First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes waiting and hoping for the most incredible day of their lives… the birth of their beautiful little girl, Olivia. My dear friends, Chris + Kim, have been huge supporters of mine throughout the years and I’m so incredibly thankful for their friendship. They told me months ago when Kim was newly pregnant that I would be there to photograph the birth… little did we all know that this would be the first birth that I would actually miss! I know it happens to us birth photogs, but I was hoping that it never would for me:). I received multiple texts from Chris throughout the day of Kim’s induction about the slow progression of the day, but once dinner time came around the texts changed and became more frequent. Kim was hoping to have an all-natural birth, but there were other plans in the works for Livy’s birth. At around 7pm that night, I received a text that said they were meeting with the doctors now and Kim was possibly going into surgery for a c-section that night due to blood loss from a placental abruption. At this time, Kim was likely going to be 3rd in line for a c-section, so we had a little time. I told Chris that I would pack my things and head up to Mother Baby Center to start the pre c-section part of their story. I grabbed my things and as I was walking out the door, I got another text, “Head our way.” I jokingly text back to tell Kim to stall the docs as long as she could, I was on my way. Chris text me back immediately, “We can’t. Emergency c-section. Happening now.” That was it. I may or may not have driven 85 mph up to the cities nearly in tears wondering what the heck was going on. I was rushed into scrubs and into the OR only to walk in and find out that Livy was born only minutes before. I found out later after things calmed down, that while talking to the doctors in the meeting regarding a possible c-section, Kim stood up and lost a very large amount of blood (when all was said and done it was 3 scary liters worth!), so they basically said, “Never mind the possibility of a c-section, you are going in right now!” The care that Kim & Olivia received was incredible and all recovered very quickly and were doing awesome within hours of the surgery! I’m so happy for my friends and secretly so happy to have been the very first person to have met little Livy Lou (besides her mommy and daddy)!

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Being a mommy is the very best thing that has ever happened to me in life – I love watching others that I love (especially family) experience the same thing! Meet the super gorgeous, super loved, Hadley Lynn!… Look at that sweet face! Fiona is jealous of her hair, she told me so:)

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I don’t even know where to begin with these guys… It started with a c-section with my son, nearly two years ago, and then over time, I became much more naturally set in my mind. So when I got pregnant with my daughter, I knew that I wanted to do an all-natural VBAC. This sounded like something I could do in my head, but after photographing quite a few births, I learned that I was going to need some good support. And not just “Tony” support (which he was awesome and everything I needed in a supportive husband), but good pain-relieving ideas and someone who would still talk me out of any medication when I started asking (I knew that Tony would cave if I asked because he wouldn’t want to see me in pain). So the search for a perfect doula began. I emailed quite a few people, narrowed it down to a handful to meet with, and then met with a few. But once Jess walked into our home and we started talking, I knew that I wanted Jess to stand by our side through the birth of our baby. I can say with all honesty, that I would absolutely NOT have reached my goals of having an all-natural birth if it weren’t for this girl (and a pretty amazing nurse who totally went to bat for me when I was told that another c-section was my “only option”)! Jess told me that I would beg for an epidural, and she was right… I did. But she also told me that when the time came for me to ask for one, that it meant I was close… she was right again. I started begging for an epidural at 1:30 in the morning and she walked me through not caving in and then onto the birth of our beautiful little girl only 46 minutes later. Jess was a complete blessing to us during the birth of Fiona and we absolutely could not have done it without her unending words of support and encouragement (and brilliant ideas to help with pain relief). She will forever be a part of our family and a friend to me (I will force her to be my friend till the end of time if I have to! – Jess, let’s have coffee soon, k?). I love this girl and I fell in love with her adorable little blonde-haired girls and her super sweet, PDA-despising (although he totally humored me and kissed his wife when I asked him to), husband:).

If anyone reading this blog is pregnant, I have two things that I want you to do… 1) Call me so we can talk about photographing your birth :)  and 2) Call me so I can give you Jess’ contact info – believe me, you will want her there!

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  • Bee - November 14, 2014 - 8:12 am

    Beautiful family – Beautiful pictures!!