There is no greater delight then witnessing birth firsthand and I am so blessed to have been able to witness yours.
This is your birth story, Ashton Joshua.
On October 22, 2017 I watched you enter into this world in the most peaceful way. Every birth is special to me and I am grateful for every birth I've been able to attend. Yours however, will always hold a special place in my heart.
I was your moms birth photographer and birth doula. We had all been eagerly awaiting your arrival and everyone was so very excited to meet you. I received a text from your mom at about 5:30pm on October 21 saying she was in the hospital as her waters began to leak. We made arrangements for me to arrive around 8:30pm and I would stay there the rest of the night with your mom and dad until you arrived.
When I arrived to the maternity ward that evening I could hear the cheerful voices of your parents down the hall. I entered the room to see your momma looking radiant on the bed and your dad was sitting in a comfy chair just a few feet away. Both of them were eager to meet you--it was very apparent from the looks on their faces and energy in the room. Your momma barely flinched through her contractions, she was so amazing. Her energy was so peaceful and calm and it created the most zen atmosphere in the room. She had completely found her rhythm and it was beautiful. It was amazing to watch your mommy listen to her body and find her own rhythm as she worked through each wave so gracefully. As each contraction grew stronger your mom remained peaceful and completely focused.
I've witnessed a few births now and each one never ceases to amaze me. Birth is such a normal event, yet its so beautiful and incredible to see how amazing and capable women bodies truly are. Watching your mom as she worked through each contraction, each with more intensity than the last, was inspiring. The way she rocked and swayed through each surge was beautiful. Seeing your mom and dad work together as she leaned on him for support showed just how in sync they are with each other. It was so incredibly peaceful. Your mom continued to smile even during pushing and through the most intense contractions, nothing broke her focus or her energy.
You were born into this world at 1:48am on October 22, 2017. The entrance you made was stunningly beautiful. You were placed on to your mommas chest for a few minutes and then carefully weighed, examined and checked over by the doctors and nurses. You were perfect and healthy and a beautiful boy--just like your big brother. Your dad and moms eyes were so bright with joy and all you could feel in that moment was love. Witnessing your parents look into each others eyes as they held you close was an image that I will hold close to my heart forever. The love they have for each other, your brother and you is overwhelming, Ashton. There truly is no greater joy in life than becoming a parent, and watching the two of them become parents for the second time was the most wonderful thing and I am so so grateful to have been there to capture those moments.
The next day I went back to capture images of your big brother meeting you for the first time. While birth photos are especially close to my heart, fresh 48 sessions that involve siblings really truly fill me with an overwhelming sense of love. When your brother walked into the room his eyes immediately darted for you. You could see him processing and understanding that "baby brother" was finally here and he loved you so much already. You are going to grow up with a brother who will always love, teach and protect you. The joy on his face in the images shows just how proud he was and how much love he has for you. Everyone in your life loves you, Ashton. Your parents, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, everyone. We are so glad you are here--safe and healthy.
To Courtney and Cody--thank you for letting me into this special space with you. It's amazing to see any birth happen, but when it is some of your closest friends there just that extra sense of gratefulness. Watching you both work together through this pregnancy and labor/delivery has been such an honour. To Cody, I want to send you an extra note of thanks for allowing me to be there with you both. I know at first you were unsure but the fact that you invited me in to capture these moments and be by both of your sides means so much to me, so thank you. You are an amazing father and it's evident to everyone around you how much you love Courtney and both of your children. To Courtney, we've been friends for so long and been through so much together but being alongside you for this journey is definitely the most special to me. You are truly an amazing woman. You have the biggest heart and I am so blessed to have you in my life and to have you allow me into this space with you. You are inspiring and so incredibly strong. You already are an amazing mommy and I know that those two little boys are going to grow up so very loved.
Ashton, thank you for coming into this world with such a sense of peacefulness and calmness. You are already loved beyond measure and I cannot wait to watch you grow up. Welcome earth-side little one.
With all of my love,
Your Doula and Birth Photographer,