Except for one mom and her son, I hadn't seen any of them since September, when our Bradley birthing classes ended. I'd kept in touch with a few of them via Facebook, and of course we emailed our birth stories to everyone as they happened, but it was so so so good to see everyone in person and meet each of the little babies.
The oldest baby was almost 7 months, and Adelaide was the youngest at just over 4 months. She wasn't the smallest though - that little chunkster. :) Along with being chunky (though not the biggest by 5 pounds), I'd have to say that she was the most chatty of the group. Which surprised me, because although she can be pretty vocal at home, especially lately, she hasn't really "talked" much when we're around other people. Maybe she sensed that she knew them? I don't know, but it was pretty darn cute.
As for the moms, each of us that was at this get-together was able to use what we learned to accomplish what we wanted: a drug-free natural childbirth. Some at the birth center where I gave birth, some at hospitals. And that other mom found out at the hospital that her baby was breech so had to have a c-section, unfortunately.
Kevin and I snapped a few pictures, but this first shot (only) comes from another mom. She was snapping away throughout the gathering and caught this gem of my little family. I am definitely going to get this printed out and framed. I'm thinking of putting it in our bedroom and replacing a photo calendar from 2009. A much-welcomed replacement! My heart melts every time I look at this!
We stayed outside because it turned out to be such a beautiful day. Perfect weather and perfect company. It was a potluck. If you had a girl, you brought something sweet. If you had a boy, you brought something savory. We brought a yogurt + jelly + whipped cream pie that is always a hit. We spent a lot of time talking about what the past few months has brought us, shared stories, let our babies hang out together on sheets on the ground, and really enjoyed each others' company. Even Kevin, who was dreading this get-together really loved seeing everyone (as I knew he would!). We will definitely be getting together again!