When I wrote my Ode to Baby at the end of June, I neglected to mention that he, in fact, was a baby model. Now before you go thinking that I'm some sort of Stage Mother, let me tell the story of how Baby (and I, well, sortof...see the back of my head?) came to be pictured in a magazine.
My friend's daughter was attending some sort of camp in the summer of 2005, right after I had given birth to Baby. Said friend overhead someone at the camp saying that they needed baby models for a new magazine that was going to be published by the creators of FamilyFun. That they needed newborns. So she semi-volunteered me (she's a good friend and ONLY good friends can do stuff like that) and Baby for the "job". The photo shoot was to be in Northampton, MA, about a 1+ hour drive away. And I, still in the postpartum fog of sleep deprivation and c-section recovery while trying to parent a 1 year old and 3-1/2 year old at the same time, said yes. Because? I'm fun like that! Ok, not really. Anyway...
We arrived at the photo shoot. The location was very artsy/creative in some sort of warehouse type building. And there were bagels! And everyone was very attentive and friendly, offering to take Baby (yes!) while I helped myself to some breakfast. And there was a nursery room complete with a changing table, a few rocking chairs and dim lighting. The other mothers and I chatted while we waited for our turns.
This was the first time that I remember registering how relaxed I felt as a 3rd time mom, since most of the other ladies were first-timers. The photographer even stated to me during the photo shoot, "He's not your first, am I right?" I'm not quite sure what/how I was acting any differently than the others, but I guess my ease was apparent. I liked this feeling.
The photo shoot was for the inaugural issue of Wondertime magazine that hit the newsstands in March 2006. The article was entitled "What Your Newborn Knows at Birth" and Baby's photo is featured on Page 7. I also received a lovely 8x10 shot of Baby that wasn't used online or in the actual magazine article. And $75! Of course, the posterity is priceless.
I'm totally going to tell his future girlfriends about his stint as a model.