Well, if this last post was about the beauties of being a parents, then this new post is about the joys of being a grandparent. I often get calls from people saying "My family is finally going to be all together in one place and we need a family portrait" Of course this is a great opportunity and you have a great need for it. The grandkids grow, people get married, new babies are born. Your family is constantly changing. Record how your family is right now! Don't be one of those people who say "the last family portrait we did was when Jane was 4 yrs old, and now she's 20!" Peggy & Jon are a fantastic couple. They have this wonderful sense of humor between the two of them that is just so fun. They were able to spend an entire weekend with their three sons and their beautiful wives, plus a handful of grandkids. And they shared a small part of their weekend with me! ;)
This family is full of gorgeous people!!! Love it!
Honestly, I expected myself to delete this image. But I am holding onto it because it is a perfect illustration of what being a parent is. Audrey & James aren't perfectly placed, or posed. Their attention is directed somewhere other than the topic at hand (getting their picture taken). They are focusing on their children and their wants & needs and their happiness. It's not a perfect portrait or a perfect work of art, but it is a perfect moment to remember.
When a woman has had two previous homebirths, she usually does not end up here. But for personal reasons, Christa chose to give birth to her third child in a hospital. However, she still wanted to birth like she did at home - she wanted things to be her way, the way she was comfortable, the way she knew worked for her. Christa's birth is unlike any other hospital birth I've seen. She was not hooked up to a single machine, there were no wire or cords or tubes attached to her, she wore her own robe (the hospital gown was behind an armchair - lol - I'm assuming it slipped off the back of the chair), she snacked on crackers and sipped Gatorade, Norah Jones was playing on the iTunes, and I'm honestly surprised she gave birth on the bed :) Christa didn't spend much time on the bed until right when the baby was born. I'm betting the doctor & nurse have never seen a birth quite like Christa's!! :)
Christa is a great example of a strong and determined woman. I didn't include a picture of this in the post, but hanging in the bathroom was Christa's make-up bag. The logo on the bag was "StrongMoms" Christa you are one strong mama! Thank you for having me at your birth!
Christa explaining to her daughter how the muscles contract to push the baby out.
This was a new sight for me! :) The husband on the bed instead of the laboring wife! I arrived at the hospital around 8:00am. Christa was at "6 to 7 cm" and was quite relaxed and calm. At one point, she even asked the nurse "Is this normal?"
Jack is about 6 weeks in these images. He's a bit of a chunker compared to my little mouse. Those cheeks! and lips!! This is the backyard of the house we stayed at. Our two-day stay was waaaaaay toooo short!
Brooke photographed my birth, and now it's my turn to photograph her birth! I got the call at six this morning and was soon on my way to the hospital. When I arrived, her water had already broken, and received an epidural shortly after my arrival. Everything seemed pretty low-key, and I was beginning to think I should've brought a book or something! Just then nurse checks and says "we're ready!" The baby was born about an hour after I arrived.
I've got more I would love to post from this birth, but I think I need a nap. It's been a super busy weekend...
Well, my last family had three girls and one boy. This one's the opposite - three boys & one girl! Can you imagine the difference in these two households!?! :)
To me, this one has a very lovely comfortable "at home" feeling to it.