We’re not just photographers. Sometimes we choose to be the water girl, the girl that pulls your hair back, or the girl that takes the new role as a midwife’s assistant.
For forty hours, I lived in a time warp. I vaguely remember hearing the clock tick and thinking, “I don’t want to know what day it is.” I remember everyone supporting me with their silent stares. When the contractions hit, I heard everyone cheering me on and encouraging me. I remember hearing the click sound as the shutter was being released and thinking, “I wonder what photo she captured.”
Here are a few.
One of my favorite quotes from Benjamin Franklin- his reflection on the joys and sorrows of bringing up children.
“When we launch our little fleets of barks into the ocean, bound to different ports, we hope for each a prosperous voyage. But contrary winds, hidden shoals, storms, and enemies come in for a share in the disposition of events; and though these occasion a mixture of disappointment, yet considering the rest where we can make no insurance, we should think ourselves happy if some return with success.”
On June 21, we welcome our “little fleet.”
We are only a few days short from Benjamin arriving, and my husband has shown so much love and support; I consider myself the luckiest person. There was never any doubt in my mind that he could be a wonderful husband and soon father.
When we first met, he mentioned he disliked the idea of work. Of course, I nearly panicked and rolled my eyes at the same time. Slowly, I started to notice he put in 14 hour work days and still managed to take me out on dates and never lose focus of what really matters, experiences and time.
He visualized life how I wanted it-worry free, always de-cluttering, and liberating.
He sets the best example of hard work, determination, and strength. He is also my reminder to live in the present and participate in life.
I don’t watch much television, but it seems I have accomplished more of it in the past few days than I could imagine. In between snacks, yoga, and meals, I managed to watch the following Netflix’s series.
1. Anne of Green Gables on Netflix. This series just makes me cry. Anne reminds me of my niece. She just wants to make friends, but somethings just work against her. Anne also inspires me want to read more book and say words like conundrum.
2. House of Cards on Netflix. Omg Frank and Claire are flipping crazy! I can’t say enough.
3. Cable Girls on Netflix. I love the 1920s era! I imagined myself with a cute bob, ruby red lipstick and a cigarette in my hand.
4. And currently 13 Reasons Why on Netflix. I feel this show is more for the teenage audience, so it’s taking me awhile to get to episode 2. However, I need to know what happens.
It’s a big week for me. It’s week #38. I’m a bit anxious, nervous, excited, but not fearful. If you ask my husband, he’ll tell you I’m afraid of everything. I wish I could be more like him, like go hike a mountain and go into an ocean full of sharks, but like Veronica-Pooh Nash-Poleate, I stay outta the sharks house. Yes, I’m fearful of large pools of water, roller coasters, flying roaches, mountain biking, snorkeling, and anything that might be remotely close to being on a North Face commercial.
One night after an event, I considered crying on my way home because of the results of that evening. I called my husband in frustration. I got home and showered, and I reminded myself that I am not that fearful person. Those scavengers/adventures/quest are not real reasons for me to be afraid.
The closer we get to meeting Benjamin, the sooner I get to share my experience with you.
Claudia and Dimas married at Brennan’s of Houston. In front of the shimmering water fountain, they were surrounded with friends linked back to their childhood and their closest family. They stood in the center of the lush, green courtyard and exchanged promises to continue to love each other. Forever.
Here, Claudia and Dimas opted to see each other before the ceremony.