Back in March, I had bronchitis - and the only time I get bronchitis is when I'm pregnant for some reason. After taking a pregnancy test, I found out I was indeed pregnant! However there was some confusion around my dates, so I went for a dating ultrasound (which by the way are "supposed" to be accurate) My original due date was November 22, but after the ultrasound it showed the baby was bigger so they bumped my date to November 12.
Fast forward to Thanksgiving weekend in October, I started having pre-labour contractions. These contractions would come every 2-4 days, and last for around 4-5 hours in the evening. By the time I woke up the following morning they would be gone. Frustration was very much a huge part of my last month of pregnancy with this little one!
My due date (the 12th) passed, and I was still getting contractions every few days but nothing progressed. Google became my best friend as I searched ways to naturally induce labor, how to align the baby in the pelvis, and everything I thought would help get my stalled labour going. On the evening of the 21st, my amazing midwife came and checked me as I was having contractions every 5 minutes but they weren't getting stronger. I was dilated to only 2-3 cm and baby was posterior, so she showed me a few things to do to get the baby turned around the right way. Around 10pm, my contractions stopped completely and I was so frustrated and tired so my hubby and I went to bed. I was sore, disappointed, frustrated, and on the verge of a breakdown. Around 1:30am, I woke up to use the bathroom and I felt my contractions starting up again. I had two very slight contractions about 10 minutes apart so I paid no attention to them as I sat down on the couch and prayed. After expressing my frustration to God (and I'll be honest, my faith was at an extreme low at that point) I lay down on the couch and tried to get some more sleep.
About 5 minutes after laying down, I had a sharp shooting contraction pain that was stronger than any pain I've felt my entire pregnancy. I thought "Its just one.. I won't get another one." I couldn't have been more wrong. This was around 1:45 am Nov 22.
At 2:30, I woke up Gerald and told him to call my mom and I would call the midwife. I was in so much pain, I couldn't time the contractions but they were coming at least every 2-3 minutes from what Gerald told me. Pain scale at this point was about an 8-9 whereas my other pre-labour pains were around a 3!
At 3am the midwives arrived and got everything set up as I labored (and I remembered why women liked getting epidurals!) The midwife checked me around 3:30 and I was 7cm. I had a warm shower to see if that helped with the pain but it didn't do much!
4:35am - My water broke in the bathroom.
4:40am - I made it to our room and I couldn't get on the bed so I told them this baby was coming as I was standing beside the bed.
4:45am - Miss Georgiana made her appearance! She must have been doing a dance before she came out as the cord was wrapped all around her body! After getting her untangled I carried her to the bed and lay down with her on my chest. Sweet relief!
She weighed 8lbs 7oz, and was 20.8 inches long.
After she came out, we started wondering if the ultrasound dating was wrong.. she was covered in vernix, and there was no meconium in the fluid (which chances are higher the more baby goes overdue. She would be 10 days overdue at this point). Plus she measured small in subsequent ultrasounds, and she arrived just as big as my other babies. So if indeed the dating ultrasound was incorrect, she would have arrived right on time on her due date!
I just want to thank my amazing midwife team, Maria and Mojgan from Midwives of Windsor! You've been very supportive during my appointments and you've made my first home birth experience an amazing one!
Back in the spring, I teamed up with Little Gems in Tecumseh for a special Mother's Day Portrait Giveaway. Michelle was my lucky winner and I was able to recently photograph her and her two gorgeous children! I know these portraits mean so much to her and I know she is going to enjoy seeing them for many years to come.
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I love seeing a group of moms together.. whether it be at a park, or on a walk, or in the mall. Moms, especially with young children need as much support as they can get - and as much love as they can get. There are so many vocal opinions floating around online about breastfeeding vs. bottle-feeding, organic vs. non-organic, cloth vs. disposable diapers, etc.
What most people don't realize is those opinions don't matter! What matters most is that these babies are so loved and nurtured by their moms and "hot mom topics" really aren't relevant!
When a new mom hold her precious baby in her arms for the first time, I can guarantee that the first thought that goes through her head is not "I'm going to feed you only organic food for the rest of your life" but rather "My precious baby... I love you more than you'll ever know!"
That is what I hope to capture with this project.. the love that is shown by nurturing your child - whether by breast or by bottle.
This little sweetheart was so good for me! We were able to get lots of different poses done with him. I think my favorite set up was with the antlers his mommy and daddy brought!
This little guy was my biggest newborn to date weighing 10lbs, but he was also my sleepiest! His mommy & daddy had the most amazing backyard that I was able to use for his newborn portraits and I just love how they turned out!
I've known Reid's mommy for a while now, and when she found out she was expecting I was so happy for her! After a few tests, it was confirmed that Reid had Down Syndrome and had the heart defects that commonly go along with it. The unknown future for this little guy is a bit scary, as they don't know whether he will need emergency surgery now and then a major surgery at 6 months, or if he will be able to have everything corrected at the 6 month mark. It's an unknown road ahead for this family and I'm so blessed to have been able to capture these images of Reid for his mommy and daddy!
This beautiful mama came to see me all the way from Toronto! (Well she was actually visiting her parents, but I like to think it was just to see me) Together we created a beautiful bohemian maternity session that has been one of my favorites so far!
Windsor Newborn & Maternity Custom Portraiture
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