Milo's Birth (by Anna Laero Photography)
My due date was February 25th but I began pre-labor three weeks prior to that. Goodness was that hard! I had been having Braxton Hicks contractions since I was 20 weeks pregnant and by three weeks before my due date I was having some real contractions mixed in with other incredible pains as Milo moved further down. It was an incredibly tough three weeks with my family and I constantly on edge thinking that today was the day. But each day passed by with it not being the day. NOBODY thought that I would make it to my due date! Nobody!
The night before I went into labor, tornado warnings were issued for our area. I was home alone with the dog, sure that I was going to go into labor while I was at home, alone, in the middle of a tornado and I'd have to deliver my own baby. Luckily that did not happen! Although it would have made for quite the story! However, that night around 9:00 or so I did begin to have the occasional painful contraction. But this was no different to some other days when I had some too and then I would go to sleep and they would go away. So I wasn't convinced that this was it.
I went to sleep around midnight and woke up as my daughter climbed into bed with us around 12:30. The moment I woke up I was in the midst of a TERRIBLE contraction that made me yell out and clutch the bed. My poor daughter was scared! I don't blame her. I was too. I knew. I knew this was it. My midwife told me that it was time to go to the hospital or at least call her if my water broke or if the contractions were to the point of being unbearable because that meant that I was in the transitional phase when your body is dilating that last little bit. The moment I woke up I knew I was already in that phase. A week and a half earlier I was already dilated to 4 cm and waking up like that already having the urge to push, I knew I wasn't going to last long.
I had Scott call my mom first, his parents to have them come over to watch our daughter, then our midwife, and then Anna who photographed the birth. As he was on the phone to my mom he said that we would be leaving probably in the next 45 minutes. The moment he get off the phone I told him that I couldn't even last that long that I already needed to push. Off we went. I believe we arrived at the hospital around 1:30am or so and I was 8cm dilated.
I knew that this time around I again did not want an epidural and did not want any pain meds. I also knew that I wanted to labor and push while standing letting gravity do its thing. I did stand. I did sway. I did slightly dance. I did most of my pushing while squatting which, I have to say, is WAY more comfortable than lying down trying to push! Not that any of it is comfortable, obviously! But at the very end I did have to lie down on my side because the position I was in didn't let the nurse get a good heart rate from Milo. And just like that Milo was in the world at 3:39 am.
This labor and delivery were very intense. When I was laboring with my daughter it went on for about 23 hours before she was born so I was able to gradually build up to the most painful contractions. But with this one, I was in it straight away. I don't know which way I prefer! However, because this one was so short, I remember so much more of it all which is something I can't say for my daughter because I was too exhausted and out of it to remember.
Here's a look at my birth experience! I won't share too many because some of the photos show too much skin so those are just for me. :)
In Hospital Session (by Jessica Norrell Photography)
One of the photos that I absolutely knew I wanted after Milo was born was the moment that his big sister met him (it caused me to get quite emotional). My original plan was to have my husband try to capture it for me but why do that when my wonderful friend Jessica could do it instead! I am so grateful that she could be there to capture those first moments of us as a family and the moment that Scott's parents met Milo as well.
Every single one of these photos will forever be my favorites. I am so blessed to have such amazingly talented people in my life to where we can all share in each others' big life moments! I captured both Anna and Jessica's births this past year and am so happy that they could both help capture mine! Love you ladies!