so happy to share photos today from when beatrice and madalena met their three older siblings for the very first time. since they were born just before midnight the evening before, eleanor, samson and conrad came straight from school the following afternoon and i don’t think any of us, the three of them or josh and me, could contain our excitement in that moment of everyone finally greeting each other and being reacquainted on earth. it’s etched in my memory forever, that moment when eleanor first met her tiny brother samson, and again when eleanor and samson walked in for the first time to meet our little mister conrad. the way eleanor signed “baby” as she first looked at samson, or the way samson’s body shook from head to toe with insane excitement before i placed conrad in his lap to hold for the very first time. the most magical of moments. the ones i’ll never forget and carry with me forever.
my sweet friend amanda took these photos for us when the kids arrived, and they are without a doubt, everything to me. she also came to the hospital the day before for a few hours when i was in labor (i labored for 10 hours before i ended up having to go back to the operating room for a c-section anyhow). since the hospital was having a slow night and no one else was in the recovery room area after my c-section, they let amanda come in there with us while they monitored me for a few hours (normally only one person is allowed to be there with you, same as in the operating room). she took some special photos just for us of our fresh baby girls in our arms for the very first time which i’ll hold especially dear forever and ever. full disclosure, i debated for a few months if we should have someone there to take pictures and some video. i wanted to have some sort of documentation of it all just for our family, but i also wanted the moment to still feel intimate and special for just josh and me and our new babies and wasn’t sure how that would play out with someone else right beside us. for me, in the end, i am so glad we did it. josh and i take photos and videos so often and while we both absolutely love to have a camera in our hands, it was nice to not have to turn that mindset on at all for either of us during those few days at the hospital. i also am so glad we hired someone i am close to (who also happens to be an amazing photographer) over someone i don’t know. it’s different for everyone, but for me, i was able to feel fully relaxed in such vulnerable moments this way, which i’m thankful for. those first few moments are always a blur after i deliver (whether vaginally or by c-section) and as this was the first time we had someone capture those moments both before the birth and after for us, i now wish we’d have hired someone to take photos of all our births because it’s been so great to have these photos (and some video files) to relive it all through, so raw and filled with so much emotion, to look back on. anyway, a million thank you’s to amanda for basically spending the night at the hospital with us (i think she didn’t leave until 1am!) and for these images.
this moment right here. this moment, their faces, my tears…. i’ll never forget!
samson didn’t last even 30 seconds beside me, he was off to meet his new sisters stat! :)
this was the moment where josh was bringing the babies over so the kids could hold them and conrad exclaimed excitedly, “i want to hold the boy one.” we were like, oh shoot! sorry cutie, but you just got two little sisters!!
having three younger sisters myself, i have always dreamed since eleanor was born of giving her a sister. i still can’t believe we just gave her two! i’m so excited to watch them grow together, and to watch the bond and relationships grow with their two big brothers as well.
conrad enamored with my hosptial bed and all the buttons that make it go up and down, samson asking me a million questions and my three baby girls beside me…. this is my heaven on earth right here. we are currently six weeks out and as exhausting as the post partum phase can be with your own body trying to recover in the midst of taking care of newborns and your existing family, for me, it’s one of my favorite stages. i just love the newborn-ness. i don’t mind the frequent nightime feedings because they come with the nighttime cuddles and the nighttime kisses with that blissful milk breath and warm skin to skin bonding. there is a special spirit that lingers in our home during this time that is hard to replicate when this chapter comes to a close. i would have a newborn in my home forever if i could logistically figure out how to make that happen. ;)
sprinkles cupcakes, one of my all time favorite cupcakes…they sadly got a little messed up when messengered over from the bakery but they still tasted so good. we had a few dozen for all the nurses and staff at the hospital although i think conrad was most excited about it.
to me, beatrice and madalena look so very different and have their own unique looks although they do have a lot of their siblings’ features because those davis genes are strong! ;) but even so, josh put a dot of hot pink marker on the bottom of one of their heels just to be completely certain during that first week at home without the hospital ankle bracelets. he was like, “this way i can tell the girls with certainty someday that we never accidentally switched them in the beginning! and have proof!”
just feeling all the feels right now. it’s so very different for everyone but for me, i’m living my ultimate dream right now getting to be a mama and being surrounded by my little ones. every day i’m learning new things and making mistakes and figuring it out as i go, but i’m thankful for this chance! thank you to everyone who has shared in our excitement the past several months! and thanks again for these special photos, amanda!