Elise was very excited to see her baby sister get married in the temple (Elise is my wife). There was only one concern that Elise had about attending, our newly born child, Miles (yes mom, the pics are coming LOL). Since babies are not allowed into the temple I decided I would watch our 3 week old and meet up with the group after the ceremony had finished.
Miles decided the day before the wedding that he was going to “Cluster Feed.” Which simply means he wanted to eat and eat and eat, every hour or so. Elise was EXHAUSTED. He continued this into the early evening. Matt (Elise’s brother from Germany, who should move back to the US, hint hint) Vio, Cami, and Eric come over to “party” the night before the big day. Miles had just fallen asleep and Elise and I were very tired, but as new parents you don’t get out much and we talked Matt and Vio’s ears off until past 11 or 12am (bad idea). The next morning we didn’t get moving until 9:30am.
I had a photo assignment for the paper at 10, and Elise needed to get ready to leave with Cami and Eric because she was Cami’s escort (helps the bride get ready) at 10:40. I came home to Elise in a frantic “must get out here now” mood. As she was leaving I asked her if Miles was ready for the day….. Oops. Possibly our first major parenting mistake . Miles was hungry. So I bottle feed him…. TWICE.. He ate two full bottles. I thought this would knock him out, and he would sleep. Nope he decided that screaming was a better option. I needed to leave at 12:40ish to make it to Salt Lake City in time. After calming him down I dressed him quickly and took a picture with my phone to send to Elise (it was 12:15pm)
Notice how the jacket was in his face? Yeah it was to big. So I looked and looked and looked for his only jacket that fits. I could not find it. So I moved on, and started packing the rest of his clothes, diapers, and things we might need.
Elise sent me a text saying “don’t forget the stroller. I had never opened the stroller before. I had a vision of being in the temple parking lot trying to open a stroller for the first time, and not having a clue. I am sure the temple attendees didn’t need to see some guy getting really upset because he couldn’t open his son’s stroller, so I tried to open it at home. Lets just say I had to Google it, but after doing so I found no results. But a few frantic time induced MAN tantrums, LOL, I figured it out.
Did I mention I was not ready myself. No cloths, shoes, tie, socks, or a pressed white shirt. I did a few quick jumping jacks in the shower. I wish I had a camera crew following me that morning to capture the sprints from one side of the house to the other.
After getting mostly ready… I remembered… ha ha I am the Photographer today as well. Hmm I better grab my camera. Normally a wedding shoot takes me about 30-45mins of prep time. I check and re-check all of my gear. Lay it all out, plan the day out in my head making sure the equipment I need is in the right pocket of my camera bags, and load the car. I did all this in 20mins (record time without forgetting something).
Now to load the car. It was 1:20pm at this time. Which was just about the time the ceremony was over. I still had to load all my gear, and all of Miles’ things. If you are a parent you know a newborn can take forever to get ready, and to do it by yourself takes FOREVER! Elise and I felt bad for not being prepared that morning. All and all I really did make good time. The Sunday before the wedding we attempted to make it to church, it took us about an hour and 45mins with two of us, one to watch the baby one to get ready. Poor Miles the morning of the wedding had to cry in his crib by himself as dad ran around checking on him every minute.
I did make it to the temple grounds… I was just late.
BUT THE PICTURES TURNED OUT AWESOME!!!! ENJOY!!!!
PART TWO COMING SOON!!!