Norah's Birth Story | the conclusion

The miracle of birth. I've always heard childbirth described as a miracle but suspected that it may be an exaggeration.  Frankly, now I feel "miracle" can't accurately describe how amazing it is.  Even as a spectator I see what a marvelous experience it is.  God is infinitely good.

Here's my dear little niece, Norah, interacting with her new fam.  (And how cute is my other niece with little Norah??)

Check out the all the posts from my niece's birth story series: preface // introduction // climax // conclusion

Norah's Birth Story | the climax

It had been nearly five hours by now. After the epidural, our time was filled with naps, laughter and facebook, but now contractions were coming increasing closer together. The time to push had finally come. I've always heard women complain about long and hard labor, and so far, Alison's labor had seemed pretty manageable. But I wondered if this part of labor would also be uncharacteristically "easy". As Alison started pushing, with the nurse and Ryan both supporting and giving her encouragement, she remained calm throughout the whole process. (Ryan even took breaks in between pushing to eat some of his big mac. None of us had eaten since the night before, and by then it was already 2pm in the afternoon.) It was nothing like I had seen on television with the mother screaming or sweating. I snapped some pictures capturing the moments during, right after and in between pushes.... In between you could see the peace in her eyes and the excitement to come.

In less than a half hour of pushing, it was time for the baby to come out. In fact, the nurse made Alison stop pushing to wait for the doctor. I was on Alison's left side when the doctor came, and it seemed by the time I went around everyone to Alison's right side, it was time for the baby to come out. When my little niece came out, tears started to flow from my eyes. It was by far the most amazing thing I've ever seen... Miraculous is the only word I can assign to birth and even then it doesn't seem to accurately describe just how amazing it is.

I really loved seeing my my brother hold his daughter.  And being able to capture these first moments of my sister-in-law and brother with their first baby....

There's still more pictures to come!

(p.s. I thought I'd spare you with all the pictures of the actual birth part.  And, after everything was said and done... Ryan emailed everyone and updated his facebook status. :)  )

Check out the all the posts from my niece's birth story series: preface // introduction // climax // conclusion

Norah's Birth Story | the preface

This story begins on Monday, October 11.  Since I knew my sister-in-law, Alison, would be seeing the doctor that day, I called her to see how the baby was doing.  I always thought she'd be early, but knew for certain when she told me she was already 4cm dilated.  (At 10cm, you give birth!)  The next day I stayed over with my brother, Ryan, and Alison, anxiously waiting for the baby to come.  I thought for sure the baby would arrive that day, but she didn't. On Wednesday, Ryan and I spent the day working while Alison went about getting ready for the baby.  For dinner the three of us went to grab some sushi, and even though Alison had been feeling contractions here and there since Monday, the baby was still not there.  When we got back to Ryan and Alison's house, Alison and I baked some delicious cookies....

I went back to work.  I finally finished at 6am and as I was climbing into bed, Alison told me to sleep well because she thought the baby would be coming soon....and she did. I think the cookies did it. :)

To be continued.....

Check out the all the posts from my niece's birth story series: preface // introduction // climax // conclusion