the second baby. so much of it seems easier this go around. in the same way that your body settled into pregnancy sooner, you are more prepared mentally and physically for the demands of caring for a human life. the rhythm of childhood already runs through your household. the feeling of loving another so deeply and so vulnerably has been a reality every day for a couple of years now. of giving your body and your mind and your spirit over entirely day after every single day. you are familiar with milestones and joys ahead and so the harder moments seem no less difficult but perhaps more fleeting because this time is short and will pass in the blink of an eye and though there may be no sleep and there may be more tantrums this go around there is an ever present knowledge that this season of life is short and so very sweet.
so much beauty in this short and long season of waiting, anticipating, preparing, hoping and worrying. while baby forms and grows and develops, your body swells with change, making room for new life. your role is altered, your relationships are different. a shift in perspective and responsibility. so much of it feels abstract in the days of waiting until finally baby arrives and you meet face to face the one who'd been doing the kicking and rolling and growing and the literal miracle of life so precious, so vulnerable, so devastatingly beautiful.
I keep sitting on images because I want to write a beautiful detailed description of the day to accompany each feature. but alas, my words (and extra time) are few and far between these days so you'll have to let the images speak for themselves (which is kind of my job anyway, right?). full of handmade, intentional details, a picnic lunch and a walk through the forest with all their guests, Linda + Kagan had one of my favorites weddings of all time. a ceramicist and a woodworker, it only makes sense that these two would have a dreamy brunch wedding among the redwoods of sequoia national park. so much goodness, such delicious light, beauty everywhere.