a beautiful beginning: andrew seth’s birth story.

Exactly 10 days before her due date, I got a text from Courtney at 1:15pm saying her water broke, but nothing else was happening and she was only 2cm. She was at work when it happened, and thankfully she doesn’t live or work far from Good Sam, so she made her way to labor & delivery pretty quickly. Her labor was pretty fast with her first 2 kids, so they were hoping for the same with this one. The next couple of hours were pretty quiet with nothing much happening, so I was thinking it could still be awhile. Then at 5:30pm, her husband, Michael, texted and said she’s getting her epidural and things were getting serious. I didn’t know how far dilated she was at the time, but I went ahead and left the house as soon as I could.

As I was almost to the hospital exit, Courtney texted and said I’m only 3cm and they are increasing pitocin, you should have plenty of time. We usually don’t get to epidural births until 6-7cm, so I ended up going to my Bible study which was close by until she progressed further.  At 7pm, Courtney texted and said I’m 6cm, so I left right away and started back to the hospital. At 7:20pm I’m sitting at the light ready to pull in the parking garage and I get a text saying saying they are setting up to deliver…7:26pm I’m on the elavator and another text “It’s coming – hurry!”. 7:29pm a beautiful baby boy was born and I was literally minutes too late:(Who would have thought she would go from 3cm to delivered in barely 2 hours!! At least I was still able to capture the first moments of little Andrew being laid on Courtney’s chest and mom & dad’s reaction to the surprise of a boy. (Since they already had a boy and a girl, they decided to have the 3rd be a surprise).

Once Courtney was all cleaned up, big sibs Isaac & Miriam got to come and meet their baby brother before the rest of the troops came in. Isaac was so taken with Andrew and had 1,000,000 questions for Courtney and the nurses. It was so cute! Shortly after, the rest of the family came in and gave Andrew quite the loving welcoming party! Aside from missing the actual delivery by a few minutes, it was a great evening and everyone is doing well. Andrew was a healthy 7.5lbs, 20″ long and oh so loved! Congrats to all!

Love, Kelly

A Beautiful Beginning: William Mark’s Birth Story.

The longer we shoot births, the more it’s apparent how every baby and birth is different. Yes, we see a lot of scenarios happen repeatedly, but often we realize that no one can be an expert or predict birth. A week overdue, Lara had been walking around 5cm for at least a couple weeks. No regular contractions. That statement always baffles people because most didn’t know you can be so dilated and not be in active labor. Crazy, huh? They finally decided to induce her at 8:30am on Tues. I told her I would come at 6-7cm, like always, and to just keep in touch. At 11:30 they were checking her and to their surprise she was 7-8cm! Thankfully I had already divided my kids among babysitters and was able to jump in the car immediately. I was half way there, driving exceptionally fast on the highway when DING! went my phone. “She’s ready to push!” Gahhhh. In less than 15min she progressed the last 3cm and was pushing. At her first birth, I arrived at 7cm and was there for a handful of hours before Katherine arrived. Every birth is so different! And to help this time, she didn’t get an epidural, so labor wasn’t slowed down. Literally sprinting from the Mothership to her L&D room, I was SO bummed to hear fresh cries as I was just a few doors away. NOOOO!

William was a big guy at 8.13lbs, 21″ and had a little shoulder dystocia coming out so they whisked him to the warmer to be assessed, which is what I walked into. And also a very relieved Lara and an emotional Derek.:)I think Derek was more shook up from the wild experience than Lara was and she was certain she was going to die during that ring of fire. HA! Thank God William’s collar bones weren’t damaged when he was coming out and all was well with him. Lara’s sister and mom rushed in just behind me, in just as much disbelief as the rest of us. I’m happy you had the natural birth you wanted even though that last 15min you were mad the room was allowing it to happen…though it truly was what you wanted! HA! AND you looked stinkin’ amazing all the way through?! Congrats on that white haired beauty!

Love, Melanie.

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