Welcoming Our Rosie
I don’t even know where to start when it comes to Rosie’s existence. From the moment I knew I was pregnant I have felt a calm spirit. Which is really saying something because this pregnancy put me, and our family, through the ringer.
Rosie is a miracle baby. She absolutely is. I cry a little bit saying that because this is the first time I say it and really reflect on all of the odds she and I faced to get her here safely and healthy.
I am working on writing up the entire story of Rosie’s life before birth and her life since. There is so much to write and document and I want to make sure I note every single detail. It will definitely be lengthy and probably way too wordy and too much emotion. Really I’m writing it for myself to have to be able to look back on and remember the miracle that she is. I know that gods hand has always been in our life, he has guided us through many challenging times weather with our careers, marriage or various life choices. It just seems lately it has been more evident than ever.Probably because of the sweet calm spirit that is in our home. Despite the absolute chaos of two kids she brings in a peace. We love you Rosie girl. All of us.
Until I finish her birth story I wanted to share our very first photos of us as a family of four.
Shaylei came into our messy & crazy home and was immediately part of the family. I want to preface: I tried put no pressure on myself or our family for this photoshoot. I didn’t plan outfits, we grabbed whatever we could find that was clean that morning. I did my normal getting ready routine and I just tidied up our house to medium cleanliness.
Despite my best efforts to play it cool, to start the shoot off with a bang (literally) Monty ran into a metal bar on our dresser and got a massive mark on his head. He threw tantrum after tantrum instead of smiling and cheering like he normally does, and when we tried to get him to hold Rosie for a photo he quickly tossed her off his lap and said “SOOO DONE” (she lived). I felt somewhat insecure with my post pregnant body and little miss Rosie refused to sleep so she was WIDE awake in every shot and hyper.
After the shoot I was discouraged because while Shaylei was so professional, fun, and calm, I thought there is NO way she got any good ones of our family or of Monty.
Then she sent us the images… Somehow, by some miracle, she captured us. She captured our SWEET and funny Monty boy (we know he’s under there some where). She captured Dane’s protective mother hen personality and love for his kids and family. She captured Rosie’s fighter personality and sweet spirit.
She captured OUR family. Our family of four. Crazy to say that.