I am counting down the days until I deliver my third child.
This is not my first rodeo, or first time around the block, or whatever cliche you’d like to attribute to the experience. I have done all of this before. But this time, I want something a little different.
I have decided to hire a birth photographer. If you’ve been to my blog once or twice, you’ve noticed how much time and energy I like to put into photography. Even if it’s only my iPhone pictures… they matter. I want things documented. I have exactly one picture of me in labor with Ronan, and around seven photos of Ruby’s birth. I consider all of the pictures pricless, and I’m thankful for what I have.
I want more.
I have had several people recommend a local birth photographer to me. Her name is Lora Denton, and her pictures are so good, they will give you chills. On a whim, I sent her an email to see if she had any spots open in November – she only does 2 births a month, so it felt like a long shot! I was lucky, and she had space, so we set up a meeting. Since I’m having a homebirth, I invited her over to my house. She wanted to get to see the space we would be birthing in, and that sounded like a great idea. She also asked if it was okay for her to bring her 3.5 year old, and seeing as I’ve got one too, I said absolutely!
We decided to meet Friday at 11. She showed up perfectly on time, and we both chuckled as our sons were wearing matching Superman t-shirts. I invited her in, showed her around my house, and we became best friends.
You think I’m joking. I’m not joking.
Seriously, Lora stayed and chatted with me for nearly 3 hours. We found out that we have SO MUCH in common. And she was such an amazing pleasure to talk to. Not only do I love her photography, but I’m seriously thrilled that she’s going to be at my birth – it really means something to be surrounded by special women.
Ronan and her little boy played for 3 hours straight. They had a BLAST. They were a perfect match for each other. And you’d think, both of us loving photography the way we do, one of us would have snapped a picture. HA! Not so. There WILL be play-dates in our future.
Anyways. There are 10 weeks left until my official due date. And I am so excited for it. I actually feel ready for it. And I can’t wait to share this experience with all of you.
It’s going to be really, really great. You’ll see.