Oh sweet baby Carter. You are sooooo very loved.
I received a card from church on my first Mother's Day with a baby in my arms last year. I loved what it said & it has hung on my fridge ever since. As you will see in this video my Mom was in the room when my baby boy was born, that was never a question. Before he was born she always said that she dreamt of the moment in the delivery room where we would interlock eyes & we would just KNOW how each other were feeling because of the love that comes out of being a mother. At least that is what she had always wanted. She lost her mother when she was 13 & never had that opportunity. Now I can't say we had that exact moment. I was too busy interlocking my eyes with a little man who had just completely changed my life forever. And actually I hadn't thought about that until about 6 months after he was born. But when I thought about it I wasn't sad. I know she isn't either. We didn't need to lock eyes to feel the love that was coming out of that room. We both knew exactly what was going on. I became a Mother at the very moment my mother became a Grandma. We felt that mutual love that only a mother knows & it was perfect.
Anyways, back to the church card, I get sidetracked lots. My brain is everywhere these days. My parent's came over for dinner 2 nights ago. They come over lots so I am surprised she hasn't read it. I just felt the need to read it to her right then & there in the kitchen. It was once again that unneeded moment where we didn't need to lock eyes but we both felt so close. Not only that mutual motherly closeness, but that mother/daughter, bff kind of feeling. It was a moment where like in the delivery room, there was lots of love going on & it was so very evident.
I am so thankful for my Mom. She has shaped me into the mother I am today.
The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral... a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby's body. "The angels have not been blessed with such a grace. They cannot share in God's creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven. Only a human mother can. Mothers are closer to God the creator than any other creatures. God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation... "What on God's good earth is more glorious that this: to be a mother?"
Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty
and to that I answer this... nothing.
A big thank you to my mother in law, sister in law & my amazing husband for all of these images & videos.
I don't even know how to begin this post. This video means so much to me. I knew about this pregnancy VERY early on. Then I knew they were twins very EARLY on. I was in the room when the ultrasound tech announced they are girls & photographed their reactions! I helped host a shower where here family welcomed me as their own. Their big brother is a day older than my "baby" boy. What started as an "oh our due dates are 2 weeks apart, let's add each other as facebook friends" friendship, has blossomed into something that I couldn't imagine not having in my life. Tiffany, Dan & I all went to high school together. They were older than me! HAH! :) And I find it hard to even remember her maiden name sometimes because our friendship wasn't then, it is now & it is beautiful. I so wanted to be in that delivery room, but having these babies arrive safely was the top priority & with them being preemies, it just wasn't an option. I felt so honored to just be there. One of the babies spent time in theNicu. They wouldn't allow me back there, so I edited a few that they took & threw them in here too. I love this BIG family so much & am so happy that they will have this love captured forever.
** One thing we talked about during her pregnancy is how she would ever love another baby as much as she loves Nolan. I told her I don't understand how it happens. How can you ever love another child as much as you love the one who made you a Momma? Because of her I KNOW that someday I too will be able to love another little babe. She shows it. She was MADE to be a Momma & she is an incredible one!**
Births always get me. ALWAYS. To me they are the most wonderful thing to photograph. True, raw human emotion. Weddings are lovely. They are amazing with all of the beautiful intricate details that make up the whole day. BUT, NOTHING compares to watching & photographing a new baby being born. A new life. A couple who were once just husband & wife becoming parents together. They are incredible.
This birth was very dear to me, as most of mine are. I have known this couple since high school. They started dating like 2 months before my husband & I did. Cara & I grew up in the same neighborhood so many summer days were spent together. I didn't get to be in the room for the birth. The Dr. wouldn't allow it, I did however wait & wait & wait, ok, so she labored long, hahah, but I am oh so happy I did. At once ALL of her entire family got to go into the delivery room & meet Baby Bridget. Words really can't describe it. Picture this, sun shining in, worship music playing in the background celebrating God & this new life, new parents, new grandparents, a new great grandma, new aunts & uncles all there to meet one little girl. It was MAGICAL. The moment when the great grandma got to see her grandbaby. I will never forget it. EVERRRR. She sobbed. There was not a dry eye in that room. It gives me chills. Baby Bridget had her eyes open the entire time. As if she was saying, "HELLOOOO world. I am HERE!! I am so happy to meet you all!" It was so cool. Everyone just slowly passed her along. Cuddling. Loving. Embracing. If I could redo my birthing experience I would have wanted it to be exactly as hers was. It was just beautiful & I am happy I was there to capture it for them to remember for all of their lives. <3