It was Wednesday night, November 6 to be exact when I confessed to Lyndon that I was done. I was done running errands, stocking my cabinets, editing this years shoots, and blogging them, freezing meals, cleaning and sorting and done waiting. It was not that everything was completed on my to do list; it was that I made it to 39 weeks and I was ready for him to arrive now. I know that I really did not have any control when our little boy arrived; however I was now telling myself he could come; though with one slight stipulation after Thursday. And it had to be after Thursday as Lyndon would be in Maryland all day. I could wait one more day.
Then Friday (Nov 8) in the early morning my labor began. I had one desire with labor that he would be delivered in the daytime. Again, I know that we can not control this but that I could bring this request and desire before God and pray. By mid-morning labor was not progressing. I was cooking what I will term “labor meal” as a way to distract and use time and to also have something prepared to enjoy after the birth. The big pot of spaghetti sauce was simmering and I was watching the clock. It would be evening soon; the clock was ticking. I called my mid-wife Diane and asked what I could do to get my contractions regular and progressing. Well her suggestions worked and labor intensified quickly. Within about a hour after her arriving to our home Kylan Heath was born. It was in the afternoon and that evening we all enjoyed pasta dinner together.
Two months have passed and I have savored these weeks of having Kylan in our family. We are all adjusting slowly to the changes that this sweet new addition brings. Most of I am allowing myself time, thanks to the encouragement of my husband. His words have given me freedom to take the time and as much time off as I need to treasure and enjoy these days with my children. We have waited for this time to come for four years and I don’t want to rush it. I am so thankful for his grace to me and understanding. It has allowed me to take the pressure off myself to get back to the to do list and business of life and to be able to say no to things for a season. It is not that I have not wanted to do things or get things accomplished or started again; but I am learning to embrace my new capacity (that is limited) for this season. It has given me peace as I grow in my new responsibilities to take the time to focus on my new family, to enjoy the time we have together, rest and maybe get a load of laundry done in the day. I will mostly be hibernating til spring and it is because we all know they grow too fast. I am looking forward to this new year, future photo shoots and all the potential that it holds. Here are a few of my favorites from the last two months! ENJOY!!!
happy. healthy and delivered at home.
My midwives were amazing and so thankful to have them “catch” Kylan.New and in daddy’s arms.The joy and emotion watching Myla meet her brother was an answer to many prayers.Bebe and Gigi meeting Kylan and Myla documenting it too!Three days old.Five days oldThis one of Myla and Kylan is my favorite and makes my heart happy.The quilt in the picture below was made by my mother, (Grande) for Kylan.10 days old
Kylan was growing and changing and it could not go slow enough for me.
These photos were taken by my good friend and photographer, Tina Lapp.
I am so thankful for her friendship and time she took to capture these moments of us two.Made it outside before the leaves were gone.
I look forward to next fall with them both playing in the leaves.Above: One month old
Myla is an amazing big sister who loves her brother dearly and is a big helper.
6 weeks oldTwo months old