Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Ruby’s first birthday was Saturday, August 31st. As I’m sure is normal, I kept finding myself thinking back to a year ago and looking at pictures from her Birth Day. I have pictures from every angle using 3 different cameras. For you, though, I have carefully selected and edited the photos in this post. This post is family friendly =)  I knew, from the beginning that Ruby’s birth would be an amazing moment, and there was no doubt I wanted it thoroughly documented. I tried to explain to Drew that we would want to rewind and watch this miracle happen again and again. He disagreed, and was even grossed out by discussion of him cutting the umbilical cord.

I find it difficult to explain the emotions and experiences of that day. Witnessing a baby’s entrance into the world (regardless of the medical method used) I believe, is what God intended to be one of the most amazing earthly gifts. God had been knitting this creature together inside of my body and has ordained a day for her debut!

I’m still at a loss for words to explain the simultaneous joy and heartache.  To couple what was supposed to be the happiest day of my life, with the physical absence of Drew, makes a story through pictures necessary.  I hope you enjoy the photographed memories from Friday, August 31, 2012.

Feeling pregnant and beautiful!

Feeling pregnant and beautiful!

Feeling fine thanks to Mr. Deneke.  Me with half my cheerleading squad.

Feeling fine thanks to Mr. Denecke. Here is half of my cheer-leading squad.

Steph's vein was popping out because she was pushing with me =)

The vein in Steph’s forehead was popping out because she was pushing with me.  Best Big Sis Ever!

My baby sister.  Drew loves her reactions.  It's whole-hearted, whatever the emotion.

My baby sister.  Drew loves her reactions.  She always cries at the right moment.

The whole squad!

The whole squad together!  PUSH!

Her very first portrait.  Isn't she the most beautiful baby?!

Her very first portrait. The most alien and beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.  And look at the size of that foot!

Weighing in at a dainty 8lb, 13 oz.

Cleaned off and weighing in at a dainty 8lb, 13 oz.

Meeting the Aunties.

Meeting the Aunties.

Thanks Dr. Jackson, for handling with care!

Thanks Dr. Jackson, for handling with care!

Our Sweetness, Ruby Lynn MacLean.

Our Sweetness, Ruby Lynn MacLean, with her first-ever Birthday cake!

Look at how she's grown!

One year later!