J+C gave birth to little Walden on July 28th at 8:20 in the morning after 30 hours of labor. I arrived late Saturday night after photographing a 10 hour wedding. I had known Jen was in labor since friday and was anxious to arrive. I was so happy when I got there and found out that I had arrived in time. This was my first homebirth and third natural birth that I've been present on.
This is the second birth I've been on, and it came right after I finished shooting a wedding that day. I rushed to the birth center still in my "wedding" clothes and got changed in the car in the parking lot. A few hours later, Jubilee came into the world.
I honestly didn't think time would work on our side, and half expected them to have the baby before I even got there on the 6th. I showed up, and Krista was still pregnant. We went swimming and then after dinner started to call it a night. (I was pretty tired from the plane ride). At about 9pm, Krista's contractions started getting really bad. At around 11pm, Blake told me they're going to the hospital. I rolled out of bed and threw on some clothes and headed to the hospital with them.
The next few hours were a blur. I hit a wall around 3am and fell asleep on the hospital couch in the delivery room, and faded in and out of sleep for the next couple of hours. At 6:30, I got Blake and I some coffee. Krista's contractions were pretty bad this whole time, prohibiting either one of them from getting any kind of sleep whatsoever. At around 8am she started pushing, and at 9:20, little baby Lucy was born! 8 pounds 6 ounces.
It was a wild experience, and my first time ever witnessing a birth. I was pretty familiar with the whole process, so nothing came as a surprise. I actually was expecting it to be a lot grosser than it actually was. Of course, I didn't post any gory pictures for the sake of general consumption, but I'm pretty happy about these "in between" and "after" shots of the birth.