It is Friday Photo Flashback time again. The time when Alicia at More Than Words reminds us that there were pictures before there were digital cameras. In fact, those pictures are all the more precious because we have so few of them...when you had to pay to develop film, even when you had no idea how well the pictures were going to turn out, use of the camera was judicious! So, join in and share your pictures from way back when...come on, you know it puts a smile on your face to thumb through those memories.
So, my entry for Friday Photo Flashback has me going a bit out of order. Let me explain: Birthday Season in the Nagle5 household runs from February 16 to March 25...all the kids were born in that small window of time. The boys were actually born on dates that are only 10 days apart! Valiant's birthday is first, but I'm sharing a Charming picture because I found it when I was digging through some really old boxes. I think this picture was taken at my mom's house (the 80s hydrocal floor lamp gives me that impression)...Charming was about 5-6 weeks old (yes, he was big!), so that would make me 27. I can't believe it was almost 19 years go!
Let's see...what does seeing this picture remind me of? This was actually the first of the many times I would go on to dye my hair darker than my natural color. I loved it...and if I didn't have so much grey, I'd still have dark hair. I was heartsick because I had to go back to work...this was before FMLA and I used every bit of vacation I had, but CA State Disability ended when you were six weeks post partum, so back to work I went. He slept a lot...this baby napped twice a day for 2-3 hours at a crack and, while he didn't sleep through the night until he was two, he only woke up to eat and went straight back to sleep. (He wore sizes 2T-3T by the time he was 11 months old!) I loved, loved, loved being a mom from the moment I gave birth...having to go back to work made it so hard...but I wouldn't trade one moment of his life for anything. His birth taught me the true meaning of the word "awe" and I've been humbled by the experience ever since.
See what one little picture can bring to mind? That is why I am still doing Friday Photo Flashback...I enjoy the ride.