Looking through the lens now, I see my children in a whole new way. I am learning as I go and have been reading a fabulous book that demystifies many of the common DSLR pitfalls and is making shooting fun, easy, and stress-free. I still need to practice. My shots aren't perfect all the time. I will probably never learn everything my camera can do and that's okay.
My camera has afforded me the chance to move away from the typical posed, "say cheese" shots. Not that those don't have a place, but I am able to start storytelling with my photographs. No more Captain Obvious photo captions... others can finally see the photos and figure out the story for themselves.
And the best thing? Birdie & Peanut will now be able to look back and see their stories. The biggest gift I can give them right now is to tell them that...
Yes, their Mama was there. She saw them.
So, while I never take out my camera anymore expecting to get the shot (although nice if it happens), I always have the lens at the ready and I shoot to tell the story. And at the end of the night, when I pop that card reader in, I am constantly amazed, touched, and tickled by the images that flash before my eyes.
My children... their stories... my stories.