Oh birth. Always teaching and stretching us to the very last moment. Mandy had 2 hard weeks of prodromal labor that had worn her down, despite her sweet and positive attitude. I personally experienced prodromal labor with all three of my babies and it was incredibly exhausting-I was an incredibly empathetic doula. So the early morning phone call I got from Matt that it was go time made me jump from my bed in celebration.
Everyone labors differently and Mandy was incredibly calm and relaxed during her labor. I was really struck when I walked into the triage room by her hands; one open and receiving and the other clutching on to her husband.
The labor was gentle and progressed like a text book. Dad and I squeezed her hips the whole time and we were a good team (we were sore the next day!).
Some of my favorite moments were:
During a hard transition, Mandy was still laying still and quiet-just shaking a bit, and Who Runs the World-Girls by Beyonce came on the birth playlist. Mandy came out of her trance and gave me a little knowing smile.
When Lucy's head was born, she stayed there for a minute or two and she stared RIGHT INTO HER DADDY'S eyes. Such a sacred moment. Half in mom, and staring into dad. I could barely contain how cool that was.
After all her quiet laboring and triumphant birth, Mandy looked at me and said with intensity, "I want a cheeseburger, tots and a milkshake." Ha! I made that happen fast as I could.
Wyatt meeting his sister and looking her over in delight. I loved how they set Lucy on the bed so he could get to know her himself-I had never seen that.
I love this family and it was magic to witness the birth of their Lucy Rose. They live down the street from me so I get to snuggle her often and that makes me smile.
Enjoy these incredible images. Thanks for letting me share Mandy!