I Just Squashed One of Your Mom Fears! by Khalilah Hall

How many times as mom's do we wonder if we're enough? I know for me it's daily. There have been countless times that I've put my boys to bed and cried; scared I was messing them up. We want nothing more than to be the best mom possible for our children, right? 

Let me be the one to show you, YOU ARE ENOUGH!! You are everything they need and more. Mistakes and bad choices are inevitable. That's what we teach our children as they navigate through life, right? We have to remind ourselves of that too. 

Thankfully I have a job that allows me to show moms just how amazing we really are. Even on our craziest days, there is so much love. I recently had a morning breakfast/homeschool session. The mom was nervous about the session of course. Will the children act normal or will they be totally crazy? 

Here's what mom felt this session did for her:

"When Khalilah asked if she could capture my morning routine, I was, A. thrilled and B. nervous that she'd catch us on a bad morning. She is so talented at what she does though so of course I was excited! Thankfully my girls did amazing and were their normal selves. They are pretty quiet girls anyways, so we did did our basic morning routine while Khalilah did her thing. The photos brought tears to my eyes. She captured all the things I'd hoped and more. She caught my youngest watching me love on and play with my oldest. Something I never really get to see.

 

She captured the frustration of potty training when my toddler wet her big girl underwear and we had to get back into pull ups. The excitement when my oldest gets a problem right on her school work. My husband loves my "stork" pose when I stand on one leg with the other foot up and she captured that. Messy hair, no makeup, cup of coffee and my stork pose. That's me. There are days that I don't feel glamorous or important. I feel like what I do is so small in the grand scheme of things. But she captured us perfectly. She captured me at work. Raising my tiny humans. Teaching them. Feeding them. Loving them. This is my season of life and while it may not be glamorous or fancy, it is important to me and I am damn proud of it!"

You have the most important job in the world. Embrace it and capture it. Book a session now!! Limited space available! :) 

He Is Not His Diagnosis. by Khalilah Hall

As parents we want our children to be perfect. We count their fingers and toes when they're born. We're off to the doctor when they're even just a little sick. Worrying about our children is a given. It's normal and it's okay.

At the age of 7 months I began teaching my son sign language and by the time he was 14 months he knew just about 125 signs. Amazing right? I just knew we had a genius on our hands. He was also super clingy and did not sleep well at all. I kept thinking it was just his genius little brain growing so he could't sleep. As he got older, I realized that he was different from other children. He was very sensitive to loud noises, he was becoming increasingly resistant to textured foods. We had to repeat instructions multiple times and often times had to walk him through it for him to fully understand. We also noticed that his words got stuck on repeat as he tried to tell us a story and asking him simple questions pretty much went unanswered. Oddly enough he talked a lot.

At 3 years old I asked the doctor for help. She wasn't all that concerned but obliged me anyway. Boy, am I thankful. We went to a speech pathologist who told us to get him tested at a school so he could get services. He "passed" the test and started pre-k that following school year.

He's in kindergarten now and is progressing very well. His speech therapist just did some testing on him and he was officially diagnosed with Central Auditory Processing Disorder. It wasn't a shock, as we suspected that a long time ago. I felt both relief and sadness. Relief because we now know what we need to focus on, in order to continue his growth. Sadness because I just want my baby to be okay and not be bullied for being different. He's literally the most loving and kind child I have ever met. Anyone that knows him will tell you that. However, if you don't know him, he's the child that you think can't hear you or is ignoring you when you're talking to him. He is also the kid that likes to lead the conversation because its easy for him to follow and express himself without pressure.

I haven't always been the most patient mom. I struggle every single day with that and I apologize to him often. It's hard for us all. Thankfully he is so happy through everything. He's a mama's boy and lights up every single time he sees me and I him. If only I could make his brain function properly. I fear for his later school years. I hope everyone continues to see how special he is. His smile will light up an entire room and your heart.

If you have any concerns about your children, don't hesitate to get help and be the voice to advocate for them. I am so grateful that my husband supported my concerns. His support gave me the extra security I needed to push to get our son's needs met.

We are moving to a new state in a few months and we have to start the process all over again. I am so nervous but I now know what exactly we need to focus on and we will make sure he gets what he needs and deserves.

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The most overlooked photo session location... by Khalilah Hall

Don't forget to photograph your family here! 

What do you remember about your childhood home? Where would you find your mom or dad? What was your favorite part of the house?

We moved a lot when I was a child but I still remember each place. The place that holds the dearest memories is when I was about 5 years old. We had a window seat that I loved to sit on when it rained. What was your favorite spot in your home? How about your children now?

I know the kitchen can be a very familiar place for moms. Along with that comes our favorite food and time at the table. 

Next is our room. Our private place. The place where we went to escape the craziness of our family and if you're like me, the place I spent a lot of time in because I was always on punishment. 

Lastly, we should have sessions in our home because that's where a lot of life's lessons are taught. It's the place we're most comfortable. Where we can't wait to go at the end of the day or after a long trip. Home is the beginning of life and love. 

Wanna talk about an in home session for you? C'mon! You know you do! :)