ah! July 2nd is here again. such a bittersweet day… it means my sweet baby nephew is another year older. I cannot believe it has been 3 years since I was sitting, waiting, and anticipating becoming F.A.L (favorite auntie Lauren, a nickname I was “blessed” with long before he was born.)
& he has been quite the stinker from the beginning. I patiently waited for weeks hoping for him to make his arrival, then ten days after his due date finally his momma went in to be induced. A full day went by & nothing. He was being his suborn self. That night I went to bed, but hardly slept. I was checking my phone often – anxious about his birth & my 6am flight to head to Florida for vacation. Then 4am came around – I was sleep deprived, heading to the airport & still anxious, it was happening, my worst fear – this little turd was going to wait until I was on my flight to make his big entrance. I remember the exact moment when I boarded my plane at the Pittsburgh airport, the flight attendant announcing all phones must be shut off, I waited a few more moments, looked at the time 6:30am, then shut down my phone.
I’ll never forget the landing. It had been two hours & almost 48 hours since his momma was induced, I had my phone out before we touched the ground & hit the power button before they even announced we could (my husband was not pleased, he apparently likes to follow the rules). It seemed like it took forever for my phone to boot up & messages to come through. Then finally I got the message from his dad …. a picture of a beautiful bald, chubby cheeked, fair skinned boy – “Grasyn Wayne Lear.” The message was sent minutes after I shut down my phone. Always giving auntie a hard time from the beginning. I couldn’t believe it I was finally an auntie & I was a little curious how to pronounce his name… Google told me it was an old indian form of “Grazin” like a cow grazing in a field. I was in shock. Finally weeks later I was told his name was not “Grazin” it was a shorter, unique form of “Grayson” that his father decided on.
He is the reason I really started to enjoy children photography. This was my first real “planned” shoot. We took him to a local beach in his khaki shorts & white polo to snap a few pictures for his first birthday invitation.
it was another bittersweet day, & I’m not sure if he were fully prepared for his version of “the terrible two’s.” I wouldn’t call them so “terrible” … more “sarcastic, dramatic, loud, & hilarious two’s”
or just pretending auntie is gonna fall off the ladder so he puts out his hands and says “don’t worry Auntie I’ll catch you.” ah, so precious. there is that sweet, innocent, precious baby boy I remember. Now he is just buried under that sassy
two year three year old humor. Although I always get an “I love you Auntie” after he does something he knows he shouldn’t. I have to say, I think he really takes after his daddy! & looks like him too!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRASYN (Grayson, not Grazin) WAYNE LEAR … Favorite Auntie & Uncle love you sooooooo much! We cannot wait to see you tomorrow & throw you a BIG three year old birthday party Saturday with monster trucks, presents, cake, & a bounce house!!!!