isn’t that name stunning?! so unique, yet familiar somehow! one of my very best friends in the whole world, gave birth to her first baby 8 weeks ago today! and i had the privilege of being there that night to support and pray and photograph : )
let me tell you some things about my friend cayla. 1) she loves jesus with her whole heart! 2) she is able to maintain a beautiful perspective on all the blessings in her life. within the last year, cayla and mike got married, bought a house, got pregnant, fixed (or should i say, are still fixing : ) up the house, and had their first baby! what this couple has done within their first year of marriage is both crazy and amazing!!! i have been so inspired to see the ways that cayla and mike have loved each other so well in the midst of all the stress that these blessing have provided!
birth of sweet amryn put all of these wonderful attributes of cayla beautifully on display. amryn was born on a friday, and that monday cayla and mike decided to go ahead with their plan to have new flooring put in their house. it was risky as cayla was due that week, but since most first babies come late, and since cayla and mike needed that last piece of their house done to feel ready for baby to come, they gave the go ahead for a crew of guys to come and demo their floors and put new ones in. a process that would take 5 FULL DAYS!!! well, tuesday rolls around and cayla starts feeling contractions. mike heads to work and cayla comes over to labor since there was a crew of dudes at her house. contractions continue coming every 4-6 minutes, and at the end of the day she and mike decide to get a hotel that night, so they don’t have to sleep/labor in a construction zone.
i’ve seen (and i know!) that labor can be physically exhausting!!! but it’s progress that keeps a laboring woman going! we are reminded that the hard work we are doing is not in vain, that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and that soon we will be holding the tiny baby we’ve been dreaming about! well, thankfully cayla also had some amazing encouragement and support in mike and beach cities midwifery, because progress was slow to come for my friend! she was in early labor for 3 days, which for her meant having contractions every 4-6 minutes, without much cervical change. even after castor oil, labor induction massages, walking around, etc, little progress was made. we prayed and asked God to keep baby girl safe and bring strong, effective contractions!!!
finally, thursday evening, after laboring for THREE days in a hotel room, walking past staff when she came and went, feeling observed each time; cayla was far enough along to stay at the birth center!!! i felt so relieved for her and mike, knowing that now they could fully relax and rest. they were here and would stay until the baby came!
as you can see in these images, mike and cayla have something special! technically they are still newlyweds, yet there already is such a depth to their love. these two were tired, physically and emotionally! yet watching mike be so attentive and engaged and seeing cayla find rest and comfort in mike was so, so beautiful!!! my words and my images fail to do their beauty justice!
as the sun thought about waking, amyrn grace made her appearance! my sweet friend reached out and brought her baby girl to her chest! such an amazing moment!!! so many hopes and dreams realized as she kissed her baby for that first time!
mike and cayla, you have created something quite beautiful – in your home, in your relationship, and now in your amyrn grace!!! no doubt, God’s cutest blessing in your lives!!!