This is another birth story that went from 0 to 100mph in like MINUTES!
Katy had to be induced because her little guy was measuring small (due mostly to a 2 vessel cord (instead of a normal 3 one)) and it was better to get him out than keep him in. She and her amazing hubby Tyler had been keeping me posted all day long and it was a long, slow induction. It seemed to take her HOURS to go another centimeter.
Tyler text me an update around 6 and said she was just a 5, progressing really slowly and to take my time. I replied that I was going to put my kiddos to bed in the next hour and head their way and hang out with them…but obviously if things picked up I could be there ASAP. I had already rescheduled my 6 and 6:30pm photoshoots cause I didn’t want to have to race out of theirs to go up to the hospital…and it’s a good thing I did!
A little after 7 Tyler text me still a 5, maybe a 6 but again, SO SLOW and to put my kids to bed and take my time. Like 5 minutes later I get another text from him, “Complete. Pushing.” and I was like WHATTT???!?! So panicked, called him and he’s like “yeah she felt pressure all of a sudden and we can see the top of his head so you probably wanna come.” I was like OMG I AM ON MY WAY!
It usually takes me 20+ minutes to get to St. Luke’s from my house…it took me 11. I sprinted, my very out of shape almost 17 weeks pregnant self through the parking garage and hospital and made it huffing and puffing into their room literally 4 minutes before this sweet little man was born!!! Katy mayyyyyyy have been doing some really good fake pushes until I got there. God bless her.
Little Barrett made his entrance on Friday, June 14th at 5 pounds even! I am so glad I made it and so glad I got to capture some snuggles and skin to skin before he had to go off to the special care nursery for a bit of oxygen and some glucose for his low blood sugar.
UPDATE: I am even more happy that I was able to capture this sweet boy’s arrival for his family — little Barrett went downhill quite fast after I left and is currently fighting for his life in one of the US’s best Children’s hospitals with heart/lung issues…these pics, as his parents have reminded me over and over again, are the only ones they have of him without tubes and machines connected to him. They give them a glimpse into what they hope will be the future with their son: home with them and snuggled up without any machines and support. If you’re the praying time, send some prayers up for little Barrett — he needs them now more than ever.
SECOND UPDATE: Unfortunately after 28 days in the NICU, Barrett passed away from a rare genetic condition called alveolar capillary dysplasia. I was able to go back and capture a NICU session with Barrett and also be there when he passed away to get some final pics with his mama, daddy, and big sister. His parents want his story shared with the world, and want to fund ACD research so this horrible condition can be treated and/or cured in the future. If you feel so inclined to make a donation to the ACD Association, you can do so here.