Thursday, November 4, 2010

An "Almost" Birth Story

So for the last couple weeks Stacy and I had planned for me to come to the hospital when she went into labor so I could take some birth story pictures. I was super excited as this would be my first real birth story photo op. Stacy was hoping to have an unmedicated natural birth and just wanted it to be a special experience bringing her first daughter into the world and I was so looking forward to capturing it on camera. I'm still kicking myself (hard!) for not having hired a professional photographer to be there when Scarlett was born, so I think I was thrilled to live vicariously through Stacy. :)

But that baby girl decided she'd take her sweet girls often do, and Stacy passed her due date. She knew she needed to have the baby before her insurance changed, so she hesitantly decided to get induced--but still wanted to go natural if at all possible. So she went in at 7:00 am and started her pitocin drip. She was at a 4 and stayed at this 4 for almost the ENTIRE day! Since it's hard to leave my babies on short notice I was hoping to hold out until things got a little closer and then I'd find a sitter and race up to the hospital. Our friend Luisa was there at the hospital with Stacy to help her as a birth coach/doula, and so Lu kept texting me updates. Mostly how things were going really slow and no need for me to rush and that she'd let me know when things started to pick up more. I was happy because this meant Dan would probably be home from work in time for me to make it and not have to worry about a sitter. WELL....
Around 5 pm Lu texted me that she was at a 5 and things were starting to pick up.
So I started to collect my things and be ready to race out the door when Dan arrived by 6. 
Not even 30 minutes later I got another text from Lu saying "OH MY GOSH! The baby is here! It just happened so fast, there was no time!!"
A 5 to a 10 without even a single push in less than 30 minutes?????!!!!!!
But also Amazing.
And Stacy did it 100% natural. So incredible.

So that is why this is an "Almost" birth story. :) Darn. Better luck next time.
However, I did get to go visit Miss Jocelyn just a couple hours later and still got some good hospital shots that still tell the story of this precious little lady's arrival into this beautiful world and the people who were waiting so patiently to welcome her.


Jocelyn Eve Roy
October 27th, 2010
8 pounds, 4 ounces
20.5 inches long

Love these pictures of a Daddy with his first baby girl

Biggest brother Gavin could hardly wait to meet her! You should've seen the grin on this boy's face. Priceless. Simply priceless. I think I teared up.

Unfortunately, Stacy and Jared's other baby boy, Damon, was at home sleeping and couldn't make it to the hospital for that first night, so we didn't get him in the pics, but I love this one of the four of them.

Lu, the incredible birth coach

Congrats Stacy and Jared on your perfect little girl! 
So so happy for you!


Jess and Matt said...

Incredible shots Ash! What a beautiful baby and family. That birth story sounds almost exactly like Kaden's. I wish so badly that I would have thought to have a photographer there for my little boys births.

Julie W said...

I love these, it makes me feel so much closer to Stacy's fam. LOVE them all.

Richard and Marianne said...

These shots are fantastic and DO capture the moment of wonder and excitement. Gavin was actually walking on air. So glad you brought the experience to life for Stacy's out of town family. Thank you Ashley!! You are one special lady!!

Joan said...

Oh my heavens! These pictures make me even more anxious/excited for baby boy Koplin to arrive (9 days left)!!!
The picture of Jocelyn with her tiny bottom lip curled down breaks my heart! SO precious.

Zane and Lexi said...

Ok, let's make a deal that we fly to each other next time either of us has a baby. I L.O.V.E these! You did an amazing job, Ash. Seriously so beautiful.