It wasn't the easiest entrance into the world, but God's hand of protection was on all of us. After 28+ hours of labor, seven days past my due date, we headed to the hospital to see what was going on. After about 3 minutes of being in triage, it was decided that I would need to have an emergency c-section. Noah's heart rate dropped significantly after each one of my contractions and then spiked. This pattern could not continue much longer. We got into the operating room at 2:16am and he was born at 2:34, just 18 minutes later. It was scary, traumatic, and totally unexpected, but we knew that God was with us the entire journey. The best gift we could have been given at that point, weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz and measured 22.5 inches long. Noah Jude, our beloved fourth child came into the world and breathed his first. Praise the LORD for this miracle!
Last Mother's Day with just these three kiddos. #4 should arrive any day now. The kids can hardly wait. Neither can I....neither can I. I am thankful for the gift of motherhood. Even in the many days and seasons of crazy chaos, my heart whispers..."You were made for this!" I love my children dearly. I hope they will always know that.
It only took six tries. That's right...the sixth time's the charm! In my ten years of being a photographer, I never had to reschedule anyone's session more than once....until this dear family. Four tries last year and two this year. We snuck it in Sunday evening, on a gorgeous spring evening, two weeks before my due date. A big cheer of victory was released upon completion and we all breathed a sigh of relief knowing we had finally accomplished what we set out to do for each other. I have known these people since I was born. We grew up going to church and high school together, doing youth group, swimming in their family pool, even showing sheep together in 4-H. Oh the memories! What a beautiful bunch of individuals...
Yesterday, Eric finally got to do some maternity portraits of me with two weeks left to go until my due date. It was a beautiful spring day. I thought to myself, "Well, I guess we won't have any images of Eric and I together with my baby bump." Then I decided to ask Malakai if he could take a few shots of us. He very willingly accepted the offer. Well, my jaw dropped when I looked at the back of the camera at what he was able to capture. Our 7-year old son is a natural behind the camera. He literally stood in front of us, aimed, fired, and composed these images like a pro. I didn't really do much editing to them at all. It's happening...our kids are growing up and teaching them how to do the things that Eric and I do as professionals really is so much fun. I hugged and squeezed him and told him that he can be my assistant any time. I had a family session last night and he already asked if he could come along. It's a new season, folks...and any day, another Martin will be celebrating their birthday!