Part of my bow pair.

I know you long time readers have heard me mention my “crew girls” many times. I’ve heard from some of you that you thought that meant my crew, as in posse. I call them crew girls because we rowed together at Oregon State. The summer between my Freshman and Sophomore years was my first as a counselor at an all girls camp in Maine. I had a co-counselor who mentioned that she thought I would make a good coxswain, and I should see if my school had a crew program. Little did I know that simple statement would lead to life long friends ships and some of the best experiences of my life.

Tracy and I were in the same class of novice rowers that went on to row for three more years together. She was often in my bow pair, actually closer to the front of the boat than me, and I was steering! Almost three years ago now she called me up and told me that she was pregnant, but only six weeks pregnant. I said, so high and with such a squeal that she didn’t hear me right, “I’m six weeks pregnant!” So she said, “yes, I’m six weeks pregnant.” I said, “No, Tracy, I am six weeks pregnant too!” Our babies ended up having the exact same due date. Oh did we have fun telling the crew girls. We made little cards with January 2nd typed on both sides and passed them out at a crew girl BBQ. We told them not to look. Then we said in unison, “We’re pregnant!” and told them to look on one side for my due date and the other for hers. It was a great happy shock all around. Lachlan and Tuesday were born two days apart. And this month she’ll have her second little boy.

One of my favorite photos ever. That silly little dog. When I talked to Tracy about doing their shoot in their home I said a project or activity would be good and she came up with cooking biscuits (added bonus? They let me stay for the biscuits and gravy).

This shaving idea was another one of Tracy’s. Tiny bathroom, so Tracy and I were in the shower while I was shooting!

Her first son is so sweet and beautiful (and all boy as you can see by the little marks from the tumble he took right before this shot). I can’t wait to meet the second one. Tracy and I were so excited to have each other to talk to during pregnancy. We didn’t think much about the fact that our kids would be the same age… like forever. It’s so handy and so cool to have someone like Tracy to call up. I couldn’t be happier to have captured her family. After the viewing session she said, “Am I supposed to be tearing up when I see these? Because I am.” If I’m doing my job I thought. And I guess I was.

8 Replies to “Part of my bow pair.”

  1. You are making me tear up again! I love the post and of course love all the pictures. Kathy and I were just retelling the story of when we announced to the crew girls that the first of the crew babies were on the way. It has been amazing having kids the exact same age and a friend that is so open to parenting, however you as a parent decide to parent. I have never and will never feel any judgement from you for the way we do things, that is beyond amazing. Thank you for capturing this moment in our lives. I have to say my ideas were inspired by what you said about wanting to just capture what we do as a family. Of course Jeff and Lachlan don’t shave together every day but that is the kind of fun stuff I hope we continue to do for as long as are kids are willing. Jeff and him do cook all the time together, in fact they are making soup as I type.
    I was excited to post the photos to facebook and everyone loves them as I expected. I think you might have a few perspective clients. How far are you willing to travel? I can’t remember.

  2. This post my dear daughter is exactly why you handed Ribbon Jar over to me. Your photos are beautiful and this is exactly what you should be doing!

  3. Awe, thank you so much for your sweet words Tracy! I agree, having a friend with a child exactly the same age is just so, so handy. And no judgements all around, I wish everyone could be like that! What works, just works, you know? Travel up to 60 miles (or about an hour’s drive) is included in my price, but people can contact me if they are interested in booking me to travel.

  4. amber, these photos are wonderful! and tracy, you look beautiful! congrats on the upcoming arrival of your new little one!

    and that photo, with lachlan mixing and the dog licking?! PRICELESS. it made me laugh out loud! what a fun capture 🙂

  5. What beautiful photos and a wonderful story!

  6. Lol, that’s a naughty capture with the little dog sneaking a refreshment on the counter, let’s just say it’s cleaning up after the baby. I enjoyed this. Great Job photo story telling.

  7. That dog! Oh my goodness, that awesome little dog! That picture is the best.

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