If you would scroll through my phone, I have over 2,000 pictures, and that’s on a light day. I take photos all day long, and always have my phone beside me to do just that. Many people say that we shouldn’t have our phones glued to our hand and that we should “live in the moment” instead of taking pictures. I do agree with that, to a point.
Seven months ago, Annabelle was born. She has grown from a 7.7 lb baby to almost the teens. She has gone from being itty bitty to being a chubby girl I can’t get enough of. But those memories of her being so small sadly start to fade away. Every day she learns something new and it just slightly makes those newborn days fade a little further away.
While this makes me incredibly sad because I loved the newborn stage, I am overjoyed with the amount of pictures I took of her. I scroll back through them every week or two and just stare at the beautiful baby girl we had and how far she’s grown.
Aaron knows photos mean the world to me. He gives in for all the family pictures I take, the countless redos, and helps me with props or holding Annabelle up. He’s put up with the photos of getting Annabelle in a pumpkin, and making her smile for photos outdoors. That’s why he knew a photo for mother’s day would be the best thing, and he completely outdone himself.
Mother’s day was only a couple weeks before my birthday, and being he’s a guy and presents are hard to come up with, I told him not to worry about Annabelle getting me anything. I had her, I had him, and he won the father of the year award on Mother’s Day.
But he went further than that.
On Tuesday, I was shocked to see him hook up his computer and on the TV appeared a video from Annabelle (aka Daddy helped quite a bit!). Those photos I took from when Annabelle was born all the way up until now were made into a video. A video with music attached, a video that has made me cry countless times, and one I can’t get enough of. Those photos that I was so eager to take and made sure to capture the moments are all presented in one video that holds thousands of memories to me.
I may be that mom who is always taking pictures of Annabelle, and snapping selfies on our walks and such, but it’s not because I”m not living in the moment. It’s because I want to remember that moment for years to come. I want to remember the way she smiles on our walks, the way she grabs onto her toys, the way she pulls her socks off. Memories will fade but only for new ones to take their place. But behind every picture is a story. It holds a special memory.
So keep taking those pictures. Get family ones done. Snap selfies of your family. Take pictures of your pet. Make them into books. Create videos out of them. Whatever you do, take those photos. You’ll never get those moments back, and like the saying says, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”