Is it a girl or a boy? Thoughts that were constantly on our minds for the last nine months as we decided not to find out the gender this time around. I think moving forward we will continue to do this, the anticipation adds so much to the experience and we can’t imagine going back.
On March 8th I woke up at three am to see Sharah sitting over the edge of the bed, a site I’m familiar with from the last two pregnancies. I knew things were getting started so I asked how she was feeling, small contractions every 15 minutes lasting around 30 seconds. No big deal. (I don’t recommend saying that to your wife going into labor). These early-labor contractions continued on into the morning and around 11:00am things started to progress.
We both fully believe that childbirth is a natural process and woman were created with the ability to give birth without the need for intervention. No hard feelings to those who love the meds and hospitals 😉 It’s just not our thing. We’ve had all our kids at home in the our living room, sorry if you never want to come over now.
At around 2pm Sharahs contractions were about three minutes apart and lasting around a minute, a good sign that we’ll be meeting our baby soon. I remember looking at Sharah and watching her face completely change, her demeanor changed from relaxed to being extremely focused. I messaged her back through the contractions, told her she was strong and to relax her body. She reminded herself that with each contraction we were getting closer to meeting our baby.
At this point she got into the pool as the warm water is Gods gift to a woman in labor. Within 10 minutes of being in the water I asked how she felt. She replied with “the head is out” and a push later she was picking up the baby from the water. We were both shocked that it happened so fast. At 2:49pm on her due date (5% of babies are born on their due date) we welcomed Ivy Mae into the world and with tears in our eyes we both sat in awe of what was such a beautiful experience. I have no words to express the feelings of meeting your baby for the first time, all i know is my heart grew a few sizes that day.
Here are some images I shot on 35mm throughout the day.
35mm/120 Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600. Canon 1V & Pentax 6×7 developed in rodinal at home and scanned on a V600.