An update

In the hospital where Theodore was born, a photographer was on hand at all times, ready with her soft focus lens and album of sample baby photos. We passed each other many times. She smiled, but with the language barrier, she never got up the courage to approach me for a session. I thought those mums were foolish, paying very good money to have their newborn posed and flashed at by a complete stranger. But now I begin to think they were on to something. Turns out, newborns are very difficult to photograph. I’ve been well aware that this blog needed an update on Theodore, being as it is the primary means for friends and family to see him. But I knew you wouldn’t forgive me had I not some sweet photos to post with it. I now see how natural it is for less photos to be taken of successive children in a family. How does a mum take a photo when a baby is always either attached to her, crying, or sleeping in a manner which nothing on earth could induce her to disturb by such intrusions as a camera’s shutter? If there are precious moments in between these things, they are dedicated to the children whose lives have been abruptly and permanently altered by the arrival of a new family member. So, here they are. My feeble attempts at newborn photography.

For those who may have been waiting to hear, we’re sorry we haven’t updated you on Theodore’s progress. He spent two nights in the NICU and a third night with me in the hospital ward. He’s been feeding like a man recently emerged from the desert. As a result he’s gained weight like a man training for a sumo wrestle. He’s a sensitive soul, partial to cuddles. Today is/was his due date. His sister loves bathing with him, kissing him, waving his hand and updating us with the phrase “He’s crying again Mummy!” He has turned our world upside down and inside out. And we love him very, very much.

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13 Responses to “An update”


  1. 1 Don Madge Alyce Mark & Denean September 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    He is absolutely beautiful Ally, far from a feeble attempt – they are fantastic photos. Hope you are all well and lots of love from us all

  2. 2 Bec September 21, 2011 at 4:51 am

    You know, he does look quite a bit like Levi….. Obviously has some of those Wright genes. He’s beautiful xxx

    • 3 mavisandfrank September 21, 2011 at 7:47 am

      I agree Bec, he reminds me of Levi too. He has a particular face that makes him look disturbingly like Richard. Could that be because Levi and Theodore both look like their grandfather, or does Richard just look like a baby?

  3. 4 Bec September 21, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Hmmmmmmm…….. Which is it? Dad does have that tooth thing going on!

  4. 5 Grandma and Grandad September 21, 2011 at 9:03 am

    How beautiful he is.
    The photographs are perfect as is Theodore.
    I remember having less time to capture each baby’s arrival but being blessed with the joy of sharing moments with their big sister or brother.

    Thankyou for sharing with us.
    Mum and Dad

  5. 6 Lil September 21, 2011 at 9:18 am

    He is a sweetheart! Thanks for the update! I loved reading it (and wasn’t expecting it, as I had assumed you were very busy 🙂 ) It was lovely to see Thoedore again 🙂 I hope you are all going well!

  6. 7 Lil September 21, 2011 at 9:19 am

    whoops – sorry about the name spelling – it was lovely to see Theodore again 🙂

  7. 8 Carol Jesson September 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Congratulations on the safe arrival of little Theodore – a very precious gift from God. Luv to all Aunty Carol & Uncle Gordon

  8. 9 Gerri Frederiksen September 22, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Wow, what a gorgeous liitle fellow, he is!
    Looking forward to personal updates from G’ma and G’dad after their visit to you in Oct.
    Not long now until Torbs and I will be holding our first precious g’child! (due 15th Oct.)
    love Gerri
    PS: your photos Ally, once again are excellent!

  9. 10 Richard September 23, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Once again, a baby is described as beautiful, gorgeous, a sweetheart, and at the same time even his mother says he looks like me. Does that make me beautiful, gorgeous, a sweetheart even?
    I think it must.
    He also seems to be sleeping a lot. Must be genetic.

  10. 11 Mr Buck and Sandy September 25, 2011 at 12:00 am

    He is a beautiful little boy, congratulations. Your baby photography is just perfect. Thanks for the update and look forward to more. Lots of love

  11. 12 Amanda turner October 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Congratulations dear ally. so glad to hear your news. he’s very special. yes and I’m sure making life very busy. a good gift from our heavenly father.

  12. 13 Miriam October 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Welcome into our world darling Theodore! It is lovely to meet you through your mummy’s beautiful photos. You truly are an amazing little person- how great is your Maker!! Much love to your big sis as she learns to share with you and to your mummy and daddy as they have the big job of raising you xo


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