I was induced on a snowy Sunday, March 30th, knowing for sure that this would be the last time I could possibly carry a baby for 9 months, I really wanted to soak it all in.
We showed up, chatted with the nurse,
gowned, i-Ved, pitocined, epiduraled, and then waited. I really was trying to relish, but like all my inductions, it just seems to take a long time. But I had company with Robyn, photographing and this guy:
He told me jokes because I asked for diversions, and the best one of the morning was this ditty:
What do you call a short psysic who has escaped from prison? A small, medium at large!
I guess you had to be there.
James cut the cord.
I really like delivering babies.
If it weren't for the 9 months of pregnancy and the 18 year rearing commitment...
I'd have a baby everyday.
And really, it's all those things, because that new life and spirit is entering my life and joining my spirit.
I think he looks like all of my kids, a lot like James, and really, just like himself!
So why a 6th child?
When Isaac (#5) was born, James' mom died a few days after, James was in the bishopric and his job was really stressful at the time. I felt pushed to my limit and because of that, our family was perfect.
Almost two years later, things had mellowed out, minus me being the YW president (nothing about that gig is mellow). We talked about having another one. "Why?" James asked, "Do you feel there's a spirit there that's supposed to be in our family?" I answered no, only because I've never felt that. I felt like we could "do" one more and still keep up, handle it, maintain the chaos, enjoy that new life...
In a joking sense, if asked why six I could say: well I made it to 5 and I still had my health, sanity (debatable), and the support of my husband. The reality would be I made a choice. I know many of you have had loss and hardship when it comes to growing a family. My heart feels your grief and knowing loss, it really feels like I won the lottery. Jackpot baby!
Also, all the shots above were taken by the amazing Robyn who is the real deal. Facebook here. Website here.