I met this family when they were only a family of four and Brooklyn, their second daughter was barely a year old. They were new to Charlottesville and I was so happy they hired me. Since then I have documented many, many milestones for them and I consider it an honor to do so! They are so so sweet and I have loved seeing their family grown from a family of four to six!
It was so great to document this sweet family’s first year with their first child. I met them for Everett’s newborn session and then we did a 6 month session and now he is a year old! This adorable boy is so full of personality and is one of the happiest babies ever! He makes my job a piece of cake!
Oldfields Photography specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, family and children custom portrait photography in the Charlottesville, VA and surrounding areas.
I loved the location of this session and even more so this cute family of three. Emily and I go way back! She is also a photographer and did our family portraits last summer… she is super talented! Such a great session….my job was so easy as these three are naturals in front of the camera 🙂
Oldfields Photography specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, family and children custom portrait photography in the Charlottesville ,VA and surrounding areas.
This is the birth story of our son, Jackson Kees, born on May 10th, 2019 in Charlottesville, VA.
Many of you who are followers know that our family is a blended family. Jake and I got married three years ago and I brought three daughters into our family and he brought a son. We really went back and forth from the beginning of our marriage about whether we wanted to bring a child of our own into our family. Let’s be real… having four children already is a lot! Its exhausting and busy and quite expensive I might add… but I longed for another child and I especially wanted a child with my husband. (btw.. I can thank this job and all these sweet babies you all bring to me for that baby fever!) Thankfully he agreed haha… and we decided to see what God had in store for us and in August of 2018, we found out we were expecting.
The pregnancy was tough I am not going to lie… I am older than I was with my girls and I had a hard time handling my emotions and just overall didn’t feel so great. But I was so thankful. Thankful to be able to conceive so quickly and easily when others can not, and to have this “bonus baby” eleven years after my youngest was born. I really felt like a first time mom all over again. I tried to soak it all in.. to cherish it and to remember each kick and flutter. But I was so so thankful as the end neared! I was so ready to meet him and to get my body back!
I knew I wanted to be induced… I was induced with my other three children and I liked that I could plan for it and get everything lined up and planned. So we set the induction for 6 days before my due date and went in early on May 10th. Birth Plan… I did not have one. Here is what I did know… I wanted our other children to be as much of a part of this as they could. I wanted them to feel special and I wanted them to meet him ASAP! We also decided to let our 16 year old daughter be there for his birth… I wish we could have had all of them there! It was so special… more on that below 🙂 Being that we are blended family, we really wanted to take our other children’s feelings into consideration and never make them feel like they are any less loved or special because of this baby of “ours”… if that makes sense. So we shared the entire journey together as a family and his birth was to be no different.
That day, my dear friend Sandi picked up my kiddos from our home while we were getting settled at the hospital and took them to breakfast and for some shopping to pick out gifts for me and baby and then brought them to the hospital to wait for their new brother. She also stayed for his birth and took all of the pictures below .. and I must say, for someone who I literally threw the camera at and said, please stay and just do what you can, she did amazing! Seriously, when I say my friend Sandi is amazing, I mean it. She truly goes above and beyond for her friends and I am so so lucky to have her in my life. My mom met us at the hospital and helped out as well. Meanwhile… I was just hanging out waiting for the induction medicine to get things going and felt pretty darn relaxed. I walked out to the waiting room to see the kids from time to time and just hung out and waited…
I started to feel contractions pick up around 11:00 (I was given induction meds at about 9:00) but they were mild and I was pretty comfortable. With my previous births, I had no epidural and it was so painful, but also so empowering. I didn’t know what I wanted this time… literally. I tried to plan ahead and think of a birth plan, but I had no clue. I decided I would see how I felt and just roll with it… that I would get an epidural if it worked out and if it didn’t then I could do a natural birth again.
