Lauren’s birth was extra fun for me to shoot because it turns out that we have very similar stories…both have 2 boys (ages 5 & 3) and are expecting little girls, and both of us have had similar struggles with pregnancy losses and challenges. She booked us back in February, but we planned to meet up for a consult once Melanie was off of maternity leave in May. Well May came and went and our schedules were crazy as usual, so no consult happened then. Things got interesting for Lauren mid-June as she was put on bed rest upon finding out she was already 4cm dilated and 50% effaced at only 34 weeks! Thankfully we were able to work it out and met a week later after one of my shoots.
We both thought she would deliver super early based on how far dilated she was so early, but she made it to 36 weeks and was taken off of bed rest at that point. Then 37, 38 weeks and still no changes! Finally her doctor scheduled an induction date at 39 weeks on July 18th if she didn’t deliver before then. Sure enough, baby girl was super comfy and waited to come until the scheduled induction.
Lauren & Jonathan got to Good Sam around 8:45am the morning of the 18th and she had her water broken by 10am. I got there at 10:30am, and the nurse started pitocin shortly after. It only took about 15 minutes for the pit to kick in and she had a couple strong contractions and was luckily able to get her epidural shortly after that. It was a fairly relaxing labor after that as she let her body do what it was made to do. By 2:15pm, she was feeling pressure and the nurse checked her and basically saw the baby crowning! Everyone finished gowning up and Lauren’s mom guessed the baby would be here at 2:37pm. I personally thought it would take a bit longer than that, but literally 2 pushes later and sweet Olivia Rose was born at 2:33pm!! She weighed in 7.12 lbs and was 22″ long.
Lauren & Jonathan enjoyed quality skin-to-skin time with with Olivia as they waited for big brothers to arrive. Once they got there, they weren’t quite sure what to think (as to be expected for boys their age), and it turned out that their 3 year old was more interested in Olivia at first than their 5 year old. Lauren thought for sure it would be the opposite. I think they were just excited to go home with grandma & grandpa and have Olivia’s birthday cake 😉 Congrats to all of you and so happy for you guys and your newest, prettiest addition