the doctor came at 8:30 pm and was happily surprised that i was fully dilated and that the baby had descended! score. i started pushing. jared encouraged me every couple of minutes, almost like he was cheering for football on a saturday. he had so much excitement bottled up that came oozing out. the atmosphere was very relaxed and we were all laughing and chatting in between pushing.
forty minutes later at 9:14 pm on tuesday, october 9 we welcomed a chubby, warm, healthy baby girl. 8 pounds 12 ounces and 21 inches long. her head of dark hair surprised me more than any other feature as i held her tight and stared at her tiny little body.
photos by heather telford who captured this happiest moment so beautifully.