I will always remember the moment I received my sisters text message at 5 in the morning “Skype?”, thinking after 8 years did she not yet know the time difference between London and Australia?! Even though I’m awake more often than not every day at 5, skyping wasn’t the first thing I wanted to do, but after she told me I wouldn’t want to miss this, the voice inside me knew, yet another voice was telling me “no way, there’s 3 weeks left and baby is meant to wait for us to get there!”.
So skype we do and just like Will and Kate outside the London hospital, I was presented with a similar scene, my sister and her husband sitting at the table, dressed casually for some usual activity…with a baby in arms! After a very quick first labour and a trip to the hospital early in the morning, here they were, that same night at home, as a family of three.
No warning whatsoever that I would become an aunty that day, I was in shock and my first reaction, my instinct and I were saying “Nooooo”. I guess you could say the photographer in me wanted to try and meet my nephew as fresh as possible…but my heart was bursting with happiness and love. SO much so that I happened to announce his arrival before his mum and dad got a chance to online!
So nearly 3 weeks early on the 23rd of September baby Noah came into the world and into our lives. My sister became a wonderful, loving and nurturing mother, Justin the doting dad, my mum a grandmother for the fifth time and I a very proud aunty who could not wait to meet this little man. So here’s some favourites from our visit to London to meet little Noah. I wanted to capture those first weeks that are a blur, the tiny new person (that decided to put on 1.2kg in his first month), all the little in between moments of getting to know this new human being (along with his buddy Luigi the cat!)…but I also wanted to be a part of getting to know Noah and found myself without camera in hand often. One image I did forget to capture, was one of myself with him, lucky they’ll be visiting soon and I get to make up for it!