Today I wanted to talk about things we miss as parents.

I often joke that I don’t remember much from the first 2 years of my son’s life as he basically didn’t sleep – and neither did I. He did of course, but anything to do with sleep was a major struggle.

One of the things I had to do daily was to go for a walk with him, so he’d have a nap – the only way he’d nap for over a year was in his Baby Jogger City Mini – and so that I could actually do some work in my business.

I hated those walks. They were a nuisance and a chore (I’m very much a homebody), I hated the fact that he just won’t fall asleep on his own (well that was normal of course… but I didn’t know that at the time), and I didn’t enjoy them. Not one single bit.

But thinking about them now – especially after coming home from a walk with a 6-year-old – I miss those peaceful walks so much. I miss them because I didn’t have to answer a million zillion questions about plants and zombies and the outer space. I miss those walks where I could just walk, push the pram, drink my coffee, and actually think.

It’s funny how we get nostalgic about the things we once couldn’t wait to be over.

Is there anything you miss from those early baby days? Is there anything you absolutely hated at the time and wished it was finally over, but now have fond memories of it? Do you wish you had a visual record of those little things?

And are there any hilarious moments (that might not have seemed so funny at the time!) you remember but wished you had a picture of it? Comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

For now, I’ll leave you with this wonderful quote from one very wise bear:

"sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart" - a.a. milne winnie-the-pooh quote

I’m Antonina Mamzenko – a natural light newborn, baby and family photographer based between London and Surrey. I specialize in creating candid, natural family photographs with zero cheese and no posing. I work all over London and Surrey, including Cobham, Esher, Thames Ditton, Richmond upon Thames, St Margarets, Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton, Kingston upon Thames, Surbiton, Kew, Chiswick, Putney, Fulham, Wimbledon, Holland Park, Kensington, St John’s Wood and Hampstead. Find more information about my photography sessions or get in touch to check availability and book your family photoshoot.


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