So before you view the photos, let me open with a quote from Jim Gaffigan saying…”My sister had her baby at home…just to make you feel uncomfortable…” (insert sarcasm, then go watch Jim Gaffigan’s Mr. Universe…really great) I’ll be the first to say that when my sister first told me that she wanted to do a home birth, I was kinda like, “Whaaaat?!” Then when she asked me to be there with her and to bring my camera with, I was like, “WHAAAAT?!” However, we’re pretty close, and over the next couple of months, Linds and I spoke so often that I really felt like I knew what to anticipate, really respected her decision to deliver at home, and was more than anything looking forward to walking through it with her and her husband…especially as our mom is no longer with us to be in that role, I felt incredibly honored that she would want me to be there with them.
So. Let’s fast forward to December 17th 4:30am, waking up to a text that Linds is starting to go into labor. I INSTANTLY get a flight out first thing at 8am and THANK THE LORD, I made it in time. I cannot tell you the peace that filled me up as soon as I walked inside their apartment and got to see my sister. I’ve been here a hundred times, and like I said I thought I had an idea of what to anticipate, but gosh…this home birth thing…it was truly amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a more peaceful setting, and I truly don’t think I’ve ever witnessed something or someone so amazing and beautiful! The candles were lit, the fire was going and Linds was just doin’ her thang. She labored all through the night, the morning when I arrived, and into the late afternoon. Brian, the midwife, her assistant and doula were unbelievable, and I couldn’t believe how calm everyone was, especially my sister. It was all so serene, and the whole time I couldn’t help but feel so thankful to be there and walk through this huge life change with her. She was unbelievable.
Okay, trying to make a long but amazing story short, Lindsey’s midwife made the decision to transfer her to the hospital because she feared the baby could be in distress due to meconium present in the amniotic fluid and the baby’s heart rate significantly decelerated. Praise the Lord he was born within minutes of arriving to the hospital and she was still able to deliver her babe naturally without interventions (amazing, right?!) but just needed the little extra push! Parker Richard Moon was born 9 lbs 4 ounces 22 1/4 inches. Whhhhat?! And my friends, he is just the sweetest little gift, and there are no words to describe the miracle of a day it was to watch and walk alongside my sister as she brought him into this world. From the home laboring to the hospital, it was all just…beautiful.
I hope you are able to experience a bit of the peace through the following photos. This day was one of the most beautiful, amazing, incredible (maybe just a little terrifying?!) days ever, and I’m honored to be able to share a couple of photos from the day I continued my role as COOLEST AUNT EVER :)