a beautiful beginning: finley alan’s birth story.

Just shy of 2 years to the day, Sam found herself in a very familiar position this time around…overdue with her second baby boy. This time, however, she was just days overdue rather than over a week with their first son, Max. And just like last time, I was super anxious for this birth because I knew I had over an hour drive and I’m 8+ months pregnant. As much as we hate it, Mel and I don’t shoot at Family Beginnings anymore because it is just too far of a drive now that our families have grown quite a bit since we first teamed up to shoot births. But, since Sam is such a sweet repeat client, I just couldn’t say no this time 🙂

Sam and I stayed in touch often leading up to her due date, and every text was the same…everything going great but still no signs of labor. Then at 4:30am on 9/1/15 I got a text from her saying she was just admitted to the hospital and was 4cm. Her contractions were 4-5 mins apart at that point and since there was no way to predict how fast her labor would progress, I got up and out the door in the hopes that I would not get stuck in the morning rush hour traffic. I checked in at 7:30am and nothing new was happening. Then at 9:30am, Mark texted and said she was 6cm and they were breaking her water. I got to her room about 30 minutes later and she was definitely progressing fast by the sounds of her moans.

She got in the water for a bit to try and relax and it wasn’t long before she couldn’t stand that and asked to get on the bed and checked. The nurse checked her and she was basically complete aside from a lip of cervix that she easily removed with a quick push from Sam. They called the midwife and thankfully she was close by because Sam only pushed a few times before her sweet, chubby baby boy was on her chest. I was not allowed to photograph the actual delivery this time due to a change in the birthing center rules, but it was a super quick, easy (not that Sam thought so at the time) delivery for the most part. Finley Alan was born at 11:14am and weighed in at 9.2 lbs, 21″ which was just slightly bigger than big brother Max.

I didn’t get to see Max’s reaction to his little brother because it was his nap time and the grandparents were not bringing him up to the birthing center until later that day to meet Finley. But I’m sure they will be best buds (and each other’s worst enemy) in a couple years just like my boys are 😉 Congrats to Sam, Mark and big brother Max!! So glad it worked out for me to be there this time around as well and best of luck as you adjust to being a family of 4 🙂

Love, Kelly

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