Four men and a lady.
The movie "Three Men and a Baby" has to go down as one of my all-time favorites. It's funny, it's sweet, it's filled with crazy and unexpected events, but it ends just the way you hope it will- with everyone rearranging everything to make room for what they come to realize matters most of all. It has all the elements that are required of a modern-day fairytale, you can't watch it without loving it.
I couldn't help but think of that movie as I edited this family's session.
So without further ado, let me introduce you to FOUR MEN and their LADY :)
John and Ashley called me a few weeks before she was due to give birth to their THIRD bundle of blue interested in the "bump|baby" package I offer to expectant families. I was so excited to have the opportunity to not only document the family as they awaited the newest tiny addition, but also to get to capture the sweet first meets with the little guy!
I had no idea the fun that was about to be had.
The Housemans are very successful business people, very active parents, very involved citizens in their community. In their world the phones never stop ringing, the matchbox cars never stop zooming, the emails don't stop coming and their two little blondies seem to never stop running. They are a very busy family with all the makings of their very own fairytale story.
When you arrive at the Houseman home you are quickly greeted by their oldest, James. He has all the answers, knows exactly what you're there for and is an eager tour guide as he ushers you past the foyer into the kitchen. Little Asher baby is next up, he meets you with a tight squeeze around your knees and excitedly begs you to go play outside with him.... and you have to, because he's that squishy cute.
I ask the boys who's in mommy's belly. "XANDER BABY" they both exclaim!
I left the first session excited for these little guys to meet their new baby bro, that "XANDER BABY" was about to know a lot of love!
...let the waiting on baby game begin!
FINALLY, on June 16th at 4:23pm, after lots of spicy food and the now infamous "13 minute labor,"
Ashley & John welcomed Alexander "Xander" Jacob Houseman.
The BEAUTIFUL baby boy was 7lbs 15oz and 20 inches of pure perfection :)
I quietly made my way up to the baby unit of Bayfront Medical expecting a serene scene, a new mom and dad basking in the afterglow of new life....... I turned the corner to find Ashley at the nurses station chatting it up with friends and digging through a bag of 'Bourbon and Boweties' bangles for sale!
Aside from her confessing that she hadn't slept in over 48 hours, you'd never think this woman had just given birth to a human! She was stir-crazy, ready for the big brothers to get there to meet their new baby and anxious to get some work done while they had her trapped in a hospital room! (the girl is super human!)
....and since we were taking pictures anyways, maybe we could take one for the corporate blog she'd be finishing before she went home?
I wasn't kidding. The juggle is real and they do it beautifully!
Full-time careers, full-time parents.... early morning snuggles and late night emails. When asked HOW they do it, a simple response, "they rearrange everything to make room for what matters most, their three little Houseman men."
So there you have it folks, proof that you CAN have your cake and eat it too :)
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