With 3 weeks to go until the due date, Emilia and I are busy preparing for the arrival of our first child. The past 9 months have definitely been filled with anticipation, nervousness and unequaled joy. Our lives are not changing, they are being completed.
The most important photograph I never took.
Emilia and I had our first visit with the baby doctor today. The doctor performed an ultrasound and we also were able to hear the baby’s heartbeat for the first time. So I present to you, Baby Mahoney. A very robust 3.39cm long at 10 weeks and 2 days old and the heartbeat at a very healthy 170 beats per minute. Is it too early to start spoiling him or her?
Celebrating our first year together as husband and wife, we went camping at East Fork State Park near Cincinnati over Labor Day weekend.
Here we are at the lake enjoying the sunset together and contemplating the rest of our lives, which will become even more special. Baby number one is on the way, due in April.
We attended the Soap Box Derby races near our house on Saturday morning. There were 32 cars in the race at Derby Hill in Big Run Park. This particular driver appears to be showing his confidence as his father gives him some last minute advice before going down the hill. The first All-American race was held in Dayton, Ohio on August 19, 1934. World Championship finals are held each July at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. Cars competing in this and related events are unpowered, relying completely upon gravity to move.
Girls enjoying themselves at the fountain in Columbus Park of Roses. It was the perfect place to be, considering the temperatures in the high 80’s and bright sunshine.
At the lake in Scioto Trails Park, this young girl spent time reflecting (literally) on her camping over Memorial Day weekend. A photo I did not take was of the beaver that was swimming around the lake. Lesson learned, always take your camera with you.
We saw a pair of re-enactors dressed in Native American warrior costumes. This one was demonstrating how braves would slice their ear open and insert a bead in the open wound. It would take 40 days for it to heal, with the bead inside the skin. Pretty scary looking, and informative!
Ever dig through your grandparents attic and find a once in a lifetime photo hidden away in an old chest? Nope me neither. What you can’t find, you create.
Emilia and I went to The Encampment in our town over the weekend. This free annual event was well attended and many re-enactors, from both sides of the Civil War were present. Not just from the Civil War but also from the Revolutionary War and early Native Americans. Dr. Emilia was very interested in the Civil War field hospital that was set up, with real medical instruments that were used during the war.
Every little girl dreams of the the days when she will be a bride. This little girl is patiently waiting to be next.
While on our Fall color driving tour last weekend, we decided to stop at Ash Cave in Hocking Hills State Park. While taking some photos of the cave (more of an overhang than a cave) we were informed that there was going to be a wedding. Just happened to catch the bride being escorted by her father, both were surprised to see me taking a photo of them. Ended up taking quite a few photographs of the wedding for the lucky couple. Brought back some wonderful memories for Emilia and myself, having just been married ourselves 7 weeks earlier. Congratulations to the Grimes!