p anxiously so my partner can tag team with me! Other days, the time slips away and dinnertime comes all too quickly.
There is such a small window of time where my boys will need me like they need me now. They won’t always crawl on me like I’m their personal jungle gym. They won’t always sit on my lap to read books. They won’t always ask for a “sh-nack” or say “dadadadadadada”. David won’t greet me with extreme joy and enthusiasm every time I go into his room to get him up. “HI MAMA!” he says, and then immediately begins to tell me how his two buddies, a stuffed cat and a stuffed monkey, are “best buh-ddies!” Luke won’t always rest his head on my shoulder and suck his thumb only to then whip his head up, look me in the eye and smile. He won’t always smash his face into his blanket when he goes down for a nap.
They won’t always be easily entertained and fascinated by how high Justin can hold the cup of water to pour into the bath.
These are the days. And I try my best to just absorb the sweetness and the things I want to remember. Taking photos helps, of course, and the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 served the purpose for that very thing. I got the camera last week and I can’t believe how much I’m enjoying it. I’m on social media for the blog, and love sharing photos on Instagram. I love shooting with my DSLR’s fancy lens in a styled area.
But there has been something so much more special about snapping quick little photos on the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 that I’m loving a million times more than any photo I’ve taken on my phone or camera. It could be the emotion tied to looking at a photo that resembles the old photos I’ve seen of my parents. Or it could be that it’s a representation of that specific moment that you only have one chance to get because you only have 10 shots in your film cartridge. Whatever it is, I’ve taped these little photos all over my house, in areas where I spend the most time like my office and the kitchen, and I love glancing at them during the day.
I’ve also realized that this is the perfect camera for actually putting photos in the boys’ baby books! It’s a few extra steps to print off photos from Instagram or even photos saved onto my computer, but this camera makes it simple which means I’m more likely to do it! I think this would make a really sweet gift for a couple expecting their first baby, or even a newlywed couple. It’s fun to use and will give you some of the sweetest, or funniest, photos of moments you want to remember.
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