I am so excited and honored to finally share this birth story! I’m mostly going to let the photographs tell the story, but I thought I would share a few highlights from the day.
When Shelley went into labor, she progressed to 5cm pretty quickly. With this being her second baby, I immediately hopped out of bed and headed to St. Vincent’s Hospital. Second babies are famous for coming fast! After spending a few moments in the delivery room, I made my way to the waiting room as Shelley got her epidural. Little did any of us know that she would need 2 epidurals administered, as the first didn’t quite take. Needless to say, I was chomping at the bit to get back into the delivery room!
After more progress was made, it was time for her to push. Pushing went lightning fast…again, the whole second baby thing. Let me pause and tell you that Shelley and Josh chose to be surprised by the baby’s gender, rather than find out via ultrasound. As their baby was born, they got the big surprise that they were parents to another GIRL! Shelley’s expression is full of overwhelming joy. It’s one of my fondest memories to have witnessed and to have captured on film. As the news sank in, it was pretty evident that Helen looked exactly like her big sister, Gracie. It was a real honor to photograph Helen’s birth and to watch this family bond as four.
Weight, breastfeeding, meeting grandparents, swaddling…all those wonderful details are below. Grab a coffee and maybe a tissue, this one will leave you feeling all the feels! It’s birth story time!