This definitely ranked as one of the most awesome nights of my life. My baby brother and his amazing wife asked me to photograph the birth of their daughter. Every single birth I have witnessed is a gift, but this one was especially meaningful to me. To be able to capture my niece entering this world was truly beautiful.
I am so proud of my brother, and so happy that he has found such an amazing wife. She was a rockstar during delivery.
Deborah planned to be induced on Saturday, but on Tuesday afternoon, I received a call from her. She said that her blood pressure was up a little, and that the doctors had decided to admit her to the hospital and go ahead and induce labor. So I threw some things in a bag and jumped in the car to make the six hour drive to Columbus, nervous the entire time that I might miss it.
As I got closer to Columbus, I heard from Tim that they did not plan to put Deborah on Pitocin until about midnight, which thankfully meant I likely had plenty of time to make it to the hospital. When I arrived around 9 p.m., Deborah had begun to have really strong contractions that were progressing nicely. She ended up not having to have Pitocin at all. Around 2 a.m., the nurse said that she was ready and called for the doctor. Deborah did an amazing job, and brought Laurel into the world at 2:37 a.m.
They had chosen not to find out the baby’s sex before delivery, so up until that moment, I didn’t know if I would have a niece or nephew. It was really awesome when the doctor held out the baby for Tim to see and then announce that it was a girl. She weighed 6lbs 14oz and was 20” long, and is absolutely perfect.
I am so thrilled to be an aunt and cannot wait to spoil that little girl rotten. I know that Tim & Deb are going to be amazing parents to that sweet girl and she is very blessed to have them as parents.