When Halfdan was born, I kind of lost Dante. Sad I know, but that's what happens when your baby grows up and becomes a big brother, and a little lump of hungry takes the spotlight. I have had to push him away countless times, because I had to breastfeed, or because I simply didn't have any more to give. Mikael took over, and they forged a tight bond, but I never got my baby Dante back.
The last couple of months have been good. Halfdan is an independent boy, not the mama's boy he used to be, and I have had more energy to shower upon the big boy I lost two years ago. It's tough though. Adults overestimate and underestimate their kids at the same time. We're quick to say "no" to kids, just to make things easier for us. I realized that, and decided to make amends.
One thing that Dante loves to get his hands on is the camera. We haven't let him though, for obvious reasons. So I sat him down one day, and asked him if he wanted a real lesson in how to use the camera, responsibilities included. He was elated that I took time to show him the ropes, and that he was bestowed with serious responsibilty. And now, he's taken some pretty good pictures. My boy, the new Annie Leibovitz.
Best of all, we're pretty tight again.
Warning - some gratuitous flesh pictures. I would never censor an up and coming Leibovitz though.
* All photos by Dante