Hello sadly neglected blog… once again, I have some serious catching up to do! We’ll start with the shoot I did last Friday, immediately after returning from almost a week of networking and conferencing and speaking in Vegas…. a c-section delivery.
Austen and Addison were both delivered by scheduled c-section, and I consistently joke about how much I loved the c-section process. No waiting around for labor to start. No wondering who will watch your first child when you second child decides to arrive. No hours and hours of contractions and pushing. And on and on and on. BUT. Even though I love the process, I have NEVER had any desire to see a c-section birth. I’ve never watched one on TV, never seen one on the internet, refused to watch the one we were shown in class prior to having Austen. Something about the idea of seeing what had happened to me body when my kids were born kinda freaked me out a bit.
And then there was Brittany. Brittany is a local photographer who actually did a baby TAG-A-LONG with me back in 2008… so we’ve known each other for quite awhile. Then, her husband Jimmy became one of the first guys to attend my moms with cameras WORKSHOP, making me realize that maybe I should change the name :) We have several common friends, and have had some fun times hanging out together. When Brittany & Jimmy became pregnant with their second child (they already have a beautiful daughter, Ada), we joked that I should shoot his birth… a c-section. Well, at least I was joking… Brittany apparently, was not. Her doctor was completely ok with the idea, and the next thing you know, I’ve committed to photographing something that I have always refused to even look at on TV. Eek!
I met the expectant parents at the hospital an hour or so before the surgery was scheduled to begin. Brittany and Jimmy were relaxed and excited… the joys of not being in pain from contractions and having had plenty of time to plan and deal with logistics.
Brittany enjoyed getting her IV just about as much as I do… and she certainly managed to look cute while being uncomfortable ;)
Technology was the theme of the day… gotta keep everyone posted!
Isn’t she lovely?
And suddenly, it was time. Brittany doesn’t appear to be nervous yet at all!
They took Brittany back to get her spinal, and Jimmy and I had to wait in the hallway and get suited up. Jimmy had me laughing hysterically as he put his smock on over his puffy vest…
One of the nurses comes out to tell me that Brittany is texting while on the operating table, getting prepped for her spinal. She asked if I wanted her to take my camera in and get a picture, and I laughed and said sure. I love the image she took! She’s got talent :)
She never really relinquished her phone :) Steve Jobs, this one’s for you ;)
And suddenly, quicker than I thought was possible (I’d been sitting there, kinda freaking out, and not really wanting to look, and knowing that I wasn’t allowed to shoot over the curtain, and wondering how I was really going to document this, after all), the OB lowered the curtain so we could see the baby being pulled out… and it was amazing, and not freaky, and absolutely beautiful.
Welcome to the world, Baby Everest :)
Proud parents of a brand new baby boy!
Jimmy cut the cord…
And then the nurses whisked Baby Everett off to the corner to do all of those things that nurses do to babies right after they are born.
Perfect little hands and feet…
Everest was not a happy baby while they got him cleaned up…
but he calmed down immediately when given to his Daddy.
One hard part about a c-section is the inability for moms to hold their babies immediately… but Jimmy was amazing at getting Baby Everest down to where Brittany could touch and see him.
Possibly my favorite image ever. Love how compartmentalized the whole process is.
Seriously LOVED Brittany’s OB. She was such an awesome presence.
And then we were off to spend an hour in recovery. (A creepy hour…but that’s a story I’ll have to tell you in person. It has audio.)
Finally, we headed off to their room. Ada hadn’t yet got to meet her new little brother, so we were all anticipating that!
Finally, big sister Ada arrived to meet her brother. I think the site of Mommy attached to a bunch of wires and machines was a little bit freaky… so she was a bit hesitant at first.
But she warmed up ;)
Happy family of four :)
Brittany and Jimmy... I hope you guys enjoy your ridiculously long slideshow :) Thanks so much for letting me be a part of such an amazing and intimate part of your life. I can’t wait to document Baby Everest’s first year! It’s going to be a blast!