Cruz Anthony

Big Brother tandem nursing with his new brother, Baby Cruz

Cruz was born May 28, 2017 at 5:04 p.m. in his parents luxuriously large bathtub.  It was a magical day!  The sun was beaming in through the full length windows, there was soothing essential oils misting throughout the room and family members were in and out of the birth space offering love and encouragement.  Oh!  And let’s not forget the delicious food cooking in the kitchen, the aroma wafting throughout the house.

This family!  They made us feel a part of their tribe so effortlessly.  We padded about in bare feet, visited with out of town family members, played a bit with Big Brother, all while continually & quietly observing, monitoring and staying out of the way so that this mom & dad could do the most beautiful of labor dances.  They labored in the tub together, Dad supporting Mom the entire time.

It was Dad’s desire to catch his son and he was the most hands-on father I’ve met.  He intuitively supported his wife in all the ways she needed.  When she reached that primal urge to push, he was there supporting her, helping her, and readying himself to catch his boy!  He needed very little guidance from me.  Just a word or two of encouragement, a bit of direction and he was on point! As Cruz made his entrance, born into his father’s gentle hands, Daddy effortlessly lifted him out of the water and placed him on Mama’s chest. It was one of those moments that I pray I never forget!  The look of pure adoration on Dad’s face; the absolute unconditional love literally exuding from Mama for her new son…those are the moments that I live for.  I can’t believe I am so blessed as to be a witness to such beauty.

My heart was so full of love for these two, I thought I’d burst.

Cruz is his parents 2nd son and their 1st HazelTree Baby.  He weighed 7 lbs 13 oz. and measured 21″ tall.