It has been my honor and privilege to be a tiny part of the process of bringing Baby J. into the world!!! The documentation part!!
I got to do his mommy's Maternity Session, I got to attend her baby shower and take tons of photos for her to remember that special celebration in anticipation of her baby AND I got to be with her in her deepest emotional times when we were waiting for Baby J. to make his appearance!!!
You know you make plans and hurry up and wait for baby to come!! The doctor's with all of their knowledge, tools, schedules and predictions still cannot guarantee when and how you will deliver a life into this world!!
C & D had been preparing their lives and hearts for their baby boy and anxiously awaiting his arrival with a well thought out birth plan and an ideal of how things would be in the hospital. Well, babies, being what they are, and deliveries, being what they are, absolutely nothing worked out the way this precious mommy and daddy had planned!
First off, Baby J. was due to be welcomed into the world on May 24th, 2016. I was super excited as this would be my very first Birth Session!!!
THIS is what I want to do in Photography!
THIS is my calling in this crazy diverse world of capturing moments!!
May 24 came and went with no phone call or text telling me to head to the hospital...followed by May 25, May 26, May 27 and so on until June 1st!!!! I finally get the call that C. is going into labor and they are heading to the hospital. I am beyond thrilled that delivery day has finally come, but at the same time a little disappointed that I was going to miss the first day of Adventure Camp with my family. We knew this could happen as babies do not follow our plans and schedules, but it was still with a bit of sadness that I watched my husband drive away with our kids as I headed into the hospital with my gear!!!
As soon as I entered those doors, my heart rate increased, my mind got focused, my hands got itchy for the feel of my camera, my body was ready for what lay ahead.
Or so I thought...
If you can imagine your perfect ideal, your perfect plan for what you would like to have happen in the delivery of your firstborn. After all the research, information, and praying for doing what is best for yourself, your baby and your delivery..... Now imagine that one by one each thing on your list is not available, disregarded, and marked off by complete strangers thinking they are doing what is best for you and your baby within the policies of the hospital.
This is what happened with C. I watched as each thing she had requested got denied as her birth plan did not fit the hospital's plan and policies. I do not mean for this to be a bash the hospital story, but I witnessed this with my own eyes and I was heartbroken for her.
As labor progressed with no "progress", they decided that medication must be given to move things along...that did not help and they decided to let her rest through the night. On the second day of labor C. was again denied some things that we all felt would have made her delivery more comfortable, and by the middle of the day they decided that an c-section was a definite possibility.
Now my heart is completely broken for this beautiful mommy as her ideal of the perfect delivery is completely crushed. We tried to encourage her and tried to remind her that even though this is absolutely not what she wanted, she was getting her boy very soon!!!
The photos that follow are just a few of the nearly 500 that I took during these two days with this sweet family patiently waiting to welcome Baby J. into their waiting arms!!!
Mommy and Daddy......
Getting encouragement and support form her best friend!
Support is an absolute necessity!!
All because two people fell in love...
C.'s mom lifting her up in prayer.....
Pure exhaustion after 36 or so hours of labor!!!
After all the planning for natural birth, and going through almost 2 days of labor, Baby J made his appearance via emergency C-section!!
SO very thankful for a safe delivery and being able to capture these moments.
I would just like to point out here that I captured this precious boy's very first smile!!!
He was absolutely born happy!!!
Holding on to his Daddy's hand....
Meeting his Daddy and having some precious moments....
Welcome to the world Baby J.!!!!
You are loved....
I have not included the photos of the games of Phase 10 played, C. crocheting a baby blanket and beanies, some dancing and singing, and other fun and funny moments that I witnessed (and participated in!)!!
Those moments are for the family alone....