The Birth of Blake {Fresh 48 Session Photographer}

I met mom and dad this past Easter at a church event I was helping another photographer with, and was so excited when mom wanted birth photos! She was scheduled for an induction on Friday July 8th. I went to bed super early on Thursday in case anything happened overnight, and around 5:30 am on Friday I received a message that things were starting to progress. I don't usually show up until moms reach active labor (5-6cm) so I waited for some more info throughout the morning. Lunch time came and went and baby Blake was nice and happy staying in mommy's belly. The doctor was keeping a close eye on the progress and mentioned the possibility of a C-Section. When they updated me on that info, I was playing outside with my kiddos and we immediately sat down and started to pray for mom and baby. 

iPhone photo of my middle baby, Abby praying.

iPhone photo of my middle baby, Abby praying.

It was around 1:30 and I decided to drive to Warrenton and meet my husband so he could take the kids home. I headed into the Fauquier Birthing Center, and started to take some photos of everyone. They were waiting on the doctor to check and the decision for the C-Section. Mom was so brave and she was doing a great job. She had been laboring for over 8 hours at that point. The nurses came in to check vitals, and they noticed that the baby's heartbeat was in distress with the contractions. They immediately called the doctor, and prepped her for an emergency c-section. Dad was right by her side and about 30 minutes later, he came out of the OR to update the family. Mom and Dad were so strong during this time of uncertainty and their families were praying for everything out in the waiting room. It was amazing to see all of the love they have for each other. Mom, Dad, and Baby are doing so well now, adjusting to being first time parents and all that entails! I went back the next day for some photos, because mom and baby were recovering the night of the birth. Isn't he so adorable?? Enjoy some of my favorite moments below:

 

The Birth of Elijah {Fauquier Hospital Birth Photographer}

It was around 7am on the 4th of July and I got a message saying "I am at the hospital in labor!" I immediately got up and started getting everything together. Baby Elijah was't due for another 17 days, but God had other plans! I made some breakfast, and ate on the way to the hospital. 

I first met Staci in 8th grade at a private school we attended together, and while we were waiting for baby to arrive we even joked about the odds of me capturing the birth of her 3rd son! She and her husband own Hairmarket in Haymarket, VA. They are both very talented stylists, and are some of the nicest people you will meet! 

Once things started to get rolling, baby Elijah was born in about 5 minutes! Momma was a rockstar!! The doctor noticed a complete knot in his umbilical cord and said he was a miracle baby. I am sure that he arrived a few weeks early because God has a special plan for his life!

Enjoy some of my favorite photos of his birth!

The Birth of Adalae

It was a beautiful Wednesday evening, and I had just finished hosting our church's community group at our house with hot dogs and Smore's! I put my little ones in the bath and sat down for a few minutes, then I got a message. Just the words I had been expecting all week,  "We are in the delivery room". I rushed and changed my clothes, and headed to the hospital! Entered through the ER and told the lady behind the desk that I was going to the birth center. She directed me to the proper doors and then asked "It's not for you right?". Being 21 weeks pregnant myself, I was certain to let her know that I was just there to document a birth :) 

I made it up to the room and checked in to see how mom was doing. She looked beautiful and some of her family members were there to keep her laughing and distracted from the contractions. It was about 9:30pm and in just over 3 hours later sweet baby Adalae made her way into the world. Mom was focused with Dad by her side, and did such an amazing job! It was such an honor to be apart of this special moment. It is truly my favorite type of photography!

Enjoy the photos below!