We have a new baby due tomorrow. We don’t know if we’ll get a boy or a girl, but either would be wonderful. Rachel likes surprises, so when we got our ultrasound we told the tech not to give away the secret.
But now we’re in the last week. The long wait.
So we stay close to home, we walk, we talk, we try to figure out the last bits and pieces we need as we await our new arrival… and we walk some more.
Yesterday afternoon we walked out to the little swampy meadow along the edge of our property. I brought my camera and two lenses: a vintage Soviet lens called the “Helios 44-2,” and an old 135mm Pentax Bayonet lens.
Here is one of the paths on our property:
My mom has joined us for the week to welcome baby #10 into the world.
Along the path we saw some leftovers of summer and fall as the seasons fade from the green abundance of summer into the grey of winter. This orb weaver is still hanging on:
And this little Coreopsis:
And this lonely little pitcher plant:
The meadow itself is now brown.
There is a dreamy aspect to the Helios lens that I truly love. It’s not the sharpest lens, but it certainly has character.
The flowers are mostly going to seed.
Rachel is getting tired of waiting for this baby!
But Mom is a cheerful companion and a great encourager.
As we walked, we were stalked by a panther.
And an ocelot:
Can you spot the ocelot?
Then – terrifyingly – the two predators teamed up:
That little striped kitten was dumped on our road a week or so ago and has been adopted by the children, just like the black kitty.
“Dad – can we PLEASE keep her??? We’ll pay for the food!”
Oh well. I suppose not everything has to be brutally utilitarian around here.
The meadow is half-swamp and there are little crawdad burrows all over it.
As well as plenty of frogs:
My daughter was stalking wildlife:
And my older daughter was taking photos with my backup camera:
The weather today is beautiful and sunny. It would be a good day to have a baby.
We’ll just have to keep walking and see what happens.
These are beautiful photos of a beautiful time in your life!
Thank You David for the beautiful fotos and stories. I really enjoy reading your blog… The melon post from your son was great too. very inspiring.
Sending you and your fam all the best wishes for the birth! May this birth be a good birth, may your new family member be healthy and strong, may God be with you guys (no doubt he is 😉
What a beautiful journey that have documented here. I love the photos and the story! 🙂 Love to all!
We had our baby at home. It was 50 miles to the nearest hospital, too far on dirt roads. My husband delivered, me… I let nature take its course. We were very fortunate, no problems. I never broke water so she was born in the sack ( caul ). That baby is now a 40 year old Engineer.
That is amazing – I have heard of births like that.
Oh man, been looking for updates on when baby is due and just saw this link from you tube. I’ll send a prayer up! What a blessing, a new baby at Christmas! God bless Rachel with a beautiful speedy birth and recovery and enjoyment of all the good things he has in store for your family! Merry Christmas
Thank you! Merry Christmas!
I enjoyed meeting y’all Sunday morning. You were in my thoughts and I was wondering about the baby coming.
Wonderful meeting you too, Fern!
She is here!
Ahh those last weeks are so hard. Rachel is a hero for bringing so many kids into the world!
Thanks – I am very proud of her.