People warned me how busy life gets with three kids, but I didn't believe them until just now when I realized it took me 2 full months to find a spare minute to snap a picture of Frances for her announcement! How sad is that? I love birth announcements and think they're so great for throwing into my girls memory boxes (plus any extra cards I have left over for their future kids). Anyway, thank goodness for all the cute options at Tiny Prints that lit the fire under my butt to order last week, it may have sat on my to-do list till her first birthday! Now if only I could cross off all the other things on my to do list..
After 6 years of photographing people, families, and couples we love, we're sad to say that we're closing up shop on our photography business. We've loved being able to do what we love together for so long, however with Geoff taking on a new job that requires much longer hours from him throughout the week, and with the addition of another sweet baby girl, we feel our hands are full and we'd like to be able to spend as much time together as a family as possible! As we shot our very last wedding this past weekend, it was hard not feeling a little bittersweet about it, photographing you all has been the absolute best and we've met so many amazing people and families that we otherwise wouldn't have! We've learned so much and our work has truly been the biggest blessing the past few years. Thank you so much to everyone for all the business, love, and support, and please feel free to stay in touch via this personal photography blog, or my Instagram, as we are pulling down our business-related sites and portfolios shortly.
Thanks again! xoxo.
Thanks again! xoxo.
Around 9:00 AM I started getting induced since baby girl was measuring somewhat big and I was progressed enough to be admitted into the hospital. A couple hours of pitocin later and I was starting to get discouraged since I was still only dilated to a 5 and not feeling any excruciatingly exciting contractions. At 11:00 AM sharp my doctor came in and broke my water and told me to let him know when I wanted the anesthesiologist to come in with the epidural. Minutes later the contractions started coming on pretty strong and I mentioned to Geoff and the nurse that I was ready for that epidural.
A few more minutes later and I was mentioning again (a little louder this time) to the nurse that I was definitely ready for my epidural. Unfortunately for me, the anesthesiologist was caught up in a C-section so I was going to have to wait just a bit longer. The baby on the other hand, was not waiting for anyone. The nurses and doctor kept calm and kept reassuring me that the anesthesiologist would be in any second, but as I saw them scrubbing up and start dancing around the room, I knew I wasn't going to be meeting any anesthesiologists that day. That's when the panic and fear sunk in and the (beginning of) swear words started flowing out.
I can't exactly remember or say what happened between about 11:15 and 11:30 AM, but I know it was terrifying and loud and amazing. I hadn't prepared myself for a natural birth and having it sprung on me last minute was definitely one of the scariest things I've ever had to experience.
In the end, I can laugh about it and hey, now I can say that I've done it. At 11:30 AM our perfect Frances girl was born, 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and 20 inches long. She had dark hair and the cutest nose and we fell hard and fast for her. She has the sweetest temperment and so far has been the best eater and sleeper. (I'm jinxing it, aren't I?) Her sisters love her and the first thing Ivy did when she ran into the hospital was rest her head on her belly and exclaim, "She's so caaayuuuute! Is this a dream!? Can we keep her!?"
We settled on the name Frances because she shares a Valentines birthday with her Grandpa Franklin, and her middle name 'J', after her Grandma Jan and her Grandma Joni. We checked out of the hospital 24 hours after she was born and having her home with us has been absolute heaven. It's always weird when you've only had someone in your life for a few very short, but long days and you already can't imagine life before them.
Frances J Lang, you're wonderful and we love you. Best Valentines Day ever.