During naps which are slowly becoming more regular I've been working on writing down the birth story of Alexa Lou's arrival. We had a planned home birth and after 33 hours of labor welcomed our girl into the world. It was beautiful. It was surreal. It was an experience in my life that though the pain has now already faded I want to remember and cherish forever. (I'm hoping to share that full story here when it is finished).
I will always be thankful to the support we had. I couldn't have done it without my husband by my side. His love, encouragement and strong faith in my ability to birth at home made a lasting impression on me, showing me how deeply we are one. He has become a great father and shown me over and over again that I picked a good one.
Our midwifes and doula were incredible and made my journey possible. They gave me the space and time I needed to let my body do what God designed it to do. And my dear friend Mandy captured these photos for us for which I will always love her for.
I was originally hesitant to have a photographer at my birth, worrying it would be a distraction, but it was the opposite of that, and truly ended up being a wonderful addition. Not only did she save these moments on camera for me to enjoy forever, but she also supported, encouraged, and helped me. I don't recall once hearing her camera click, but I will always remember the sweet words of support and joy as we brought Alexa into this world.