Oh my goodness. OH MY GOODNESS!!
First off, let me preface how much I freaking love this mama (and doctor) for literally WAITING FOR ME to make it to this birth...cause I made it in the delivery room about 4 minutes before this little lady was born! Holy cats, that was probably my closest call but I am SOOOO glad I made it (and totally taking it as a sign of good things to come!).
Okay, so this was such an incredible birth to witness -- Scarlett was a rockstar and seriously made it look sooooo easy bringing that sweet little Magnolia into the world! She gave me a shout the night before that she thought she was in early labor, and then I heard from her in the morning again after her appointment and she was 4+ cm and heading into the hospital soon! I WAS SO EXCITED! It had felt like forever since I last snapped a birth and my trigger finger was getting super itchy.
We kept in contact all day, and she hung at around 5-6cm for quite a while. I heard from her about 7:45pm and she said she was still at 6cm...but being checked again in an hour. I told her I hope she would be calling me saying she's at a 9+ and needs me there ASAP. Well, wouldn't you know it...THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED!
Her wonderful hubby called me a little after 9pm and said basically that: it was go time, she was feeling pressure and doc was on her way. GAHHHHH!!! Off I went -- literally ran out the door, grabbed my camera, and flew up to the hospital.
Welp, I flew up there -- and it was at a new hospital I'd never shot at before. And wouldn't you know it?! My idiot-self parked in the south garage and ran into the lobby and the security guard told me I was about 4 blocks away from where I needed to be! GAHHH! No time to move my car and repark so I ran at 9:30pm through the hospital with my 40lb camera bag and sweating my tail off. Long story short, after lots of windy hallways and two times getting lost I got into mom's room a little after 9:40pm. I had my camera out already, grabbed my other one, and snappppppped away!
Scarlett did INCREDIBLE and seriously made it look SOOOO easy. A few pushes after I got there and out popped little Magnolia, delivered by her daddy. It was simply incredible! The next couple hours were spent snuggling and lots and lots of skin to skin and breastfeeding (this little lady is a champ nurser!).
Welcome to the world sweet little Magnolia, I am so honored I got to be there when you made your grand entrance!