He was born the day before his actual due date and on his big brothers due date (two years previously).
Little Jackson Boberg. Second son of Nick and Ella Boberg. Little, much awaited brother of Nathan.
I picked out his great grandfathers nose immediately, poor little Jackson I giggled. He had a mass of dark hair which really throw me as I was expecting him to be bald or close to it like his big brother. Although we knew he wasn't going to be big, he seemed so teeny weeny to me.
Just three short hours after his birth we met him and mum and dad were walking around their birthing unit room like they had just been shopping! Ella was up, had showered and was absolutely beaming. I was so relieved she was okay.
We had his newborn session within the first week I believe he was four days old.
I do not pretend to be a newborn photographer but I will take basic shots of newborns.
You have to be so careful when handling them and I urge people looking for a newborn photographer, please please please make sure they have had the correct training as this is a special type of photography and please don't try those gorgeous bendy shots yourself as many are a composite shot (two or more images blended together to get one image).
I have read of so many accidents from parents not wanting to pay for these images but you are buying a newborn photographers knowledge and expertise in handling your precious baby. When it comes down to it surely your newborn is worth that. Okay enough nagging!
Below are a couple from Jacksons session, captured with love.
The following images were captured a few weeks later when Jackson came to visit, he was six weeks old, how on earth did he get so big in such a short time?
I can't wait to capture their first family session as a family of four I really hope that can happen soon.
Welcome to the family Jackson, you have made a huge impact already and we couldn't love you more if we tried.
Another year over and like every other human who faced it, I have to say it was a wee bit challenging from time to time.
Unlike many though it wasn't Covid that had the greatest effect on me although it certainly did leave us with some moments I would rather forget!
I had been diagnosed with Graves Disease just weeks prior to New Zealands lockdown and had been having weekly blood tests to montior how I was responding to the medication.
Lets just say that firstly Graves sucks.
As does the medication.
The weight gain.
Yip it all just sucks. The one plus - yeah to me it was a plus, I was in the 'high risk' catagory and any excuse not to leave the house was a good one!
My poor husband though, took to his new role like a duck to water and he became the household shopper and I have to say, he was dam good at it so good that he still finds himself going to the supermarket on most occasions - go husband!
But overall I am probably that 1% that was okay with lockdown for the most part - not seeing my grandchildren was not okay and I missed them terribly.
Moving forward though, 2020 did bring someone pretty amazing - this little guy below became a big brother!
We are also expecting another little grandson in April so that's pretty exciting.
Another positive is that we got the pergola attached to the front of the house and now we finally have that sort after 'street appeal' we all hear about on those DIY shows, not that we did this ourselves no, we found ourselves some professionals to take on this task and it looks so good!
My gardens are finally looking awesome thanks to Laura from Garden Answer. If you haven't checked out her u tube channel you seriously need to do this! You won't be disappointed.
The downside would have to be when husband lost his job along with 200 other odd people, not that they are odd I meant number wise.... oh well he was one of the lucky ones to be re-hired once the lockdown ended and Hobbition started getting some numbers going through again. One happy husband. One grateful wife.
So all in all we have taken the good with the bad because at the end of the day that's really all we can do isn't it?
Of course like many others we are hoping for a better 2021.
Happy New Year everyone.
Stay safe and be kind to others, unless they are arseholes then by all means call them out on it. Life is too dam short to put up with crap!
November 22nd, 2020.
Moo (my grandson, real name Nathan, aged two) was about to become a brand new big brother which meant that while daddy, mummy and Auntie Tash got to go and have a baby, Moo got to spend the day with Nana (that's me, well one of them)
So as they headed out the door it did cross my mind that we could be in for endless hours of tears, possible tantrums and maybe kicking, and that was just his mother hahaha. No seriously, I did wonder how he would cope as he had only wanted mummy during those early contractions, those early 'fake contractions' (I call them fake because I didn't believe Ella was serious after all she was far too happy for them to be real). Note to self - fake contractions were in fact real.
Also note to self - remind Auntie Tash not to go out the night before the due date when playing the role of a birthing partner!
Anyway back to my time with my Moo.
We watched Trash Truck probably about 22 times (omg best kids program on Netfix) his giggle during the pizza scene are some of my favourite moments of the day. He gave me four heart attacks with his ladder climbing skills or rather was it me not trusting his ladder climbing skills but rest assured he had them down to a fine art! We played with the stones in the garden, that would probably be frowned upon but lets not tell mum and dad. Oh yeah and if the water timer is different now - that wasn't us. We even had a home photography session they are in the collage above, well of course we had to document this milestone!
A very short two hours later, Moo became a big brother at 12.12pm. Omg it was real contractions!
Little Jackson was born and what a strong and mighty wee boy he is.
We had to get Moo fed and down for a sleep (yes, clearly I did think we had more time). Aunty Tash dashed back to pick us up but with a tired out two year old we had to wait for his nap time to end. I think we got to the Birthing Unit a little after 3pm. Moo meet his little brother, held him of course and soon it was time to head back to Nana and Grandads for a few nights.
During his stay we decided to have another little photoshoot, this time we included his bestie animal friend our little cat Willow. They are the best of buddies with almost every photo of Moo accomplanied by Miss Willow.
I have included a few of those images below.
Thanks for a fun few days Moo.
Nana spent the next couple of days on a downer because you were so missed but I know mummy, daddy and Jackson needed to have you home to complete their little family unit.
All in all it was the best time and we loved having him. We can't wait for your next sleepover Moo.
Stay tuned for Jacksons newborn session, he's as cute as a button.
Love Nana, Grandad and Willow x
At the end of 2020 I got to meet these gorgeous girls and I have to say, they melted my heart the second I saw them!
Even their names suited them perfectly. Maddy is the olderst and wow she is a model in the making. Kaiah is next and her smile just lit up my camera and then as if I wasn't happy enough little Anya, what a little firecracker she had me in fits.
They reminded me why I do this. I love capturing children just doing what they do best - to play and explore.
While I like to give them a little direction now and then I am not one to do too much of the posey posey stuff.
I find with children especially that just having them interact with each other is enough, yeah sure they might need a little help like asking them to hold hands and slowing walk towards me or asking them to play a quick game of duck duck goose just so you get everyone having some natural giggles and start feeling more comfortable.
Thanks girls I had a blast and I hope you all had just as much fun!
" There has never been, nor will there ever be, anything quite so special as the love between the mother and a son."
This quote sums up these two perfectly.
I had a lovely session with this wee Mumma and her boy Kaiden yesterday afternoon. To say these two have been through a storm is probably an understandment!
A few months ago this beautiful sole was making arrangements for a wedding that is no longer on the cards. Instead she finds herself making a new home for Kaiden and herself and setting about finding her new normal.
I think even the strongest of woman and or men for that matter find a new strength when they have to battle on for the sake of their children. I know its not easy as I found myself in the same position and sadly I have seen it in my own daughter.
Watching Mikayla grow from strength to strength when I know she is probably crumbing inside or at least has moments of crumbing, is nothing short of incredible.
She is young mum who never fails to impresses me and I don't say that about to many people.
Good luck in your future Mikayla, keep doing what you are doing because you are doing an amazing job bringing up this amazing future young gentle man.