Life gets more and more interesting the older I get. On Friday I turned 34. It was the least exciting birthday I’ve ever had. And to be honest, that was a bit disappointing, though I’m not sure why. So many factor. But I knew the next day would be exciting. My sister plays basketball for Barneveld and we were headed to watch her play in the state tournament. Had to get up at 4:45 to pack all of my gear and get things ready to go just in case I would get the call on the way up or the way home. Though, Kelly and Nick weren’t due until March 30th. I figured I’d be in the clear. I JUST took maternity photos of Kelly and we chatted and both thought perhaps she would go late. Nonetheless, I sent her an email Friday night to see how she was feeling. Not much to report. But at 5:11 a.m. on Saturday as I was going about packing I got an instant message from her. I don’t think I will EVER forget either of the days I went into labor with the boys. And what Kelly described made me smile. She surely was experiencing contractions and my packing changed directions. Made some phone calls and took a trip into town to drop off my press pass in hopes that someone could cover me (and some very lovely people did just that–thank you!!!). I texted my sisters wishing them good luck (one plays, one coaches), and got my cameras ready for the hospital. Kelly said she would keep me posted. I didn’t hear from her again until around 10. Things were picking up, though she wasn’t quite sure if she was ready to time them or not. At half time of my sister’s game (lets say 11:45), Nick called. He told me they were on their way to the hospital. Kelly wasn’t sure how fast the contractions were coming but when he spoke to her, she didn’t speak back and I knew right then I probably didn’t have much time. Drove to the hospital to find things well under way. When Kelly was admitted, she was already 10 cm and ready to go. They are both medical people and so the talk between the hospital staff (wonderful, wonderful people) and Kelly and Nick sounded foreign to me. I can say that I am just so very impressed with these new parents. Kelly is strong and calm all at once and Nick was meant to be a dad. He delivered this sweet baby girl and was in love the moment she arrived. As they were finishing medical procedure on Kelly, the 3 of them chatted (well 2 of them did) about her name. Nick said “next up to bat …..” to hear how each name sounded and it was adorable. Lots of friends and family anxiously awaiting the news and the name. Little Halle will be loved and spoiled to no end and as I walked out the door, the sounds of all the happy people in room 475 and the thoughts of their beautiful future together made me smile. And I can’t stop smiling. What a gift this life is. Since the first time I met them (2 or 3 (??) years ago for an engagement session), I knew I loved them. Though Kelly and I are friends on Facebook, seeing her in person again for the maternity photos felt “right” and like I’d known her all my life. I get that way sometimes. And now, I’m not sure they will ever leave my heart. I don’t know how to go through something so miraculous and so beautiful and not feel a strong bond. Even if it’s all in my head! I’m blessed to have been there and I cannot thank you both enough for allowing me to share your beautiful day. You know I’m always thinking of you… and hoping you are getting some sleep.
And this one’s for Jason…Barneveld won! What an amazing game