Sarah booked her session with me and for an early April due date and much to my surprise reached out in early March to schedule her newborn session. I’ll let Sarah tell you in her own words her beautiful birth story…..
“It was 6:45pm on a Tuesday, March 9, and I was putting on my compression socks to combat the horrendous swelling in my ankles and feet. I was trying to quickly jam my feet into these constricting things so I could reheat some dinner and start a murder documentary that my husband, Michael, would have no interest in watching. Michael was on a detachment in Florida for the week, so I had to cram in all the trash and murder tv while he was away. However, at 6:46pm, my entire world changed. All the sudden—pop—and I feel like I peed on the couch.
Now, I’m a first time mom, and my water breaking would probably be an experience that would feel like “oh my gosh is this actually happening” anyways, but it really felt that way because my due date was actually April 7, a month later. I call my mom in the desperate hope that, through my sob-riddled explanation of what I’m seeing, she will tell me it’s nothing and that I’m in no way going into labor while my husband is 1,600 miles away. But alas. My poor husband has to then receive a phone call from his mother-in-law at almost 9pm (EST) on a Tuesday, while he is away for work, which can only mean the worst.
As he receives that call, I call a good friend from work, and again, through my sob-heaving panic manage to tell her that I need her to take me to the hospital. I have no bag packed, for myself or our baby girl, so I’m frantically throwing things into a duffel bag while trying to hold a towel between my legs, and then Michael calls me. He manages to calm me down enough that I am semi-functional by the time my friend, Kyla, arrives at my house. I throw a key under the mat, send a text to a friend down the street asking her to watch the dog, and begin the next chapter of my life.
Baby A had been breeched almost the entire pregnancy, and while I was holding out a little hope that she might flip on her own, I had already come to terms with the fact we were probably going to be scheduling a c-section at our next appointment. Stubborn and on her own dang schedule, she was coming now and she was coming feet first. I was prepped for an emergency c-section and Kyla stayed with me and took as many videos as she could to document for Michael. At the same time, Michael was at the airport desperately trying to find a way home.With God and luck on our side, Michael was able to fly home that night.
At 4am, Michael made it to the hospital, and while he missed the delivery, we got to take a moment in the quiet hours of the morning to visit the NICU and see our little girl together. Miss Avery Grace. All 5 pounds 11 ounces of her. She changed our entire world overnight, in the best possible way, and it’s been a whirlwind and a blessing every day since.” – Sarah
Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me, let them bring me to your holy mountain to the place where you dwell. Psalm 43:3
Sweet Avery girl it was a joy to capture you in this moment of your life.
Yuma AZ Newborn Photographer