What an incredibly emotional birth this was and I have to say that I am completely honored to have been a part of itMelanie and I met Alex & Doug about a year and a half ago when they contacted us about shooting their first birth. Sadly Alex & Doug found out the devastating news that little Dougie Jr. had passed very unexpectedly during her routine 38 week appointment. During her labor with Dougie Jr., the doctors discovered that she had developed HELLP Syndrome which led to a very medically scary & complicated natural labor. I can’t even imagine how heart-wrenching it was to go through all of that, but Alex bravely delivered her sweet angel boy at 5:45am on 11.21.13. Alex & Doug have been so strong and faithful since that day and have been keeping the sweet memories of the time they had with Dougie Jr. alive ever since. If you want to read more of their story, you can go to Alex’s blog HERE.
After all they had been through, another pregnancy was the last thing on their minds, but SURPRISE God had other plans and blessed them with a second pregnancy almost right away. Of course they were an anxious mess the entire pregnancy, but they switched to a high-risk doctor and Alex did a few other preventative measures throughout her pregnancy this time around. All in all she had a pretty great pregnancy and her doctors were confident of a positive outcome. Due to her risk factors, she was scheduled to be induced with this baby at 38 weeks. She went in last Thursday night and was already 3cm, so they skipped the cervadil and opted for cytotec instead. She got her one and only dose of cytotec at 8pm and by 3am, she was 5 1/2 cm. They broke her water then also, and when I got there around 4am she was 6cm and trying to rest. They had a couple of scares with the baby’s heart rate, but the nurses were so sweet and were constantly monitoring and reassuring them everything was fine.
Around 6am she was almost complete and the nurse she had all night was hopeful she would deliver by the time her shift ended. Unfortunately things didn’t progress quite that fast, and then she ended up having to wait for probably a good hour while shift change was happening before she could push. Good thing she got an epidural this time around or she wouldn’t have been able to wait around for the doctor to finish his meeting before she started pushing! But in the end, Alex was glad it worked out this way because she got the doctor for her delivery that she preferred anyway 😉 Once she was finally able to push, she only pushed for about 20 mins and then a healthy CRYING baby Declan Felix was placed on her chest at 8:54am. He was absolute perfection weighing in at 7.1 lbs and 19-3/4″ long. It was such an amazing experience for everyone in the room and I’m so happy for you guys! Alex & Doug are some of the strongest, sweetest people I’ve ever met and I’m so glad their anxiousness is over and they can finally enjoy their precious new gift