In my previous post, I shared the high drama leading to the arrival of Jude Michael. Because our first peak fell past dusk, we took the opportunity the next morning to capture his every detail so that the sun could rise on his first full day and everyone could rest a bit.
I've known Emily for years—and therefore Kevin—ever since her "little sister" Abby grew into a beloved extension of our family as I mentored her. Emily is a Northview graduate and has come back as a teacher at the middle school. Though she never had Max, she has sat through my riveting Career Day lecture six times, so it was something special when she still chose to entrust these special moments to me, even after witnessing me putting half her class to sleep as I droned on about medical marketing.
If you had been behind my camera only hours after Jude's arrival, you would have been as impressed as I was. For people that had just become parents and lived through a day of high medical drama, you could not have expected anything more. Both naturally fell into pace alongside the new rhythms that a baby presents. There's no question that they were born to be in these roles and completely understand the gift they've been given. It makes capturing those first few moments even more special.
I treasure the fact that Kevin and Emily wanted to be surprised by their baby's gender. If you know me, you most likely know my theory on this: there are very few good surprises that come later in life, so why not make gender one of the high points? I do 100% understand why so many people need to reveal gender during their pregnancy, especially for those that have suffered infertility or miscarriage (many find it easier to feel that the pregnancy is "real" if they can picture gender and have a name ahead of time.) And for all my type A pals out there, I know there is calm in being prepared. But you cannot deny that there is something really special witnessing the surprise on everyone's face as they learn the gender and name of the new arrival. Since it was a surprise, Emily came prepared with gender-specific outfits and her little guy duds were the cutest!
Welcome Jude Michael! You are so abundantly loved and treasured...and pretty "fly" for a little guy. Thank you Kevin and Emily for sharing your first few hours as a new family with me. You guys are already amazing parents and I look forward to walking this journey of parenthood alongside you both.