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It isn't every day that you get to witness a new soul arrive into the world, but on October 5th I got to meet Jenny & Eric at the hospital at 4:00 in the morning after she called to tell me her water broke. Not even an hour later Charlotte Myell was here after just ONE push! It was the fastest, most graceful entrance to the world I have ever seen! If I hadn't been there I am not sure I would have believed just how easy this was. I am sure Jenny doesn't think it was as easy as it looked, but seriously. She did amazing! Charlotte was born into one of the best families in the whole world, and you can just see the joy and overwhelming excitement in the pictures. Big sister Linley could not have been happier!
A few days later, we got to take some pictures of Linley & Charlotte together. As most of you know, I do not normally photograph newborns but Jenny & Eric are family, so we plopped the girls down on my bed and gave it a shot. Charlotte slept away and Linley did a wonderful job loving on her new little sister.
My precious little nephew, Brayden Daniel, was born on June 20th. I was lucky enough to be in the room and hear his first cry. He had a few low blood sugars at birth, so Megan wasn't able to hold him for the first few hours. She was recovering from her c section in her room while he was being attended to in the nursery. Naturally, I had to keep running back with my camera to show her pictures.
This little guy is such a sweet babe and has stolen our hearts. Again. It's amazing how you don't know what is missing until one day there he is, the final piece to the puzzle. Brayden completed their family just perfectly!
Tim & Michelle were meant to be parents. As I listened to them talk about how excited they were to meet baby Drew, I couldn't help but get excited, too. It was contagious. They were bursting with happiness, and I could feel just how much they cherished this little gift from God, this miracle they had been praying for.
There is nothing I cherish more than the pictures of the girls when they were first born. I look at them over and over, remembering every little moment, their first cries, how their eyes barely opened, met mine, and my heart burst, realizing I was a mom. This baby was ours. Forever.
Since Drew was sitting breech, Michelle was scheduled for a c-section. I suggested that she have me come to the hospital the next day to get some fresh pictures of him, and she immediately said she would love that.
I am so glad we did. Getting to love on a one day old baby has to be THE best part of my job.
Welcome to the world, Drew. Sometimes I feel like this, too!
Tim & Michelle, congratulations again. I couldn't be happier for the two of you!
This right here might be my favorite picture. Michelle, you were born for this role!
“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” ~Rajneesh
A week ago today my best friend became a mother. And I got to witness every minute of it. There is absolutely nothing like watching a new soul come into this world. It is the most precious moment, so raw and beautiful. I have to admit, I was a little scared for Jenny, because she was determined to have Linley according to her birth plan, and when a few things didn't go quite as planned I could hear the anxiety in her voice. But she knew what she wanted, and she was so strong and brave through it all. I am so very proud of her.
16 hours after checking in to the hospital and no pain medicine on board at all, Jenny gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Linley Renee, named after her great-grandfather, Linwood.
This is her birth story.
Jenny & Eric didn't find out the sex of the baby during the pregnancy, and it was so worth the wait when they got to announce it to their families. I just love their reaction!
Jenny & Eric, I am so excited to watch you on this new journey. You are already the wonderful parents I always knew you would be.
Welcome to the world sweet baby Linley. You are a precious gift, loved my so many already.