29 March 2014

Baby Bowman: My Birth Story

The Birth Story 
by: Amy

After so many nights of checking my phone for a text, or jumping awake in the morning hoping I didn't miss a call...the time finally came. March 14th at 6:45am I see a message come through from Jenny. Her water had finally broken and she would keep me updated when to come over to begin taking the photos of the day! How was I supposed to go to work now?? My stomach was all full of butterflies and my fingers were shaking! Nevertheless, I loaded up the camera gear and tried to get some work done while I could.

Jenny's labor and her delivery was one of the most emotional, overwhelming and draining things I have ever been blessed to witness and be a part of. And I wasn't even the one delivering! From the time I got there right through to 2:43pm when Bowman got there too, I grew more and more tense. You have to understand the nurturer in me wanted to do everything I could to help Jenny through all of the contractions...but I just couldn't help. Toward the end I'm sure she would've slapped me away anyway. :) Haha! So instead I just took on every emotion in the room and held it inside of me. And yes, I cried behind my lens, as silently as I could muster.

Baby Bowman is gorgeous. And my best friend Jenny is the strongest, most capable woman I've ever met. Anyone that can still laugh at jokes in the middle of a a beast. God was in that room, that's for sure. I am so beyond proud of Ray and Jenny and I absolutely cannot wait to see how amazing of parents they are going to be. Congratulations to two people that hold my heart, and now to one tiny little one that made me fall in love with him with just one cry.

Our Baby Journey
by: Jenny

Now I want to back it up a little bit and tell you guys about our journey up until Bowman's birth.  We started trying to get pregnant in November of 2011 and didn't actually conceive until June of 2013.  Trying to get pregnant and being devastated month after month was a very trying time in my life.  I finally made peace with the Lord that I would submit to his will and if that meant never having biological children, I had accepted that.  We started the process of adoption, after feeling confirmation from the Lord with that direction in April of 2013 and just a few short months after that we found out we were expecting our very own baby!

When I heard the heartbeat at his 10 week ultrasound, I was immediately paralyzed with fear.  I now had a whole new set of worries about losing this baby.  For weeks and weeks the anxiety of miscarrying stole the joy of pregnancy from me.  I spent lots of time in prayer asking the Lord to lift the burden from me and He gently reminded me that the baby in my womb was his child first and that he had a plan for this miracle that was outside of my control.  So that's where faith stepped in.

Fast forward to March 14th and I delivered a healthy baby boy at home.  He was 7lbs 6oz and 20 inches long.  I just want to give praise to the Lord for letting my pregnancy go to full term and to encourage all of the families out there trying for a baby and waiting on the Lord's timing.  I know there are many people who have tried for a lot longer than a year and half and I'm positive that the Lord's timing is perfect.  I wouldn't take the wait back, it helped me see that I needed to submit to the Lord on a deeper level and that he is sovereign over everything in my life.    

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30

 (all photos below taken by Capture The Dance Photography)

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