I find it hard to put this all into words...but here's my attempt. Last week, I'd wake each morning rushing to my cell to see if I missed a message.
Each time a sweet sigh of relief. There would be none.
Throughout the day, with every "ding," I'd dart for the phone.
A home birth.
Be still my heart.
I had no idea how emotional this moment would be for me.
Granted, I've seen my share of births. Each very special in its on way.
But this, my Lord.
Again, having difficulty putting it in words....
I've shared with Jenni that I think her baby's birth was God's little present to me.
After all, this was the direction my husband and I were taking for our baby's birth when my little girl decided to arrive at just 25 weeks.
I see so many similarities in mine and Jenni and her husband's relationship.
Brandon, doing whatever it takes.
That rock in difficult times.
The cheerleader and shoulder to cry on.
Jenni deep with determination.
Steady in her will.
...now there's a lump in my throat. Eeep. Holding back tears as I type.
Their second boy was here.
I was crying so that I had no idea if the camera was focused or not.
Good gracious I was even shaking. Which has NEVER happened.
Possibly it was the adrenaline that released from days of building.
Safe and sound.
In the MOST beautiful birth I have ever seen in my life.
To be able to photograph the literal birth (not allowed in hospitals) was so amazing...the actual images a bit too private to show...but absolutely beautiful.
Side note: Hospital births get ice chips. Home births get M&Ms. ...just fyi
The moment...in photographs.
Just want to share with you Jenni's thoughts (hopefully she won't mind) about having a photographer at the birth of a child. For all of you Mommies that might be second guessing it...
"Absolutely amazing! I never even knew you were even taking pictures. I kept asking Brandon when we were looking at them "where was she, how did she get that shot?". Love how Sammi was patiently sitting near by keeping a watch. The actual birth oh my to actually get to see what I experienced is a gift I will always treasure. They are some of the most beautiful moments captured in our familys life......I was a little afraid of how such an intimate moment could be captured in pictures but God gave you an amazing ability to capture these moments. Thank you, thank you, thank you!" -Jenni
So today, we got together again for some sweet, a little more formal, newborn shots with the entire family.
What a joy and sweet little pumpkin...