I was so excited when Monica texted me that she and Brandon found out they were pregnant with their second baby and that she wanted me to photograph the birth. I immediately put her due date on my calendar and spent the next 6 months or so avoiding bookings and prolonging vacations. As the months went by Monica shared details of Lindsay with me over eggs benedict and burritos and other delicious meals. I was soooo excited!
When Lindsay finally decided to meet us all, it was about a week and a half before her due date. Monica called early in the morning just as I was going to bed from an all-nighter.... her water broke. She wasn't having any contractions, so I knew I could squeeze in a nap. So after collecting all my gear and packing a day bag, I went to sleep, setting my alarm to wake me up every two hours to check on the progress of Monica's labor. By the time mid-morning came along I headed to the hospital.
I arrived to find Monica in good spirits, sitting on a yoga ball. She had walked literally miles within the hospital while laboring before I arrived. (What a trooper, right?) It's funny for me to witness women in labor now. After photographing so many births, I'm fascinated how each birth and each woman is so different. Soon after I arrived Monica got an epidural and took the opportunity to rest, at which point I headed to the waiting room and got to know Monica's mother.
I spent the next couple of hours working on my laptop in the waiting room and checking on Monica's progress. I had just returned to the waiting room from Monica's room, when she texted that it was time.
Monica pushed for under twenty minutes, and Lindsay came right out. Lindsay was as sweet as could be. With her little toes and little fingers.
It was a different experience for me to photograph this birth. I felt more connected to this birth than others (except my own niece, of course.) Monica has become such a dear friend and I loved seeing her experience this pregnancy. And loved holding Lindsay for the first time. I'm excited to see how much Lindsay's grown. Today I get to see her for the first time since her birth.
Last week marked the first month of little Lindsay's life and today I get to see her for the first time since her birth. I'm soooooo excited. I love babies!
Monica's son had a fever, so she had to talk to him via FaceTime.