Kai the "Cookie Monster" - Cake Smash!

It's not every day I get to photograph my own children.  As a mom of five, photographer, educator, athletic academic coach and doctoral student, I have a pretty hectic schedule.  My last baby of FIVE is turning one.  Wow.  Truly unbelievable.  Kai was our surprise baby.  The day we decided we were done having kids, which was also the day we made a decision to medically stop having kids, was the same exact day I threw up and found out I was pregnant about one-hour later.  We were driving from New Jersey and had made a stop in Virginia so I could go into a CVS to use the restroom.  The restroom break turned out into a pregnancy news.  Five kids.  How were we going to raise FIVE kids?  To make matters worse, we already had 3 boys.  What if this baby was another boy? How would our daughter take this news because she had a heart attack every time she found out we were expecting another "BOTHER" as she would call her siblings.  Flash forward to nine-months later, Josiah Ashton Kai was born on February 23 at 10:20 pm.  What was supposed to be an induced water birth, turned into a speed race down I-85s from our house.  I started feeling contractions around 8:00pm, decided to run to Ingles for some lunchables for the kids and to make a quick deposit at the ATM.  On our way back around 9:15pm, I said to my husband, "I think this may be the real thing".  About 2 minutes later, I realized my contractions were less than 2 minutes apart.  "Oh crap, it is the real thing" I screamed.  My bag wasn't packed yet, I did not have school lunch, school clothes, or agenda's signed for my other kids.  I have OCD.  I am an organized nut case.  What was I going to do?  After getting on my knee to scream to the top of lungs about five times, I realized it was time to head to the hospital whether or not I was ready.  I texted my birth photographer and dear friend, Julia Ketola from Julia Elle Photography, and told her to head to Greenville Memorial.  While driving to the hospital, my contractions were coming so quick, we weren't sure if we would make it.  We dialed 9-1-1 and they told us it was best to keep riding.  We made it to the hospital at 10:10pm (a 30-minute drive).  I walked into the room screaming that I was in pain.  The nurse took one look and replied, "his head is coming out".  "Huh? My water birth" was all I kept thinking,  "Is it too late to get an epidural?" I asked.  "Honey, we are going to lift you onto a bed, roll you into a birthing room, and you need to start pushing", my midwife replied.  All I kept thinking was "I was supposed to have a water birth".  By the time Julia came into the room, I was already pushing, screaming at my midwife, and telling my husband to "leave me alone".  Yeah, Julia caught it all on video.  After screaming that I was dying and there was no way I could get this baby out, Kai was here.  Perfect, handsome, and a true blessing from God.  One year later and I am still amazed at this priceless miracle.  To be quite honest, we cannot imagine life without Kia.  Kai is strong, he is smart, and he makes me laugh.  He has the same attitude as his big brother Micah, but he looks like his big brother Derwin.  Kai is the perfect medicine for his big brother Cameron.  He is the perfect baby bear to his sister Jada.  As a matter of fact, he loves to say "JJJJJAAAADDDAAA" instead of mama.  I asked my husband to describe Kai by using one word and he said his one word would be "fearless".  Kai is not afraid to try new things.  Kai is ambitious and perfect for our family.  We love you Josiah Ashton Kai Batichon.  Happy birthday.