Tuesday, May 27, 2014

welcome to the family

So, I'll warn you. This post has a lot of pictures...like, it's excessive. But there were so many great ones that I had a hard time paring it down. I so badly wanted Maggie Dehart to take pictures of the twins' birth. I really, really love birth photos. No other event gives you the raw emotion that a birth does. How could we not capture that? Unfortunately, our hospital doesn't allow photographers in the operating room for c-sections. I was bummed out by this, but thankfully, our doula is a rockstar with an iPhone camera and got great shots of the birth.

We opted to have Maggie come to the hospital to capture photos of us when the boys were about twelve hours old, plus pictures of our families meeting the babies. I'm so glad we did this. These images are priceless to me. She did an amazing job. Here are a few (or a ton) of my favorites.

Gus getting all clean and ready to meet the fam.

I was getting so excited to introduce Harriet to the boys that my heart rate monitor kept going off. 

snuggling with Lou

The boys were born about eleven hours before our scheduled c-section. My parents had asked us to call that morning so that they could pray with us over the phone. But instead we called to tell them that the babies were already here. They were shocked. Such a fun phone call to make. 

We decided that Harriet would be the first to meet the boys, so Andrew brought her in before everybody else for some sweet family time. I had to include all of the pictures from this series because they're way too precious. I knew she'd be excited, but I didn't know she'd be this excited. 

the absolute best big sister

love this expression

Trying to wrap my brain around the fact that I have three children...still trying to wrap my brain around it. 

And here comes the rest of the family! They didn't know anything about the babies beyond the fact that they were here and healthy, so the next couple of pictures capture the grandmas' reactions to Harriet's announcement, "These are my brothers!"

My mom is on the left. Andrew's mom is on the right.

Harriet picked out special gifts for the babies.

Andrew's dad with Gussy.

Uncle Brad (my brother) and his girlfriend, Alyssa, who is now his FIANCE!!!! Woohoo!

My mom had to unwrap the babies and check out their little arms and legs.

Papa and...somebody.

Harriet's gift from the babies - Clifford and Clifford books.

Watching the birth video.

I wasn't sure whether nursing would freak Harriet out, but she was totally fine with it.

Big helper.

Harriet calls her Sasa. Soon she'll be Auntie Sasa. 

Welcome to the family, beautiful boys. You can't even imagine how much you're loved.


  1. Beautiful family photos and that Harriet is just a doll!!

  2. Ahhh I got all teary-eyed looking at these! Harriet has the sweetest smile ever and I can't believe how welcoming she was, holding both babies from the beginning. She definitely seems like a great big sister. And the grandmas reactions were priceless. What a special time for you and your family!! You'll have to update when you can about how things have been at home so far!

  3. i loved every single one of these. what a great photographer! harriet is truly beautiful. she takes my breath away every time! and i love andrews hair!

  4. The ones with Harriet especially had me in tears. These are amazing Em!! Such a beautiful experience.

  5. Oh my goodness, Harriet is precious!! I mean, come on! :) The boys are beautiful too, but there is nothing quite like those proud older sister kisses. So very happy for you, my friend.

  6. So beautiful! Congratulations!

  7. Looooove all of these pictures!!! Thank you for sharing such a happy day with us!!

  8. I can't even handle these pictures! Beautiful!!

  9. This is so incredible. Congrats. Welcome to the world baby boys!

  10. Oh my gosh, such beautiful photos!!! All of them! So glad you got to capture all of this special moments. And my oh my, Harriet has to be one of the most beautiful little girls ever. Love her little smile!!

  11. Harriet has the sweetest smile! I love love love these pictures!

  12. Oh my goodness! This entire post made me cry, especially watching Jan and your mom meet the babies for the first time! I was just a crying mess and I am SO happy for all of you! Harriet is going to be a GREAT big sister and I can't wait to see all of you... hopefully soon! Love ya!

  13. Wonderful! Many congratulations and blessings. What a beautiful famly!!

  14. Love all these pictures!!! Beautiful family! Congrats again!

  15. These are absolutely amazing. I'm not going to lie, I got a little teary eyed looking through them. I just know how awful infertility is and it makes this post so special. Your family is beyond thrilled for you, your photographer did a wonderful, beautiful job. Congratulations again :)

  16. Congratulations Em!!! You did an amazing job carrying those boys as long as you did. The photos are great! Thanks for sharing!!! Hope things at home are going well and everyone is adjusting. Hugs!

  17. These pictures have me in happy tears. I am so incredibly happy for you and your beautiful family! The love is so evident in these pictures. Harriet is such a proud big sister! I also love the reactions from the Grandmas!

  18. WOW!! So many beautiful and precious photos!! Once again, congratulations to you and your family, Em. You are all so cute!

  19. These pictures are precious! AHH! The grandparents reactions are the best ever - happy tears from e! We LOVE having Gus and Louie in Kid-O-Deo. Seriously, the volunteers get so excited when they are there. Someone at the 11:05 service last week was so bummed when I told her they were at the 9:05. Serious disappointment. :) Anyways, they are darling! Would love to grab coffee sometime! Have a great weekend!

  20. I'm a little late to this, but congratulations. Wonderful photos. Like others, I have a few tears in my eyes.


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