I can’t even begin to describe how incredible this was to be a part of. My best friend of 11 years, Kacie, and her dashing hubby Kaleb, gave birth to a perfect 7 pound 8 ounce baby girl named Roslyn Kate on Tuesday, July 10th. When they first asked me to be in the room with them, I really didn’t know if it was my place to be there, even though Kacie is pretty much a sister to me and I wanted to be in there. Moreover, they wanted me to photograph the birth, which was something completely new to me. I had never seen a birth before, let alone photograph one! I felt honored that they asked me to be a part of such an intimate and personal time for them, but I was still nervous and unsure about it until the day arrived when I got the message that they were at the hospital. Then, I was overflowing with excitement.
BIRTH STORY (according to me)
Upon my arrival to the hospital around 10:00 a.m., Kacie was handling every contraction with such ease. She would simply close her eyes and take deep breaths, and Kaleb never left her side. Roslyn’s heartbeat never wavered, and we could all tell that she was going to be a strong baby. Kacie was completely focused the entire time and really knew how to relax her body and breath through the pain. Her doula was fantastic, and helped her relax. Even more than the birth itself, this process was the most amazing part of the day to me. She was a champion about to be a mother, and regardless of the pain, she handled it all with astounding grace. Keep in mind, she had a completely drug-free, natural birth. No pain killers. Just faith.
Once her water broke, things started moving very quickly. The pain was stronger, and Roslyn was making her way down. Kacie sat in a bath for a while, and I stepped out to update the soon-to-be grandparents. I don’t think I was out for more than 10 minutes, but when I got back to the room, things had drastically changed. She was completely dilated and ready to push. After moving to the bed, Kacie started pushing even though her body was naturally doing all the work. We could see the top of Roslyn’s head for a while, and then I literally had to do a double take. BOOM. Baby. I think I even said, “WHOA” because it happened so fast. Roslyn came out with her hand to her face and immediately outstretched it like a super hero. She came out completely alert and screaming, which for the moment, was the best sound in the world. After 9 months of preparing, talking, praying, anticipating; she was really here.
It was the most emotional moment of my life. What an incredible miracle. I couldn’t see through my camera because of uncontrollable tears. My heart was beating so fast, and it took my breath away. It was completely insane and beautiful, and it felt like every possible emotion was surging through my body. I can’t even imagine what mom and dad were feeling.
After spending time with momma, the doctors had to take Roslyn away to tend to Kacie and some unexpected bleeding. Kaleb stayed with his wife, so devoted to her. I went over with the baby to get all of her measurements and such, and after she was cleaned up, I got to hold her, but not before Roslyn grasped my finger around her sweet little tiny hand. You’ll see that photo below. I lost all control and big time ugly cried. No, ugly sobbed. Blubbered even. It was amazing. Kacie and Kaleb handled everything with such a calm over them, even though I know they were thinking about and feeling so many things. I am so beyond proud of them. I had no doubts that they would be incredible parents, but after seeing them go through the day as they did, I can tell you that Roslyn is a lucky little girl.
So, that’s my version of the birth story, and without further hesitation, here are some of the photos of this beautiful day.
Welcome to the world sweet Roslyn Kate. You are so ridiculously loved and adored.