First things first; this post is LONG overdue. My nephew is celebrating ONE YEAR today and I am just now posting his birth session. Bad aunt, bad photographer; ugh what can I say – I have been really busy with photography and loving on this sweet little man that the blogging and editing of all of his sessions has taken a back burner. I have been editing a few of my favorites from each session and then sharing them with family to print and share for themselves but in terms of whole sessions – well that just hasn’t happened with the transition of Red Bridge to just me. It is true what they say, that the photographer will put everyone elses’ images before their own. I think I still have a few from a few years ago that I haven’t dove all the way through yet. I take them and then pick a few of my favorites and they sit. I may print a few but the completion hasn’t happened yet. Well, now that is going to change.
First up is the day that I will remember forever – the day my sweet nephew Samuel William was born. I was so thrilled to be there for his arrival and to support my sister through it. One year ago today, we welcomed him into our lives, our families, our hearts; it was a crazy busy time but I would change absolutely nothing about it. So finally I am sharing the recount of the day that he arrived. I wrote the below blog post days after his arrival with anticipation of posting my favorites from the session shortly after. Well, that never happened so I am sharing it now. Below is a blog post draft that I originally wrote November 1, 2013 and am just now publishing. I hope you enjoy the story and the images from the day that we welcomed him into the world!
Originally written : November 1, 2013 –
This is a post that I have long anticipated. My sister and brother in law announced earlier this year that they were expecting their first born; my niece or nephew would be welcomed into this family with open, loving arms and I couldn’t wait to be an AUNT! Heather had reached full term and I knew that any day now I would be receiving the call or email that they would be headed to the hospital because it was time!
The call happened at the most poetic time; I was shooting a maternity session! We had made it through the studio portion of the shoot and we were half way through the on location portion when my phone just kept vibrating in my back pocket. I often keep my phone on me because I keep posing ideas and inspirations in there and I refer to it throughout the shoot but I always keep it on vibrate and most times do not disturb mode. Seeing as I was anticipating the call to go to the hospital any day now, I did tell my clients that my sister may call saying that she was going to the hospital. Thankfully, they were very understanding.
When my phone kept vibrating with texts and phone calls, I had to relent. I asked my very gracious clients for a hot second to see what was up and there it was; my sister had gone to the doctor late in the day and they had been monitoring her and my nephew. His heart rate was a little fast for their liking so they wanted to send her to the hospital for further monitoring as the office location was getting ready to close. She wasn’t sure what was going to happen so she wanted to gather the troops.
I finished my session (my clients did offer to finish it another day) because I knew I could power through. I headed home, dropped off my gear and let out the dogs one last time and off I went. When I got there, Heather was cool, calm, and relaxed and I arrived just after my brother in law did. Shortly after, my sister’s OB-GYN and Midwife came in to talk plans. My nephew’s heart rate had been fine since she had come to the hospital and there wasn’t any immediate distress so what about inducing labor? Well, my sister wanted it to happen naturally which I totally understand but she was already full-term and if we left today she would just be back on Saturday for an induction anyway. So, there we went – with a little smidgen of a Pitocin infusion she was in full blown labor.
We labored in the room and after 6 hours she decided to get an epidural as she had been up and at work all day long, she was understandingly so afraid that if she didn’t get some pain relief and a little bit of rest that she would not be able to push. Around 1 in the morning we asked for the anesthesiologist and shortly after she got her epidural.
We were hoping for some rest – she was super relaxed and ready for sleep but my nephew’s heart rate started dropping dangerously low with each contraction. She tried repositioning and 5 different positions in the bed and we would briefly get some reprieve from the dropping heart rate and then it would start again. Two hours into the heart rate episodes (and one hour later than the OB-GYN was comfortable with) he broached the topic of a c-section with my sister.
She was very funny in her drug induced state that she didn’t want to be cut open and surgical removal of my nephew was not ideal but eventually she relented.
Everything moved so fast after that. She was in the OR, my brother-in-law and I were in the OR (thankfully they let us both go in there) and then Samuel was here! Of course (I just kinda did it) I took my camera in there and got some great shots of his arrival and the moments after he was welcomed into the world.
I will preface the images by saying this was my very first birth photography experience. I really enjoyed it and I so wish that I had the time to devote to it because what an amazing time it was and I loved documenting the story. But, taking on the commitment to be a birth photographer is huge – including setting aside weeks at a time where I am “on call” for a birth; can’t leave the city, can’t be at my nursing job and unaccessable to my client because I have to be fully available to show up with that baby decides it is time to enter the world. I really don’t have the time to fully devote to it as I should so this may be my only ever birth photography experience unless my sister has another one (which I would love). So, I hope I did the story justice and you can relive the experience I had while Sam took his first breaths.
Enjoy and few of my favorites and stay tuned for his newborn session!