Christmas was coming and we knew that a baby would soon be here. The C family were expecting baby #5 any day and have been waiting patiently to see if they were going to hold a new baby girl or a new baby boy.
I was asked to document their birth as it had been a dream of this momma’s for a while. So I was thrilled when I was asked. There is nothing like witnessing a baby come into the world and seeing who amazing God made women to give life!
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This momma is a very strong woman. Labored for days. Weeks. News came daily that no progress had been made which if you had experience a long labor you know how hard that news is to accept. Your body feels terrible, pain comes and goes, nothing brings comfort.
On January 2nd I received a message that labor had finally stuck around and was moving pretty well. She had reached 5 cm. I jumped out of bed, excited and happy to meet this baby. I had my thoughts they were expecting a boy and I wanted to stand right along with them and cry with joy of a new baby. I arrived at her home just as the sun was coming up. The midwives were there, the kids were all awake and enjoying the company of their nana and gramma. Life was moving along and we were all excited to finally meet this little baby that was all snuggled up inside their momma.
Hours had passed and although there was some progression, it still wasn’t as much as momma had hoped. You can see the stress and exhaustion over momma’s face. The hardest part about documenting a birth is feeling helpless. It is my nature to want to help in any way that I can. But I knew she was in good hands and I also knew that if I was needed for anything, she would have asked. Finally it was all agreed that what she needed most was to get complete rest. Everyone was to leave and just let her have her own space to move and sleep as she needed. The baby needed her to do that too. So, I packed up the gear, said a silent prayer and left to get some lunch.
A few hours had passed and as the evening came in, momma knew the best thing that she could do at the moment was to get out and walk. Since it is winter here in Idaho, the best place to walk would be the only store that doesn’t have closing hours – Wal-Mart. I decided to meet her there and document her walk around. I admit that I too have taken that pregnancy stroll, but I was not as smooth as she was. Again, I admire how strong this momma is. Half the time you couldn’t tell she was having a contraction, she would either just slowly walk or just hang her head. Once in a while there would be a moment where we would stop and just have to rest. Oh how my body could feel that pain for her!
After we spent some time walking the isles, we parted ways and I left her go back home to rest as I stayed close by waiting for her text that the contractions had sped up. Unfortunately her contractions stalled again and it wouldn’t be for another few days until she was able to meet her new son.
January 7th. The morning was glorious. The most beautiful and clear sunrise. There she sat all snuggled in her bed, she was holding Mr. Thorin Phillip. 8 pounds and 13 ounces of baby! A handsome chuck of boy.
It was such an honor to be able to be a part of something so incredible. I love being able to watch my families grow and I love meeting all the new babies. Being able to create a Pure Moments Film for this family – for this moment if their life- was a gift. I hope that their kiddos enjoy watching it over and over again as much as I do.
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