21 Years After Breaking Up, This Couple Got Back Together to Take Baby Photos with Their Adult Son

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Most parents get newborn photos taken when their kids are — you know — newborns. But Rebecca Jensvold Hayes and David Ward decided to wait awhile. 21 years, to be exact.

The reason why is sure to bring a smile to your face.

 

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21 years ago, Rebecca Jensvold Hayes was a sophomore in high school dating a boy named David Ward. The couple discovered that Rebecca was pregnant, but unfortunately they broke up before their son was born. Thankfully, their story doesn’t end there.

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They both moved on and married other people, but in the two decades that followed, Hayes and Ward kept in touch. A few years ago, Hayes’ husband passed away. Not too long after that, Ward’s wife also died. In the midst of tragedy, the two reached out to one another, knowing that they understood each other’s pain. As Hayes wrote in a recent Facebook post, “We had texts and phone calls and long talks over coffee about the crazy thoughts you have and the ridiculous things people say to you and what it feels like to be in this horrible club of the widowed.”

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“One day we just got punched in the stomach with it… That love had changed once again and it was the real deal.” Hayes writes. “We miss and love our spouses still and will always love them. So this… this is scary and wonderful and crazy… but real.” It was at this point that they decided it was time to finally take some family pictures with their son, Clayton.

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Obviously, this was the perfect time to swaddle their son in a blanket, pop a hat on him, and start nuzzling him in the grass. Never mind the fact that he was a full-grown adult. You’re never too old for snuggles from your parents, right?

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Chaotic Perfection Photography did an awesome job capturing the love between Hayes, Ward, and their son Clayton. Apparently their son is already eating solid foods and sleeping through the night! It looks like he was pretty easy to work with on this shoot, too. You don’t often get that with newborns!

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You can tell the love between this family is as real as it gets. How else do you explain the parents’ willingness to hold up their adult son’s feet?

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A few years ago, photographer Kelli Higgins was preparing for a newborn photo shoot when her 13-year-old son, Latrell (whom she had adopted when he was 10 years old), expressed some disappointment that the family didn’t have any baby photos of him. Higgins immediately rectified the situation, and the results are absolutely adorable.

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Although, maybe it’s not a terrible idea to wait awhile on newborn photos…

After all, when you take pictures of newborns, stuff like this happens. Maybe these parents who delayed their newborn photo shoots are onto something.

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