When I tell people that I do birth photography a huge majority of them scrunch their nose and say, “really…isn’t that kind of gross?” and I always laugh! Yes…birth is messy and complicated, but never gross…in fact, it’s so incredibly beautiful while being so incredibly painful and heart wrenching. Kind of like a lot of things in life….we walk through horrible things in order to see a beautiful outcome! It’s truly such an honor for me to be invited into such a miraculous moment in a family’s life…and I cherish every second.
**I always give a little word of caution…while I strive to keep my blog family friendly at all times…there are some images in the birth posts that can be more graphic than some people are comfortable with..if you think that might be you, feel free to skip this blog post!I got the text from Chris at about 4:00am that it was time and knowing Mareesha like I do ..that meant, it was going to be soon! Luckily, at the time, I lived right around the block from them and got there in record time. Mareesha was calm and peaceful…and the most smiley birthing mom I have ever had! You might look through these photos and think she had it so easy…but, I will say this…the contractions were strong and painful…but as she managed each one like a warrior…she came out of each one with a huge smile…but, it wasn’t easy…She honestly only had a handful of contractions and then she moved closer to the tub to get ready to get in… this was her fourth baby so we knew it would be kind of quick, but all in all I was there about a half an hour before that beautiful baby was born.They promised their oldest son that they would wake him up for the event….and even though he was sleepy…he was so excited.See what I mean about the smiling? She had some great midwives attending to her and she was in the comfort of her own home! Such a peaceful environment.She might have been in the tub for 10 minutes tops before it was time… they were waiting to know this baby was a boy or girl…but, with three older brothers I don’t think they were that surprised when they finally met their fourth little man, Lachlan!Look at that joy! I love the moment when the rush of the birth is over and mama finally gets to gaze at her baby. and..there’s is that perfect Mareesha smile, again! When it was time to cut the cord, it was a family affair…all the boys were up and involved in the process!
…I just love her smile!Lachlan got wrapped up and checked out….…and had his first meal….…while dad read to the newest big brother.And, the biggest big brother took his job as family photographer very seriously! He got some really good shots, too!
Finally dad got to hold his boy!He’s a lucky dad to have so many boys to raise…and because I know this lovely family..I can guarantee he’s going to do an amazing job!They got a quick moment as mom, dad, and new baby….but, with a family of six, you know that didn’t last long….Congratulations, Backman family! You are so blessed and have so many memories to make ahead of you!Thanks for sharing your precious family of SIX with me!