The message I had been waiting for finally came on the morning of November 2nd….my beautiful niece Jesse was in labour!! Apart from the excitement of becoming a Great Aunt, I was super excited because I was going to capture this amazing moment! So I quickly got my gear all together and jumped in the car for the drive to, wait for it, Markham! Of course, I figured I had loads of time to get there since this is her first baby and usually the first ones like to take their time. Regardless, I was stressing, (and perhaps driving a tad too fast), to make sure I made it on time.
Made it to the Markham Stouffville Hospital in 4 hours, (with no speeding tickets I might add), and was happy to hear that the baby had not yet arrived, but she was pushing. Jesse was exhausted and working very hard, so it was agreed that I would wait to start shooting until Ellis made his grand entrance. So I waited with my brother, Walter, (who was celebrating his birthday), and sister-in-law Connie, along with Jesse’s sister-in-law Kathy and her daughter Taylor. Jesse’s mother-in-law, Anne, arrived soon before baby was born.
Jesse, the super woman she is, pushed for over 3 1/2 hours! Finally, at 6:49pm, we heard the amazing news that Ellis had arrived, 8lbs, 9oz and 22.5″ long!! After a little time for the new Mom to recover, we were able to come in and meet the newest addition to the family. We were in love instantly.
Jesse and Joe, words cannot express how honoured I feel to have been able to capture these amazing first moments for you. Ellis is perfect in every way possible.
Children have neither past nor future. They enjoy the present, which very few of us do. Enjoy every moment during these early days as they tend to fly by. ❤