I cannot tell you how excited I have been for this day to arrive….like nine whole months of anticipation. Tim and Leah anxiously awaited the birth of their first born, after year’s of waiting for the day to come, it was FINALLY here. In the birth’s that I have been fortunate enough to photograph in the past, I can tell you it’s a bit nerve racking, the wait. Always worried I’ll miss the call, worried I’ll forget something in the rush to the hospital, will it be during the day or the dead of night, a thousand thoughts run through my head and the eagerness I feel….then I get over myself and I remember there is two parent’s to be, who are going through a lot of the similar and more. Well this day finally came as of 40 weeks of waiting, and then some. The last two weeks for Leah were hard enough with non-consistent labor that was off and on. There was the thought she might go early, an I had a week out of state to fuss over, then I returned home. Both Tim and I both had sickness’s we were dealing with, not something you want to bring a newborn around. But she held out…
I got a text from Leah that I was on stand by as things developed that day. An so I waited for the next word, according to our conversations of how we were going to handle things. You can make plans, but you never know how things are going to go, so you just go with it. Well the short of it is, the next I heard from Leah, they were in the hospital and I was going to make my way there, but there were some complications, they were concerned with the baby’s heart rate dipping. In a matter of a few minutes it went from waiting to delivery. I was going to miss out on the big long awaited moment.
Naturally I was bummed, but at the end of the day, it was about a safe delivery for a special little girl. I made my way to the hospital so that I’d be there once they were out of surgery. Little did I know as I walked into the hospital that evening, she was being delivered at that same moment…..so close.
When I arrived at St. Ann’s, I met up with Leah’s sister Amanda and her mom Debbie in part of the waiting area. They were anxious to get word on when the baby arrived. Calling up some friends and family as they waited.
Tim’s mom Sharon and his step-father Larry arrived soon after. They caught up on the events of the day and how fast everything changed. Checking their phones for updates.
This was by far one of my shortest birth stories, I likely only waited two hours at most…..but the anxiousness was still there. The family was patiently waiting.
Tim’s sister Allison and her fiancee Adam arrived shortly before Tim sent the long awaited text….Debbie and Sharon and I walked back to see the new family.
That smile says it all….
It had been a long couple of hours for Tim and Leah with little sleep the last 24+ hours. They were elated, but exhausted. Leah was feeling the effects of her c-section and wasn’t feeling stable enough to hold Eliette at the time. But she had a good first feeding with her baby and felt that bond. The excited grandparents welcomed her with open arm’s and lots of cuddles.
You’ve done good Tim and Leah!
She was so tiny. She would open her beautiful blue eyes and they would sparkle. Those long fingers an ten tiny lil toes.
Daddy is still learning the art of the swaddle.
Tim got Ellie as they call her wrapped back up and took her over to see her mother. The sweetness that followed was so touching.
Aunt Allison was eager to get her hands on her new niece.
Aunt Amanda was happy to take some time to get to know her baby niece too. She lit up holding her.
Leah was just taking it all in, eager for rest. Trying to account for everything that happened in a short matter of time. Allowing her body to mend.
Ellie has some lungs on her, she was vocal in letting them know when she wasn’t happy about something.
But sweet as can be, she would look about the room, all these new faces and spaces.
A Mother’s love for their children who now have their own child.
Leah and Tim had a whole birth plan, but that quickly went to the way side. Nothing went as planned, but in the end, they still got the prize. A beautiful baby girl.
I am just over the moon happy for my friends. It’s so great seeing this new chapter in their lives. They are so in love with Eliette. I feel so honored to have been a part of this special moment in their lives. We’ve come a long ways over the year’s and it’s been so great sharing in your joy. Congratulations to you Tim and Leah!!