YOU GUYS. I've got a story to tell you about this little bit named Nora Rose, right here.
This kid has got the strongest mama imaginable, I'm not even kidding. Ashley went through a long and painful labor labor with little Nora turned sideways and digging in her heels a bit, and she gave it all that she had. Mama left nothing on the floor that day, and she rocked it all throughout her laboring stage and right into the OR for her c-section when their awesome team at Woman's Hospital decided that a ceasarian was what was best for everyone.
I loved so much about this birth story - as much as I hate seeing my clients in pain, it also makes for some wonderful opportunities to show the quiet grace displayed during such a bumpy ride. All of the sweet moments when Ashley's mom and husband were just holding onto her through the waves of contractions were so emotional, and beautiful to capture. I loved documenting the worry on Ashley's mom's face before heading into the OR - what parent doesn't agonize over their baby about to undergo a procedure? Worry is tough to document sometimes, but emotions like that are the ones that show us how much we are loved, looking back on those images.
One of the things I'm always thinking about at births is what the baby I'm watching being born will see in the images I'm taking, one day. I always try to stress to clients that birth sessions are not all about the birth, really - the images that will be most important to you later are the ones which tell the story of your family's relationships, and all the love in between. I want Nora to see, one day, how stoic and brave her mom was through a really hard labor, and how much her daddy loved her and wished he could take away her pain. I want her to see how much her grandma believed that her mom could rock childbirth - even though she was battling her own fear for her baby the whole day. I want her to see the very first time her grandparents gave her that, "Whatever you want, it's yours" look for the first time.
And, let's not forget my very favorite reaction of all time - Ashley's brother's look of, "What the &%#!? is this?!" at Nora being placed into his arms for the first time. It was priceless, and it is absolutely going to become a featured image in my portfolio - it was really that funny!
Anyway, enough jabbering - check out this perfect little chunk and her lucky little family! <3
I'm a teeny bit obsessed with this image - I love how many loving hands mom had covering her. That's love, right there!
That one lone tear, rolling down mom's cheek!
I think this was right about the time that Mitch told me that they were going to adopt any future kids rather than go through this again! Ha!
I love the connection between grandma and dad, here.
Nora looked, for all the world, like a posing model, here!
Mom gets her first glimpse of her baby girl
"COULD SOMEONE WARM THE STETHOSCOPE, PLEASE AND THANK YOU!?"
Connection - it's my drug.
THIS RIGHT HERE. The funniest.