She was nearly two weeks overdue, and I knew her previous labor had gone VERY quickly, so I wondered if I’d actually make it to the birth. I imagined myself being with the kids somewhere, getting the call, and having to arrange childcare at rapid speed, get the kids home, and then make the 35 minute drive to her house. I was fortunate though, that she went into labor while I was home and Chris was just 10 minutes out. Our sweet neighbor came over to cover the overlap, which was incredibly kind, given that Annabelle apparently screamed bloody murder the entire time she was there- she is a wee bit dramatic, that Annie.
Anyway, when I arrived around 6pm, I thought we’d be there all night, honestly. I would have guessed her to be in early pre-labor. She was talking, laughing, and getting through contractions with her cute little toddler draped over her knees.
Fortunately for her, this is just how she labors, and it was only a couple hours later that a baby arrived. It was remarkable! I really have a new perspective on labor and the birth process- it’s absolutely unique. Every single birth is different, and that makes it especially fun for me to photograph.
I’ll let you take a visual journey from here on out.
Welcome, baby Zane!