There were a few blog posts that snuck past me at the end of the school year; the Gallop family and brand spankin' new little Eli was one of them.
When Julie contacted me about possibly doing some newborn shots the newest addition to the Gallop family, I was nervous. At the time, I had only had the opportunity to snuggle a handful of babies, and hadn't really experienced an older sibling yet. But of course, after some prayer on the way to their house, I felt peace.
Now, let me tell you. I walked into their home, and immediately felt like I was a part of their family. Big sister, Grace, was full of energy (the good kind). She showed me around her playroom and even offered up some toys that I could play with. Dad, Weston, was so attentive to Grace. Which leads me to my next point...
My husband and I aren't adding to the family just yet, but when we do, I learned more from the Gallops in two hours than I would sitting down and reading a parenting book cover to cover. Julie was so calm and happy, and never once acted like she JUST had a baby. Not only did she look amazing, but she had such ease in the whole "brand new baby and active child juggling department". I could barely carry on a conversation at that point when we brought Walker home, much less sit down and chat with my photographer and have a bouncing kid around and laugh at my husband's jokes and nurse my baby, all simultaneously. She's a rockstar.
Weston was juggling his girls' needs left and right too. Whether it was grabbing a glass of water for Julie, or letting Grace open her "big sister presents" because she thought it was time to open one more, he never missed a beat making sure every need in that home was taken care of just right.
From Weston's constant attentiveness to Grace, to Julie's serene mommy-hood manner, to Grace's generous heart painting a picture for me, to sweet little Eli (oh yeah, I haven't talked about Eli much), I hope the Gallop family hasn't seen the last of me.
Instead of rambling about Eli's adorable blonde hair, wrinkly little skin, and stunning blue eyes, I will let the pictures speak for themselves.