Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Birth Session Preview - Part 1

I don't think I can really put into words how excited I was about my first birth session. I can only imagine what it will be like the day that it's my turn. I've said it before - how much I love this couple. Working with them is just easy... because no matter what they do, everything looks like it should be photographed. Baby Riley had been keeping me anxious for some time... I was checking my phone often, email, looking on facebook for any updates... anything to let me know that it was time to go to the hospital. I kinda liked it... being on call - especially for something special like this. Well, baby Riley wasn't coming as early as expected. So we had plenty of time to prepare for the inducement date. I was so thrilled... I would be in the hospital to witness a miracle and watch the beginning of life. I couldn't sleep the night before - constantly thinking that I would oversleep and miss the whole thing. But when my alarm went off, it was the happiest I've ever been to wake up early. Called Kenneth... good news - everything was going smoothly and it was time to head on over.
Sarah was already having contractions when I arrived. The doctor showed up not long after and broke her water... letting us know that things were going to start moving along much quicker now. Thank goodness for medicine. As if I didn't know already how painful child labor is... watching Sarah clench her fist and grab Kenneth's hand so tightly had me so tense that I was feeling a bit jittery myself. I think that epidural may be the greatest thing ever. After a little while, it started kicking in and she was feeling much more comfortable.
I was able to tell Sarah was feeling better because she was texting away to all her friends and family. We joked about how some women are incredible - not taking any meds and enduring through all the pain. I know I couldn't take it... I am sickly enough as is... walking through the door - first thing - epidural please. How else could I be texting and calling everyone and letting them know I'm having a baby?! Technology nowadays... just awesome.
I am so touched and moved when I look at Sarah's pictures. I will forever share a connection with her - with any family that I experience this with. It's so wonderful to be part of something like this. I want you to think of it as if I was another nurse on the team. I know how important it is for you to share this with your mate and loved ones - so I try to be as "quiet" as possible, and pretend as if I wasn't even there. No worries about who's got the camera or making sure that both mom and dad are in the pictures. I've got all that under control. It's as if you had your own little reporter in the background that will document your day for you to keep, look over and share with family and friends over and over now and years later. How cool will it be when baby Riley grows up, to look back at the day she was born? .. to see both her mom and dad and grandparents sharing in the joy of her birth? Super cool I tell ya!
Pax had no idea what to make of all this excitement. He knew baby Riley was coming but the whole being in the hospital room was kinda scary. I don't blame him one bit. But grandma's were there ready to give support. The rest of the family in the waiting room - anxiously waiting to hear updates.
This was just the beginning... we're stopping at the 8 centimeter mark. Next we will see some big time action and Riley makes her debut - her first official shoot. You won't want to miss this!


  1. OMG! i've been anxiously waiting for this shoot.
    te botastes!!

  2. Im glad my wife finally experienced this kind of photoshoot. Something Abby has always wanted to do. The pictures turned out GREAT. I am excited for Sarah and Kenneth to see the next set of pictures. I know you will really like them.

  3. ABBYYYY gorgeous pics!!!!! i had to pause to write a comment.. now i'm on to see the rest ;)

  4. SARAH D SMITHSeptember 11, 2009

    Abby, words cannot express how much these pictures mean to Kenneth and I. I know we wanted this special day documented, but this is amazing. You were awesome to work with and truly made this day even more special. The only complaint I have is that I didn't do this with my first child Paxton. You made Riley's birthday so special and how amazing to have our emotions on camera and truly remember how the day went! your the best

  5. Sarah, as I have said to you before... you and Kenny are my model parents. I think that its difficult to talk to expecting moms about how its such a great opportunity because most of them can't overcome having someone in the room with them. But its such a wonderful thing to have memories of . I am so glad that I was there to witness Riley from being in the belly to later doing her newborn shots... its strengthened our bond as friends. Thanks for being so supporting... love you guys.