I cannot believe that our little girl, Allison, has been in our arms for 3 months!! Life is moving so quickly and I finally upgraded my cell phone so that I can gobble up every little moment with her. I love being a mom, and I finally feel like I am ready to share my birth story. From the moment that I knew that I was pregnant I knew that I wanted to have my birth story documented. This moment in life felt larger than my wedding day and I wanted photographs to freeze the moment in time that we became a family and I became a mother.
As Josh and I prepared to welcome our baby into the world we had no idea what would happen, how we would feel or the best ways to support each other during labor and delivery. It was a little scary, with so many unknowns. Slowly but surely we embraced the unknown and trusted in the process, and as your favorite movie says, "Let it Go!"
We didn't know when our baby would decide to make an appearance or the it's gender. I had no idea of what the pain of labor would feel like or what the overwhelming emotions would come over me once my baby was laid on my chest.
For those of you who feel a little uncomfortable but intrigued by birth photography and also reluctantly clicked to view this blog - don't worry this is the PG documentation of my birth and all those "special" angles live in a very private space on my drive. I hope you enjoy the rawness of the emotions depicted in these images I have chosen to share.
Two days before my official due date on August 5, 2019 at 9:00pm I was checked into the hospital for an induction. There were multiple moments where Josh and I just looked at each other and laughed in disbelief that this was actually happening. We were brought up to our room, got hooked up to machines and settled in for the moment that we knew would change our lives forever. We spent the next 20 hours slowly increasing my pitocin and at 5 o'clock in the morning on Wednesday, August 7th we decided it was time to get the ball rolling and push.
Being able to share my experience with my mom was something I will cherish forever. During delivery she sat quietly in the corner observing and I am sure she was praying. My mother has been waiting for her first grand baby to enter the world since I became engaged and Josh joined our family. Watching her eat doughnuts at 5am as I pushed was something I will never forget (lol); and as she held Allison for the first time and whisper in her ear how much she loved her I knew that Allison had not only a grandmother but a best friend.
As labor and delivery progressed I have to be honest, I feel like it was a blur and I don't really remember anything until I was ready to push so I am going to let these beautiful images tell the story for themselves.
To be honest, I don't think there are enough words or space on the internet to share my full story so I am going to let these pictures allow you to experience this special moment in my life. Becoming a mom has rearranged every cell in my body and has caused me to see the world through a completely different lens.
These pictures have helped me to see my birth - no one told me your eyes are pretty much closed during the whole labor and delivery. Hiring a professional was the best decision I made during my pregnancy. Allowing myself too see this amazing moment in my life is the best gift I could have given myself, Josh and Allison. I am so thankful for Annica from Sprout and Blossom, who documented this moment in time for me.
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