Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Charlotte trip picture overload

I don't know where to start on my thoughts about Irene having twins. While having twins has been one of the hardest things I've ever done, it has also been one of the best things I've ever done. So to have one of my best friends go through this experience... it is just one crazy ball of emotions. I could write an entire book about my feelings but instead I'll focus on the pictures.

The happy (tired) family!

S Family


Matt is also into photography so I hope this picture meets his expectations!

Milo & Matt

I know most people like pictures where everyone is looking at the camera but I will always love photos like this - sheer joy with arms full of love.

Irene & kids

Before I get to pictures of the twin boys, I have to mention that Milo looks so grown up all of a sudden. I forget how big the leap from 2 to 3 was, and Milo has changed so much since I saw him in late December. Such a sweetie pie!

Milo

First up, Oliver. Everyone is fairly certain her boys are fraternal as they look very different. He is a quiet, peaceful baby. Cried only when he was hungry or needed a change. Content to just hang out. He reminded me so much of baby Alex.

O no hat

He didn't even fuss when I put this hat on him. He let me practice taking a bazillion pictures.

O with hat

And Gabriel. Oh he cracked me up. He knew exactly what he wanted and protested if he wasn't being held enough or wanted something. He reminded me so much of baby Nate.

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I had to be fast with the camera because he did not want to be hanging out being a model. And pretty much whenever I propped him next to Oliver, he would cry. (I LOVE THIS PIC!)

G & O again

It reminded me of my failed attempts to get my boys to cuddle for Just.One.Picture. Cuddle close = instant crying. No peacefully cuddling twin pictures but still so sweet.

G & O

I will always remember the first few months as completely kicking our butts, but in the end, having twins is awesome in so many ways. I'm glad to welcome Irene to the twin club as I can't imagine a better twin (plus one!) mom than her.

15 comments:

HeatherV said...

That dog looks like a photo prop!

Seriously awesome pics of the boys and the family. The crying ones remind me of N and A as babies.

Good thoughts to the family as they transition to life with twins and as a family of 5. Wow that took my breath away to say that.

Love to her in the twin supermom club.

Lindsay said...

Amazing experience to share with your best friend. And I love the pics! Milo is such a handsome little guy, and Irene looks great - wow! And, while twins would scare me to death, those little guys are making my uterus hurt!

Beth said...

The pictures look great! Will be interesting to re-visit the twin infant experience from the outside, after having done it yourself. I feel the same way about having twins; greatest challenge ever and greatest joy at the same time. There's simply nothing like it!

Carrie said...

Laura, your photos are amazing! I wish I would have had you around to take some pictures when my twins were brand new. Welcome, to your friend, to the twin mama club!

Joanna said...

I'm a sucker for pictures that capture people being themselves instead of posing for the camera. They are harder to capture, but when you do catch it, they are golden.

As for that last picture, WOW! Very powerful. In fact, I'm at a loss for words to describe how it makes me feel.

Irene said...

Love the pics! Thanks for visiting and helping out! Can't wait to see you again, and Milo was asking "where's Laura?"

That photo prop dog cost me $250 for his annual exam at the vet's office this morning. The vet kept asking me if I noticed this or that about Mango's body parts, and I was like, "Uh...I just had twins, I don't notice anything about anything."

Going to attempt to nap now.

A. said...

Great pictures, and I really love the names Irene and her husband picked out for their boys, all three of them!

Amy L said...

Beautiful family & beautiful photos! I love the candid ones that capture family interactions. Congrats to them on the arrival of their sweet boys!

Goddess in Progress said...

Gorgeous, GORGEOUS pictures of Irene and her family. Way to go.

What a crazy bunch of emotions to see newborn twin boys. On the one hand, it's like a PTSD flashback. You remember the chaos and stress that the first six (at least) months include. And yet, there's still some nostalgia, that your big boys could have ever been that little, and where has the time gone?

Marcia (123 blog) said...

Goddess in Progress said EXACTLY what I wanted to say. Exactly :)

Heidi O said...

That last picture is so amazing. I hope the boys cherish it when they grow up.

Shawn said...

Really loving the photographs ... when you coming up here to get some twin GIRL pictures??????? I know a set that like to pose for the camera now. lol

Beautiful family. Nice blog design. Looks familiar. ; )

Carrie77 said...

You have true talent, Laura. If you ever come to St. Louis, you need to shoot my family! heheh!! :)

Joanna said...

Wow, wow, wow, I am impressed with those photos.

nonlineargirl said...

One of the best things about knowing you as a fellow twin mom is that you can remind your friend that in a year life will be completely different.

I didn't know (until I just now googled it) that fraternal twins could share a placenta. (The babies don't really look identical to me, but what do I know?)