At 12:00 the doctors checked me and I was at 3 cm dilated and having some mild contractions… so the doctor broke my water. I knew then that things would pick up and sure enough they did. I had a feeling things would move fast, like they did with my previous births, and within no time after breaking my water I was pretty uncomfortable and struggling to get through the contractions. The nurse asked me if I wanted an epidural and I without hesitation said YES! Wow…. boy what I missed out on before hah! I got my epidural in by 1:45 and then relaxed a bit… I felt amazing! But it also felt kind of weird to just be sitting there.. it was so different than my last birth experiences. But I felt so at peace and calm and it was nice to chat with my hubby and my daughter and Sandi. The doctors checked me shortly after the epidural was in and I was at 6cm now… they said, oh probably another hour or two… well, about 30 minutes later I felt pressure and I knew… it was time. I buzzed for the nurse and I told her I think I need to push, she seemed to be kind of surprised and maybe she didn’t believe me .. haha, but sure enough, they checked and said, “whoa, ok baby is like right here”…
With my husband on one side and my daughter on the other and my best friend encouraging me from the sidelines while she took pictures, I pushed about 3 times and at 3:29pm our son was placed on my chest. It was just as amazing as it was when my daughters were born. The best feeling ever. He was perfect and I was instantly in love. My son…. all I could think of. I thought I hit the jackpot when I gained the most amazing step son ever… but this was just surreal. I always wanted a little boy of my own.. and here he was.
His birth was so quick and fast that he was quite blue and had some pretty serious bruising, because as the doctors said, he pretty much shot out of the birth canal. So nurses did have to take him away for a brief moment to give him some oxygen which worried me a bit.. but they quickly brought him back to me and I could see he was getting more color. We spent about five minutes just us in that room before I told Jake to please go get our other children. The moment they walked in is one I will never, ever forget. It will be engraved in my mind forever as one of the most special moments of my entire life. I knew my children were excited for their new brother, but maybe I didn’t know just how excited and how special this was for them in their sweet minds. My daughter Allyson especially… she is such a sweet , sensitive soul who is just so, so passionate and loving… she touched me so very much. I had no idea she would show so much emotion.. she bawled. I mean bawled… like tears flowing of joy and love for her new brother. I cry as I type this because it was just amazing. The children looked him over and took turns holding him. I FaceTimed with my brother who lives far away and let them enjoy their moment. My mom came to meet him… we all spent those two hours in the birthing room together just doting over this new life, this gift from God, our Jackson.
Jackson Kees Haasnoot. His first name is just one that my husband and I both loved… his middle name is pronounced “Case” which is my husbands middle name. It is a Dutch name as is our last name. He weighted 7 lbs 11 oz and was 20.5″ long with a head full of dark hair and the cutest pouty lip you ever did see!
He is two months old now as I type this and he’s sleeping in his swing. I often tell people we hit the baby jackpot. He is a super easy baby, very laid back and easy going and has brought us so much joy. I think God knew what he was doing.. he knew we needed this little guy. He completes our family in the best way ever.
So one chapter closes… our Jackson.. our exclamation point at the end of a sentence. I feel at peace knowing that he was my last baby…. that I will never be pregnant again and feel those baby kicks and that I will never have another brand new life put on my chest. So I will cling to these portraits to remind me of those times that were so precious and dear to me. Jackson, you are so loved…. I thank God for you every day.
This family is so, so very dear to me. People often talk about how hard it is to find good friends and the older I have gotten, the more so I realize how true that statement is. These people… they are our very best friends and have been there for us so many countless times. From helping us move, to the birth of our son when they took off of work just to stay with our older kids and so, so much more. We are so, so thankful for their steadfast friendship and the many memories we have made, and the ones to come! We also have a lot of fun together I might add 🙂 I was thrilled to take some updated family portraits for them and we had a wonderful time. Sandi’s dad joined into the session as well, and it turns out he is just as photogenic as the rest of the family. Not a shocker 🙂
Oldfields Photography specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, children, and family custom portrait photography in the Charlottesville, VA and surrounding areas.