To let someone I at the time hardly knew in on one the most intimate & important times in my life was something I never thought I would have done. But when I was contacted by a friend of Jakob’s sister and asked to participate in this opportunity as a trial run I knew I would be nuts to pass on it. So I said yes. I thought I was saying yes to a few photos but what I got was a new friendship, my child’s first breath, first human contact, first light all documented & a new profound respect for photography and the photographers that capture these moments for us. What I got was an outlet of complete pure joy I can go to anytime I need a reminder of why life is precious and beautiful. I got the experience of a lifetime.
Before I tell the story I have to say that all of the drama and humor you see in the movies … yea it’s totally real life.
The story starts on Friday March 4th. I had been on leave from work for a week & still had a little over another week to go till my son was due. I had been nesting for awhile but on this specific night I left the dishes in the sink and a mess on the dining room table. It was Jakob’s last day of work before starting his paternity leave and vacation and I had no intuition that our baby was coming any time soon so instead of doing any chores we laid low on the couch, vegged out and watched whatever game was on that night. I hadn’t even done the laundry (sigh). We went to bed early and after multiple sleep interruptions I was awoken mid dream about wetting my pants to feeling like I was wetting the bed. But it didn’t feel like.. well you know.. piss.
Let me mention that in my head I had this idea that when your water breaks you will feel a gush. Like a don’t go chasing waterfalls kind of gush. So you can imagine how confused I was when I felt like a slow leak in the ceiling.
So there I was standing over our bed sniffing.. yes sniffing our sheets while telling Jake that I think my water is breaking. “It doesn’t smell like pee I think we need to go to the hospital” “I think your fine just put a blanket down and come back to bed” Jakob really told me to just put a blanket down. MEN. I shrugged it off and crawled back into bed and just as I was about to close my eyes BAM… WATERFALL.
Now we are running around like chickens at 5:00 am.. I am putting in my hair extensions.. Jake’s all like “why are you putting in your weave?” and I am all like “because I am nervous?” and he’s like “what does that have to do with being nervous?” and I’m like “because I just want to look nice stop asking questions!”
5:30 am were pulling up to the hospital. Jake drops me off at the front & as I run in, it’s really pouring. And I am not referring to the weather. I look at the security guard and embarrassed as all hell go “hi um my water, it’s sort of breaking, like all over the place.. like NOW!” And I swear it was this guy’s first over night on the job because he’s all frantically running around stuttering his words like “stay right there, um mm let me grab you a wheel chair um mm” and now he’s running around like a chicken. Security guard gets me in the chair and starts pushing me like I am about to deliver this baby right on the chair”Can we wait for my boyfriend please” Jake strolls in calm cool and collective and I am like “can someone please just get me a new pair of damn panties.”
Things calmed down after that. Our family came right away and I wasn’t experiencing any contractions. I felt really great actually. Jake’s mom made a joke that my extensions would be out & my hair would be on top of my head by the end of the day and boy was she right.
At around 4:00 Saturday evening the contractions began and to be honest the timeline from there on out is one giant blur. I know there was an epidural, I know the epidural didn’t work & I know I was so puffy that I couldn’t feel anything but cold or pain. This is where I can honestly say I am so so happy that I chose to say yes to having our experience photographed. Without it; I wouldn’t have remembered much of anything.
Our story is about time. 32 hours to be exact. We went in Saturday, March 5th at 6am & our son was born Sunday, March 6th at 12:54 pm. He was 7 lbs, 9 oz & 21 in long. Enjoy.
Thank you Alycia Faye Photography for your complete devotion to this project, roughing it out sleeping on the floor, making me and my family feel so incredibly comfortable & truly making us all feel like family. This woman is hands down one of the most professional I have ever worked with. Her work is AMAZING and her passion for what she does for people is touching. She gave me a gift I truly will never be able to repay her for. If you reside in the twin cities location then I suggest taking a look at her work and considering her for your experience. It truly was the opportunity of a lifetime that I feel no one should miss out on.