Wow! It's been busy here lately; I have neglected my blog! Ok, so I will do my best to get everything all caught up! Today I will start with a couple of beautiful births that I had the honor of capturing. These two amazing mommas agreed to allow me to put their birth stories in my portfolio, and it was such a privilege to work with them and experience that sacred time in their lives.
Kamelli's Birth Story
Kamelli delivered her fourth baby, her first daughter, on January 10, 2014. I knew that Kamelli has a history of delivering early, so I kept my phone with me. On the 9th, I had a feeling something was going to happen, but I shook it off and went to bed. My mom had just gotten into town and we were getting ready to do some sewing when I checked my facebook page on the morning of the 10th. No news was good news, so I logged off and got the kids off to school. When I checked again, I found out that I had just missed a message from Kamelli's husband. They were at the hospital and she was in labor... and it was two hours later! I knew that she usually goes fast, so I had no time to spare. I rushed to grab my stuff and tried to contact them. Kamelli had forgotten her phone at home, and I didn't have her husband's number. Note to self: make sure everyone that might possibly need my number has it in case mom forgets her phone...
Kamelli waited for me to arrive before letting the midwife in attendance break her water. Labor progressed at a steady pace...she was so quiet, moving through contractions with grace. Her husband supported and comforted her, resting when she did during quiet periods. I couldn't help but tear up as they welcomed their little girl, and her first cries filled the room.
Summer's Birth Story
During our first consult, Summer sat across from me in Starbucks with her gorgeous little flaxen-haired toddler and smiled. As her little guy grinned at me and showed me his "coffee" (hot chocolate), she started off with, "This is a surprise pregnancy, and he is our fifth child!" Her sense of humor was quirky, and we hit it off from the start. She hadn't ever had birth photos taken before, and we were both looking forward to documenting it!
Things were going great, when she gave me a call. "Can we do my maternity session early? They have decided that my blood pressure is too high and they are inducing me in just a few days!"
I moved some things around in my schedule, and we got her maternity session done just in time. Only two days later they admitted her for induction. I kept in contact with her as her labor progressed, and around 9 PM on Jan 16, she sent me a text that she was at 5 cm, and it was going to be a long night. I had a feeling I was going to get a call, so I headed to bed early and tried to make myself sleep...
At 3 AM my phone rang. I signed the guest log at 3:45, and stepped into the dark silence of the delivery room. Summer's husband sat next to the bed, holding her hand and praying with her. I could tell that contractions were close together and strong. Before long Summer called for the doctor, and it was time to push! Her sweet little man was born at 4:24 AM, just 39 minutes after I arrived! No matter how many times I witness it, birth has a way of taking my breath away...
That's all for today, but I'll be back to tell you about more of the beautiful bellies and adorable babies I have been working with! Wait...how can anything so amazing and so much fun be called work??? Oh, well, come back and see me!
I am an artist at heart and have been ever since I can remember. I have been blessed with four beautiful children and an amazing husband. One of my favorite things to do is help others capture beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.