Quinn Enters The World…

For the last few months I’ve been super excited for the pending birth of some of my favorite people, Crystal and Brad. She had informed me she was going to do a water birth, something I hadn’t had the pleasure photographing yet and was very eager too. When I arrived at OSU Medical Center, she was just getting in the water to take the edge off her contractions. The water she said did help with the contractions. However she was informed that they are no longer allowing water birth’s. So that was a bit of a let down, but in the end, a baby was coming an that is still pretty darn exciting.
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Birth photography isn’t for everyone, I get it. But I love being a part of such an important event in a couples life. It’s an honor and a treat to be part of it.
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Crystal was a true trooper as she was drug free for her entire labor. I admire her strength and determination. I know I couldn’t do it. She had the loving support of Brad and her mother, Deborah.
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In between the contractions, she’d laugh and smile and catch her breath before the next one overcame her. This labor was going much faster than her first labor, so that made her happy.
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Crystal stayed in the water for awhile and tried different positions to find her comfort zone. Life went on around her and she tuned it out to focus on her breathing. Before long it was deemed time to get her into the bed as things were progressing.
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The strength of a woman is an amazing thing. I would have been screaming at the top of my lungs, but not Crystal. She was in obvious discomfort, but she stayed focused.
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Brad and Deborah were giving so many tender touches to Crystal to help her through each contraction. The family unity with them is a beautiful thing.
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I adore this photo of Crystal and her mom. Deborah would whisper words of encouragement in her daughter’s ear and try to ease the pain best she could. I’m sure it is hard to watch your own child in pain. But she was there the whole time holding her hand and being there for her daughter to lean on in her time of need.
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As Brad would rub on her back, Crystal would focus on a photo of their first daughter, Paisley. She’d smile and realize this pain is so worth the end result. The blessing of another daughter was soon on her way.
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Things were moving along, but Crystal was starting to get tired and weak and asked to stand for a bit. You could see the exhaust in her face and you couldn’t help but to feel for her. To be able to step in and give her a break. Brad was her rock. He’d offer his comic relief, which the staff, her mom and I likely benefited from more than Crystal. But he was there by her side the entire time.
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Things got a little intense at go time with the baby’s heart rate dropping a bit. Likely due to standing for those few minutes, but everything was okay and it was time for her to enter the world. By this time, Crystal was looking for the last ounces of strength she had. She’d grown really tired by this point and wasn’t finding her focus as easily. She was ready to give up, but the staff and Brad and Deborah worked at giving her those last words of encouragement to help her pull through. And at 6:24pm Quinn came into the world with a loud cry.
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Quinn’s arrival brought back that beautiful smile of Crystal’s I love. Deborah fell back into the window pane to catch her own breath as I know it was stressful on her watching her baby go through this and the tense moments. Birth can be a scary thing, these precious lives..I think we all breathed a sigh of relief when we heard the baby cry.
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After a bit of staying warm on mom, they brought Quinn over to the warmer to get her diaper on and get her first measurements and such. Brad was there by her side, as he studied her face for the first moments.
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8lbs and 14oz!
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Not long after, big sister Paisley came into the room and got to meet her baby sister for the first time. She was so eager and excited. She couldn’t keep her hands of her.
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The first family portrait with baby Quinn. Paisley was giving a bit of cute attitude cause she wanted to touch the baby continuously. She’ll have fun being a big sister now. I’m sure they will be close just as her mommy is with her sister. Another addition to this family is truly a blessing! Congrats Brad, Crystal and Paisley!

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