I realized as I was looking through my photos of the last year, that I never shared this beautiful birth story.
I adore this family. I have been working with them for over a year and they are also dear friends. When K found out she was pregnant with her fourth I was so excited for her. The best part? Her boudoir session we had done for Valentine's Day had a little something to do with it ;-)
I had her due date in my planner for months, Oct. 19. It would have been perfect as my parents were in town that week and I would have been able to just drop everything and go, knowing someone was home to watch my own children.
Things never go according to plan.
On the 13th, I got a text from K telling me she was headed to the hospital because she was having contractions. Her text read:
"Hey. I am on my way to the hospital. Contractions on and off since 2. Not sure if this is for real or not. I will be in touch."
My heart was racing! Was this it? Were we going to meet the newest baby L??
Two hours later I received another text:
"Hi. Contractions picked up upon arrival here." Things were progressing, but both of us knew it was still a guessing game. Would he/she be in a hurry, or decide to chill now (as my son did when I was in labor).
I went to bed that night not knowing if I was going to be headed up there or not. I had my boss at the school on speed dial to let him know I was going to be late if K had her baby. Then, at 4:48am...
"They just broke her water..." It was time to get ready to go. I had time to shower and get a coffee, then I hustled.
As I stood at the nurses station waiting for my cue, I heard it. The biggest cry, and the sounds of joy. The nurse told me, "That's her, go by the door and see when they want you." I was crying.
I walked in and saw this beautiful bundle, and a bundle he was! See, they didn't know if they were having a boy or a girl and I felt so honored to be one of the first people to know about Mr. C.
I hung out for about 45 minutes and captured the first moments of his little life. Watching J and K with their new little was so beautiful and it ALMOST made me want another one...ALMOST ;-)
At least I know that I can snuggle this little man as much as I want! He has grown up so much since then and I am so lucky to capture his first year of life. Welcome, Mr. C, you are so loved. So loved indeed.