It was late that Thursday night when I last spoke to Yogi confirming all the details of tomorrow’s birth session I was to photograph. We knew everything that was supposed to happen because she was having a scheduled c-section and since she had gone through this once before with the birth of her beautiful daughter, we knew it would be a walk in the park. No surprises since we had made it surprise-free to the c-section date, or so we thought. The very next morning I woke up extra early to squeeze in a Starbucks run before heading to the hospital, because births are always long sessions. I was extra peppy since I had just returned from Louisiana after photographing another birth and I knew that I would be just as excited today.
It seems as if two years ago, all my friends and I decided that we would be getting pregnant months apart from each other. A big trail of babies begun and every other month someone was welcoming their little bundle of joy. Nowadays they are all up for round two and I’m sitting over here like.. I really want to join in the baby bump phase… BUT I can wait until you all catch up to having two. That baby fever is so tough to fight off though! The first of my lovely friends to welcome into their family a second baby is Yeily and Hansel. Things couldn’t of worked out more perfectly since she was expecting a baby sister for Olivia and future best friend.
Just a couple of months ago, we brought the boys to Disney World with my parents and Sam. It was their second trip but the first one doesn’t actually count since they were just babies back then. I had Samuel record lots of video footage of us so that I could later put together our first ‘family trip video’. ( If you haven’t seen it, you can watch it here. ) I think I play this for the boys at least twice a week still. Love seeing their little excited faces. But sadly everyone (meaning D, Sam and my parents) felt that the trip was purely meant for pictures and they didn’t get to “
Our second park visit was to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. D’s favorite. Mainly because of Star Wars, but also because of his favorite rides (The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror & Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster). I’m not going to pretend like I’m not into it as well, but leave me at the princess and princes park all week and I’m a happy camper. The weather that day was off the charts one of the hottest days of the year in Orlando. The boys don’t do very well in the heat, so I knew it would be “one of those days” for us. We tried to keep our time outside as minimal as possible and bought them spray fans to cool off.
“When I think about my journey toward becoming a mother I realize I’ve sort of been one all along. Many who know have known me for my entire life would call me a natural. As a toddler, all I wanted was to cuddle dolls and shush them to sleep. Then, as I grew up just a bit more I insisted at the wise age of 5 that I was going to be a teacher and I never looked back from that choice. After years of nurturing and guiding other people’s children, I met my wonderful husband and in an instant I could picture our life together with as many children as we could possibly have. My lifelong dream of having my own beautiful soul to care for was finally coming true and then in an instant,